Friday, January 9, 2015

For the love of quinoa pancakes

About two minutes from my apartment, there is this magical restaurant called Lyfe Kitchen that serves quinoa pancakes, or fluffy circles of healthy deliciousness. I used to have these pancakes twice a week. They are soooo tasty, and they fill me up for hours.

I ran into a problem.  A "where does all my money go/why am I poor" problem. After much consideration, I realized buying things like quinoa pancakes often is a detriment.

I know everyone has their secret addiction, but as part of improving myself for the new year and years to come, I am trying to really think about where I choose to spend my money, and if the temporary happiness is worth the financial loss.

The truth is, the happiness is worth it. I like getting a delicious breakfast, I like eating healthy, and I like treating myself. I was eating at Lyfe Kitchen last weekend, I had a forkful of quinoa, and I thought, maybe this isn't that much of a expense. Then I went home and added it up: if I eat quinoa pancakes twice a week for one year that's $728. What?! That's a plane ticket to see family, a fun trip, it's textbooks, rent, car insurance, it's a lot of money.

So, I'm wrapping up this rambling post by sharing a recipe for *drumroll please* quinoa pancakes! Making these for myself was so fun and super easy. It takes about ten minutes start to finish, and they are absolutely delicious and a fraction of the cost.


Two eggs
3/4 cups cooked quinoa (leftover quinoa works great!)
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon cinammon
1/4 teasppon vanilla extract
1/2 teaspoon honey
pinch of sea salt
One tablespoon of Sugar in the Raw

The recipe I read didn't call for the sugar or honey, but I like everything sweeter than necessary. I also ended up throwing in some blueberries, I think any fruit would be delicious and work fine in the batter!

Heat a skillet and coat with any cooking spray or oil. I used coconut oil to keep this whole healthy thing going, but whatever you've got will work just fine.

Mix all your ingredients together in a medium size bowl.

Pour batter onto skillet in a pancake shape, and let the pancakes cook for about two minutes each side over medium heat.

Get your fresh fruit, whip cream, maple syrup, and enjoy! Then open your wallet and do a happy dance with the seven dollars you didn't spend.

Happy Thursday! If you have an awesome restaurant inspired recipe, tell me about it below. Wishing you all a great weekend. xoxo.


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