Blueberry Ricotta Pancakes

Breakfast is my husband’s favorite meal so I am always looking for new ideas and ways to spruce up our weekend mornings. Last week we made ricotta spinach pasta for dinner and had some cheese left over. There are a lot more uses for ricotta in breakfast foods than I would have ever imagined! One that caught my eye was blueberry ricotta pancakes from Eating Well.

Ingredients: 

  • 3/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons white wheat flour (the original recipe called for a mix of wheat and all purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 3/4 cup part-skim ricotta cheese
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1/2 cup nonfat buttermilk (I always make my own, 1/2 cup milk + 1/2 tablespoon lemon juice)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons canola oil, divided
  • 3/4 cup fresh or frozen (not thawed) blueberries

1. I always mix the buttermilk first so it has time to sit (unless you have buttermilk). Mix 1/2 cup milk with 1/2 tablespoon of lemon juice and let it sit.

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Adding a Little Spring to Your Doorstep

The past few weeks have been incredibly busy at work. Luckily I was able to find some time for a quick art project. Since spring has finally arrived I decided it was time to update our front door wreath. Seeing that apartment life does not allow us to have an extensive amount of storage space, I decided to make a wreath for winter/fall and another for spring/summer. Here is what our fall/winter wreath looked like.

wreath-fall

Sometimes it seems to take longer to pick out the items for the project than it does to complete it, which is all part of the fun! When it comes to door decorations, I believe less is more; you should keep it simple but make a statement.

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Tortilla Pizza

Although we always try to plan our meals out in advance sometimes we forget something at the grocery store.  We were planning on making flatbread pizza when we realized we didn’t have any flatbread. Thankfully we had some extra tortillas.  Pizza is extremely versatile and customizable.

1. Place your pizza stone in the oven and preheat to 450°. (If you don’t have a pizza stone I highly recommend making the investment in one, it really makes a difference with the crispness of your pizza.)

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