Mornings can be rough at my house. I am not what one would call a “morning person”. It takes me awhile to wake up, and I am not fast moving for a good 30 minutes upon opening my eyes. The problem is that the rest of my family are morning people. This can prove to be problematic when I am half asleep and they are hungry and want to eat breakfast 5 minutes ago. What is a mom to do? Get creative and know your strengths.
I know that I am good at assembling while half asleep. I also know that I am not good at measuring when I am not quite awake. Homemade pancakes are out of the question on a busy weekday. So I use Van’s frozen pancakes as my base, and see what else we have to make a pan-wich out of it. What is a pan-wich you ask? A sandwich made out of pancakes, of course! I can have them ready, wrapped, and out the door in 5 minutes. On this particular morning, I had some chicken and apple sausage thawed, and added pieces to a scrambled egg. You could also use chopped up grilled chicken from the night before or just add a little low-fat cheese. I used it for the filling of my sandwich, wrapped it in some parchment, and my husband had a hot breakfast on his way to work. Not bad for someone still rockin’ bed head.
*I like to serve a little maple syrup on the side, but that is completely optional.*
8 Van’s Pancakes (Buttermilk or Multigrain)
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1 Tablespoon milk
salt and pepper to taste
4 chicken and apple sausage links, cooked and chopped (or other protein like grilled chicken or low-fat cheese)
Cook pancakes according to package directions. Set aside.
Heat a skillet over medium-low heat, add olive oil. In a small bowl, whisk eggs, milk, salt and pepper. Pour eggs into pan, add protein pieces, and stir until the eggs are cooked, about 2 minutes.
Lay 4 pancakes on a plate. Add filling, and top with the remaining pancakes. Serve with maple syrup for dipping, if desired.
Makes 4 servings.