Friday, October 9, 2009

BEST pumpkin pancakes. period.

IMG_4983 Happy Friday to everyone!!  This week went by pretty fast and I actually got some good gym time in, yay!  I think this weekend is going to be packed already, and there will be no room for dilly dallying like last weekend :)

Tonight for the Viva Bike Vegas Ride they are having a pasta party for all the riders and friends/family.  Frankly I could make a butt-load of pasta myself for $10, but I want to go and support Chris and chat with the other riders.  I’ve been having Chris eat predominately carbs towards the end of the week to maximize his stores and calories.  I also told him to go easy on the pasta.  Just stuffing your face the night before won’t help and will make you feel bloated and icky in the morning.  He still needs to make sure to get a substantial meal in, especially since it will start early in the morning and will last at least 6 1/2 hours. 

Saturday is the ride!  Gosh, I think I’m more nervous than he is.  I don’t want my guy to ‘hit the wall’ and end up like that video I recently posted.  I think he’s going to do awesome, but I still worry like always :) Consistency will be key and making sure to fuel up at every station. 

This weekend I have to study for my research methods midterm on Monday . . . eek!  I also have to paint, organize and decorate the guest room for my mom when she comes in less than two weeks.  Wednesday I leave for the SCAN sports nutrition workshop at the Olympic Training Center.  Lots to do!

One of the high carb meals we had this week was breakfast for dinner!!  Who doesn’t like warm pancakes at any meal?!  I decided to make my favorite WW pumpkin pancake recipe from Pinch My Salt.  They come out golden, fluffy and full of spicy, pumpkin flavor.  You can find it here


IMG_4968Instead of whip cream, I like to use Greek yogurt. 

I added one vanilla bean and it was out of this world, bursting with intense vanilla flavor. 

IMG_4971I’ll save the rest of the beans for vanilla ice cream or pudding.  Any ideas?

I put the rest of the pod in the sugar jar to give it some more vanilla flavor.  Yum!


Along with it I made a little omelet, with roasted red peppers, grilled chicken and spinach, and of course real maple syrup.  Yum!


This is really easy to prep before hand too.  Just separate the wet and dry ingredients and then mix together when you want to make them and enjoy!  I just couldn’t resist and had to have another one ;)



Buster likes to help with the dishes too.

It’s funny he has to be right in the middle of the kitchen and I have to be careful I don’t trip over him!


Each time I go to the farmer’s market I plan to get a new variety of mushrooms to try out.  This week I decided on this . . .


Looks very strange!  It’s a wild Oregon mushroom, but I can’t remember the exact name of it.  Maybe one of you mushroom experts out there can help.  It sure looks similar to a Maitake?  I’m not sure exactly what to do with it, but I was thinking of some kind of mushroom Bolognese, we’ll see!

I hope you have a great weekend :)      


Chow and Chatter said...

good luck to Chris and wow amazing pancakes

The Candid RD said...

I'm a huge mushroom fan, but that looks like coral to me!! haha

Those pancakes sound and look delicious. I love that you added actual vanilla bean, rather than the imitation crap I use! I think you should definitely make some vanilla ice cream with the rest, or even vanilla pumpkin ice cream!

Good luck to both of you tomorrow (good luck being a support for Chris). He will do GREAT! Can't wait to hear about it.

Anonymous said...

it sounds that you'll going to have a busy weekend! hope everything goes well, especially the ride!

yum yum to the pancake! i've never tried vanilla bean... i need to try that!

that mushroom is really weird, what is called? keep us updated how you'll eat it.

Casino Dealer Losing Weight said...

I see you are coming to my neck of the woods. I agree with what you are saying before a race, it is important to eat, but not overload too much.
Love the pancakes, they looks soo good. Same with the omelette, great choices!

Devan Geselle. N said...

those mushrooms look insane! I ador emy mushrooms :)

awesome pancake recipe!

Courtney said...

Good luck to Chris the morning!
We love to have brinner(breakfast for dinner). It is never a bad idea.
We joke that we don't have pockets big enough, because our dog Daisy is so close all the time that's where we feel she should be.(in our hip pocket)

Devan Geselle. N said...

those mushrooms looks insane!!

and those pancakes also look insanely delish!

Nicole M., MS, RD, LD said...

It does look like coral, haha! Let us know how it was!

Your omlet and pancakes look incredible! And our puppy loves to lay in the way, too!

Have fun at SCAN, how exciting!


Shannon said...

I hope Chris has a great race!

God luck with your studying. I am hunkered down for the day tomorrow to work on a lab report. Not the best way to spend a Sunday, but the more I get done, the less frenzied the week is!

Those mushrooms are so odd looking! I would have no idea what to do with them!

Pan-Clay-ke (Clay, for short) said...

Hey, i just stumbled across this blog and i have never had a happier stumble! I actually JUST looked at the pinch my salt recipe as well and am getting ready to make some cakes as we speak... be sure to check them out!

I would say mushroom gravy on some roast. Your gonna need some protein after all those carbs.

Michal said...

those pancakes look super yummy! i am craving warm pumpkin for fall :) i hope you had a fun filled weekend!

MelindaRD said...

Hope the ride went well. Enjoy the SCAN workshop. I am looking forward to making some pumpkin pancakes soon. I am off to teach a class now, so I must get back to work soon.

k said...

I'm a big fan of breakfast for dinner...especially pancakes!

Mo said...

Yummy looking breakfast! I love weekends for special breakfast treats.
I thought the mushroom picture was a fancy cake with white chocolate shavings. You can tell where my mind is at. ;-)