Bad Pix of Good Food

good (to me!) food I eat, and the bad pictures I take of it – just for you!


Breakfast: Weekend FAVE!!! Oatmeal “Surprise” :D


“Oatmeal…that’s the surprise? Thanks for nothing, BPOGF!”

Okay, how ’bout oatmeal AND cottage cheese?  DON’T RUN AWAY!  COME BACK! Because you can turn oatmeal, cottage cheese and egg whites into…

wait for it…

Pancakes! Delicious pancakes! HEALTHY pancakes! High protein yet yummy pancakes. Seriously. Not just regular ol’ pancakes with some oatmeal thrown in, pretending to be healthy (okay those kind are frikkin’ delicious, too, but you know why we’re here!). Actually, I’m not really sure whether or not regular pancakes are even all that bad for you, in and of themselves.  I do know they are bad for me because I will sit down and eat me some like a lumberjack. That was stranded in the woods.  For a week. In the winter. Yeah. So I typically avoid them like, ummm…something a lumberjack would try to avoid?  Poison Ivy? Bears? You get it.

Anyhoo…without further ado, here is my bad pic of these good pancakes (served on my sweet Official Waffle House Plate):

oatmealcottagecheesepancakes2This would take top prize over in the Wile E Coyote – Genius! category, except I didn’t think it up myself! :)   I found it on  this site via pinterest, and thought I would give it a try.  I was looking for something new to do with cottage cheese and this was it for me! I did make an IMPORTANT tweak, though: I strongly recommend using reduced-sodium cottage cheese. I made them the first time with regular, and thought they were kinda salty.  Salty pancakes…yeah, not so much. So I did “Wile” up that part. I also mixed in 1/4 cup of blueberries, and those puppies went from “meh” to “YAY!”

So what’s the “damage”? I calculated it out to only 330 calories for the whole pancake recipe! I also used 1 TBSP of light butter, and 2 TBSP of Mrs. Butterworth’s sugar-free syrup**, plus an 8oz glass of skim milk.  Because pancakes are yet another thing I CANNOT even eat without some of my beloved milk.  All that still totaled up to just 471 calories.  For a  big, lumberjack-worthy plate of pancakes + fixins.  I am pleased.  It’s more calories than my regular breakfast, but it is still reasonable for what it is, and I have been enjoying them every weekend!

Click HERE for the recipe.  They’re super easy, too!

I hope you try them and love them, too.  Leave me a comment below and let me know if you did.  Or if you think I may have oversold them a tad, you can let me know that, too. :)


** Yeah, sugar-free “maple syrup”. It actually tastes pretty good, not like the REAL stuff, but still. I’m just sayin’ because I am a native New Englander, and REAL maple syrup is kind of a big deal up there. :)   They’d probably take away my membership card if they knew.  But syrup-y kind of taste for only 10 calories…I’ll risk it!


title photo credit: Matt Batchelor via photopin cc

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