"Girl, how do you know you don't like it? You haven't even tasted it yet?". This was a line my dad said to me at almost every meal while I lived with him as a young child. My father has always been a fantastic cook. He even taught my mother how to throw down in the kitchen! Unfortunately I had very little interest in cooking. Majority of foods just simply looked too strange. Also the Texas heat use to give us a real beating in our non-air conditioned apartment (otherwise known as the projects, lol)...so when Momma would call me to help her cook in the kitchen, I would discreetly make my way outside and pretend like I didn't even hear her. (FOR REAL YALL! IT WAS HOT!!). So I never learned how to cook and it took a very long time for me to acquire a taste for some foods. Needless to say, I had children and I had to learn how to cook at least a little bit. THANK GOODNESS FOR MOMMYS AND DADDYS AND COOKING BLOGS!!!
Here is a recipe that did NOT come from Mommy, Daddy, or a cooking blog. I adapted it from Bill Phillps' book, Eating For Life. I did not have a clue how to eat healthy before this book. I LOVE IT!! I still have many recipes to try, but here is one of my favorites!!
1 cup uncooked whole-grain oats (non-instant)
6 egg whites
1 cup fat-free cottage cheese
¼ tsp vanilla extract
¼ tsp ground cinnamon
2 packets sugar substitute (optional)
Step 1) Add all ingredients in blender. I find it easier to blend when I pour the liquid ingredients in first.
I do not find the sugar substitute to be necessary so I leave it out.
Add a little water if you find the mixture to be too thick.
Step 2) Blend until you have a nice, smooth, semi-grainy mixture!
Step 3) Lightly coat a nonstick skillet or griddle with cooking spray; place over medium heat.
Step 4) Pour batter, about 1/4 cup at a time, onto hot skillet. Cook pancake until bubbly on top and dry around edges, about 3 minutes. Turn and cook other side until golden brown, about 2 more minutes.
Step 5)While pancakes are cooking, microwave maple syrup until warm, about 20 seconds. (The recipe does not specify what kind of syrup to use, but I opt for sugar free. If you use anything else, then I suggest using only the portion size!!!!)
Step 6) Place a portion of pancakes on 2 separate plates. Top with warm maple syrup and mixed berries. (As I mentioned earlier in this post, I am picky! So I simply eat fruit separately from this dish...not on top).
This is not mentioned in the original recipe,
but pancakes without butter just seem wrong to me. So
I spray a little "I Can't Believe it's Not Butter" on top.