These stuffed bite-sized pancakes will have the little ones jumping for joy and adults feeling like a kid again. The mini pancakes can be made up to three days in advance, allowing for quick assembly when hunger calls.
Made by grinding up rolled oats into fine powder, oat flour is a wonderful whole-grain option for pancakes, waffles, and baked goods such as muffins. If following a strict gluten-free diet, be sure to use a brand that explicitly states that it is gluten free.
In large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, and a pinch of salt. In separate bowl, gently beat eggs and stir in all the milk. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until smooth. The batter should be the consistency of pancake batter; add additional milk, as needed, if mixture is too thick. Let batter rest for 10 minutes.
In skillet, heat oil over medium heat. By the tablespoonful, drop batter into pan and heat until edges begin to curl inward and bubbles form on the surface, about 2 minutes. Flip over and cook for 1 minute more, or until golden brown on the bottom. Repeat with remaining batter, adding more oil to pan as needed. Let prepared blini cool on wire rack. You should have about 22 mini pancakes.
Stir together cream cheese and orange zest.
To serve, spread about 2 tsp (10 mL) each cream cheese and almond butter on a mini pancake and top with about 2 tsp (10 mL) blueberries. Serve open-faced or top with another mini pancake.
Ever thought about making burgers as an appetizer or as a potluck meal for friends and family? Try making your favourite burger into bite-sized portions. They might be small in size, but they won’t be small in flavour. These burgers also pair well with a Greek salad for a delicious mid-week lunch or dinner. Fresh is best Squeeze fresh lemon on patties while cooking to give them the fresh zing of citrus.
What worldwide vacation is complete without a stop in Italy? Dad won’t miss the meat in this flavourful mushroom alternative complete with Italian spices and a zesty vegetable tapenade. Portobellos have a uniquely “meaty” texture and act as a sponge to lock in loads of flavour. This meaty plant-based burger is sure to become a favourite—even with any meat-lovers in your life. Custom-made! Don’t be afraid to customize your burger buns to fit your patties. If your bun’s too big, trim off excess and save the trimmed bits of bread, but don’t discard. Instead, cut into small cubes; drizzle with some olive oil, sea salt, and seasonings of choice; bake at 350 F (180 C) for 10 to 15 minutes, and you’ll have delicious homemade croutons for use in soups and salads throughout the week.
Next stop, Asia! This shrimp burger combines classic Asian flavours with unique toppings for rich umami flavour with the saltiness of the ocean. Whether served on a bun or over rice in a more traditional Asian-style meal, try some unique miso yogurt or wasabi mayo dressing for a fabulous flavour bomb. Keep those burgers juicy Place raw patties on a plate or tray, and cover and freeze or refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes to keep them together and to lock in moisture.
While on your burger journey, visit Jamaica, where you’ll find the spicy jerk flavours native to this beautiful island. Maple syrup adds a unique, sticky sweetness, while fresh lime juice highlights the fresh, tangy flavours of the Caribbean. Try making your own jerk seasoning or purchase store-bought for an easy shortcut.