Cooking for Hungry Boys, part 1

Cooking is a never ending task for any mother, but being a stay-at-home, homeschooling mom can mean that I am in the kitchen for hours every day. And although I like to cook, there are many other things I want to do and a ton of other things I need to do. Thus, I am always on the look out for fast, easy, cheap and tasty snack and meal ideas. Here is one of the three that have become a staple for our family.

Number One: The Oatmeal Pancakes

When Boy #4 wakes up, he is ravenous. That’s him on the left. And now that he has developed the habit of swatting your face when he is upset, it is essential that I have something on hand that can be ready in a flash. Unless I like the the “I have been in a fight with a bear look which is why I have all these scratches on my face” look, which I don’t. I also wanted it to be healthy because he eats them every single day I am a good mommy. After many attempts and a few recipes, I have come up with the following. You can use all oatmeal, but my kids like them with a little glutton. We’re bad like that.

Oatmeal Pancakes

*1 3/4 cup Buttermilk (OK, who seriously keeps buttermilk around all the time? Answer: Not me. If you are like me, here’s a great substitute. Put 1 1/2 tablespoons of lemon juice in your measuring cup then fill it with milk until it measures 1 and 3/4. Let stand 5 minutes and viola! fake buttermilk. You can also substitute soy milk if you have a milk intolerant redhead like me.)

*3 eggs

*2 TB oil

*2 ts vanilla

*2 cups oatmeal

Place these ingredients in your BLENDER and blend at high speed for 2 minutes.

Then add 1/2 cup flour and blend until it’s incorporated well into the mixture.

Finally, add:

*2 TB sugar

*1/2 ts salt

*1/2 TB baking soda

*1 1/2 TB baking powder

Mix it thoroughly, but briefly.

I cook these on a griddle with a temperature of 375, using a 1/4 c measure and it makes 19 pancakes. I usually do a double batch and then freeze them. Every morning I butter 2 frozen pancakes, pop them in the microwave for about 45 seconds and my bear is transformed into the sweet lamb he normally is, until the hunger pains return, of course.



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