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Colorful Pancakes

Veggies add fun, natural food coloring and a dose of nutrition, too. Make Colorful Pancakes for your kids today!



My son, Kevin, is very picky about his veggies, so I put them in his pancakes. Some adults say “Eewww,” but they taste very good.

Depending on what I have on hand to make the Colorful Pancakes, I put frozen spinach, cooked beets or cooked squash in them, add a dash of wheat germ and lightly sprinkle them with powdered sugar to hide all the lumps and bumps. Cook as you would regular pancakes and watch the kids gobble these up. Kevin calls them “orange,” “pink” or “green” pancakes and thinks I add food coloring—which I do: food coloring with veggies attached.

Colorful Pancakes (Orange, Pink or Green)

Serves 4
Prep time: 10 minutes
Cook time: 10 minutes

1 ¼ cups milk
1 egg
¼ cup cooked or canned beets or squash (such as pumpkin), or frozen spinach (up to ½ cup can be added), pureed or mashed
2 cups Bisquick brand Heart Smart mix or your favorite pancake mix
1 Tablespoon wheat germ
Sprinkle of powdered sugar (optional)

1. Prepare beets or squash if cooking (recipe follows). For frozen spinach, defrost in a colander and squeeze out excess liquid.
2. Stir wet ingredients until well blended or alternatively, combine in blender. Stir in pancake mix and wheat germ.
3. Cook as you would regular pancakes: Pour batter onto hot griddle in approx. ¼ cupfuls. Cook until bubbles break on surface and flip to cook other side.

To cook beets:
1. Preheat oven 375°F.
2. Cut stem, rinse beets and place in baking dish in oven. Cook until fork pierces easily. Peel skin and mash well.

To cook squash:
1. Preheat oven 350°F.
2. Cut squash in half, remove seeds, place in oven in baking dish. Cook until fork pierces easily. Scoop out squash and mash well

TIP: Extra cooked squash or beets can be frozen until you use them again.

Bio: Mother of two and entrepreneur, Sandra Frawley is president and CEO of BabyBindle, a company that makes stroller organizers to help busy moms. Visit babybindle.com.

By Sandra Frawley
Photography by Hillary Black

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