third breakfast is a charm.

by Janetha on August 25, 2011

in meals,random rambles,recipes

alternate titles for this post:

  • “nine egg whites later”
  • “when all else fails, make an egg sandwich”
  • “if at first you don’t succeed, try again, and if that doesn’t work, give up”
  • “i am an idiot”

marshall worked three hours from home today, so he was up at an abnormally early hour. i decided to get up a tad early, too, and had plenty of time to spare. i decided to make a “weekend breakfast,” as i call them. one that takes a bit more time that blending a protein shake and darting out the door—something i typically do EVERY work day morning.

my plan? a protein waffle!


i dusted off the ol’ waffle maker (no, literally, it was on top of my fridge and i hadn’t used it in so long that it had collected dust!) and whipped up a single serving batch of my favorite protein waffle (or pancake) batter:

  • 3 egg whites
  • 1/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/3 cup low fat cottage cheese
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon

(blended in my vitamix)

i sprayed the iron with olive oil and cooked the waffle as i usually would, but when the waffle iron beeped to tell me it was done, this happened:


blast!!! i have no idea how that happened. i did nothing different—maybe my waffle iron was revolting because i have been neglecting it for so long?

i still had time to spare, so i decided to give it another go. i had my heart SET on a protein waffle or pancake. since my waffle attempt was a flop, i decided to go the pancake route. i never mess up pancakes!

i usually cook my protein pancakes on a griddle, but i didn’t want to take the time to get it out, plug it in, let it heat up.. you get it.  instead, i decided to use one of our cast iron skillets to make one BIG protein pancake.  we have a full set of cast iron skillets that marshall’s grandpa gave us—they are awesome and have years upon years of use. nicely seasoned!

i sprayed the skillet with olive oil, let it heat up while i whipped up another batch of batter and then poured the batter into the skillet.


after all the bubbles had popped (that is when you know it’s time to flip the flapjack) i grabbed a spatula and tried to flip—um, yeah, tried.


failed. what?!


the pancake was STUCK to the skillet. it was a total mess. i don’t know what i did wrong! i greased the skillet, i cooked it long enough before flipping, yet still—foiled.

by this time, it was almost time to leave for work. so much for getting up early to enjoy a leisure breakfast, right? i resorted to plan C, which was an egg white sandwich. that is one thing i knew for sure i wouldn’t screw up. although, i’d never had a pancake disaster before, so i wouldn’t put it past me to not screw up the sandwich.

i grabbed a smaller skillet and cooked three egg whites to perfection. they didn’t stick. they didn’t fall apart. thank goodness—if they had, i might have had a serious breakfast breakdown!


i toasted a whole wheat bagel thin, topped it with a wedge of laughing cow cheese, piled my perfect egg whites on top and added some ketchup.


finally, an edible breakfast.


which, by the way, i had to eat the majority of in the car.. since i was late for work.

i was annoyed at first, but let’s face it–shit happens! i was already laughing by the time i got to my office.

but i still really want a waffle.


1. any kitchen mishaps to share with the class? i am notorious for dropping whole containers of things on the kitchen floor: jar of pickles (smelly), costco-sized container of blueberries (huge pain to clean up), entire vitamix full of protein shake (uhh..)—just call me butterfingers!

2. waffles or pancakes? i am NOT picky. i like them both so much! but if i had to pick, i’d say waffles because i love how they crisp up so nicely on the outside and, because of their structure, you get some bites that are thicker than others.

xo. janetha g.

p.s. i have a great recipe to share! i have been slammed lately and haven’t had time to type it up. stay tuned!

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Susan August 26, 2011 at 5:06 pm

Okay, this has nothing to do with the topic of your post but this post made me think of it. This weekend I am buying a BLENDER and I’m going to try making smoothies with the gums you sent me. Question: how much of each do I need to add?

1. Every day is a kitchen mishap. Today I burnt my oatmeal. But I thought it was kind of tasty…
2. Pancakes!

Janetha August 26, 2011 at 5:11 pm

i would say 1/8 tsp of each! but play around–you may need up to 1/4 tsp of each. if you add too much, you will know. and it’ll ruin it for you. don’t be afraid to test the waters! here is a good post deb did about them:

happy blendingggg xo

Pure2raw twins August 26, 2011 at 9:22 pm

oh no, i hate when things stick to the pan, ugh

I am a pancake girl for sure!! love them


PBJenny August 27, 2011 at 9:36 am

you sure you were using cottage cheese in that batter and not glue?! ;) I love waffles but can’t muster up the courage to make them just because I know I’ve had so many fails. Hmphhhhh. Looks like you and I won’t be going in to the waffle house business any time soon, eh?

Allison August 27, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Haha, I couldn’t help but laugh at your mishaps :P I totes would have still eaten the waffle [probs not the pancake since it was totes stuck]- as my fiance says “it all goes down the same way!” It may not have been pretty, but appearance isn’t everything- bet it would have tasted good, recipe sounds good! Better luck another day :)

Mara Shorr August 28, 2011 at 11:57 am

LOL…. oh, Janetha! So, this happens to me more than I care to admit. Mostly when I try to substitute ingredients because I’m too lazy to go to the store. The sunken cupcakes. The butter in the baked custard. And… check out my latest blog post for the photo my cousin, a professional baker, sent me last week… she was having that kind of day too ;) Keep you chin up, girlie!

Bridget August 30, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Hahaha wow I’m impressed you even made the pancake…I’d probably go straight for the egg sandwich if that waffle incident happened! Nothing worse than having your heart (and stomach) set on something to have it fail!

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