Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Spinach Pancakes. It can be done and be GOOD.

It's no secret I've been trying to find some "healthier" recipes and really cut down on the refined foods (hello, bread anyone?).  I came across this recipe and decided to give it a whirl, though of course I modified it quite a bit so that it looks like a completely different dish. 

The pictures don't do justice to this dish.  The pancakes come out looking all weird but they are really so good!  Although they are densely "spinach", they're still pretty thick.  However, I wouldn't call them bready.  The flour in the recipe is just enough to get everything to stick together.  The end result is a hearty and healthy meal.

SPINACH (and sweet potato) PANCAKES


1 cup chopped spinach (or use one package 10oz frozen spinach)
1 cup sweet potato fries, chopped
1/4 cup flour
1/2 tsp kosher salt
1 large egg
1 tsp dried basil
1/4 tsp garlic powder
Canola or Vegetable Oil
Accompaniments: Marinara sauce, Ketchup, or Mustard

Or see this recipe for the Ka-Pow dipping sauce. It is absolutely, RIDICULOUSLY good!

Place the vegetables in a food processor and pulse to chop fine.

Add the chopped vegetables into a bowl along with the flour, salt, egg, basil and garlic powder. Mix to combine.

Heat oil in a skillet over medium heat and place 1 tbsp of the batter into the pan for each pancake.
Cook for 1-2 minutes on each side.

Serve with marinara sauce or dip of your choice.


These pancakes came out much heartier than I originally anticipated.  I love it that there's hardly any flour in the mix so the pancakes are really very spinach-sweet potato.  And because of the egg/flour additions the pancakes came out nice and thick.  So good.  Not to mention, they're very filling.  I probably eat 2 for each serving.

As I mentioned above, these pancakes are really, really good with the Ka-Pow sauce.  You should try it!!!

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