Fluffy Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

Pancakes are the definition of a hearty breakfast. They can be transformed into so many different ways…I had a ton of lemons in fridge and I wanted pancakes so I came up with this tasty treat. It’s hard to make pancakes during the week-day mornings so I suggest making extra and freezing these. In the morning just pop theses into a toaster and waahhh-laa! You get a perfect tasty pancake.

These are a bit different because they are not like your traditional buttermilk pancakes..they have a hint of lemon with a touch of poppy seeds. They almost resemble a moist buttery lemon poppy seed muffin….so good! The melted butter that’s added to the batter really gives these cakes an extra hint of deliciousness, so be sure not to skip out on that part. Top with fresh fruit, I found that raspberries compliment this perfectly. These are best when stacked high just how I like them so enjoy!
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Lemon Poppy Seed Fluffy Pancakes

Yield: about 2 dozen small pancakes

Lemon Poppy Seed Fluffy Pancakes

Fluffy, lemon-yyyyyy, and light is what makes these pancakes extra special.

Ingredients

2 cups flour

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp baking soda

2 Tbsp granulated sugar

2 Tbsp fresh lemon zest

2 cups milk (I used low-fat milk)

2 large whole eggs

2 tsp pure vanilla extract

2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice

4 Tbsp butter (unsalted), melted

2 Tbsp poppy seeds

butter or cooking spray for frying pan

Maple syrup

Fresh Raspberries

Instructions

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, and baking soda.
  2. Whisk in the sugar, lemon zest, milk, eggs, and lemon juice until smooth.
  3. Melt butter and pour into batter while whisking at the same time. Also, add in poppy seeds and mix until batter is completely smooth and does not have any lumps.
  4. Heat a griddle, or a nonstick pan over medium heat and add about a 1/2 tablespoon of butter or spray cooking spray when heated.
  5. For small pancakes pour 2 tablespoons of batter for each pancake and for larger pancakes, pour about 1/4 cup of batter.
  6. Cook until golden brown on the bottom and and bubbling on top. Flip once and cook until golden brown on each side. Top with warm maple syrup and sprinkle with fresh fruit (I used raspberries)
http://kathrynskitchenblog.com/2015/05/fluffy-lemon-poppy-seed-pancakes/

 

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Sweet Winter Kale Power Salad

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I have been making this yummy salad for lunch and I love it! Instead of beans, I also use rotisserie chicken breast. This salad is filling and hearty just like a salad should be. I love this because it is so clean, healthy, and every bite is packed with anti-oxidants. You can add your favorite salad toppers to this so there is no wrong way to make this. I also add feta or blue cheese to this occasionally for even more of a perfect salad!

Ingredients:
1 package of cut kale; pre-washed, ribs removed (about 5 cups)
2 tsp + 1 tsp olive oil
1 lemon
1/4 cup raisins
1 shallot; finely chopped
1/4 of your favorite nut mix (I used pumpkin seeds, sunflower seeds, almonds, and walnuts)
1 can of kidney beans
1 can of corn; drained
1 cucumber; peeled, seeds removed, and chopped
1/4 cup dried cranberries
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Salt and pepper to taste

Steps:
1. Place kale in a large bowl. Squeeze the juice of one lemon and add 2 tsp of olive oil. Massage kale )with your hands)  with olive oil and lemon until it feels tender. This is extremely important because it softens the kale so it is easier to eat. The color of the kale will also turn bright green and look very fresh. Continue to massage for about 3-5 minutes.

2. Bring a frying pan to medium heat. Add 1 tsp of olive oil and shallots. Sauté for 2 minutes and then add raisins. Sauté for another 2 minutes until shallots look cooked and raisins look plump. Pour mixture over kale and stir until combined.

3. Add your favorite nut mixture, beans, corn, cucumbers, cranberries, and season with garlic powder, salt, and pepper.

****Another great alternative for a salad topper instead of beans, is rotisserie chicken.
*****This is great for make-ahead lunches, the longer the kale sits; the better!
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Rosemary Lemon Water

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Rosemary  and lemon infused in water has got to be one of the most refreshing drinks I’v had. I’m one of those people who has to constantly force myself to drink water throughout the day. The best way for me to drink more water is to infuse my water with some of my favorites. This time I tried something I never thought I would try; rosemary and lemon…and what a combo– love it!

All you need to do is:
Add a spring or 2 of fresh rosemary in a pitcher of water. Add in a sliced lemon (about 8 chunky slices). Let steep over night and there you have it!

Roasted Lemon Pepper Asparagus

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Asparagus is one of my favorite vegetables and I especially love it with lemons. This recipe is extremely quick and easy to prepare for any side dish or appetizer. Fresh lemons and asparagus pair so perfectly together. This fresh app is packed with all kinds of antioxidants so be sure to eat these greens!

Ingredients:
1 bunch of fresh aspsaragus (about 1 lb); ends removed
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp lemon pepper
1 lemon; zested and juiced
Sea salt and pepper for taste

Steps:
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. In a large bowl, toss the asparagus with olive oil, lemon zest and juice, and lemon pepper until evenly coated.

2. Sprinkle with a pinch or two of sea salt and pepper. Place in baking pan and roast for 8-12 minutes, or until the tips begin to brown and the asparagus is tender. Enjoy!

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Cucumber, Lemon, & Mint detox water

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The last few detox waters I made have been a MAJOR hit! I have received tons of great feedback from them all so I am always in the makings of more delicious and refreshing waters. After all, water is the most important drink so why not make it extra delicious!? 😉

All you need is:
About 5 cucumber slices
3 lemon slices
About 4-6 mint leafs

Place ingredients in a mason jar and add water to the top. Let sit over night so the water can absorb all of the nutrients. I highly recommend making a large batch of this because you are going to want more…the best part about it is, the more you drink the best it is for you!

Try my other detoxifying & refreshing waters:
Apple Cinnamon Detox Water
Strawberry Lemon Detox Water
Orange Mint Detox Water
Strawberry Chia Seed Water
Pomegranate Lemon Sparkling Water