IHOP’s Holiday Pancakes Are As Green As The Grinch

The Grinch’s tagline may be “It’s never too early to be annoyed by Christmas,” but we all know how that story ends. Your heart doesn’t have to grow three sizes to get excited about IHOP’s new Grinch-inspired menu.

In celebration of the new Dr. Seuss film, the breakfast joint rolled out a special menu October 29, and it’s staying in restaurants through the end of the year. As you might guess, there’s plenty of green involved, plus a new omelette and French toast stack that both sound fit for an indulgent holiday meal.

image

Here’s what you can expect from the IHOPxGrinch menu:

  • Grinch’s Green Pancakes: two Grinch-green buttermilk pancakes topped with sweet cream cheese icing, red candy hearts, and green whipped cream
  • Minty Who Hot Chocolate:hot chocolate with mint syrup topped with creamy green whipped cream and red candy hearts
  • Who-Roast Beast Omelette: an omelette filled with shredded beef, Monterey Jack and cheddar cheese, sautéed jalapeños, onions, and golden hash browns topped with BBQ sauce, more shredded cheese, and a Serrano pepper; it comes with THREE buttermilk pancakes, too
  • Whoville Holiday Cheesecake French Toast: two King’s Hawaiian rolls, French-toasted, and layered with creamy cheesecake filling, raspberry topping, and whipped cream
  • image
  • There are special additions to the kids menu, too: A Mt. Crumpit Kids Combo, which comes with a Grinch green buttermilk pancakes topped with cream cheese icing, red candy hearts, and green whipped cream, plus one scrambled egg, one bacon strip, and one sausage link. Also, a Young Grinch Minty Who Hot Chocolate, which is just a kid-sized version of the drink.

    Parents, if you bring your kids to IHOP between 4 p.m. and 10 p.m. during the promotion, kids 12 and under can get a free entrée from the kids menu with the purchase of any adult entrée!

    For an at-home The Grinch treat, try making our festive Kranky Cupcakes! They’re perfect for a holiday movie night or to bring to a Christmas party.

TV Host Louise Roe Shares Her Inside Perspective on Plaque Psoriasis


About 10 years ago, TV host and fashion journalist Louise Roe was working at a fashion magazine in London when she started experiencing psoriasis symptoms — painful, itchy, red, scaly patches on her body.

“I felt super stressed out from my job… it took a toll on my body. While it was incredibly uncomfortable physically, I did not like to look at it either,” Roe told Healthline.

After seeing a doctor, Roe, who was 25 years old at the time, was diagnosed with plaque psoriasis, an immune-mediated disease.

“Being in the fashion industry, I think I was more conscious of how I looked and represented myself. I was at an impressionable age too, and being a young woman living in London [made it hard]. It wasn’t a fun time at all,” she said.

After managing her symptoms for over a decade, Roe decided to speak publicly for the first time about having the condition in hopes of helping others.

“What struck a chord with me about this particular campaign is the idea of inside perspective, [which] refers to the fact that psoriasis starts in the body and is a genetic condition rather than something that’s just topical,” said Roe.

“For me it resonates on a deeper level and is something that is metaphorical for how psoriasis can really strip away at your confidence and self-esteem.”

To get the word out, and in collaboration with Celgene Corporation, she recently launched the Inside Perspective campaign.

She added, “It was a real journey to get my confidence back and not feel frustrated all the time at having this condition. I learned to live with it and not let it take over and make me feel negative.”

Addressing misconceptions

While the National Psoriasis Foundation reports that 7.5 million people in the United States live with psoriasis, Dr. Gary Goldenberg, assistant clinical professor of dermatology and pathology at The Icahn Sinai School of Medicine at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City, says many people don’t understand the condition and incorrectly believe it’s contagious or a rash that is contracted from another person.

Because of these misconceptions, people with psoriasis tend to hide their condition.

Roe knows this all too well.

She recalled a time when she was in Greece filming an episode of MTV’s “Plain Jane” and a scene required her to get out of a car. As she exited the car, the knee-length dress she was wearing flew up and exposed a psoriasis flare on her thighs. A colleague spotted the patches and was taken back.

“People don’t mean to be mean, but there are moments like that,” Roe said.

“Ironically, my role on the show was to give young women confidence by spending a week with them and making them feel better inside and out. I had to carry on the scene where I’m telling a woman, ‘Come on, you have to be confident’ yet I didn’t feel confident about myself.”


Dr. Goldenberg said many of his patients struggle with similar issues.

