Last weekend I was feeling some pressure from my mom to use the weird (but delicious!) vegetables that we get from our CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) http://www.underwoodfamilyfarms.com/CSA_Program.html. I had planned on making soup, but since the weather likes to have bipolar disorder it was 95 degrees and soup just did not seem right! I was also seriously pressed for time and didn’t have the patience for the chopping and brewing required for soup. So, it was the morning time, what is quick and delicious? Pancakes! panqueques is espanol- well kind of, my coworkers told me that Latino people really don’t eat pancakes and panqueques is basically a made up word, but I thought it was fun to say nonetheless.
Heres what I did. First I cooked the acorn squash in the microwave.
Then I drizzled on some cinnamon sugar and pumpkin pie spice. Have you ever used pumpkin pie spice? It is seriously amazing stuff. Next I pureed it in the food processor. Oh yes, I forgot to mention you don’t eat the green outside shell, but in the center is a yellow orange color. The flavor is similar to a sweet potato. Its actually really sweet and delicious!
Then I put together a combination of bisquick, whole wheat flour, milk, 2 eggs, a little oatmeal, and a touch of brown sugar. I whipped it together until it was the consistency I wanted. I didn’t measure anything in order to save clean up and save time. When making pancakes I always thought it was necessary to measure since that was what my Dad did, and then one time I saw my old friend Liz White just pour the Bisquick in and I was like omgosh, why have I been measuring for nothing? So, needless to say, I don’t have a recipe for you. Only ingredients.
Mmmm. They were delicious! So, I would like to take a minute to talk about the nutritional content of pancakes. They are not exactly a nutritional powerhouse. BUT, if you top them with fruit (Yum!) and add a little acorn squash inside, you’re starting your day off with a good source of carbohydrates, some fiber from the whole grain wheat and fruit, vitamin A from the squash, and you just ate foods from 3/5 food groups! Buen provecho!
Additionally, one of the worse aspects of pancakes is the syrup. 1/4 cup of syrup has 210 calories. Eeek! That is why I strongly advise adding fruit for flavor whenever possible. Ooops, I forgot to mention I added one rotten banana in the pancake batter too. That totally helped sweeten ’em up. What are your favorite toppers to add to pancakes? Do you have any secret ingredients? Also, if that isn’t really a butternut squash, sorry! CSA gives you a mystery box every time! Below are some pictures of my doggies, Max loves pancakes! and Roxy pretends to love them and then barfs them on the floor.