The question nagged: what could I do with the remaining sweet potato I had purchased to make the serendipitous Peanut Butter Pumpkin Soup of a few days past? Sure, I could always serve it to myself for lunch as a baked sweet potato with a little brown-sugar substitute dotted on it. But my question about its use coincided with my desire to find something special for a Saturday-morning breakfast for Hubby on the a.m. we departed for the State Fair of Texas. I wanted to be sure it was a special day through and through (I knew the state fair-part would be).
In my fall recipe collection was a clipping from a Kroger grocery-store flyer; it featured a recipe for Sweet Potato Pancakes. It called for 1 cup mashed sweet potatoes--exactly the amount I could expect to achieve from my remaining sweet potato once it was microwaved. Although the very thought of pancakes sounded sinfully extravagant, this meal wasn't at all. All the substitutions amped it down into a "dining-light" category.
The breakfast with Sweet Potato Pancakes topped with blueberries for garnish truly was memorable and paved the way for an even-more memorable day. As we indulged in state-fair food, our consciences could take comfort in the fact that at least we had started the day healthy with this fibrific and nourishing breakfast!
Sweet Potato Pancakes
2 cups all-purpose flour
1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon salt (or salt substitute)
2 tablespoons sugar substitute
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 cup egg substitute
1 1/2 cups reduced-fat milk
1 cup mashed sweet potatoes
8 tablespoons light stick margarine melted
3 egg whites, whipped
Combine the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar substitute, and cinnamon. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl mix the egg substitute, milk, sweet potatoes, and margarine. Add to flour mixture and stir until ingredients are moist. Beat the egg whites until stiff peaks are formed. Fold into pancake batter. Pour 1/4 cup onto a hot griddle and flip when pancakes bubble up. Top with your favorite fruit and low-calorie, sugar-free syrup, if desired. Serves 12 (serving size 2 pancakes).