“What people don’t understand is that it’s not a condition that comes from the outside to the inside, it’s the other way around. It’s something that’s internal and inflammation inside the body that’s causing psoriasis on the skin,” Goldenberg told Healthline.

“We have lots of data that clearly shows the majority of patients who have moderate to severe psoriasis are either untreated or undertreated, meaning they’re not getting the most effective treatment for their particular condition.”

He added, “By raising awareness, [we] can change a lot of lives of those who are suffering not only on the outside but the inside; it’s not just a physical stress, but a very big emotional stress.”

Goldenberg also pointed out that many studies show people with psoriasis struggle with quality of life.

“Some studies show that only heart disease and diabetes are worse for quality of life,” he said.

“Patients talk about burning, itching, and constant stress of not knowing… where they’ll find their psoriasis next. That psycho-social aspect of the condition is so important to [address].”

The good news, he notes, is that treatments, such as topical creams and lotions, phototherapy, biologic injections, and medications, can help by decreasing inflammation.

In addition to treatment, he also encourages a holistic approach that includes caring for your skin, managing stress levels, and incorporating proper diet.

“Not every treatment is right for every patient. It’s about working with your dermatologist and finding the right solution for you,” Goldenberg said.

Roe agrees, and she hopes that sharing her story will encourage others to seek the best treatment possible.

“I’ve had to pull over my car and stop driving before because [my symptoms] were so uncomfortable. If you’re living with the condition, then it’s possible you’re having the same symptoms no matter where you are living or who you are or what your situation is,” said Roe.

“I want to open the door to meaningful conversation with anyone living with psoriasis.”

Spaghetti Bolognese with hidden veggies

Spaghetti Bolognese with hidden veggies

This meaty Bolognese hides lots of lovely vegetables, making it a healthy recipe for all the family.

Equipment and preparation: For this recipe you will need a hand-held blender or a food processor. This meal when served as six portions provides 355 kcal, 26g protein, 42g carbohydrate (of which 7.5g sugars), 9.5g fat (of which 4g saturates), 4g fibre and 0.6g salt per portion.

Ingredients

  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 1 carrot, peeled, finely grated
  • 1 courgette, trimmed, finely grated
  • 1 red pepper, deseeded, thinly sliced
  • 500g/1lb 2oz lean beef mince
  • 400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 tsp dried oregano or dried mixed herbs
  • 1 beef stock cube
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 300g/10½oz dried spaghetti
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • salt

Method

  1. Put the vegetables in a large, heavy-based saucepan and cover with 500ml/18fl oz water. Bring to the boil, then simmer for 8-10 minutes, or until the onion and pepper are very soft. Remove from the heat and blend the contents to a smooth purée using a hand-held blender. Set aside and keep warm.

  2. Heat a separate, non-stick, lidded saucepan over a medium heat. Dry-fry the beef mince for 3-5 minutes, stirring with a wooden spoon to break up any large clumps, until lightly browned on the outside.

  3. Add the puréed vegetables, chopped tomatoes, tomato purée and dried herbs to the pan, stirring well to combine. Crumble over the stock cube and add the bay leaf. Season with pepper and stir again.

  4. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat until it is simmering. Half-cover the pan with the lid and continue to simmer gently for 25-30 minutes, stirring the sauce more and more regularly as it thickens.

  5. Meanwhile, bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Add the spaghetti and cook until al dente.

  6. Divide the spaghetti between bowls and top with the Bolognese. Season with black pepper and Parmesan.

Population-based studies of relationships between dietary acidity load, insulin resistance and incident diabetes in Danes

It has been suggested that the acidity of the diet may be related to increased risk of type 2 diabetes. To investigate this hypothesis, we tested if the acidity of the diet, measured as the Potential Renal Acid Load (PRAL) score, was associated with incident diabetes and diabetes-related intermediary traits.

Methods

A total of 54,651 individuals from the Danish Diet, Cancer and Health (DCH) cohort were included in the prospective cox regression analyses of incident diabetes over a 15 years follow-up period. Moreover, 5724 Danish individuals with baseline data from the Inter99 cohort were included in the cross sectional, multivariate and logistic regression analyses of measures of insulin sensitivity, insulin release and glucose tolerance status derived from an oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT).

Results

In the DCH cohort a trend analysis showed that quintiles of PRAL score were, after multifactorial adjustment, associated with a higher incidence of diabetes (ptrend = 6 × 10− 7). HR for incident diabetes was 1.24 (1.14; 1.35) (p = 7 × 10− 7) between first and fifth PRAL score quintile.

