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In our effort to eat cleaner and improve our athletic performance, my husband has become a disciple of Dr. Allen Lim, one of the authors of The Feed Zone Cookbook. Our copy of The Feed Zone Cookbook arrived last week and I was itching to prepare a recipe from it. It just so happened that we had an abundance of fresh picked blueberries from our weekend visit to Oak Hill Farms so I couldn’t resist giving this buttermilk pancake recipe a try.

This recipe is a bit different from my go to pancake recipe mainly due to the addition of 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar. All I had on hand was dark brown sugar which was a bit overpowering (i.e. a gingerbread like flavor). Even so, they were a welcome deviation from our typical morning oatmeal. I look forward to making these again with light brown sugar. While I didn’t have any buttermilk on hand, I did have powdered buttermilk which I combined with water to “make” buttermilk (4 Tbsp buttermilk powder + 1 cup water = 1 cup buttermilk). While the recipe called for 1 1/2 cups buttermilk, I found 1 cup of reconstituted buttermilk to be quite adequate.

If you’re sitting the fence on whether or not to give this cookbook a try, check out this blog which chronicles a family’s endeavor to eat their way through The Feed Zone Cookbook. Even if you do not consider yourself an athlete per se, this is still a healthy way of eating as the cookbook offers scads of gluten-free recipes. Let’s get healthy!

On a side note, does anyone have a masticating juicer they would recommend? We’re looking to purchase one in the near future (primarily to make beet juice) and want to make sure we get a durable one…preferably without breaking the bank.

Indian dosas

September’s Daring Cooks’ challenge was selected by Debyi of The Healthy Vegan Kitchen.

dosa pancakes

As soon as I read the challenge requirements the ol’ excitement meter took a nosedive. Requirements: “Must be free of animal products, this will be a challenge for you “regular” cooks out there, but its worth it. So that means, no cows milk, butter, meat, poultry, fish, chicken/beef broth, etc. This dish is also 99% oil free, using only what you need to keep the dosas from sticking (I used a quick spritz of cooking spray on the first dosa only), which isn’t too bad with a nonstick pan. You can use a different filling/sauce if you like, but it must be free of animal products.”

curried garbanzo filling

Mmm…sounds tasty, right? Maybe to some, but I was skeptical. I thought I’d have a hard time convincing my husband to try this if he knew it was vegan, but he was more open-minded about this dish than I was, much to my chagrin. I’m lucky to have a husband who is such a daring eater. 😉

coconut curry sauce

Well, this dish surprised me…in a good way! By no means am I ready to switch to a vegan diet, but I may try to incorporate vegan dishes into our diet a couple times a month. I made the dosa pancakes with spelt flour and soy milk with a curried garbanzo filling and topped them with coconut curry sauce. Visit Debyi’s place for the recipes (click here). This is a great way to get yourself out of a recipe rut.

I’ll be back tomorrow to share my black and white arborrio rice pudding. Yeah for comfort food!

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As you may recall, Kevin and I enjoyed wheat germ pancakes at First Watch during our visit to Naples, Florida for Thanksgiving. I made this recipe for wheat germ pancakes from Cooking Light on Christmas morning.

Overall, the pancakes were good. However, they were not as fluffy as I would have liked. I think the toasted wheat germ I used was ground finer than that at First Watch. Their pancakes had a nice, grainy texture and nutty flavor while still maintaining their fluffiness. Also, this recipe calls for buttermilk, which I do not keep on hand. Instead, I used a buttermilk substitute recipe I found online. We’ve speculated this may have had something to do with the less than impressive pancake results.

Possibly in an effort to buoy my spirits, Kevin prepared a hazlenut latte and unwrapped a few banana-nut muffins that Jill made us (Jill is the muffin queen!) which quickly distracted me from my flop in the kitchen.

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I’m off in search of more wheat germ pancake recipes. I will not be defeated! And if you have a favorite pancake recipe, I’d love for you to share with me. 😉

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