Somewhere between wanting to pull my own mozzarella and picking up Fat Burger down the street, I seem to have lost my balance between quick-cheap and healthy-wholesome food. Just this morning I whipped up at a kale pesto from scratch for a quick lunch before Brett headed out the door for class, then followed it by a handful of M&M's (although they were dark chocolate, so that is healthy - right?). As if this juggling act of trying to find the best way to feed myself and my family wasn't already hard enough, let's throw in a new baby! We are all trying our best out here. And while I yearn to someday churn my own butter and make my own yogurt (but seriously, I really want to), sometimes you just end up needing to pick up a pizza for dinner to save your sanity.
Of course, I am a big ambassador for making things a home when you can - if I wasn't, then I really wouldn't have anything to blog about except where I went out and bought all of my food and treats. I am a firm believer that any cake made from scratch is better than the boxed version and this philosophy (if you want to call it one) is crossing over more and more into almost all of my pantry goods. It's time to really start recognizing which staples you can stop buying and start making yourself. Most often everything ends up tasting fresher, being cheaper, and causing less waste by eliminating the package it came in (and with the amount of disposable diapers we have been going though lately [yikes!!], I am certainly looking for extra ways to decrease my carbon footprint).
If you are looking for a place to start, make this Easy Pancake and Waffle Mix. It will probably be the easiest thing you will ever make and it whips up faster than it takes to get in the car, find a parking spot, and stand in the check-out line. Good bye Bisquick, and hello to hot breakfasts any day of the week! Sure, the convenience of pancake and waffle mix is not life changing, but it does save us the hassle of pulling out the dry ingredients and a little bit of time measuring. And when you have a million other things on your to-do list or handful of hungry mouths you need to feed, this can mean all the difference between a hot meal to start the day and a cold bowl of cereal or packaged breakfast bar.
While recipe testing, I ended up making enough waffles and pancakes to feed a small army. If you want to save yourself even more time in the AM, making big batch and freeze the rest. I ended up freezing the leftover waffles in big freezer bags, and for the following couple weeks, Brett was toasting up waffles for the both of us - each crisping up even nicer than the first time around.
For the recipe and variation ideas, head on over to The Kitchn.