Monday, September 16, 2013

Brinner! ($5.00 dinner for the broke med student)

Breakfast is by far my favorite meal.  What is even better that breakfast? BRINNER! Okay so I picked up that term from Scrubs.   But its simple, breakfast for dinner=brinner.  My mom was a huge fan of cooking breakfast for dinner when she was tired after work and wanted something simple like pancakes and bacon, or a simple BLT; those were the best nights.  I tried to find the episode where Turk and JD school Carla on what brinner is, but this is sums up their love of the meal.  Please watch the video below...hilarious.

So what is a good brinner treat that almost borders on dessert? Chocolate chip pancakes...oh yeah. But only with the best chocolate of course. And all you broke med students and residents out there, a bag of Ghiardelli Semi-sweet chocolate chips at Target costs 2.50 or less. So please forget about Toll House, they make plastic chocolate.

So how do you make this extraordinary chocolate chip pancake? 3 key ingredients. Vanilla, cinnamon, and cayenne. Yes, I said cayenne. No you're not gonna taste it, your mouth is not gonna catch on fire. But it will enhance the flavor of your chocolate. So don't be scared;put a tiny pinch in and it'll rock your world. And since we are all about the quickness with our busy schedules, you can make a quick warm fresh fruit topping in the microwave. All you need is a cup of raspberries (or other berry of your choice), some sugar to coat it and a dash of vanilla. In about 2 minutes you'll have a nice warm topping. Fry up some turkey bacon (Oscar Meyer Smoked 2.99 at target) and you've got the best brinner ever! 

Missy's Perfect Pancake Recipe

Most of these ingredients you should have in your pantry and that's why I call this a five dollar meal. If you don't have them and don't want to make pancakes from scratch (literally takes 3 min) you can buy a mix. A cheap and reliable one for me has been the Krusteaz brand. You would just mix in the vanilla, spices, and chocolate and substitute club soda for the water. Enjoy :)


1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
3 1/2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp salt
1 Tbsp white sugar
2/3 cup milk
2/3 club soda (makes the pancakes light and fluffy)
1 egg
3 Tbsp butter (melted)
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp cinnamon
Ghiardelli Semi-sweet Chocolate chips (as much as you like!)
pinch of cayenne

1)  In a large bowl sift the flour, baking powder, salt and sugar.  Make a well in the center and pour in the milk, egg, and melted butter; mix until smooth.  Lastly add in the club soda.

2) Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium to high heat. Make sure the pan is very hot before adding the batter. This is important. 

3) Use a scoop to make pancakes of equal size depending on how big you like them and cook until brown on both sides.

Note: Sometimes I use Crisco shortening (or even in the pancake itself) on an electric griddle to make the edges of the pancake crispy. I know what you're thinking, but honestly, live a little. One pancake fried with Crisco isn't going to hurt you. 

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