Monday, May 4, 2015
Cooking With A Toddler : Pancakes For Dinner
My daughter is going to be 3 in June (don't get me started at how I can't believe that!) and I've started trying to get her involved in the kitchen when I'm cooking. We have a great open floorplan and a kitchen island that tends to be the center of activity throughout the day. She loves to sit at the island and color while I cook or play with playdough, so it was kind of a natural move to have her start helping me in the kitchen. Her favorite parts of the recipe are the dumping, stirring and pinching.
She is insanely picky these days, which isn't an easy thing for a mama like me to admit. We've tried so many things to get her excited about meals and nothing has really worked, so we're doing more of a "hands-off" approach these days. Just set out her meal (which we try to have a variety of healthy choices) and not nag her about it or act overly excited if she does try something. Some days she'll eat everything, some days she'll barely graze, but either way, we know she's not starving!
Toddlers are crazy (that's my mantra these days)
The other day I made pancakes for dinner and wanted a healthier version than my usual go-to buttermilk ones, so I flipped through my saved recipes and came across one from a recent Food Network Magazine for Multigrain Pancakes. I don't know about you, but whenever I try to add whole grains into pancakes they turn out to be uber-dense and have about as much flavor as damp cardboard, so I was a bit wary of the recipe.
However, it turned out really well! I added blueberries because I had some in the freezer and we gobbled them up...even picky little miss ate a few silver-dollar-sized ones.
Check out the recipe below and share how you get your kids in the kitchen!
Multigrain Pancake Recipe (courtesy of Food Network)