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Super Easy (and Healthy) Breakfast: Low Carb Spinach Pancake Recipe

By Rob Poulos...

Question: What’s a good low-carb recipe I could make for breakfast?

Answer: For a healthy boost of micronutrients and fiber, low carb spinach pancakes are your best option for breakfast.  The ingredients are easy to assemble, take very little work to cook, and taste marvelously with freshly sliced tomatoes or salsa.  Here’s how to prepare it right.

Low Carb Spinach Pancake Recipe

Ingredients:

– 1 package of fresh spinach, finely chopped

– 1/2 zucchini, grated

– 1/2 white onion, chopped

– 3 eggs, beaten

– 1/2 cup guar gum (or substitute corn starch)

– 1/2 cup cheddar cheese

– 1 tsp. olive oil

– Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

Add the spinach, zucchini, and onion into a small bowl and mix thoroughly.  Next, add in the eggs, flour, and salt and pepper.  Afterward, add in the cheese, mixing gently.  Allow it to sit for several minutes while you prepare the skillet.

Next, cover a non-stick skillet with olive oil.  Use a paper towel soaked in olive oil to distribute the oil evenly onto the skillet.  Alternatively, you can use an olive oil cooking spray to coat it.  Next, turn on the skillet to medium heat and place circular globs of batter over the skillet.  You should be able to fit two globs onto the skillet.  Allow the pancake to cook.  Once the bottom turns a light brown, flip it over to brown the other side.

Once both sides are brown, it’s ready to serve: Let it cool on a plate with your garnish of choice.  It serves well with freshly sliced tomatoes or salsa; for a spicier kick, a garnish of fresh chili peppers will also allow you to get your fill of capsaicin, a chemical that could suppress your appetite. Total carb count: Prepared right, it should yield less than 20 grams of carbohydrates per serving.

Other Tasty Low Carb Spinach Pancake Variations

If you’re not a big fan of pancakes, don’t sweat it–there are other ways to enjoy this meal!  Read on for more heart-healthy tips:

1. Make low-carb spinach muffins.  Make the recipe as described, but instead of cooking it over a skillet, pour the batter into a muffin pan instead, making sure to coat the insides with olive oil.  Cook it in an oven for 30 to 45 minutes, or until the top is a light brown for a healthy breakfast on-the-go.

2. Make quiche.  For a tasty, low-carb quiche, spread the batter in a shallow, greased pan and top it with a layer of cheddar cheese.  Bake it in the oven for 30 to 45 minutes, or until the top is a light brown.

3. Need more protein to go with your pancakes?  For a quick protein boost, add diced turkey, chicken, or sliced turkey bacon into the batter before frying.  You’ll gain an extra 10 to 20 grams of protein.

4. Can’t eat regular cheese?  For a tastier alternative, add a sprinkle of soy cheese or tofu into the batter to add moisture and softness to the dish.  It’s a great way to enjoy breakfast and feel healthy too!

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