M-J’s Nutritious Luncheon Pancakes Made with Magical Mung Beans

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M-J’s High-Protein Mung Bean Pancakes, Filled with Strained Yoghurt (“Labneh”)

My husband Jacques likens this dish to blini with caviar and sour cream. To some, that’s quite an endorsement (I’ve resisted caviar all my life, with every fiber of my being).

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I call mung beans “magical” because they are full of life, often sprouting while being boiled.

M-J’s HIGH-PROTEIN MUNG BEAN PANCAKES

To my pot of cooked mung beans (one cup dry beans, three cups water) I add chia seeds (while beans are still hot, to make them soft), yogurt whey*, whole oat flour (I grind my own), ground flax, hemp protein powder, a couple of raw eggs, and a little self-rising flour. I keep the batter pretty thin, adding more liquid whey or water when required. Ingredients are pictured below, but I don’t use measurements. ~M-J

Read Dr. Axe’s information on the Mung Bean Nutritional Powerhouse.

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Save the Whey from Yogurt

I save liquid whey from the yogurt-straining process, and mix a little nonfat dry milk with it in a blender-bottle. I refrigerate the stuff to use in smoothies or pancake batter~M-J

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M-J’s High-Protein Pancakes: You Can See the Mung Beans in the Batter

Make yogurt whey* to use as liquid for pancake batter by straining your yogurt to make it thicker. Pour the liquid (whey) that has been removed from your yogurt into a jar for use in smoothies and pancake batter. Then use the resultant “Greek yogurt” to spread onto the pancakes. After spreading this on my mung bean pancakes, I roll them to create a delicious, health-promoting luncheon dish.

*See my jar of whey in the following picture:

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I use Karoun Plain Yogurt from California to make “Greek yogurt”, or labneh, and yogurt cheese. It is truly all-natural and makes all other American yogurt brands look weak. ©M-J de Mesterton 2018
Frozen High-Protein Pancakes
M-J’s Original Recipe High-Protein Pancakes are Cooked in Bulk, Cooled, Stacked and Separated with Pieces of Waxed Paper, then Frozen for Easy Meal Preparation
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M-J’s Original Recipe High-Protein Mung Bean Pancakes are Easy to Reheat, Fill and Roll
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M-J’s Elegant Southwestern Salad

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M-J’s low-carb southwestern-style salad starts with warm sautéed ground beef, onion and celery that has been flavored with chile powder or taco seasoning, which is topped with shredded cheddar cheese, finely-chopped romaine lettuce, tomato-chunks, dots of sour cream and green salsa. The ingredients in this individual salad are arranged elegantly and are only mixed together by the person to whom it is served. Bowls of additional sour cream and salsa can be available at your table, as well as strips or chunks of avocado doused with lemon or lime to prevent turning brown. Eating hot salsa can raise one’s resistance to colds and flu, which are no longer just seasonal. Hot peppers such as cayenne, jalapeño and serrano also enhance one’s metabolism. Ground beef can be substituted with grilled chicken, and for the chile-pepper enthusiast, strips of broiled serranos can be artfully placed on the lettuce. This hearty salad is a good source of protein and health-promoting produce any time of year.

©M-J de Mesterton 2017

M-J’s Autumn Potato Salad

Elegant Autumn Potato Salad
M-J’s Autumn Potato Salad is made with boiled potatoes, chopped Fuji apples, onions and bacon. The dressing is made with white vinegar, safflower oil and a bit of bacon-drippings. Please Visit ELEGANT SALAD for more of M-J’s Original Salad Recipes

Swedish Potato Salad ©M-J de Mesterton Elegant Cook

Chocolate Pie

Chocolate Mousse Pie with Short Crust and Whipped Cream ©M-J de Mesterton 2015
Chocolate Pie with Short Crust and Whipped Cream ©M-J de Mesterton

I long ago published a recipe for my chocolate pie in a graham cracker-crust. Now, I prefer the contrast of a slightly salty short crust. For this pie, I let my traditional filling cool in the baked pie-shell, for which I used a spring-form pan. Then, I removed most of the chocolate filling  into a bowl, leaving a coating of it inside the crust. I then folded into the bowl of pie-filling a cup of whipped, unsweetened cream, creating a mousse au chocolat. After pouring the mousse into the pie shell, I put blobs of sweetened whipped cream on top with a pastry bag.
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©M-J de Mesterton 2015

