Marty’s Blueberry Pancakes and Balls

I always like to think that if Martha Stewart and I were friends, I would call her Marty.  We’d make muffins together, sit and have tea. She’d tell me all her cooking secrets.  She’d show me how to till a garden.

Since that likely is never going to happen in my lifetime, the best I can do is make her buttermilk pancakes.  Although I changed it up a bit – while I do love the flavor of buttermilk, I wanted to bring down the calories a bit.  My boss said this was comfort food at its best – and wait until you see the nutritional stats!

Marty’s Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes (well, Bizified)

  • makes 10 pancakes, 5 servings – each serving: 181 calories, 6.03 fat, 26 carbs, 1.2 fiber and 5.25 protein

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 cup eggbeaters
  • 1 cup non-fat buttermilk
  • 2 cups unsweetened almond milk (mine is 30 calories a cup)
  • 4 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 cup blueberries

Mix all the ingredients together except for the blueberries.  Let the batter sit for 10 or 15 minutes to let the baking powder do its magic.  This batter isn’t as thick as regular pancakes, but not as thin as the Jacky’s pancakes I made last week.  This batter fit in the bottom of my six inch skillet.

Once you pour the batter in, then place your blueberries, pressing them down a bit so they don’t fly off when you flip the pancake.  Not quite sure how I know that. Open-mouthed smile

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You know how your first pancake of a batch never browns right?  Yep, the pancake closest to me was the second one.  Since these were on the thinner side, I rolled them up cigar style and had a slice of rosemary ham on the side.  Delish!

Knowing that I had Max Recovery last night for Insanity – which is a lot of slow moving muscle building exercises, no cardio, I decided to run a 5k at lunch.  It had been a while since I ran!  In fact, when I went back to check when the last time I ran it was June 13!  And that’s when I hit my latest PR of 33:11.

I cut out that PR and put it on the treadmill for inspiration.  I am a slow to start runner, so I started out at 11:00 mph and as I felt more comfortable, I kept bumping up the pace – until my last 4 minutes were at a 8:43 pace!

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HOLY SHIT!  I beat my previous PR by a full minute!  And you know what?  Typically my breathing is all over the place when I run for the longest time – but really after about five minutes my breathing was fine and my legs were strong.  To think I can run this fast at 167 pounds, can’t wait to break 30 minutes when I get smaller! Open-mouthed smile

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Last Friday I stopped by my local grocery store on the way home to pick something up – don’t even remember what it was, but you know I had to stop by the 50% off meat bin.  I scored on five pounds of ground sirloin for $6.50!  So I started googling “ground beef recipes” and when I found this recipe, I stopped – this was it.

I did change it up, as I do.  I left out the lemongrass, bumped up the other herbs a bit, and also used ground beef instead of ground chicken like she used.  I also made more sauce than she did. 

Thai-Spiced Beef Balls with Red Pepper Curry Sauce

(Inspired by Fork Knife Swoon)

  • 4 servings: 6 meatballs and 1/3 cup of sauce
  • balls: 228 calories, 11 fat, 7 carbs, 1.2 fiber and 24 protein
  • sauce: 36 calories, 2 fat, 3.75 carbs, .5 fiber and 1 protein

Ingredients for balls:

  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh mint leaves, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoons fresh ginger, grated
  • 1/2 a grated jalapeno (adjust to spice level)
  • zest of one lime
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 pound of ground sirloin

Mix all the ingredients together, just until combined, you don’t want to beat your meat too much (that’s what she said!).  While she baked hers, I like a crust on my meat balls, so Pam/grapeseed oil pan fried them for about 2 minutes.  I knew I was going to reheat these at work, so they weren’t fully cooked until I reheated them for lunch.

For the sauce:

  • 1 cup jarred roasted red pepper
  • 1/2 cup of light coconut milk
  • 1 tablespoon hot curry paste (Mine was Thai Kitchen)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Put all those in a mini chopper and blend until desired consistency.

For my lunch – 3/4 cup white rice on the bottom, 1 sauteed zucchini, 1/3 cup of the spicy sauce and six balls.

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Yep, couldn’t decide which picture to post – so you get all three.  You’re welcome. Open-mouthed smile

Holy balls these were tasty – I don’t think I’ve ever had mint in meat before, but the flavors were so good – flavorful spicy – I ended up just mixing everything together after the pictures were taken so I got a bit of the spicy red pepper sauce with each bite.

It was so nice outside when I got home.  It was like 72, no wind.  Tony was just finishing up mowing the lawn (looks great babe!) and we ended up sitting outside hanging out while Tony had a cigar for nearly an hour.  Turns out I can enjoy sitting outside without a glass of wine – who knew?! Winking smile

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On tap for dinner?  While you all know we love Tony’s famous fried rice, one of Tony’s favorite things to get when we go out for Chinese is something called a House Noodle dish – it has three different kinds of meat, the base is noodles and minimal vegetables.

