It’s always a good idea to slip leafy greens into any meal for a nutritious boost. And you’ll be amazed how spring spinach can be sneaked into these Instagram-ready pancakes without making them taste like a salad. Banana offsets the earthy notes of spinach with natural sweetness, lemon zest infuses the flapjacks with citrusy zing, and almond flour provides nutty tasting notes. Top with berries and a drizzle of maple syrup. The batter can be prepared the night before and may also be used in a waffle iron.
Extra prepared and cooled pancakes can be frozen in a single layer on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet. To reheat, stack frozen pancakes on a plate and microwave for 90 seconds, or until heated through. Or warm them using a toaster oven or even a push-down toaster.
In large bowl, stir together flours, cinnamon, baking powder, baking soda, and a couple pinches of salt. Place milk, yogurt, egg, banana, spinach, and lemon zest in blender and blend until smooth. Add spinach mixture to flour mixture and mix together. Fold in walnuts, if using. Let batter rest for 15 minutes to allow flour to soak up some of the liquid.
Heat greased skillet over medium heat. Pour 1/4 cup (60 mL) batter for each pancake into pan and cook for 2 minutes, or until darkened around the edges and bubbles form on the surface. Flip and cook for 2 minutes more. Place prepared pancakes on metal rack and keep warm in 200 F (100 C) oven while you prepare remaining batter.
This recipe is part of the Keen on Green collection.
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.