Thursday, January 8, 2009

Craving Ellie- Fried Rice with Scallions, Edamame and Tofu and Barefoot Bloggers-Sour Cream Banana Pancakes

This week's Barefoot Bloggers recipe, Banana Sour Cream Pancakes, was chosen by Karen who blogs over at the appropriately named- Something Sweet by Karen. I have to admit that after the holidays, I was very relieved to see a simple recipe, something that I threw together the next morning and that I didn't have to buy any special ingredients for. I used Greek Yogurt instead of sour cream, because I always use it in sour cream's place and also used skim milk. I used cooking spray to keep them from sticking, instead of butter, so altogether this was a healthy, quick breakfast. We really loved them. Go check out what the rest of the Barefoot Bloggers thought- HERE

This week's Craving Ellie in my Belly recipe pick- Fried Rice with Scallions, Edamame and Tofu, was chosen by Jennifer over at Running with Food. When I was looking through this cookbook earlier this summer, the Fried Rice recipe was one of the first ones I chose to try, since I love tofu and edamame. It did not disappoint. I made it again, since I already had tofu and edamame and we loved it again. This is a really tasty way to use leftover brown rice. Go see what the other Ellie's thought by checking out the Blogroll!

Banana Sour Cream Pancakes from the Barefoot Contessa makes 12 pancakes ( I got 16)
1 1/2 cups flour
3 tablespoons sugar
2 teaspoons baking powder
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1/2 cup sour cream
3/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon milk
2 extra-large eggs
1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
1 teaspoon grated lemon zest
Unsalted butter
2 ripe bananas, diced, plus extra for serving
Pure maple syrup
Sift together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk together the sour cream, milk, eggs, vanilla, and lemon zest. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ones, mixing only until combined.
Melt 1 tablespoon of butter in a large skillet over medium-low heat until it bubbles. Ladle the pancake batter into the pan to make 3 or 4 pancakes. Distribute a rounded tablespoon of bananas on each pancake. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, until bubbles appear on top and the underside is nicely browned. Flip the pancakes and then cook for another minute until browned. Wipe out the pan with a paper towel, add more butter to the pan, and continue cooking pancakes until all the batter is used. Serve with sliced bananas, butter and maple syrup.

Fried Rice with Scallions, Edamame, and Tofu from the Food Your Crave by Ellie Krieger
1 Tbls + 1 tsp canola oil
2 large cloves garlic, minced
4 scallions,(white and green parts) thinly sliced
1 Tbls peeled and minced fresh ginger
4 cups cooked brown rice
3/4 cup seeded and finely diced red bell pepper
3/4 cup frozen, shelled edamame, cooked according to pkg directions and drained
1/2 cup frozen corn kernels, thawed
6 ounces firm tofu, cut into cubes
2 large eggs, beaten
3 Tbls low-sodium soy sauce

Heat 1 Tbls of the oil in a wok or large skillet over high heat until very hot but not smoking. Add the garlic, scallions and ginger, and cook, stirring, until softened and aromatic, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the rice, red pepper, edamame, corn, and tofu, and cook, stirring, until heated through, about 5 minutes. Make a 3-inch well in the center of the rice mixture. Add the remaining 1 tsp oil, then add the eggs and cooked until nearly scrambled. Stir the eggs into the rice mixture, then add the soy sauce and incorporate thoroughly. Serve hot
Coming Tomorrow- Prosciutto, Fontina, and Spinach- all in a Chicken Roll-up!


Jamie said...

Wow, both of these recipes look just delicious!

Maria said...

Now I have my weekend meals planned, pancakes for breakfast and fried rice for lunch or dinner! Thanks! both recipes looks fab!

Pamela said...

I didn't even know that the BB were doing the pancakes this week. :o) I think the sub of greek yogurt is a good one. I've just recently started eating it and it is SO good! And I agree about the butter with Ina...gotta save the caloires some where. As for the fried rice, I can't wait to try it again. Yummy.

Also, it's nice to know that your little ones will eat the tofu. I will just keep on trying!

chocolatechic said...

Everything looks great.

I loved the pancakes.

Cathy said...

Mary Ann, they both look GREAT!! I love your idea of swapping greek yogurt for the sour cream in the pancakes (and it's good to know that you sub greek yogurt for SC in general -- I am going to start doing that). Everyone in my house with any sense loved these pancakes :-) I thought the rice was a winner too, and I love how you can customize it to meet your taste, whims, or whatever you happen to have in the house!

Looking forward to tomorrow's roll-up post, MAN does that sound good!

Peggy said...

those pancakes look great. I ran out of time and didn't get to them, but I might make them this weekend. Loved the fried rice! Yours all look so tasty.

Anonymous said...

A healthy recipe from Ina? :P The pancakes look yummy.

I'm going to try the fried rice. It looks good.

Carrian said...

Both look so so good! I love your pictures!

Anonymous said...

I cannot wait to make these pancakes. Great tip on substituting Greek yogurt for sour cream. I hadn't thought of that. Have you ever made wheat germ pancakes? I'm trying to replicate some I had at a restaurant with lackluster results so far.

Apples and Butter said...

I love Ellie's recipes and they certainly are appropriate for this time of year!

Aggie said...

I was sooo relieved to have an uncomplicated BB recipe! I actually forgot about it until I read your post yesterday and you mentioned I literally went to the pantry and made them for the kids dinner last night! Loved them!

I'm really loving Ellie, do you have her cookbook? I keep picking it up but haven't bought it. I just watched her show and am going to make her falafel. yum...

Everything here looks so good! I really hope the Gators can make the SEC proud again!!

What's for Supper? said...

Your pics look fabulous. I just love looking at your blog to see the great shots you get.

karen said...

your pancakes look fabulous. i'm definitely going to go the cooking spray route next time since it worked ok for you. i cringed every time i put more butter in the pan! and the ellie post looks amazing too, i'm totally obsessed with her cookbook.

Steph said...

all your dishes look fabulous! I like your fat reducing changes. A little goes a long way and seriously.. sour cream in pancakes? Isn't that pushing it into dessert territory!? You can always count on Ina for something rich.

mikky said...

oh dear, you guys are all doing great with the pancakes!!! yours look so yummy too... :) happy new year!!!

Leslie said...

I love how your fried rice looks with the nice chunks of tofu! We loved this dish as well and you've given me ideas for the leftover edamame...more fried rice!

Cynthia's Blog said...

I loved the banana pancakes, but I gotta try that rice!

Anonymous said...

Both recipes look great. We liked the fried rice as well