M-J’s Low-Carb Faerie Cakes

M-J's Original Almond-Lemon Flavoured Faerie Cakes, an Elegant Low-Carb Dessert or Tea Offering

M-J’s Low-Carb Faerie Cakes

3 egg whites, beaten until stiff
1/2 cup of ground plain almonds
Two tablespoons of white flour
1 teaspoon of baking powder
One teaspoon of lemon juice
One half-teaspoon of very fine lemon zest (optional)
1/2 cup of cream
1/2cup of plain or vanilla  almond milk, unsweetened
1/2 teaspoon of salt
1 teaspoon of vanilla
6 tablespoons of sucralose or Splenda

Combine all ingredients except the egg-whites in a mixing bowl and beat together until relatively smooth (almonds will be visible in tiny particles). Fold in beaten egg-whites. Ladle this batter into mini-muffin cups that have been greased with butter. Bake until golden brown in a medium-hot oven, 180°C, (350°F), gas-mark 4 for approximately fifteen minutes. Frosting is optional: I use cream cheese sweetened with vanilla and Splenda.
©M-J de Mesterton 2010

M-J’s Low-Carb Cupcakes

M-J’s Elegant Low-Carb, High-Protein Cupcakes


One-half cup of ground almonds
One-third cup of unsweetened coconut 
One-half cup of thick, full-fat coconut milk
One tablespoon of butter
One teaspoon of baking powder 
A fourth-teaspoon of salt
Two egg-whites, whipped until peaks form
Two tablespoons of unbleached, all-purpose flour
One-half cup of granulated Splenda (Trademark)


Butter the insides of sections in a mini-muffin pan.
Mix together all ingredients until well-blended. Gradually fold-in the stiffly-beaten egg-whites. 
Put an equal amount of the resultant batter into each mini-muffin tin.
Bake for twenty or thirty minutes in a hot oven, until the edges of your mini-cupcakes are brown.


When the cupcakes are cool, gently remove from the mini-muffin pan with a dull butter-knife.
Frost these if desired. I use an icing made with cream cheese, vanilla, Splenda and a small amount of yoghurt to make it creamy before spooning the frosting into an icing-bag. 


Recipe and Photo are Copyrighted Material by M-J de Mesterton ©2011



M-J’s Low-Carb Cupcakes

M-J’s Elegant Low-Carb, High-Protein Cupcakes


One-half cup of ground almonds
One-third cup of unsweetened coconut 
One-half cup of thick, full-fat coconut milk
One tablespoon of butter
One teaspoon of baking powder 
A fourth-teaspoon of salt
Two egg-whites, whipped until peaks form
Two tablespoons of unbleached, all-purpose flour
One-half cup of granulated Splenda (Trademark)


Butter the insides of sections in a mini-muffin pan.
Mix together all ingredients until well-blended. Gradually fold-in the stiffly-beaten egg-whites. 
Put an equal amount of the resultant batter into each mini-muffin tin.
Bake for twenty or thirty minutes in a hot oven, until the edges of your mini-cupcakes are brown.


When the cupcakes are cool, gently remove from the mini-muffin pan with a dull butter-knife.
Frost these if desired. I use an icing made with cream cheese, vanilla, Splenda and a small amount of yoghurt to make it creamy before spooning the frosting into an icing-bag. 


Recipe and Photo are Copyrighted Material by M-J de Mesterton ©2011



Elegant Saffron Potatoes

M-J’s Original Recipe for Elegant Potatoes

Boiled in water infused with saffron and paprika, these golden potatoes are coated with butter and more seasoning, then baked until golden brown at the edges.

>Elegant Saffron Potatoes

>M-J’s Original Recipe for Elegant Potatoes

Boiled in water infused with saffron and paprika, these golden potatoes are coated with butter and more seasoning, then baked until golden brown at the edges.

Elegant Saffron Potatoes

M-J’s Original Recipe for Elegant Potatoes

Boiled in water infused with saffron and paprika, these golden potatoes are coated with butter and more seasoning, then baked until golden brown at the edges.

Elegant Saffron Potatoes

M-J’s Original Recipe for Elegant Potatoes

Boiled in water infused with saffron and paprika, these golden potatoes are coated with butter and more seasoning, then baked until golden brown at the edges.

Elegant Saffron Potatoes

M-J’s Original Recipe for Elegant Potatoes

Boiled in water infused with saffron and paprika, these golden potatoes are coated with butter and more seasoning, then baked until golden brown at the edges.