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Fresh Raspberry Chia Pancakes with Pomegranate Syrup

Posted Sep 20 2009 10:40pm



Good Morning! 

It is a gorgeous day here in Austin, Texas and we or I should say I survived the sleepover.  The boys had a great time but they stayed up late talking and giggling and then woke up at 6:15am.  My son felt the need to come and tell me that they were up.  I gracefully said "that is nice, I will see you at 7:00am."

So now that I have had a cup of coffee and a fabulous breakfast I am fully awake and extremely happy for some reason.  It must be the awesome pancakes.  My kids are big fans of the Buttermilk Fiber One Complete Pancake Mix and asked if I would get it for the sleepover.  I am accused of "sneaking" things into my homemade pancakes and they are rebelling against me demanding processed food from a box.  I indulged because the mix really is good and I need to be realistic and realize that we are not going to  eat 100% natural foods.  The Fiber One Complete Pancake Mix is super easy and I swear all the pancakes come out perfect.  Needless to say, I did not "sneak" anything into the mix for them.  I had fun making a pretty brunch for them with pancakes, canadian bacon, fresh strawberries, cantaloupe and oj in wine glasses to be all fancy.  Can't believe I did not take picture, by the time I thought about it they had already doze in to eating.

Emmet's friend Wesley is the cutest little boy.  He is well on his way to being a politician.  Super polite and quite charming.  I am so lucky because so far Emmet's friends are the one's who love to read, get straight A's  and have a quiet competition amongst themselves for achievement.  They all ran for student council.  I must do a little bragging because my son actually got voted to be on Student Council and I am so proud of him.  He worked hard on his speech and I was a little worried on Friday that if he did not make it we would be helping him cope with disappointment, which is life.

So after feeding the kids, I did whip up a few doctored pancakes.  I put fresh raspberries and chia seeds into the mix and these pancakes were out of this world good!  I topped the pancake with fresh peaches and a drizzle of pomegranate syrup.  Oh my lord, these were so amazing.



Fresh Raspberry Chia Pancakes with Pomegranate Syrup

1/2 cup of Fiber One Complete Pancake Mix (prepared)
1/4 cup fresh raspberries
1 tablespoon chia seeds

Heat griddle over medium-high heat.  Spray with cooking spray.  Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto griddle, cook until bubbles break on surface and edges just begin to dry.  Flip and cook for another minute or until golden brown.

Top with fresh peach slices, raspberries and drizzle with Pomegranate Syrup. 

Pomegranate Syrup

1 cup Pomegranate Juice
2 tbsp of honey

Whisk POM juice and honey together in saucepot. Bring mixture to boil over medium high heat, then drop the heat to medium. Simmer mixture and reduce it to syrup, about 15 minutes. Remove from heat and let syrup cool before using.

Great way to start my Sunday.  Awesome Pancakes served along with a cup of Joe.  Yum.

So thinking ahead to the rest of the day, I might to have make one of my favorite Fiber One Cookie recipes, Fiber One Crunchy Fudge Cookies.  I guess it is going to be a Fiber One day.  This particular recipe is made with a box of brownie mix and Fiber One Cereal and they are so good.  I almost picked up the supplies to make them the other day but resisted.  Trying to shop the perimeter of the grocery store not the junk aisles so we shall see if I hold out.  But I woke up thinking about them..... I truly am a pig and obsessed with food!

I am going to workout today and have a new weight circuit that I am going to try out.  I need to mix it up a bit.  I also need to start preparing for our big T.V. debut.  Channel 8 news is going to be coming to Baby Boot Camp this coming Friday and I am excited and nervous at the same time.   I need to get lean and mean for the shoot!

So the infamous Schwegmann's Sauce and Turkey Meatballs was a huge hit with the kids and myself.  There is something so comforting about eating a bowl of spaghetti and meatballs and they were so good.


 


Schwegmann's Spaghetti Sauce with Turkey Meatballs
recipe from Cooking up a Storm Recipes Lost and Found from The Times-Picayune of New Orleans


Sauce

1/2 cup butter (typical New Orleans, I used 1/4 cup of Olive Oil)
1 cup chopped green onions
2 jumbo yellow onions, chopped
1 cup chopped celery
2 cups chopped green bell peppers
1/2 cup chopped parsley
5 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons Italian Seasoning
5 fresh bay leaves
1 (28-ounce) can whole Italian Tomatoes
3 (6-ounce) cans tomato paste
3 (8-ounce) cans tomato sauce
Salt
Black Pepper
1 tsp sugar

For sauce:  Melt the butter or heat the olive oil in a large heavy pot, such as cast-iron.  Add the green onions, yellow onions, celery, bell peppers, parsley, garlic and Italian seasoning and saute over medium heat for 15 minutes, the the vegetables are very tender.  Add the bay leaves and whole tomatoes and mash the tomatoes against the side of the pot.  Lower the heat and simmer for 1 hour.  Then add the paste and sauce and salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer for 2 hours.  Add the sugar and simmer, covered, for another 2 1/2 hours, stirring occasionally.  If the sauce looks too thick add a little water.

Meatballs

1 pack of lean ground turkey
1 pack of sweet turkey sausage
1/2 cup of seasoned bread crumbs
1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
salt and pepper

Combine above ingredients, form into meatballs and cook for 30-40 minutes in a pre-heated 350 degrees oven. 

1 package Barilla Plus Spaghetti- cooked according to package directions.

Cook spaghetti, add spaghetti and meatballs to sauce and heat through.  Serve immediately.  Top with shredded parmesan cheese.


Time for me to get the kids ready for the day and drop Wesley off at home.  I hope you have a great Sunday and I will check back in later.  My plan is to eat a light lunch (protein-packed) and am something loaded with veggies for dinner and then maybe I can indulge in a cookie or two....


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