Banana Mouse Pancakes – sort of

We made these Banana Mouse Pancakes from Against All Grain. The mouse shaped ones didn’t last very long. But they were a total hit. I love them too! Banana pancakes? They’re just screaming for a nut butter!! I also added some no-sugar-added jelly for an amazing PB&B&J (peanut butter and banana and jelly) pancake. They’re a new morning addiction. Here is a photo of one of mine, the kids ate theirs too fast for photos! The recipe in her book is not published free elsewhere, but this verson is available on her website.

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Here is the recipe (including parantheticals and notes) available on Against All Grain.

Ingredients:

  • 3 large eggs, at room temperature
  • ¼ cup non dairy milk (I use coconut or almond)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • ⅓ cup blanched almond flour
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 overly ripe banana (brown spots are the best!)
  • ¼ cup chocolate chips (we use Enjoy Life – omit for SCD)
  • Butter or coconut oil for the pan

Instructions:

  1. Mix together the wet ingredients, beating well until the eggs are beaten and slightly foamy.
  2. Combine the dry ingredients in a separate bowl, then incorporate them into the wet. Whisk well until combined, then let sit for 3-5 minutes to let the coconut flour soak up some of the moisture.
  3. Heat a cast iron (or non-stick) pan over medium-high heat. You can also use a griddle to make more pancakes at once. Mix the batter again, then begin making your pancakes.
  4. Oil the pan with coconut oil or butter, then pour about a ¼ cup of batter per pancake. The pancakes are easier to flip if you keep them small, about 4 inches in diameter.
  5. Once the pancake begins to bubble, place a couple of slices of banana and a pinch of chocolate chips on top.
  6. Carefully flip the pancake over, and cook for another minute until the pancake has fluffed up an feels slightly firm.
  7. Keep hot in a warm oven until you are done making the remainder of the pancakes.
  8. These are best eaten immediately, but if you have leftovers you can warm them in a toaster the next day.
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Lunchbox #16

I try not to post needlessly redundant lunchboxes (if you just said really??, then I’m sorry!), which is why I haven’t had a lunchbox in awhile. just because today my protein was ham, and tomorrow it is chicken, and the next day it will be leftover taco meat, well, that’s not all that interesting. But we recently made these barbecue bacon burgers from against all grain. The one in the post I lined to is slightly different than the one in the book. I’m not listing it here, because although it is available through a web search, it was not made available online by the author. The book is great and worth getting! But since I didn’t write the book, the recipe is not mine to give.

The only change I made to the recipe was to add some finely grated zucchini. I’ve started adding this to all recipes containing ground meats. It just makes them more moist, and adds some vitamins and minerals as well.

I almost forgot to tell you how yummy the burgers were! Notice that there’s only the leftover photo, and nothing of the original burgers? Um… by the time it occurred to me to photograph them, they were in our tummies. We only had leftovers because I made way too much (which you need to do when cooking grain free!). I would definitely make these, and freeze them raw, to have ready-to-go burgers on hand. I’ve done this with mini-meatloves and…hey! BBQ bacon mini meatloves would be a great variation on this recipe.

Lunchbox contents:

 

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Grain Free Cereal

I can’t believe how long it’s been since our last post! Life got a little (LOT!) crazy there for awhile. But now as we head into Thanksgiving and Christmas, I’m sure it will slow down. 😉

We recently made Maria Emmerich’s cereals (which my girls call “mommy’s healthy cereal.” This is currently the only cereal available. They loved it for awhile and then decided to be done with cereal. No problem by me, they are downing her Super Power Waffles (or the way I make them, “Super Power Pancakes”). I hope to have a post on those up soon. But until then, if you have cereal loving kiddos, these are a great crunchy, sweet substitute.

This is her Franken Berry Cereal, and was objected to because it wasn’t “pink enough.” Now, I’d say that food color doesn’t matter, but every foodie would heartily disagree. And then I’d have to remember the time I followed the recipe (instead of the tweaking I usually do) and added the tomatoes, then the raw chicken to the sauce. You know what happened. Pink unappetizing looking chicken. I should have disobeyed the recipe, added and seared the chicken first, then added the tomatoes. But you get the point … you may need to add more “pink” depending on your food audience!

You can find all of Maria’s cereals here.

 

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Sandwich Pancakes

Technically these were to be Sandwich Waffles, but our waffle maker doesn’t handle our non-traditional waffles very well. So I turn Maria Emmerich’s waffles into pancakes. 🙂 Therefore any criticism can’t be attributed to the recipe, but potentially to my alterations, as these pancakes were tasty, but quite dry. And then it hit me – they were also thick,and could slice in half easily. They would make great bread, or pita pockets! Unfortnately, by the time I realized this, they were all gone (hey, I said they were tasty!), but I plan to make another batch, slice them in half lengthwise, and then turn them into pita pockets. Since the ham and cheese is in the shell, I’ll put moist and yummy ingredients in the middle, like mayo, lettuce, banana peppers, and (hopefully) yellow tomatoes. Oh, and thanks to Maria, we know why yellow tomatoes!

 

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Sausage Butternut Squash Lasagna

I wanted to make the Sausage and Butternut Squash stuffed tomatoes from Against all Grain, but I don’t have the patience to stuff tomatoes (peppers, yes… tomatoes…no way), and my husband doesn’t really like tomatoes. So I flipped it inside out, took a cue from her sausage lasagna, and turned this into a casserole as well. I made the crepes, but added onion powder and roasted granulated garlic to the mix. Yum! I used a mix of  monterey jack and mozzarella, just because that’s all I had in the fridge. I was a little worried that I had done too much tinkering, but it turned out really great, and super moist (as you can see!).