I am his Sous Chef, so I got all the fixins together.  Weird thing is, I KNOW I bought bean sprouts.  I looked everywhere but couldn’t find them.  I even looked at my receipt and there they were!  Oh well, we had carrots, water chestnuts and broccoli slaw.

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I cooked the pasta separately – angel hair – and once drained, just tossed in about a teaspoon of sesame oil to keep the pasta from clumping up.

Then Tony did his magic.  I coated the chicken in about a tablespoon of corn starch and salt and pepper.  He used soy sauce, honey and for me – sriracha for the seasonings.

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He cooked the chicken first, then the veggies, then put the pasta at the bottom of the wok and let it get crispified – some of the pasta was soft and some was crunchy.  I have to tell you – that I think I like this version better than his fried rice – and that’s saying a lot!  This is four servings – I am bringing the extra two servings for me and my boss for lunch today.

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So good – thanks Tony!  And guess who stopped by for dinner?  Lyle!  He’s still looking for my granola, but settled on almonds. Open-mouthed smile

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I let my dinner settle for about 45 minutes, then finished 45 minutes of Max Recovery – while it’s tough, I was able to complete 98% of it!

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Stats for the Day:

  • 1489 calories, 61 fat, 173 carbs, 15 fiber and 71 protein
  • 47% of calories from carbs
  • 37% from fat
  • 16% from protein
  • 40 minute total treadmill at lunch 32:11 PR!
  • 45 minute Max Recovery

Alright, I have to scoot – I am making breakfast wontons for breakfast this morning and then have to put my shit together – I have twenty minutes to get it all done – no problem!

Make it a great day!

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49 thoughts on “Marty’s Blueberry Pancakes and Balls

  1. Woo hoo on the PR!! And those balls look awesome.

    • I think you would love these balls Marcia! 😀 They are great because you make so many ahead of time for later in the week. Of course, don’t tell Tony, but I think these would be good with marinara sauce and spaghetti squash. 😀

  2. First of all – HYSTERICAL that you call Martha Marty… HA!
    I’m a pancake freak so these would be right up my alley!

    Second – OMG – I saw a recipe similar to the ball recipe above last week & thought I MUST make this!.. So I’m going to do your’s instead because it’s got to be amazing! mmmm…that sauce! YES! Can’t wait!

  3. Great job on the run – all your hard work is paying off! Your food looks great as usual – I’ll be stealing the balls recipe for sure. Tony’s noodle dish looks awesome – my husband LOVES spicy noodle dishes! So nice to cook together:) Have a great day – enjoy this beautiful weather!

    • Thanks Lynne – Tony usually spices it up after he’s served himself – I am no use to him because the stuff I deem not hot, burns his mouth!

      This weather is awesome! I walked outside for 45 minutes at lunch today. 😀

  4. I like the nickname for Martha Stewart!!
    When are you going to write a cookbook?! I will be the first in line – I think I pin you post every day for at least one of your recipes!!!
    Great job on the run – the PR and the breathing!!!

    • Thanks Kim! Ha, no cookbook – I am not that original – I just tweak other peoples recipes to fit my taste (aka usually add spicy shit!)

  5. Like Martha would let anyone call her Marty. HA! You’re pancakes look delicious. I stink at making them, but I may have to give those a go.

    I have been craving fried rice – it’s probably one of my favorite comfort foods but I don’t eat it often [salt content]. Pooldad will [well he used to] surprise me with a container from our favorite Chinese restaurant. Oh so good. So, anyhoodle – I watched Tony’s Vlog and between snorts of laughter [man, your husband is funny] I managed to get the recipe. YAY! And I can actually make it with lower sodium Soy Sauce [tastes exactly the same but with much less sodium] Double YAY! So tell Tony thanks from me.

    [And is amazeballs really a cuss word?]

    xo JG

    • I like to think of amazeballs as just an adjective! 😀 And while I enjoy the low sodium soy, Tony does not – but I just drink lots of water, so it all evens out! xo Biz

      • Wait? How does drinking a lot of water even out sodium intake? Is there a secret I don’t know and I can actually go above 800 mg a day? Hmmmm?

        I didn’t realize that low sodium soy tasted different. Prolly just because I am so happy I can have fried rice once and a while. YAY!

        You’re the best!

  6. Martha kind of scares me. I feel like if we cooked together she’d be shouting commands at me the whole time. These balls are bookmarked!

