Save Time in the Kitchen + {Green Smoothie Pancakes}

Time is definitely a precious commodity these days!!! None of us ever have enough of it. So I've come up with a list of time-saving tips for the kitchen that will make nourishing your family throughout the week just a little bit easier. Starting with...

  1. Cook up a batch of quinoa on Sunday nights so that you have fully cooked quinoa available throughout the week to add into tacos, brownies, and salads.
  2. At my house, we have 2 sets of glasses in the kitchen: tall pint glasses for Dear Hubby and clear mason jars for me. We never have to guess, "Is this my cup?" so we use the same glass all day and wash dishes less often.
  3. Parchment paper is your friend. I always bake on it so that the pans are a breeze to clean up.
  4. Keep one roll of paper towels on the kitchen counter by the sink and one roll on the dining table. That way they're always within arm's reach!
  5. Make a big pot of veggie-laden broth-based soup one evening and it makes a perfect nourishing afternoon snack for a few days throughout the week. It is more filling and satisfying than a small handful of nuts or something like that!
  6. Bake muffins and cook extra pancakes over the weekend so that you have quick breakfasts ready throughout the week.

Speaking of pancakes...

Just imagine all the goodness that you'd pack into a healthy green smoothie, but in pancake form.

These are seriously our new favorite breakfast!! Babycakes devours them (like 3 or 4 at a time).

Look at that glorious green!! Don't let the color scare you away though. These pancakes are:

  • delightfully sweet
  • protein-packed
  • super easy to make
  • filling, without weighing you down
  • a great way to start the day
  • easy to freeze

Green Smoothie Pancakes


Green Smoothie Pancakes // via Nosh and Nourish


2 cups
baby spinach
3⁄4 cups
vanilla almondmilk
1 tablespoon
Ground Flax
1 tablespoon
Peanut Butter
small banana
1 tablespoon
Maple Syrup
1 cup
Pancake Mix*


I like and use Bob's Redmill GF Pancake Mix the most often.


  1. Combine all the ingredients except the pancake mix in a large measuring cup.
  2. Use an immersion blender to puree the spinach, banana, peanut butter, etc... until smooth.
  3. Stir in the pancake mix.
  4. In a large pan, over medium-low heat, pour the batter into small 3 - 4 inch circles.
  5. When the pancakes start bubbling a bit and the bottom is lightly browned, flip them over.
  6. Continue cooking for a minute or two on the other side.
  7. Serve warm with syrup!

Yields 9 Pancakes