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Mama Soul Food: Honey Ginger Overnight Oat Pancakes with Sauteed Cinnamon Peaches

Yesterday, I had a banana for lunch. Not a good idea. 

While a banana might be a perfectly healthy choice for a snack, it’s not exactly a well-balanced lunch, and I spent  most of the day feeling sluggish and tired, and frankly, uninspired. Can you really trace all that back to a meager lunch? I say yes.

It’s never a good idea for a nursing mom to neglect her diet for the sake of getting other “more important” things done. I usually do pretty well at making sure my bases are covered in the nutrition game, but I occasionally slip up and let myself slip down the priority list.

Note to self: The first step in taking good care of your child is taking good care of his mother!

So last night I decided that today’s breakfast would be a good one, and by “good” I don’t necessarily mean perfectly healthy, but good for my mama soul as well. A breakfast that requires me to take a few minutes to mindfully prepare my food and eat it on an actual plate. A rare thing lately…

Not that I don’t love my trusty overnight oats, but I just felt like something a little different. And, lunch usually gets lost in the mix on days off spent working at home, so a hearty and substantial breakfast is important.

My thoughts swirled around the good-sized nub of fresh ginger I’d been meaning to use up, so I decided to incorporate the oats I love (they are supposed to be a lactogenic food, after all…) and create a recipe based on the many overnight oats pancake recipes I’ve seen, along with the fresh ingredients I happened to have on hand.

What did I come up with?

 Honey Ginger Overnight Oat Pancakes with Sauteed Cinnamon Peaches!

Pancakes:

  • 1 cup old-fashioned hand-rolled oats
  • 1 cup almond milk (I used vanilla)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1-2 T honey (to taste)
  • 1 T oil (your choice: vegetable, canola, coconut, etc.)
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp freshly ground ginger (or more to taste)
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Combine oats and almond milk in a small bowl. Stir until combined and cover. Refrigerate overnight. When ready to cook, remove from refrigerator and add egg, honey and oil. (If using coconut oil, mixture should be at room temperature or oil will clump into a solid.) Stir to combine. Add remaining ingredients and mix together. If batter is too thick, thin slightly with more almond milk.

Lightly oil a non-stick pan or griddle. Spoon batter onto griddle and spread to desired shape if too thick to spread on its own. When tops form bubbles and edges look dry, turn pancakes and cook until golden. Top with Sauteed Cinnamon Peaches (see below.)

Yield: 5 medium-sized pancakes (These are dense and hearty pancakes; 2 was more than enough for me. 5 is enough to freeze or share!)

Tip: If baby is demanding attention, wiggle butt often during the cooking process and make up a  highly repetitive song about eggs, honey and oil until pancakes are the perfect shade of golden brown. It worked for me! :lol:

Sauteed Cinnamon Peaches

  • 1 fresh peach
  • cinnamon, to taste (I used about 1/4 tsp) 
  • 1 T butter
  • drizzle honey

Peel peach and dice into small pieces (to ensure a good bit of peach in each bite!) Melt butter in saucepan over low heat; add peaches and cinnamon and saute until soft, fragrant and beginning to caramelize. Remove from heat, drizzle with honey, and stir. Pour over pancakes and serve.

Tip: This topping recipe made enough for one, maybe 1 1/2 servings (I like a lot of peaches!) I would recommend one peach per person, adjusting other ingredients to taste as needed.

These pancakes were a lovely start to a morning that started out rainy, but has since turned sunny and bright. 

Hey...what’s that? I think I’m feeling inspired! :D

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Burger and Fries!

I have some catching up to do!

What gets my vote for best 3pm snack this week? 

These guys, who made a surprise appearance at my desk during the afternoon slump! They arrived courtesy of my friend who happens to be a registered dietitian, so I ate one happily, no questions asked, and packed up the other for the Hus.

CHOMP!

Did you ever just get bored with your ol’ standby breakfast, only to eat it and realize why it became your breakfast of choice in the first place?

Yesterday, my cup runneth over with So Delicious coconut milk (beverage) and Granbiotics granola, topped with cranberries and one date, for good measure…

…along with more Mother’s Milk tea. I think this stuff is really working! I thought all that galactagogue talk might be a bunch of hooey, but my supply is increasing nicely. I still don’t like the anise flavor, but it’s not bothering me that much anymore. Besides, I never really liked handling poop or having bags under my eyes from sleep deprivation before either, but I deal. It’s all part of parenting, right?

