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Jumped on the Two Ingredient Pancake Bandwagon

23 Jan

When I told you how cold it was yesterday, I don’t think I properly conveyed how miserable I was feeling.

IMG_1920[1]THIS IS NOT OKAY. Seriously, I am not in Boston and I’m not in Milwaukee, so don’t try to play off sub-freezing temperatures  over here in the mid-Atlantic and expect to get away with it, Mother Nature. I’m calling you out.

I received a cute shirt in the mail yesterday that I had ordered from Loft (60% off sale items? Yes, please!) but I know I’m not going to be able to wear it for months. However, I am eagerly anticipating the $11 black corduroy pants I ordered, though! Very winter friendly. Best part is it didn’t cost me a dime, thanks to a gift card from my dear aunt for my birthday a few months back. Thanks, Aunt Rebecca!

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I am the worst at handling extreme chill. And by extreme chill, I mean anything below 70-ish degrees. You know that line in ‘When Harry Met Sally’ when Billy Crystal says to Meg Ryan, “I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out”? That’s me. I am pretty sure Stefano considers it more of a liability than a charming quirk. Before inauguration, he did a full once-over of my outfit before he deemed it appropriate to keep me warm.

Luckily, my girl Colleen is on the same page, so I know I’m not alone.

Since the weather outside is truly frightful, a warm breakfast was a necessity to a) warm my belly and b) give me an excuse to stand next to the lit stove.

The two ingredient pancakes craze happened sometime last year, but I didn’t pursue it because it has bananas and I really don’t care for bananas. Nevertheless, curiosity got the better of me and I had to try it out to see if it could be done.

What You Need:

  • 1 banana
  • 2 whole eggs

I’ve seen some modifications of the ingredients list to substitute egg whites for whole eggs, adding various spices, etc. I decided to keep it real simple just to see if it could be done and if I enjoyed them, first.

What To Do:

  1. Mash the banana really well and mix in with the eggs. If you want the texture to be really smooth, use a hand mixer to really smooth out the banana chunks.
  2. Turn the stove on medium-low (this is key!) and spray with some kind of oil. It is really important that these pancakes cook for a longer time at lower heat, otherwise they will stick to the pan and fall apart when you try to flip them. Have a little patience and you will be rewarded!
  3. Add batter slowly. Since it s primarily egg-based, the pancakes spread out fast and tend to be on the thin side. Add the batter slowly so you can keep them the size you want (start small!)IMG_1922[1]
  4. You want the pancake to start looking pretty firm before you flip it, otherwise it will fall apart. That’s why it’s so important to keep it on low heat so the the outside doesn’t burn. Once you flip it, you only have to keep it on for a few second before you’re good to go!

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I topped mine with wild blueberries (via frozen bag from Costco – but they must have been wild once, right) and had a little bit of plain Greek yogurt on the side.

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The verdict? They were pretty tasty, especially considering the fact that I don’t like bananas. Next time I will add some cinnamon to amp up the flavor, but I don’t think it needed anything in the way of sweetener – the bananas add plenty of sweetness.

One thing I will say is that you have to give up the preconception of what you know pancakes to be – light and fluffy. These are definitely on the denser side and turn out quite thin. It’s hard to say anything bad about them though, they’re just so darn easy!

I love meals that don’t use too many ingredients – five is usually my max, which is probably why I don’t get around to a lot of baking. I may have to start, as it’s really nice to feel the wave of heat when you open the oven.

Food For Thought: What’s your favorite quickie meal? Have you ever tried pancakes using anything but the usual ingredients?

Let me know if you try this recipe and what you think!

A Sore Return

9 Jan

Whew! Either the two weeks out of the gym completely took it out of me or maybe I’m still recovery from being sick, but the Cardio and Tone class I went to during lunch yesterday has left me s-o-r-e. Like, waddling around, bracing myself to sit on the toilet sore. Definitely didn’t see that one coming, but it was a fantastic workout. The instructor was upbeat, knowledgeable, and offered varying levels of difficulty for each of the exercises so it was good for all fitness levels. The class was set up like high intensity interval training (HIIT), except there wasn’t much rest time from what I could gather. It was basically a bunch of supersets (one exercise immediately followed by another), taking a rest break when you absolutely needed to. Wowza!

The nice thing about going to the gym during lunch is that I get to go home straight after. There was a package waiting on my doorstep when I arrived home. How I love getting mail!

IMG_1813[1]My dad had wanted to buy a winter coat for me for my birthday, but waited until I was home in December so I could try them on myself and see what fit best.

IMG_1817[1]It’s so warm and cozy and purple! I love it. It looks pink in this picture, but I assure you that it’s purple. Also, don’t mind the fact that I’m wearing PJ pants underneath the jacket – I may or may not have changed right into them as soon I got home from work. Major plus on the coat?

IMG_1823[1]Thumb holes! I love them.

