How do you feel about shortcuts? Do you take them? Do you make them? Do you think they are a sign of laziness?
I tend to avoid them when I'm walking (unless I'm late), because I enjoy the extra exercise and fresh air.
I try not to take them when I am doing homework since I feel like I am compromising my (expensive) college education.
In cooking, however, I greatly appreciate them. Especially on a Saturday morning when I have slept-in and awake to find myself craving Harvest Nut n' Grain pancakes from IHOP.
That's when Trader Joe's Multigrain Baking and Pancake Mix comes in handy. With a few extra ingredients + some love, Saturday morning breakfast start the weekend right.
This is not an endorsement (paid or otherwise) for Trader Joe's or their products. I just really happen to like this product. That being said...Trader Joe's, I will welcome any donations of foodstuffs that you would graciously like to donate to this humble blog :)
Multigrain Banana Nut Pancakes: Fancified
Yields: 6-8 pancakes
1 cup TJ's Multigrain Baking Mix
1/2 cup vanilla soy milk
1 tablespoon oil
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 cup chopped walnuts
banana slices and maple syrup
Whisk baking mix, soy milk, egg, oil, cinnamon, and nutmeg until smooth. Stir in chopped walnuts.
On a lightly greased griddle over medium heat, pour 1/4 cup pancake mix per pancake. Cook on one side until air bubbles form around the edges of pancake, and then flip with a spatula. Cook on other side until golden brown (about 1 to 1 1/2 minute more).