The most productive thing I did today was make brunch. Easter requires brunch, correct? Totally.
Mr. Prevention started his morning with a pack of Poptarts. I gave him a raised eyebrow and a very snotty, “Seriously?” across the table as I sipped my too-small glass of iced coffee. It would never occur to my husband that it’s Easter Sunday, I love to cook, we have no plans for the day…and maybe, just maybe, Poptarts could be reserved for any other ordinary day? I can’t win.
But, darn it, I still had my brunch. Made for one. Well, two technically. Even though that “eating for two” business is far from factual. Quality over quantity is the name of that game. The additional 340 calories per day needed in the second trimester is a far cry from “eating for two.” (DARNIT!!)
I made brunch and it was by far the most productive thing I did all day. Since we didn’t spend the holiday with family on account of Mr. Prevention’s late return from China on Saturday night, it was the perfect opportunity to enjoy the 70 (!!) degree weather. I watched Mr. P build a little garden as I plowed through a baby name book and had him reject 99.9% of every name I threw at him. If this baby is a girl, we’re gravy. If it’s a boy, there will be battle.
From there, we took Miss Lily to the park for some serious tennis ball chasing. We both played as she chased the balls like a maniac in every which direction. Her tongue was nearly to the ground in exacerbation after a mere 30 minutes. She was lights out the rest of the afternoon. Amen.
From there, I relocated from my hammock in the sun, to my bed with a cool breeze, to the front porch for outdoor shade as I made my way through the last 200 pages of Hopeless (whoa, great book – $3.99 on Amazon Kindle!). It was a really rough afternoon, let me tell you.
The evening was spent grilling burgers because who doesn’t eat burgers on Easter? And asparagus, because…$1.99/lb and yum-o. Our next move is to watch Magic Mike because Mr. Prevention has chosen the last 410 movies we’ve watched and they’ve all been horrible. He so owes me. Even he agrees 😉
While he pops some popcorn for movie time, I’ll probably nibble on another Lemon Chia Seed Pancake…because super healthy-for-you food is rarely this delicious. No lie.
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- Zest of 2 large lemons
- 2 large eggs
- 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
- ¼ cup unsalted butter, melted and cooled
- 2 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or white whole wheat flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp baking soda
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ cup chia seeds
- Preheat a griddle or electric griddle over medium heat.
- In a large bowl, combine the sugar and lemon zest. Using your fingers, rub the sugar and zest together until fragrant. To the bowl, whisk in the eggs. Next, add the buttermilk, butter, lemon juice, and vanilla extract; whisk well and set aside.
- In a medium bowl, whisk to combine the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until combined. Fold in the chia seeds until distributed throughout. Scoop the batter bu ¼ cup scoops onto the griddle and cool 2-3 minutes. Once bubbles surface and the undersides are golden, flip pancakes and cook an additional 1-2 minutes. Continue with remaining batter. Serve warm.
Weekly Menu: April 20th – April 24th
- Sunday: cheeseburgers on the grill with grilled asparagus
- Monday: Chicken Verdes Enchiladas
- Tuesday: Broccoli and Cheddar Twice-Baked Potatoes
- Wednesday: Prosciutto-Arugula Pizza
- Thursday: Skinny Bang Bang Shrimp over rice
I’ve got a case of the Sundays. :-/