In Inter99 higher PRAL score associated with insulin resistance as estimated by lower BIGTT-Si (an OGTT-derived index of insulin sensitivity) (p = 4 × 10− 7) and Matsuda index of insulin sensitivity (p = 2 × 10− 5) as well as higher HOMA-IR (p = 0.001). No association was observed for measures of insulin release, but higher PRAL score was associated with lower OGTT-based disposition index.

Conclusions

A high dietary acidity load is associated with a higher risk of diabetes among middle-aged Danes. Although adjustment for BMI attenuated the effect sizes the association remained significant. The increased risk of diabetes may be related to our finding that a high dietary acidity load associates with impaired insulin sensitivity.

McDonald’s Adds First New Breakfast Item in Five Years

McDonald's Triple Breakfast Stack

When McDonald’s was worried about sales in 2015, the burger chain got business rolling again by acquiescing to a longstanding customer demand: all-day breakfast. This week, looking once again to drive in diners, McDonald’s is hoping breakfast can help save the day – this time by tapping into customers’ love of “secret menu” items and “menu hacks.”

Arriving on November 1, McDonald’s new Triple Breakfast Stacks are billed as a sandwich that “doubles down on some of our customers’ favorite ingredients.” And MickeyD’s means that literally. Each Triple Breakfast Stack comes loaded with two slices of American cheese between two sausage patties, all topped with bacon and an egg. (How that adds up to “triple” isn’t quite clear, but the name “Excessive Breakfast Stacks” doesn’t quite have the same ring to it.) The whole sandwich can be served as either a McMuffin, biscuit, or McGriddles.

The burger giant says the idea for this new offering – McDonald’s first on the breakfast menu since 2013 – came after noticing customers’ enthusiasm for so-called “Secret Menu” items. “People have been hacking our menu for years – so much so that it’s inspired our new Triple Breakfast Stacks,” Manager of Culinary Innovation Chef Mike Haracz said in a statement. “We love seeing the fun ways our customers and McDonald’s crew have been creating their own takes on our classics. We can’t wait to see what they come up with next – you never know what might end up on our menu.”

But though menu hacking may have inspired this new sandwich, the reasons behind its launch are all business. During yesterday’s earnings call, McDonald’s CEO Steve Easterbrook specifically pointed to breakfast as a way to boost traffic, which declined over the most recent quarter. “We want to do better at breakfast,” he said according to CNBC. “We’ve got some initiatives in place, which we are going see out through the next few months, and also some new food news, which we think will reenergize the daypart.”

Though it’s unlikely Triple Breakfast Stacks will triple the number of people through the door, they’re certainly generating plenty of publicity. But if you want to try one, get to McDonald’s soon: The chain says they’ll only be around for a limited time. After that, back to the “Secret Menu” they go, apparently.

Lena Dunham’s Multiple Surgeries Highlight Difficulty in Treating Endometriosis

Endometriosis can be so painful for many women that they undergo surgery, including hysterectomy (removal of uterus) or oophorectomy (removal of ovary) in search of relief.

The condition, where the lining of the uterus grows throughout other parts of the body, can strike many women. Even young women who appear healthy.

Last week, Lena Dunham, the actress and creator of the HBO series “Girls” and “Camping,” announced she had her left ovary removed in hopes of putting an end to the chronic pain she’s been experiencing from endometriosis.

Like many women living with endometriosis, Dunham has spent years looking for an effective treatment to manage her endometriosis-associated pain.

Earlier this year, the 32-year-old had a hysterectomy to help alleviate some of her endometrial symptoms. But the pain again worsened, which brought Dunham back to the operating room.

Dunham is hardly alone. About 6 to 10 percent of women have endometriosis. But many women struggle to find the right treatment, from anti-inflammatory medications to hormonal therapy and potentially even surgery.

It can take years or longer to find a treatment that brings relief.

But now, new research may change the way doctors treat endometriosis and allow for a more precise, targeted approach.

Progesterone receptors can help determine responsiveness to treatment

Biomarkers could help determine which medication each patient will respond to best and allow for a more personalized approach to managing endometriosis, according to a new study published in The Journal of Clinical Endocrinology & Metabolism.

In the retrospective cohort study, researchers from the Yale School of Medicine studied 52 women who have endometriosis. The team analyzed lesion samples from them and performed immunohistochemistry — which involves staining for progesterone receptors — to measure whether their progesterone levels were low, medium, or high.

The researchers found that progesterone receptor levels are strongly connected to the body’s response to progestin-based therapy.

