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Cornmeal Apple Pancakes

One of my favorite things my boyfriend and I do on (lazy) Saturday mornings is make pancakes.  I think he gets frustrated with me because I never have pancake mix, but, who needs mix when you have an addiction to the bulk section at the co-op?

One (not so) recent Saturday morning, I made Dave pancakes in the cast iron skillet (my new favorite kitchen gadget).

To be honest, I’m not that good at making pancakes.  I never have been.  I either horribly undercook them, or burn them terribly.  These were pretty tasty (albeit slightly undercooked) 🙂

ingredients, + mango green tea (Saturday morning essential)

Cornmeal Apple Pancakes
adapted from Ancient Grains for Modern Meals

-mix 1/2 cup cornmeal, 1/4 cup flour (I used whole wheat), 1 tablespoon turbinado sugar, 3/4 teaspoons baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt
-in a separate bowl, mix 3/4 cups milk (I used expired 2%), 1 large egg, 2 sliced apples, and 1 tablespoon olive oil
-Combine the wet and dry ingredients and mix until just combined (my mom takes this step very seriously)

-Make pancakes the way you normally would (I’m certainly not one to give advice on this, frankly I was amazed that my pancakes came out flufly).

I think these pancakes are delicious.  I’m definitely someone who likes a little bit of texture to my pancakes, so I thought the cornmeal went really well with the cooked apples.  I’m not a butter or syrup kind of girl, so I thought they were great plain.  Almond butter definitely didn’t hurt, either 🙂

I made a half recipe because I didn’t think Dave and I would eat 12 pancakes, but I would definitely suggest making the full recipe if you’re cooking for more than just yourself.

Total Price: $2.04

1/2 cup organic cornmeal: $0.15
1/4 cup organic whole wheat flour: $0.06
1 tablespoon organic turbinado sugar: $0.05
baking powder/baking soda/salt/olive oil: no idea, let’s say $0.20
3/4 cups organic milk: $0.31
1 egg: $0.17
2 organic gala apples: $1.10

So, this equates to $1.02 per person for breakfast.  Had we made the full recipe, it would have been $2.04.  This didn’t take much time to put together, and will definitely be made again.

 

Black bean – kale – kohlrabi – garlic scape burgers

yikes, that’s a mouthful.

This really is the best part about the CSA- the opportunity to make bizarre meals.  My inspiration actually came from this blog, where there was a recipe for garlic scape and kale hummus.  I figured since I had garlic scapes and kale, but no chickpeas, I could make a black bean hummus.  I also have more kohlrabi than I know what to do with, so obviously I wanted to add that, too.  After I got everything in the food processor it dawned on me that I should just add some cornmeal, too, and make burgers!

Last night I topped the burgers with plain yogurt and chipotle chili powder.

 

Tonight I added my caliente goat cheese and a fried egg….DELICIOUS

I’m not the best at taking food pics haha

I definitely like the black bean burgers best with cheese and egg.

If I were my roommate, I would probably like this with olive tapenade.

CSA black bean burgers

chop 2 kohlrabi (root, stem, and leaves)

-steam in the microwave for 2 minutes
-add to the food processor, along with 5 chopped garlic scapes and a handful kale

 


-blend in the food processor
-add a 29 ounce can of blackbeans, continue to process
-add cornmeal, a 1/4 cup at a time, until the desired consistency is reached
-add cumin, taco seasoning, and crushed red pepper, blend
-form burgers and bake at 400 degrees until crispy or you lose patience

Total Price: $4.39 ($0.37/burger)

1 29 oz. can black beans: $0.99
-5 organic garlic scapes: $0.15
-2 organic kohlrabi: $2.00
-organic kale: $1.00
– 1/4 cup organic cornmeal: $0.25

Toppings:
-1 container organic plain yogurt: $0.80
-organic caliente goat cheese: $2.00

Southern Inspired Savory Cornmeal Pancakes with Beans, Greens, and Oysters

cornmeal pancake with greens, beans, and oysters

Tonight’s meal (a new one!) had a ton of inspiration behind it.  It was partly from reminscing about cooking with my roommates from undergrad, partly a visit to my sister’s new, southern comfort inspired restaurant, partly from my desire to use my new cast iron skillet, partly me wanting to cook the black beans I just bought, and partly from flipping through the new cookbooks I got from my sister for my birthday.

I was looking through one cookbook this morning and ‘asparagus oven pancakes’ caught my eye.  Essentially, it’s just vegetables with a pancake cooked on top in the oven.  I thought that sounded pretty good!

I then started thinking that I wanted to cook the beans I had soaked the night before.

This reminded me of a casserole I used to make for my roommates that consisted of black beans, ground beef, salsa, and corn bread.

This made me think a corn bread pancake would be a good substitute for a white pancake.

This made me want to make it in my cast iron skillet.

When I decided to add oysters, it made me realize I had been craving the crawfish pot pie I had at my sister’s restaurant over the weekend.

So, I found a recipe in the second cookbook I just got for cornmeal pancakes and made up, quite possibly, my new favorite meal.

Oven baked cornmeal pancake with beans, greens, and oysters

Cornmeal pancake mix

-in one bowl mix 1/2 cup cornmeal, 1/4 cup whole wheat flour, 1 tablespoon turbinado (raw) sugar, 3/4 teaspoon baking powder, 1/4 teaspoon baking soda, 1/4 teaspoon salt
-in another bowl, whisk together 1 egg, 1 tablespoon olive oil, 3/4 cups milk
-combine the liquid and dry ingredients, stirring briefly (if you over mix, the pancake will be tough)

Black turtle beans

-soak beans the night before use
-for every cup of beans, add 4 cups of water
-simmer soft

I honestly should have used more water and let them cook longer, but I got impatient

Skillet corn bread…

-line a seasoned cast iron skillet with very thinly sliced potatoes (to do this, I used a potato peeler to make very thin slices)
-add chopped garlic, chopped green onion (greens, stalk, bulb), chopped turnip (greens, stalk, bulb), and chopped beet greens

lining the skillet with veggies

-add oysters

i prefer smoked

-add 1/2 cup cooked beans on top of veggies

steaming beans

-add salsa

adding a bit of color

-pour pancake mix over mixture, add chives

somehow I didn’t mess this up

-bake in oven at 370 degrees C for 15 minutes, or until pancake is golden brown.  At this point, I decided to add the kentucky bleu cheese I just bought.  My second and third helpings were cheeseless…I think it could be good with cheddar, but I think bleu cheese was a bad idea.

serve with bleu cheese? or not…

This was amazing..and super easy.

Total Price: $2.34-$5.00

1/2 cup organic cornmeal: $0.15
1/4 cup organic whole wheat flour: $0.06
1 tablespoon organic turbinado sugar: $0.05
baking powder, baking soda, sea salt: $0.10 (?) (no clue)
3/4 cup organic milk: $0.32
1 organic egg: $0.17
1 organic potato: $0.26
1 clove organic garlic: $0.10
beet greens, green onion, chives, turnip: $0.50-$1.00
1/2 cup organic black beans (as in 1/2 cup dry, not sure what this equated to cooked): $0.35
1/4 cup organic salsa: free! (thanks Mom!)
1 can oysters: free! (thanks Mom!)
1/20 of my cheese: $0.28

I only ate half, so this ended up being ~$1.17 for tonight’s meal

BONUS

Becca and I had our first joint kitchen accident today

oops

This is what happens when your beans boil over, you forget to turn off the burner, and then your roommate accidentally puts a towel on the stove….

EDIT: I stand corrected…I thought it had been a joint effort, but I guess I’m the sole one responsible for trying to burn the house down this time haha