Oops…forgot to make dinner

Has that ever happened to you?  I work from home and I was sitting at the kitchen table yesterday and before I knew it – it was after 6:40and my husband was walking in the door from work.  Nothing on the stove, nothing in the oven, and nothing delivered to the door (referring to the pizza guy ringing the doorbell).  I was so wrapped up in my work that I completely forgot the time.  So here is what I did and it worked great!  First I have a nice large container of Whole Grain Master Mix in my pantry.  With this I made basic pancakes; no optional add-ins since there was very little in the fridge to begin with and I wanted to keep the pancakes more savory than sweet.  Then found 4 eggs, some left-over corn salsa, the endings of ricotta cheese, a container of left-over roasted onions and green peppers, and a tablespoon of pesto.  So, I got my husband on pancake duty (can’t really ruin that part) and I made the rest.  I warmed up the vegetables and salsa in a large non-stick skillet with a bit of olive oil, added the eggs and pesto and scrambled it around (I stink at making omeletes so scrambled eggs work).  Then, when the eggs were almost cooked I placed a few globs of ricotta cheese over the then top and sprinkled lightly with sea salt and fresh ground black pepper.  By the time I was done – so was my husband and the pancakes.  It was a great meal and the left-over pancakes were a perfect snack for my husband today.

Here is my Whole Grain Master Mix recipe to make pancakes – enjoy!

Whole Grain Master Mix

2 cups all-purpose un-bleached flour

2 cups whole wheat flour

¾ cups nonfat dry milk powder

½ cup old-fashioned rolled oats

½ cup cornmeal (white or yellow)

2 tablespoons baking powder

2 tablespoons sugar

1 teaspoon salt

½ cup canola or vegetable oil


1.      Combine flours, dry milk, oats, cornmeal, baking powder, sugar, and salt in a large bowl.  Using a pastry blender, cut in the oil until a coarse meal forms.


Store the mix in a covered container at room temperature or in the refrigerator of up to 2 months.  Measure as you would flour; do not pack into measuring cup.


Morning Glory Pancakes

3 cups Whole Grain Master Mix (pack lightly)

1½ cups water, or slightly more for a thinner batter

1 egg

½ granny smith apple, diced

½ carrot grated and chopped, 2-3 tablespoons

½ cup shredded coconut

½ cup chopped pecans


1.      Combine all of the ingredients in a large bowl, whisking just until blended and lumps barely disappear, 10-15 seconds.  Proceed to make pancakes on griddle.



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