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Oh, and I doubled the amount of filling, because I don’t like itty bitty skinny lasagnas. They should be bubbling to the top of the dish! In this case I wound up with too much meat / butternut squash mixture, which was great! I had leftovers to put in wraps, and to sprinkle on salads. This meal stretched to last us many days and many types of dishes.

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Words I Hate (where adoption is concerned)

It’s Wacky Wednesday, and I get to write whatever I want. I don’t always post on Wacky Wednesday… honestly, some days I’m just too busy surviving the day. But tonight, watching my girls sleep after putting them to bed, I sat reflecting on our adoption, how ferociously and completely I love them, and how little understanding there is in our society about adoption.

Most people are really supportive. But we need to learn that words matter. Don’t get me wrong, when I heard these words, I knew there was no malicious intent. I knew the person just didn’t know. They were innocent, and that’s why they received a kind, sometimes sweetly educational, response. But some things need to be said, and this is my forum to say them. If you know anyone who has adopted, this will be helpful! 🙂

So here we go:

Are they yours? You mean, are they biologically mine, or have I finalized the adoption. Believe me, they were Mine from day one. Even if they had left our family on day two, they would and will be forever MINE. I’ve also heard, oh, are you her mom? Or is this your daughter? Others might disagree…but that’s great. Our skin doesn’t match, I get that you would be wondering if I’m the babysitter. 

Do you have any real kids? Yep, they’re real. Here, see me touch them? Not a hologram: real. You mean biological. They would be real too.

Do you have any kids of your own? See above.

Placements. They’re not placements, they’re people. “We received two new placements today.” No, you didn’t. You opened your home, family and heart to two hurting children who desperately need your love, safety, affection, and approval. If that’s not what you’re ready to give, then you shouldn’t be doing this. Get a pet. This is a wounded human being. The people they trusted hurt them. Prove to them that you’re different. It will take awhile. And they’re not “placements.” 

We passed on him/her. Um, no, that was a person. A human being. You don’t “pass” on them like they’re chattel. How about you felt totally inadequate to parent a child with such great needs? Or whatever the truth was. But if you routinely “pass” on kids, then maybe you have something to learn about innate human value as having been created in the image of God.

Real Mom: I’m the real mom. See? I’m not a hologram either. Plus, I’m the one who changed the dirty diapers. Who sat in terror when we needed to go to the emergency .room because I wasn’t sure if it was a rash with fever that was no problem, or a rash with fever that is a big deal. Who held and kept her from hurting herself during a night terror. Who got up 7 times a night just so she could know that yes, she’s safe, I’m here, again and again. You mean biological mom. She’s real too. And deserves your prayers. 

Real Sisters: You’ve got the point already. But yes, they’re biological sisters. 

Are they twins? Um… they’re almost two years, a foot, and 35 pounds apart. With different facial structure and body composition. No, my children who look completely different are not twins. But they’re both black. So they do look alike in that way. But not to me. They have drastically different shades and hues in their skin, and are each gorgeous in their own unique and individual way.

Adoption Disruption. I have no words to express how much I hate this term and fact. And it’s too big a topic. So I may address it at another time. But for now, both the term and the reality are terrible for everyone involved, but mostly for the child. 

There aren’t words to express how much I adore them with a loving mama-bear “don’t mess with my kids” way, so I’ll end this here*

*but I reserve the right to add words I hate as they come to mind. 🙂

Tortillas!

Yay! Tortillas that actually look and feel and taste like tortillas! Oh, and their high fiber content doesn’t hurt either. 🙂  We made Maria Emmerich’s Quesadillas, and they were a big hit. We served them with sour cream and salsa. My highlight of the meal was finding a good (great!) tortilla recipe. I’ll be making these in batches and freezing them. I will test freezing them cooked and uncooked, to see which tastes the best. I have a slight (big) inability to roll them into circles, so perhaps a tortilla press is in order. She suggests adding spices to change the flavor of the tortilla. I’m already dreaming of chipotle and cumin and paprika tortillas.

I’m planning to use these for wraps, breakfast tacos, breakfast quesadillas, family taco night… the posibilities are endless. I hope you enjoy them as much as we did!

 

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Lunchbox #15

We have two new things in this week’s lunchbox: “mommy’s healthy cereal” and gateway carrots. First, the cereal. It’s again from Maria Emmerich, and can be found here. The only change we made was to use vanilla, rather than blueberry, extract. It’s a big hit with my oldest kid who has the biggest appetite. Also, we’ve discovered a love for the carrot “shakedowns.” Yes, yes, I know…these aren’t a great choice. But they’re just gateway carrots. You’ve heard of gateway drugs? Well, we have gaeway carrots. Once they’re hooked, I’ll introduce “mommy’s shakedowns” with my version (yet to be developed!) of the ranch shaker.

In this lunchbox we have:

 

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Sausage Lasagna

This Sausage Lasagna is from Against all Grain. Oh my. We loved it! Her blog is fanastic, as is this lasagna. My husband said “you should make lots of these and freeze them.” My kids, after protesting Against all New Flavors decided that it was yummy, but maybe with a different cheese. So we’ll experiment with that. She used a dairy free nut cheese. We’re less perfect with our dairy consumption. It’s limited, and we don’t drink cows milk, but do allow cheeses. So I’ll be searching for that right flavor cheese that makes it good for everyone.

Have you been craving a grain-free lasagna? Does the idea of zucchini “noodles” not thril you? Make this!!! It’s superb. I don’t post recipes if they’re not on someone’s blog and already publicly available. But if you love grain-free cooking, this cookbook is a good investment. It’s chock full of yummy!

 

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