Healthy Breakfast = Pancakes and Gammon? What do they have to do with this blog?
Well, if you read some of my other posts you will soon find out that one of my favorites, yet most overused words is: moderation.
And being constant.
Now, unfortunately – most things I am doing now I learned the hard way. Most people agree, I guess, one of the best things during the weekend, especially when with good company, is brunch. I love brunch!
I am a pancake with bacon and maple syrup brunch kind of person! It makes me happy!
Yet, one of the first things I did was cut out brunch and I focused on eating specific meals at specific times.
Dinner: Lean meat and vegetables
Snacks: Fruit or lowest of the low-fat yogurt
There are so many questions that arise now that I know a bit more about myself.
How, oh how, did I ever think losing weight that way was something that could be done for the long run? How was I thinking I could go out for a meal with friends?
The answer is no way! And I know that every time I had something happening, like meeting a friend, I would fall off the wagon for the longest time! One meal out would turn into a weekend of letting go, which then led to a week of junk food… and so on!
Life is not like that!
We can’t plan in advance every second of every day. Our body sometimes calls for different food that is not on our list of ‘’weight-loss approved foods’’. It is important to be flexible, listen to our bodies, and get back to our ‘plans’ once the treat meal has ended.
We all know that we can’t survive on one treat meal per week – nor do I believe in such generalization. I got big because I love food and one day I decided I was going to lose weight the same way: enjoying every single meal! I literally ate myself slimmer… the same way I ate myself big/fat/obese (call it as you wish, it does not define me. Nor you. We are much more than our weight!)
Apologies for the long introduction (as usual!)… I just find it hard to keep my thoughts to myself sometimes. Especially when it comes to a topic that matters so much to me!
You will love this recipe as it is as yummy as bacon pancakes.
Broccoli are the main base ingredients for this pancake recipe for one big brunch party!
Calcium in broccoli is one of the things that is often promoted, but what about the taste and flexibility of this vegetable? Yes, broccoli has 47mg of Calcium for every 100g… but it also has 148% of the daily recommended value of Vitamin C… and ONLY 34 calories!
In addition to this delicious green pancake, there is a gammon steak. A gammon meal for a nice brunch, because we deserve it! Yes, you need to be careful not overdoing it as it has a very high quantity of sodium, but it is still overall a less calorific choice compared to bacon and it has a very similar taste!
Which sauce did you choose? I went for some good ol’ ketchup.
This broccoli pancakes and gammon recipe is easy to make and it will make you see cheat meals in a whole different way! (NB: No meal is a cheat!)
Happy brunch!! (Although I enjoyed it for dinner on more than one occasion!)
Love broccoli? You NEED to try this Vegan Broccoli and Chili Pasta
- 300 g Broccoli in small florets
- 1 Whole Egg Large
- 2 tbsp All-Purpose Flour
- 1 tbsp Parmesan Cheese
- 8-10 Sprays of Cooking Spray
- 2 Mini Gammon Steaks
- Salt and Pepper to Taste
- Bring a large pot of water to the boil and cook the broccoli florets until soft.
- Drain the broccoli well and then, using a potato masher, break them down. You do not need to make them smooth, as a bit of a bite can be pleasant.
- To the mashed broccoli add the flour, parmesan, salt, black pepper, and egg and mix well, until uniform and without flour knots. The consistency will be thicker than the one of regular pancakes, but resist the temptation to add any liquid to the batter: the broccoli are full of it and will release some while cooking.
- In a frying pan, add a couple of sprays of cooking spray, and warm-up; once it is warm, add ¼ of the broccoli batter to it, spread it evenly like a pancake (I do mine about 5mm thick), and allow to cook on a low flame. This will take, on a low flame, about 4 minutes on each side, so if you have a large pan, you may do two or more at the same time.
- Once one side of the pancake is cooked, apply a couple of cooking sprays to the top of the pancake (or pancakes if cooking multiple) and flip; allow to finish cooking through and through.
- In the meantime, warm up a grilling pan and cook the gammon thoroughly; it is important that the gammon is not served undercooked as it is pork! My steaks took about 4 minutes on a low-medium heat on each side.
- Once all four pancakes are done and both steaks are cooked, divide into two plates and serve. Enjoy!
- As there is some parmesan in the batter, ensure you do not overdo it with the salt.
- Should you wish to skip the parmesan, you can do so by replacing it with a bit of extra flour (about half a tablespoon should suffice).
- Instead of a gammon steak, you can use some thinly chopped ham and add it to the batter: this will make it a lunch box friendly meal, which can be rewarmed later in the microwave.
- Need a sauce? My choice for this was some ketchup.