As Shrove Tuesday is this week thoughts turn to pancakes which can be a bit of a challenge if you are trying to lose weight. I have found that cooking the fluffy American style pancakes can be great and are lovely to eat as a family so why not try my recipe.
As you will see from the photo when I cook them they are sometimes different sizes but you don’t have to worry as they just taste as delicious and are filling so a serving like this at 190 calories is great as a treat on the day.
You can make them as a savoury alternative omitting the sugar and add peppers or mushrooms and of course either way they can make a great breakfast.
You can also perhaps think about giving up something for Lent maybe alcohol or chocolate, a short amount of time giving these things up can help to keep you on track in the future if you are trying to lose weight. I will be cutting out chocolate this year!
Fluffy American Pancakes only 190 calories
Serves 2 (3 or 4 pancakes each) 190 cals per serving
Preparation 10 minutes cooking 10minutes
1 large egg (separated)
25g self raising flour
25g porridge oats
1 tsp sugar
½ tsp cinnamon
75mls skimmed milk
In a clean bowl whisk the egg white until it is soft and holds peaks. In another bowl beat the egg yolk, flour, oats, sugar and milk together.
Gently fold the egg white into the mixture with a metal spoon gently keeping the volume
Heat a non-stick small pan and spray with low fat oil. Place a tablespoon of the mixture into the pan to make a small pancake, depending on the size of the pan you can do a few at a time turning when they have puffed up.
Set aside and wrap in a clean tea towel to keep warm while you gently warm the blueberries to serve with pancakes and a sprinkling of cinnamon if you want.
Will make 3-4 pancakes each
You can use other fruit or if you omit the sugar you could make these into savoury pancakes and perhaps add mushrooms or peppers.
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This week sees us starting the religious build up to Easter with Shrove Tuesday known as Pancake Day, followed by Lent. This starts on Ash Wednesday for approximately 6 weeks until Easter Sunday which this year falls on Sunday 26th March.
The traditional purpose of Lent is the preparation of the believer through prayer,penance repentance of sins, almsgiving, and self denial.
So whether you are religious of not, if you decide to deny yourself something you enjoy, this can provide a focus for you to kick any problem you have with eating.
Personally I find chocolate hard to resist and although I am careful to only eat it in small amounts I think it is easy to become complacent and just start having a bit more and then of course this can become a slippery slope. I have decided therefore to give up chocolate for Lent. This not is not for religious reasons but just to keep my chocolate eating in check.
I am no saint however as I have had a dry January giving up Alcohol during January up to my birthday on 14th February so while I will not be eating chocolate I will be able to have a glass of wine.
If you are having a pancake on Tuesday you might find this a useful lower calorie recipe.
Serves 4 (2 each)
170 calories per serving
- 125g wholemeal plain flour
- 1 egg
- 300ml skimmed milk
- 1 tsp olive oil for cooking the pancakes
- Mixed berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)
- 4 tbsp low-fat yoghurt
- Place the flour into a bowl. Beat the egg, milk together, and then slowly add to the flour. Stir the mixture until a smooth batter forms. Leave to stand for about 20 minutes, and then stir again.
- Brush a non-stick frying pan with the olive oil. When the oil is hot, add 2 tablespoons of the pancake mixture and shake the pan so that it spreads. Cook the pancake for 2 minutes, or until the underside is lightly browned. Flip over and cook the other side for a further minute.
- Keep the pancake warm while you cook the rest. The mixture should make 8 pancakes in all. Divide the pancakes between 4 plates, top the pancakes with the mixed berries and yoghurt and serve.
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