Knowing the receptor status could be used to tailor hormone-based regimens after surgery, the findings suggest.

Furthermore, understanding how a patient will respond to progestin-based therapies could significantly decrease the likelihood of the disease reoccurring, along with the need for multiple surgeries.

Endometriosis can take a huge toll on the body

When endometrial tissue — aka the uterine lining — grows outside of the uterus as it does with endometriosis, the tissue becomes inflamed. Many women experience painful periods, infertility, painful intercourse, and chronic pelvic pain.

Urinary complications, such as urinary urgency or frequency, along with gastrointestinal issues like constipation, diarrhea, and bloating, are common issues as well.

Symptoms vary in each person. Most of these symptoms go undetected for years, health experts say.

“Unfortunately, endometriosis is often not recognized early enough. It takes approximately 10 years to receive an endometriosis diagnosis starting from the time that they first experience symptoms,” Dr. Lisa Valle, an OB-GYN at Providence Saint John’s Health Center in Santa Monica, California, said.

The condition has no known cause. It affects approximately 1 in 10 American women of reproductive age, estimates the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists.

Progesterone keeps endometriosis from spreading

If women don’t respond to nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen (Advil) for endometriosis pain, hormonal therapy is the next-line treatment for the condition.

It comes in two forms. One lowers estrogen levels and stops lesions from growing. The other, like many birth control pills, contains progestin, a hormone that suppresses the lesions.

“Endometriosis is considered an estrogen-dependent condition [and] progesterone has antiproliferative effects within the lining of the uterus,” Valle said.

According to Valle, estrogen acts as a “fertilizer” to endometriosis, allowing it to grow and proliferate, while progesterone works like a “lawn mower,” keeping the condition from spreading and multiplying.

However, because women with endometriosis have differing progesterone receptor levels, everyone responds to the hormonal therapies differently.

In fact, many women spend up to six weeks trialing hormonal therapies before finding a treatment that works.

Progesterone receptor levels can be used as a diagnostic tool

Progesterone receptors are necessary for progesterone to perform its functions. If there are little to no receptors, the progesterone won’t be able to bind to anything and carry out its job.

Knowing whether a woman has low, medium, or high progesterone receptor levels could drastically improve the way their endometriosis is treated.

For example, if a woman has low progesterone receptor levels, she likely would be prescribed a hormonal therapy that reduces estrogen levels. If she has medium or high progesterone receptor levels, a progestin therapy would be administered.

“This study provides hope that by assessing progesterone receptor status in endometriosis tissue, the most effective hormonal treatment can be offered to each individual patient,” Dr. Gerardo Bustillo, an OB-GYN at Memorial Care Orange Coast Medical Center in Fountain Valley, California, said.

“Of course, obtaining the tissue would generally require some type of surgical procedure, however, so the study would be most relevant in postsurgical treatment of endometriosis,” he added.

So, while surgery is still required to evaluate progesterone receptor levels, this new information can help doctors determine which therapy patients with endometriosis will respond best to.

Hopefully, then, healthcare providers can put an end to the reoccurring, chronic pain that afflicts so many.

The bottom line

Endometriosis, where the lining of the uterus grows throughout other parts of the body, affects many women. Even young women who appear healthy.

Now researchers have found that progesterone receptor levels are strongly connected to the body’s response to progestin-based therapy. This may help physicians pinpoint the right treatment for patients earlier.

THE MOST POPULAR SANDWICHES IN THE UK REVEALED

You can’t go wrong with a classic sarnie. Whether you’re popping out for a quick lunch at work or enjoying a summertime picnic, a delicious sandwich is bound to hit all the right spots.

While the beloved sandwich has been a classic food item ever since it was supposedly coined by the Earl of Sandwich in the 18th century, the nation’s preference of filling has evolved somewhat over the years.

New research has revealed the nation’s favourite sandwich combinations from the 1970s up until the present day, with Britons seemingly moving away from classic fillings such as the BLT.

Two thousand Britons were questioned as part of the study, which was conducted by SWNS to mark the launch of the new Warburtons Mighty White Loaf.

According to the research, the most popular sandwich filling of the 1970s was ham salad, with chicken salad reigning supreme in the 1980s.

The BLT followed as the most desirable sandwich of choice in the 1990s, with participants opting for a fishier filling in the 2000s with smoked salmon and cream cheese.

However, in recent years it seems that more Britons have been opting for plant-based alternatives, as the hummus and falafel sandwich has come out on top in the current decade.

