On our childhood Saturday mornings, Mom mixed up batches of Mickey Mouse pancakes for my brother and me while we watched our favorite TV shows. During the commercial breaks, we rushed into the kitchen, doused our plates with maple syrup, and cut up the pancakes (ears first!) into as few bites as possible to shovel into our mouths. We needed lots of sugar energy to dance along to Gullah Gullah Island and Blue’s Clues!
If Mom ran out of milk or flour, she popped open a can of Pillsbury cinnamon rolls and drizzled lots of cream cheese icing on top as she pulled them from the oven. We ate them straight from the pan, so everybody won—we got our daily dose of sugar, and Mom had less plates and forks to clean!
Although I never really grew out of the whole “sweets for breakfast” phase, I tried thinking of ways to nudge my taste buds in a healthier direction without sacrificing my cinnamon rolls. I acted impulsively on my first thought, “savory cinnamon rolls!” by spreading cream cheese on the dough and sautéing spinach to sprinkle on top. After waiting a few minutes in front of the oven and adding a little balsamic drizzle, I realized Pillsbury might lose this loyal customer—I actually want to eat veggies for breakfast now!
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