Friday, May 7, 2010

Bran Apple Cakes with Sweet Tator Scramble

This is a really filling and balanced breakfast or weekend brunch.  Both the pancakes and the scramble are pretty good reheated throughout the week too.  I used arugula as the greens in this, but you could also use spinach or even kale if you cook it slightly longer.  The goat cheese could also of course be replaced with whatever cheese you have around, but it's particularly good with the arugula.  

Bran Apple Cakes:
-3/4 c oat or wheat bran
-1/2 c whole wheat flour
-1 Tbsp baking powder
-1/2 tsp salt
-1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
-1/4 tsp ground ginger
-1 c milk
-1 egg
-1 Tbsp oil
-2 tsp honey
-1 large apple, shredded
-1/4 c chopped walnuts

-> Combine all ingredients and cook on a medium-hot, greased pan until golden brown on both sides.  Top with butter and (Matson) maple syrup (if you've got it), and enjoy!  

Sweet Tator Scramble
-1 medium onion, chopped
-2 cloves garlic, minced
-1 large sweet potato, chopped
-red pepper flakes
-6 eggs, beaten and seasoned with salt and pepper
-2 c chopped arugula
-goat cheese

-> Saut√© onion and garlic in oil over medium heat until translucent.  Add sweet potato and red pepper flakes to taste, cover.  Cook covered stirring occasionally until sweet potato is fork tender.  Add eggs and stir occasionally until cooked.  Add arugula and stir it in to the egg and  potato scramble.  Plate and crumble goat cheese over the top.  

~*TIP: If you don't have any maple syrup around, another tasty topper for the pancakes is to make a cranberry syrup out of an old leftover can of cranberry sauce or jar of cranberry chutney you have around.  Just simmer the sauce with some water (about 2:1 sauce to water).  Add some honey, brown sugar, or whatever you have on hand to sweeten to your taste (I use the maple syrup that crystallizes in the bottom of the jar when I'm all out).  Simmer until thick and bubbly. Use right away or store in the fridge for up to a few weeks.  You can also chop up fresh cranberries and add them to the pancakes themselves.  This is great in fall when you can find fresh cranberries. *~

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