It was recently revealed that 51 per cent of chefs in the US are now adding vegan items to their menus in order to keep up with the increasing number of people becoming vegan.

In addition to highlighting the nation’s proclivity for plant-based fillings, the study also discovered that Britons will usually spend approximately four and a half minutes creating what they deem to be the perfect sandwich.

Furthermore, more than a third of people would describe sandwiches as one of their favourite meals.

Darren Littler, innovation director at Warburtons, explains that the study demonstrates the nation’s desire to be more experimental in the kitchen.

“Whilst the humble sandwich has remained a classic UK favourite over the decades, it’s interesting to see the fillings that fall in and out of favour in line with trends and preferences,” he says.

“Now, with a vastly increased number of choices compared to years gone by, more adventurous fillings are now clearly the order of the day for many Brits, with corned beef no longer cutting the mustard.”

Here are the nation’s favourite sandwich fillings over the decades:

1970s

  • Ham salad
  • Ham and cheese
  • Ploughman’s
  • Cheese and onion
  • Egg mayonnaise

1980s

  • Chicken salad
  • Tuna mayo
  • Tuna and cucumber
  • BLT
  • Tuna salad

1990s

  • BLT
  • Tuna mayo
  • Chicken mayo
  • Tuna salad
  • Chicken Club

2000s

  • Smoked salmon and cream cheese
  • Chicken mayo
  • Brie and cranberry
  • Salmon and prawn
  • Brie and grape

2010s

  • Hummus and falafel
  • BBQ pulled pork
  • Avocado
  • Chicken and avocado
  • Brie and grape

While many people enjoy indulging on classic sandwiches such as egg mayonnaise, others prefer to opt for slightly more controversial options.

Earlier this year, a huge debate erupted online regarding whether the peanut butter and pickle sandwich could be described as “delicious” or not.

4 Ways Depression Can Physically Affect the Brain

Depression Can Physically Affect Your Brain
It’s estimated that 16.2 million adults in the United States had at least one major depressive episode in 2016.

While depression can affect a person psychologically, it also has the potential to affect physical structures in the brain. These physical changes range from inflammation and oxygen restriction, to actual shrinking.

In short, depression can impact the central control center of your nervous system.

For those interested in learning more about how depression can affect the physical brain, and ways to potentially avoid these changes, we’ve laid it all out for you.

Brain shrinkage

brain depression

The latest research shows that the size of specific brain regions can decrease in people who experience depression.

Researchers continue to debate which regions of the brain can shrink due to depression and by how much. But current studies have shown that the following parts of the brain can be affected:

  • hippocampus
  • thalamus
  • amygdala
  • frontal
  • prefrontal cortices

The amount these areas shrink is linked to the severity and length the depressive episode lasts.

In the hippocampus, for example, noticeable changes can occur anywhere from 8 months to a year during a single bout of depression or multiple, shorter episodes.

That said, when a section of the brain shrinks, so do the functions associated with that particular section.

For instance, the prefrontal cortex and amygdala work together to control emotional responses and the recognition of emotional cues in other people. This can potentially contribute to a reduction in empathy in individuals who have postpartum depression (PPD).

Brain inflammation

brain depression

There are also new links being made between inflammation and depression. It’s still not clear, however, whether inflammation causes depression or vice versa.

But brain inflammation during depression is linked to the amount of time a person has been depressed. One recent study showed that people depressed for more than 10 years showed 30 percent more inflammation compared to people depressed for less time.

As a result, significant brain inflammation is more likely to be relevant in persistent depressive disorder.

Because brain inflammation can cause the cells of the brain to die, this can lead to a number of complications, including:

  • shrinkage (discussed above)
  • decreased function of neurotransmitters
  • reduced ability of the brain to change as the person ages (neuroplasticity)

Together these can lead to dysfunctions in:

  • brain development
  • learning
  • memory
  • mood

Oxygen restriction

Depression has been linked to reduced oxygen in the body. These changes may be due to changes in breathing caused by depression — but which comes first and causes the other remains unknown.

A cellular factor produced in response to the brain not getting enough oxygen (hypoxia) is elevated in specific immune cells found in people with major depressive disorder and bipolar disorder.

Overall, the brain is highly sensitive to reductions in oxygen, which can lead to:

  • inflammation
  • brain cell injury
  • brain cell death

As we’ve learned, inflammation and cell death can lead to a host of symptoms associated with development, learning, memory, and mood. Even short-term hypoxia can lead to confusion, much like what’s observed with high altitude hikers.

