Ricotta Orange Whole Wheat Pancakes

Pancakes are a breakfast favorite of mine, because who doesn’t like a tall stack of em’? These pancakes are fluffy and have a hint of orange in them. The ricotta adds a touch of creaminess to these! You can even freeze these in the freezer and pop them out when you want to have a delicious quick breakfast by popping them into the toaster!

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Ricotta Orange Whole Wheat Pancakes

Ricotta Orange Whole Wheat Pancakes

These fluffy, zesty, and sweet pancakes are bursting with a delicate orange flavor and are perfect when topped with warm maple syrup and melted butter!

Ingredients

1/2 cups whole wheat flour

3 Tbsp sugar

1 1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 large egg

1 cup ricotta cheese

3/4 cup low-fat milk

1/2 cup orange juice

1/4 cup butter, melted

1/2 tsp grated orange zest

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

Pinch of salt

Maple syrup

Instructions

  1. In medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the egg, ricotta cheese, milk, orange juice, butter, and orange zest; set aside.
  3. Make a well in center of the dry ingredients; pour in milk mixture and whisk very gently until just combined (a few lumps should remain). Do not over mix.
  4. Heat a 12-inch nonstick frying pan/skillet over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes; add 1 teaspoon oil or butter and brush on skillet evenly.
  5. Pour 1/4 cup batter onto 3 spots on frying pan/skillet. Let pancakes cook until large bubbles begin to appear, about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Using a spatula, flip pancakes and cook until golden brown on second side, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes longer. Serve immediately, and repeat with remaining batter. Top with more orange zest, a pat of butter, and drizzle of maple syrup. Enjoy!
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Apricot Orange Chicken

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This is one of the easiest chicken dishes I have ever made! Today was my first day at my new job, so I didn’t have a whole lot of time to make dinner. Luckily, I was able to whipped this up just within minutes, and you can too! I had broccoli in my fridge I needed to use up so I just ate mine over broccoli but you can certainly use any type of rice or quinoa. You can save your money and calories from ordering this chinese take out dish and make your own homemade version thats even better!

Yield: 4

Ingredients:
4 chicken breasts; cut into bite sized pieces
Sprinkle of salt
Sprinkle of pepper
2 Tbsp olive oil
3 cloves garlic; chopped
1/4 cup orange juice
1/2 cup honey
2 tsp rice vinegar
1/4 cup apricot jam
1/4 cup soy sauce
3 Tbsp corn starch
1/2 tsp ground ginger
Zest of one orange

Steps:
1. Season bite sized chicken with salt and pepper in a medium sized bowl. Heat a large pan on medium heat with olive oil.

2. In a small bowl, whisk together garlic, orange juice, honey, apricot jam, soy sauce, cornstarch, ginger, and the zest of an orange.

3. Add chicken to pan and cook until browned but not cooked completely. Pour in apricot orange sauce and let it come to a boil (so it can thicken). Cook for 2-3 minutes until sauce completely covers chicken and chicken is cooked. Serve over broccoli, rice, or quinoa and garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds. Homemade chinese food in minutes!

Orange Mint Detox Water

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I made another overnight detox water creation and it is too refreshing, especially if you like the taste of a citrus orange and spicy mint flavor!

All you need is
1/2 orange; sliced
1/4 cup mint (I like to leave them whole)
Water

Put in orange slices and mint into a mason jar, fill with water and put in refrigerator overnight. The next morning you’ll have a refreshing glass of water!