After modeling my coat for myself, I went downstairs to rummage for some food because if I’m not at the gym, I’m eating (duh). On our recent Costco trip, I bought two pounds of cherry tomatoes and a box of individually packaged Sabra hummus to bring to work in lunches, so I decided to break them out and see how they were.

IMG_1825[1]Sabra is not really my favorite hummus, but the individual packs are a perfect serving and will pair well with some sliced cucumbers (my fave) and the tomatoes.

Then I parked myself on the couch and watched the rest of season 1 of Downton Abbey. Whoops. I had big plans to clean my room and do laundry and all that fun stuff, but it was thrown by the wayside in favor of the drama of the Crawley family. I won’t give anything away for those who haven’t seen it but the episode with the Turkish attaché just knocked me on my butt. Touché, Julian Fellowes, touché.

While on the phone with Stef last night, we were discussing our plans for this weekend. Our anniversary is on Friday so we are hoping to do something a little more romantic than our usual Trader Joe’s grocery date. Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to spend my Friday night than walking in a giant room full of food with my boyfriend. I’m kidding, I think.

Anyway, the weather is supposed to be really nice this weekend, get a load of this:

IMG_1827[1]Highs in the sixties over the weekend??? Tell me this is actually the middle of winter. With warm temps on the horizon, we are hoping to find something fun to do outside over the weekend.

This morning’s breakfast was a lox and cream cheese wrap using some smoked salmon from Trader Joe’s.

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It was also featured in my omelette yesterday and I’m having a salmon fillet for lunch – overkill? I also had a bowl of honey Greek yogurt (the best flavor) mixed with some frozen wild blueberries that I briefly thawed in the microwave. The smokiness of the salmon really made the wrap and the juice from the blueberries turned my yogurt a beautiful shade of purple. Simple and so delicious.

Body Pump is on the books for tonight, though my muscles are fatigued and I don’t know how effective my workout will be tonight. It’s pretty amazing what two weeks of being sedentary will do to you after months of regular activity.

Food For Thought: Do you go through periods where you eat the same thing repeatedly? What are some of your favorite food regulars?

 

 

 

 

 

Twice

7 Dec

It’s FRIDAY! And it’s raining. But it’s Friday! Two weeks until I get packing for Seattle because, let’s be honest, who EVER packs earlier than the night before an early flight? Our flight leaves at 7:45 AM – ouch. I feel like late morning is a much more civilized time to fly, but the good news is we land around 10:30 AM in Seattle (thanks, time zones!) so we get that full day.

My office does casual Friday, which means I get to wear jeans – my favorite. I am loving this pair of Banana Republic jeans I just bought from Twice, which is this really great online secondhand clothing store. It’s exactly like regular online shopping, but each piece is unique, so if you put it in your basket, it’s not available for any other shoppers unless you let your time expire. I purchased a DKNY dress  for $55 (it was originally $279!) that I had hoped to wear to my office holiday party. On a whim, I also bought a pair of skinny jeans. Funnily enough, I ended up hating the way the dress fit and loving the jeans. The great part about Twice is if you want to return something, they will send you a return mailing label so you can mail it free of charge.

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Let’s talk lunchtime workouts again. I went to another one yesterday, a class called Cardio and Tone. It was essentially a circuit workout, but I enjoyed doing it in a group style because the instructor really pushed us to the max. Downside? MORE BURPEES! During that one class period, we did a total of 100 -count ’em- ONE HUNDRED BURPEES. Whyyyyyy???? I was cursing the instructor during the class, but I’ll admit that I felt extremely productive and accomplished after that class. And sweaty. Very, very sweaty. Luckily, my desk is off in Siberia, so my co-workers weren’t forced to interact with me too much.

Unlike the spin class the day before, I was starving when I got back to the office and scarfed down my lunch, which was one of my favorite salads, plus the usual sides.


IMG_1599[1]I also snagged some trail mix from the office snack basket – that Planter’s Nuts and Chocolate trail mix is my ideal combination of peanuts, M&Ms, raisins, and almonds.

A quick happy hour after work  was followed by an even faster dinner prep.

IMG_1600[1]In no time at all, I was in my comfy PJ’s and ready to hang around the house. There was a huge pile of laundry to be folded, but I turned on Pandora and got it all done so I wouldn’t have to spoon my socks and underwear in bed that night. Even after tidying up, it was still only 9:30 – it’s amazing how much time I have when I don’t go to the gym after work.

This weekend I’m hoping to get some Christmas shopping in and meet up with my friend Marianne, but nothing huge on the books since the onslaught of holiday parties doesn’t start until next week – I’ve got four in the same weekend! Looking forward to a restful weekend before the Christmas season begins in earnest. Wishing you all a fabulous next few days – check in with you Monday!

Food for Thought: Do you have any special Christmas/Hanukkah/Solistice/Kwanzaa/etc. parties planned this weekend?

 

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