Dinner Pancakes


  • ½ small onion
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 cup raw vegetables (any combination of carrots, fresh spinach, zucchini, broccoli, peppers, and corn)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for cooking the pancakes
  • kosher salt and black pepper
  • your kids’ favorite pancake mix (enough for 10 to 12 pancakes), plus whatever additional ingredients are called for in the directions
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan (1 ounce)
  • sour cream, for serving


  • knife for chopping
  • mixing bowl
  • skillet
  • spatula

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Recipe attribution:


  1. Finely chop the onion, garlic, and vegetables.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-low heat. Add the onion and garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Add the other vegetables, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until everything is tender, 5 to 8 minutes.
  3. While the vegetables are cooking, make the pancake batter according to the package directions.
  4. Add the cooked vegetables and the Parmesan to the batter and mix to combine.
  5. Cook the pancakes as you normally would (use olive oil instead of butter to help kick it up to dinner status). You can experiment with the amount of vegetables you include in each scoop of batter, depending on your kids’ tolerance levels. Top with the sour cream and serve.


You can also substitute your favourite pancake recipe for the mix.  Mmmm... pancakes for dinner!