Dinner and a Movie

by Ally- Life as I know it, 5:00 AM
DINNER
I recently stumbled upon the blog 100 Days of Real Food a few weeks ago and now I'm obsessed. It's about a family of 4 who ate only real food, meaning anything not highly processed, for 100 days. They felt so good that after the 100 days were up they decided to continue eating only real food. The mother, Lisa Leake, started a blog back in 2010 to document their journey. Her blog has awesome recipes that her 2 little girls love and she always has great tips for eating healthy on a budget. She recently wrote her own cookbook with tons of tips for buying real food, how to read ingredient labels because unfortunately food companies like to trick us, ways to get your kids to eat real food, and pages and pages of recipes. Her recipes are great because they're food everyone loves loves like mac and cheese and pizza, that are actually good for you. I decided to try her recipe for Veggie Pancakes for dinner last night. It only called for grated sweet potatoes, squash, zucchini, and carrots mixed with eggs and whole wheat flour pan fried in olive oil. I was really worried how they were going to taste because without added sugar or sauce vegetables pan fried sounds pretty bland. I was so wrong. They were just the right amount of sweetness from the sweet potato and crispy from the flour and egg mixture. Theo even said "These really taste like pancakes with syrup! People can trick their kids into thinking their eating pancakes but really eating vegetables." Um Theo, I think that's the point. We ate these Veggie Pancakes with a kale salad but I think next time we'll have them as a side item. But with the salad and 3-4 pancakes each we were both stuffed. I can't wait to make more recipes out of the cookbook, they're so many great lunch ideas and easy dinners. Even if you don't want to follow a strict only real food diet, which I don't but try to eat healthy 80% of the time, there are so many great recipes that anyone would like.

Veggie Pancakes

Ingredients

3 cups grated veggies (sweet potato with skin on, zucchini, yellow squash, peeled carrots)
3 eggs
2 tablespoons whole wheat flour 
3/4 teaspoon salt
Olive oil for cooking

Sour cream, applesauce, or grated Parmesan cheese for serving


Recipe

In a large bowl mix together grated veggies, eggs, flour and salt until thoroughly combined. 
Heat a thin layer of olive oil in a saute pan over medium heat.
Once oil is hot, drop pancake size dollops of veggie mixture into pan, without overcrowding.
Cook for 3-4 minutes, or until bottom starts to brown. 
Flip and cook until browned on both sides, repeat until batter is gone.
Transfer cooked pancakes to a plate lined with paper towels and keep warm by tenting with foil.
Serve warm with a topping of sour cream, applesauce, or Parmesan cheese.

Enjoy!




MOVIE

I really didn't know much about The Maze Runner before we went to see it this weekend but it looked action packed and entertaining so I figured what have I got to lose. The movie started out awesome, a boy named Thomas wakes up surrounded by a community of boys, left with no memory of who he is or where he came from. He finds out that he and the boys are stuck in a maze and they decide to try to find a way to escape. Once I found out what's really going on the movie lost it's awesomeness but it was still worth watching. It's based on a series of books so just like The Hunger Games and Twilight there will be more to come. Overall, I highly recommend seeing this movie. It's full of action, it keeps you on the edge of your seat, and was really entertaining.
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  1. Those pancakes sound really yummy! I think I've heard of that lady before - I need to check her blog out!

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  2. I am so glad you posted about this book! I've never heard of it but always looking for healthy new recipes. Definitely going to try these soon!

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  3. I had been wondering about whether Maze Runner was good or not! I definitely want to see it now! And I need to check out some of those healthy recipes!

    <3, Pamela
    sequinsandseabreezes.blogspot.com

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  4. Off to check out this blog! Since we moved, we've been eating WAY healthier/fresh foods and it's amazing how much better we are both feeling. Always looking for new recipes!

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  5. i need to check out that website! those veggie pancakes look so good! xo jillian - cornflake dreams

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  6. How have I never seen this blog?! It sounds right up my alley. I love healthy tasty food, those pancakes do sound like they would be bland, so I'm intrigued to try them now.

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  7. I'm definitely going to check out her blog-- it sounds like some information I need in my life when it comes to trying to eat healthy. Those veggie pancakes look like they turned out delicious!

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  8. That recipe sounds amazing!! Adding the blog to my feed now!!

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  9. I think I read that blog a long time ago and was so fascinated by that family for sure. It's funny because we had never heard of The Maze Runner and randomly started listening to the audio version to pass the car ride back from ATL. So now we definitely have to finish it (just 35 more chapters...)

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  10. i LOVE this idea for pancakes. and you could even leave out the sweet potatoes & it's like a nice veggie mash. awesome idea!

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  11. I stopped eating meat about a month ago so am always looking for new veggie recipes - these pancakes look awesome!

    Paige
    tomatoesforcucumbers.com

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  12. I'm going to have to look into this cookbook - it sounds amazing! And your pics are making my mouth water!!

    www.madeintheshadeblog.com

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  13. those veggie pancakes look delicious!! I just bought a Veggetti at BB&B this week...I wonder if that would work well for it too!!

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