Breakfast was fun. Little F is getting so curious about Mommy’s food, and he intently watches as I raise and lower my spoon for each bite, not aware that he’s imitating my motions with his mouth. It’s super cute, and I love that he’s watching me eat something healthy (most of the time… ;)

I just love being a mommy. Especially his mommy.

Daddy wanted burgers and fries, so I decided to oblige him, ABCGP-style!

I had a bunch of beautiful parsnips, courtesy of my favorite grocery store Produce Man (my Dad!) so I cut them up and made some parsnip fries! A drizzle of olive oil on one side, macadamia nut oil on the other, salt and pepper.

I also sprinkled a few with some chipotle powder a friend made for us out of our garden jalapenos…

400º for about 25 minutes…

A few were a little thin, but the core was really fat and I didn’t have much choice. Maybe smaller parsnips are better?

His burger: moo-cow. Mine: Sunshine!

Fresh salsa, crumbled feta, and basil from the garden, with a swipe of avo-hummus underneath.

Bruschetta Sunshine Burger, maybe? Either way, deeee-lish.

It was time to thin out the beet patch, so I found myself with these beautiful babies…

Not sure what I’ll do with them yet, but this new addition to the family sure is giving me some ideas…

I can’t think of a better present right now! Many thanks to Grammie Garden Pea!

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Do you eat the same thing for breakfast every day? Do you get bored? (I find that limiting my options makes it easier for me to make sure that A. I actually eat breakfast , and B. I make a healthy choice at 5am. Do you agree?)

What’s your favorite way to eat beets?

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Garden Pea Puree!

The last day of my 3-day mini vacation and it’s going to RAIN? So not cool.

Oh well. I decided to savor every minute of my day off with my boy anyway. First, I savored this cup of Granbiotics vanilla almond granola with So Delicious coconut milk, a few cranberries and half a nanner. I think I may have started a new love affair with coconut milk. It’s SO good (swoon-worthy even), and I love that it’s vegan and high in B12.

Don’t worry almond milk, I still love you and I always will…

The other half of the nanner found it’s way into a much smaller tummy. I’ve SO been looking forward to sharing food!

I felt like carrot casserole (funny, you don’t look like a carrot casserole:D ) Unfortunately, the carrots weren’t quite ready…

But the PEAS were! Woohoo! Some wouldn’t be so excited, perhaps, but me? I’m stoked to make Garden Pea Puree!

I shelled these bad boys and steamed them until soft in my (broken) steamer. 

I then pureed them in my little puree machine, which I proceeded to break. Looks like I’ll be investing in a better food processor even sooner than I thought! :(  The last step was pushing them through my strainer to remove any pieces that didn’t puree. Once your baby is past stage one foods, this step really isn’t necessary anymore.

The little bit I had time to pick yielded 4 servings when mixed with just a little water, 3 of which I put into one of my KidCo. BPA-free baby food freezer tray for another day (I have the food mill, too, but we’re not quite there yet.) I left the puree a little thick so I could thin it out with breastmilk before serving each cube (purees freeze better without the milk…save that for later, when you’re getting ready to serve.)

This puree turned out a rad shade of green! Can you tell by this little face that it tasted pretty good, too? 

Next time, we make the BIG BATCH!

Since Mommy and Daddy have a slightly bigger appetite, and lots of fresh produce to use up, we ended up with a bit of a hodge-podge for dinner  (My favorite! I’m so laid back and unstructured like that, you know... ;) )

A little too yellow, perhaps, but super good with a super short ingredients list! Fresh corn, broccoli from the garden, Low & Slow white sweet potatoes, a yellow tomater, and a few tiny chicken tenderloins. (I ended up giving mine to the husbo…just wasn’t feeling the chix.) Oh yeah, and salt, pepper, garlic and olive oil. That’s it.

What color is your food?

A full day of healthy foods and baby snuggles. Rain or no rain, it doesn’t get much better than that.

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Do you make or plan to make homemade baby food? What is your favorite recipe?

What is your favorite pea recipe? I need LOTS!

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