  7. Just pinned those balls! Hubby will LOVE!

  8. Biz, I’ve made “buttermilk” out of unsweetened plain almond milk and some lemon juice – it gets pretty close, but it’s obviously not as thick as buttermilk!

    • Why didn’t I think of that Errign? I’ve made buttermilk out of regular milk – duh! Thanks for pointing that out to me. 😀

      • I have never tried lemon juice. I always use vinegar and it gets really thick. But now that I am in “buttermilk county” I keep it in the fridge. YUM.

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    I think you could teach Marty a thing or two Vat. Not just about cooking ’cause you are an amazing cook! You could teach her proper swimming techniques, cheeky double entendres and squirrel keeping!!! I say lets pitch your own show to HGTV!!!

  10. Everything looks delish today…..as usual!!! Made another pot of lasagna soup last night, gosh I love that soup and so does the husband. Thanks for passing on that recipe. It takes me a while to try something, but once I do, I am hooked!!! The weather has been cool enough that soup goes well.

    Well, I say, if you are going to dream about sitting down with a cup of tea and Martha Stewart…why not…you might as well DREAM BIG!!! I really need to try those pancakes what with all the blueberries I have in the freezer.

    Wow….today my blood sugars were 109 this morning. That is the lowest it has ever been. Must be the meds are finally working…huh?!?!

    Have a great day Biz…..keep on, keeping on with your insanity 🙂

    • You know, I saw I had two links of Italian sausage in my drawer last night (still can’t find the damn bean sprouts!) and thought “cooler weather calls for lasagna soup!” It might be batch 39 for me, and you may soon catch up to me. 😀

      • Awww….I am only on batch 4….will be awhile before I catch up to you 😀

        I like that this soup is very forgiving…..I did not have tomato paste, so I used sauce and added some corn starch for thickening and it worked out fine, no ricotta cheese so I used cottage cheese with chives. It still taste good no matter how you change it.

  11. Everything’s better BIZIFIED…even Tony’s fried rice! I really want to try your version.

  12. I sure wish you would make some granola for that poor squirrel! 😉

    Nice going with your run! I’m guessing all of the other workout stuff is contributing to making you a stronger runner; I’m discovering the same thing – cross-training, who knew?!!!

  13. You are so on point right now – I’m loving it!!
    I’m also inspired with how dedicated you are to making your meals.

    • Thanks Heatha – there is no way I could do it without a plan – some weekends I can meal plan in like 15 minutes, other times it could take an hour – wish Tony liked spicy shit then it would be easy!

  14. Wow! I haven’t been here in forever and look at you—you’re looking amazing! I love your ‘Ball’ titles. I want to do a post on habanero meatball and the first thing I thought about was giving it a title like “Hot Balls on Your Tongue” but, I gotta remember my blog is my portfolio and that might not work…so, you should do it!

    Love the insanity.

  15. You should try these next! http://food52.com/recipes/17054-lemon-zucchini-pancakes-with-a-heart-of-brie I feel like they’re right up your alley, especially because they have brie!!

  16. I love the way you’ve lightened this recipe. I’ve been making my own yogurt for a couple of months now and learned that you can use the leftover whey as a buttermilk sub/addition and will have to keep this in mind for these guys!

  17. Love those rolled pancakes – I need to try this idea! Savory + sweet is so good. 🙂 Congrats on the PR, that is awesome!

  18. Those noodles look awesome. One of my favorite meals is leftover spaghetti fried up in a little butter, so good!

    Awesome job on shaving off a whole minute, that seriously rocks.

  19. OH my gosh; if these noodles take over Tony’s fried rice, I’m going to have to request, I mean DEMAND, a video update on how he does it! 🙂

    Thanks for thinking of me with the link you posted on my blog; I needed that message. 🙂

    • Okay so after I posted, I went back and watched Tony’s fried rice video. My son walks in the room, looks over my shoulder at Tony while he’s making his joke about something or other, and B says, “that guy’s drunk.” Hahahahaha…. 🙂 I had to explain that he’s a funny guy, not drunk!

  20. Marty…that is too funny! The pancakes sound good. But the balls sound amazing! I have Tony’s fried rice pinned and it has quite a few re-pins too 🙂 The noodle dish sounds terrific too, going to have to try that soon!

  21. Wow those meatballs and noodles look so good! I’m going to have to try both!

  22. So cool that you beat your PR: congrats!

    All the food looks so so good.

  23. You are looking great!!!! The dinner noodle dish isn’t looking to bad either – hasn’t this weather just been perfect? It’s how summers are in Montana….absolutely perfect, 75ish, and NO humidity – woohoo! Have a great day!

  24. Woo hoo for beating your PR! You rock!! OMG you are hysterical – Marty! lol

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