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Pink Pancakes

Pink Pancakes


Pink Pancakes

No matter if your warrior is a girl or boy; they will absolutely love these pink pancakes.  This recipe simply takes a store brought pancake mix and makes it healthy by hiding in grated apple, beet puree and some ricotta cheese.  This mean is full of protein for the whole family.  Again, I’m sharing this recipe from the book by Jessica Seinfeld called “Deceptively Delicious”. 

In her book, she hides vegetables and other healthy foods inside of regular everyday foods.  This is not as easy as it sounds!  The recipes require you to purchase a food processor, blender or Magic Bullet for pureeing (making the foods into liquids) and also for chopping.   Checking out your local thrift store can help save you money on one of these needed items.    She also includes some pantry items and kitchen utensils that will come in handy will using her book.  This book covers it all! I nabbed this book on for only $4 used.

My warrior loves breakfast! It’s her and my favorite meal and as most parents know; making them eat healthy is a fight in itself! To add even more fun, chop of some strawberries or other fruit and top them off!  See recipe below.

Prep time: 10 minutes                         Total time: 13-17 minutes                 Serves: 4 little children

·         1 cup whole wheat, white or panko (Japanese) breadcrumbs

·         ½ cup flaxseed meal

·         1 tablespoon grated Parmesan

·         ½ teaspoon paprika

·         ½ teaspoon garlic powder

·         ½ onion powder

·         1 cup of broccoli or spinach or sweet potato or beet puree

·         1 large egg, lightly beaten

·         1 pound boneless chicken tenders, rinsed, dried and cut into small chunks

·         ½ teaspoon salt

·         Nonstick cooking spray

·         1 tablespoon olive oil


In a blender or food processor, combine water, ricotta cheese, beet puree, vanilla and cinnamon and blend.  Dump the mixture into a medium bowl, add the pancake mix and apple, and stir until just combined.  Do not over mix- the batter is supposed to be a little lumpy.

Get your large skillet ready by coating it with cooking spray or use a nonstick skillet and set it over a medium high flame.  When the skillet is hot, add the oil and spoon the batter onto the griddle.  (Now I tend to make smaller pancakes for my warrior but make them the size you desire)  cook the pancakes until the bubbles form on top and the batter is set, 1 to 2 minutes. The flip them with a spatula and cook the other side until golden brown, 2 to 3 minutes.

Serve warm with syrup or fruit.

Source:  Seinfeld, Jessica. “Deceptively Delicious”. Simple Secrets to Get Your Kids Eating Good Food. 2007.Print.First Edition


About Author

Elle Jenae

Elle Jenae

My name is Louisetta Williams and I’m a proud single parent of a 4 beautiful girls ages 18, 13, 8, and 5. I love to refer to my daughters as my Z-babies because all their names start with a “Z” and online I often call them Z1, Z2, Z3 or Z4 in accordance of their birth order. My youngest Z-baby is 5 years old and she is my Sickle Cell Warrior. I work as a research assistant at the American Academy of Pediatrics where we research diseases that affect children all over the world. I love my job because our research helps enhance children’s health worldwide. My passions outside of work are reading, doing family activities, going to church, writing and helping people in any way I can. I wanted to write for Sickle Cell Warriors because I want to be the voice for parents who fight for their Sickle Cell Warriors daily. I believe by sharing my experiences, research and testimonies of how I cope with dealing with an ill child; I can help someone. I want to be an advocate for SCD parents who sacrifice so much and let them know that it’s okay to be perfectly imperfect.

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