My big little guy got the flu on Friday night and hasn't really eaten anything for three days now. I've tried to tempt him with all kinds of treats just to get some sustenance into his body, healthy or not. Pretzel sticks, fruit, ice cream, chocolate milk..he's refused it all. So when he said he wanted waffles for dinner, I was all in.
If I make waffles he will usually eat four or five...today he stopped at one. Still, that's great progress. Hopefully by tomorrow he's feeling better and finishes the leftovers for breakfast!
I don't know anyone who would consider waffles healthy food, but I have a few tricks to make them just a little bit better. Still sinfully delicious though!
I add a few tablespoons of flax seeds to the batter to give my waffles a little fiber and make them easier on the stomach. My kids have yet to notice when I do this. If you worry that some of your little eaters would object, you can always sprinkle them on top of your waffle as well.
Quick no-sugar jam
This one is so easy it feels like cheating. I always keep frozen berry mix in the freezer and whenever I need jam I pour two or so cups of them in a pot and cook them on the stove for a few minutes until they are soft and have broken up and formed a loose jam. I don't add any sugar, so the leftover jam lasts for no more than a week or two in the fridge. I still haven't had to throw any of it away. I love the slightly tart berry taste on my cereal, oatmeal, toast or pancakes too.
Actually you don't have to eat waffles with sweet toppings. You can also make a more dinner-esque topping by mixing about equal parts sour cream and mayonnaise, a little bit of salt, chopped pieces of sandwich meat or cooked bacon or ham, maybe some corn or chopped bell peppers and herbs like chives for example. I don't really have a recipe per se, I just use what I happen to have handy.
What's your favorite waffle topping? Nutella and bananas? Sugar roasted pecans? Love these foods that have endless varieties!