Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Patties & Stew

I hope you're not getting tired of seeing pancake faces because they're still going strong around here...

GRRR, Eat Me!
This time I added pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, and spinach to the pancake batter.  Then topped the finished pancakes with some of the Cinnamon Whipped Honey we got at the Covered Bridge Festival. :D

Of course once the can of pumpkin was opened I could hear it calling to me.  I can only ignore the call for so long so I decided I needed a mid morning snack too...
Hello Gorgeous!
A big ol' bowl of pumpkin with some pumpkin pie spice and a drizzle of Agave Nectar.  Yum!!

For lunch we decided to make Chickpea Patties.  I love veggie burgers and these fall into that category. :)

Makes 4 patties

1/2 Can Chickpeas - drained & rinsed
1 Egg White
1 Kale Stem - de-stemmed
3 Green Onions - chopped
Handful of Spinach
2 T Whole Wheat Flour
1 T Ground Flax Seed
2 T Water

Heat some Olive Oil in a skillet on Med.
Pulse in a food processor so that it's all chopped up and combined but not super smooth (you're not making a smoothie!)
Wet your hands and form into 4 patties and place into the HOT skillet.
Cook for 5-10 minutes on one side then flip and cook the other.

Yeah, I know they're a little "blackened" lol!
I topped ours with some tomato-humus (Made with the other half of the can of chickpeas, + EVOO + Tahini Paste + Tomato Paste + Dried Basil) and Avocado....

My dinner looked almost exactly the same as my lunch - 2 patties with veggies & humus.  Then a left over Angle food cupcake and a big bowl of pumpkin. :)

We also had Crock-Pot Stew (recipe below).  Last night Kai had her first school concert and the plan was for Nana, Papa and Grandpa to join us for dinner, Grammy had to work. :(   Then we were all going to head over to the school to watch the performances.

Well around 2:30 I got a call from Papa who was in the ER because Nana slipped and broke/dislocated her ankle!!  She's out of surgery and ready to start healing now but needless to say they didn't make it.  Fortunately we had the camcorder all ready to go so a video was made and all the grandparents will be able to watch it soon. :)

2 Small Onions - chopped
2 Celery Stalks - chopped
12 Baby Carrots - chopped
1 Package Stew/Stir-fry beef (about .88 lbs)
2 Kale leaves - de-stemmed
2 Potatoes - chopped
Wine and/or Broth to bring the liquid up to just below the level of the food.

Put on low for the day.  I turn it down to "Warm" about an hour before dinner time to try and cool it down a bit.

Makes 6-7
1 C Flour
2 t Baking Powder
1/8 t Baking Soda
Pinch of Salt
2 T Butter (Cold)
1/2 T White Vinegar + Milk to bring it to 1/2 Cup (Cold)

Pre-Heat the oven to 450°
Mix the dry ingredients.  Using your hands, Quickly, stir in the butter so that it's all crumbly.
Stir in the Butter Milk (aka - milk + vinegar).  It WILL be sticky.
(At this point I popped it in the fridge because I had no concept of time and started making them insanely early!)
Using wet hands, form them into patties (approximately 1" high x 2" diameter) & put on your baking stone (or cookie sheet).  Cook for 15-20 minutes.

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