This has been an interesting week in the kitchen. Over the weekend, our 7-year-old water heater busted. In the meantime, until it gets fixed, we are out of hot water. My hubby has a gym at work, so he can easily go in early, work out, shower and be off on the rest of his day. Me? I’m bumming showers at my neighbor’s house! Today, I washed the kidlets at my sister-in-law’s house, because you can trash your family’s bathroom, but not your neighbor’s.
So our summer vacation has certainly started strangely. One particular morning this week, I decided we would celebrate our stay at home and have pancakes for breakfast. Because over the summer, every morning is Saturday morning! Now this isn’t a blog entry for a great pancake recipe. Honestly? I love Trader Joe’s Multi-Grain Pancake Mix. Very easy to mix up, and full of oats and fiber. I don’t feel so guilty when I’m eating them! And since my kids are used to all things brown (brown bread, broad tortillas, brown pancakes) they gobble these up, too.
What I will write today about is the TOPPING for my delicious pancakes. A great way to sneak in the anti-oxidants your body needs, with minimal sugar, are through berries. I mixed a cup of frozen mixed berries and defrosted them in the microwave. Then, I stirred in a teaspoon (or two!) of pure maple syrup. In no time I had this easy and yummy topping with my pancakes. The juice of the berries were soaked by the hearty pancakes and I didn’t miss all the sugary syrup we usually pour on. Now, you can use also use fresh berries, but I found the frozen ones were quicker to prepare, since I wanted to heat them up a little. Now you could easily have done this on the stove top and created a syrup this way, but I was instructed to keep the kitchen clean until the hot water is back on. Oh, bummer!
Have a great summer from Family Spice!