I got some Lifeway kefir while grocery shopping the other day and wanted to make pancakes using kefir instead of buttermilk. I noticed that they both have that same tangy taste and thickness. In case you've never heard of kefir, it looks like very thin,drinkable yogurt.
Here is a little blurb on kefir on Lifeway's website: similar to yogurt but far more beneficial, Lifeway Kefir contains seven to ten billion CFU’s of 10 strains of bacteria, plus ProBoost, our exclusive pair of clinically proven probiotics to balance your body’s ecosystem, support digestive health and immunity – that’s 12 live and active cultures per cup. These friendly, probiotic bacteria fortify your body and help to boost immunity, improve digestion, ward off side effects from antibiotics, fight lactose intolerance and may even aid in weight loss.
I don't really like eating this stuff plain, but it's great in smoothies, or as a sub for buttermilk since it has the same acidity level (so it can be subbed in baking when the acidity is important for the leavening agents). I used a pancake mix we got at costco a couple months ago; Krusteaz multi-grain pancake mix. It's kind of weird that it doesn't show up on their website, and an internet search yielded me with no results of anyone using the mix. That either means that its a very new product or that its only sold at select stores like costco.
Put mix in the bowl-
Add the egg:
Now for the best part; the TOPPINGS!
After the skillet was nice and hot it was time for pancakes!
|Breakfast for tomorrow morning!|
In the morning I woke up and had some of my pancakes which kept very well in a ziplock bag over night.
|One blueberry, one toasted pecan.|
On the side I had a very juicy pear sprinkled liberally with cinnamon.
|I love this combo...|
With some green tea on the side--
theme with cutting my bread in half and toasting only one half. I'm quite peculiar..
I was super excited to make dinner that night because I was going to make one of the things that was on my food-making bucket list: sliders! How cute are they? I actually don't think I have ever eaten a slider so I was pretty excited to try this out. I got the idea to make them from my Health magazine that had a recipe for sliders to make for a crowd (as an appetizer); also lean ground sirloin was on sale! It was meant to be(:
I halved this recipe for the meat mixture but changed up the toppings and buns. For toppings we had avocado, lettuce, tomato, caramelized onions, pickles, and the usual condiments. Make sure you leave plenty of time for you onions to caramelize because it can take up to an hour sometimes! This time it took about 40 minutes.
Here is them at the start (that's one whole onion)-
And look how cute these little mini wheat slider buns are!
Before the roast-
Soon enough dinner was ready:
|Sliders, toppings, and green beans.|
Look how cute they are!
|Some with sharp white cheddar and some with medium orange cheddar cheese.|
These burgers were not only downright adorable they were also delicious. My family usually seasons our burgers with taco seasonings so this other combo was a nice change of pace. It has Worcestershire sauce, smoked paprika, garlic, salt, and pepper in the mix which gives it a really smoking flavor that I think everyone liked. In fact, I think this might be our go-to burger recipe from now on!
As I worked on homework I snacked on a chocolate-dipped hazelnut biscotti I snagged from the reception area over at the vets that my dogs go to. Who's going to pass up free biscotti?
|Biscotti with none other than coffee! (decaf)|