But hyperbaric oxygen chamber treatments, which increase oxygen circulation, have been shown to relieve symptoms of depression in humans.

Structural and connective changes

brain depressionShare on Pinterest

The effects of depression on the brain also can result in structural and connective changes.

These include:

  • Reduced functionality of the hippocampus. This can result in memory impairment.
  • Reduced functionality of the prefrontal cortex. This can result in preventing the person from getting things done (executive function) and affect their attention.
  • Reduced functionality of the amygdala. This can directly affect mood and emotional regulation.

Changes typically take a minimum of eight months to develop.

The potential for persisting dysfunction in memory, executive function, attention, mood, and emotional regulation does exist after bouts of longer-lasting depression.

Suicide prevention

  • If you think someone is at immediate risk of self-harm or hurting another person:
  • •  Call 911 or your local emergency number.
  • •  Stay with the person until help arrives.
  • •  Remove any guns, knives, medications, or other things that may cause harm.
  • •  Listen, but don’t judge, argue, threaten, or yell.
  • If you or someone you know is considering suicide, get help from a crisis or suicide prevention hotline. Try the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-8255.

How can I help prevent these changes?

While there are a number of ways to treat symptoms of depression, these steps have the potential to also prevent or minimize the changes listed above.

A few examples include:

Asking for help

It’s very important to be willing to ask for help. Unfortunately, the stigma around mental illnesses is a major obstacle to people getting help, especially among men.

When we understand that depression is a physical disease — as we’ve shown above — it can help society move away from these stigmas.

If you have depression, remember that it’s not your fault and you’re not alone.

Cognitive and group therapy, especially those incorporating stress-relieving mindfulness techniques, can be a great resource for finding support and overcoming these stigmas. They’ve even been shown to help treat the symptoms of depression.

Taking antidepressants

If you’re currently experiencing a depressive episode, antidepressants may help prevent the physical changes that can occur. They can be effective aids in managing these physical effects, as well as the symptoms of depression.

A combination of psychotherapy and antidepressants can be incredibly effective in both fighting the physical changes and helping you cope with your symptoms.

Reducing your stress

If you’re not currently depressed, the best way to prevent these brain changes is to prevent the onset of a depressive episode.

There’s considerable evidence linking psychological stress to the initiation of depressive episodes in many forms of depression.

Simply asking someone to decrease the amount of stress in their life can seem impossible or daunting — but there are actually some simple and short changes that you can make to help reduce your stress.

Here’s how to do away with the smell of egg from your utensils

1. Simple ways to remove egg odour

Simple ways to remove egg odour

Cooking eggs at home has one benefit and one drawback. The bright side is that you get to consume so many nutrients in on go, but on the darker side, they leave an awful smell on the utensils. Sadly, even after washing with fragrant liquid soaps, it is difficult to get rid of the egg-y smell. Wondering what could be the solution? Well, here it is, and the credit goes to the basic kitchen ingredients. Try any of the below-mentioned tricks and watch the magic.

2. Lemon Juice

Lemon Juice
You can either use lemon juice to clean the utensils or use the rind along with juice to clean the utensils with egg smell. While using lemon juice, apply it with the help of a piece of cloth and rinse with liquid soap later.

3. Gram Flour

Gram Flour
First of all, rub the utensils with some gram flour and allow it to settle down on the dish for about 5-7 minutes. Now, rinse the dish with running water. According to experts, the gram flour soaks up all bad smell leaving a pleasing aroma.

4. Vinegar

Vinegar
First of all, wash the utensils with normal liquid soap. Once done, apply vinegar to the utensil and leave it on for a while. Then wash it with running water

5. Coffee

Coffee
You can also use coffee powder to remove the egg-y odour from the utensil. All you need to do is to soak coffee powder in water for 5 minutes. Spread the mixture all over the utensils and scrub them. Rinse with cold water and see the magic.

6. Vinegar Spray

 Vinegar Spray
If you are the one who cannot manage with home remedies to get rid of the egg-y smell, then the ready-to-use vinegar sprays are meant for you. Spray the mixture on the used utensils and allow them to rest for 15-20 minutes. Wash with gentle soap and dry.

7. Baking soda

 Baking soda
Considered as the most versatile kitchen ingredient, baking soda can be used to get rid of egg smell. Take a deep container; add water along with 2 tablespoon baking soda. Now, dip the used utensils and keep aside for 15 minutes. Rinse the utensils with dishwashing soap and dry.

5 Genius Hacks to Transform Dry Pancake Mix

Dry pancake mix is a godsend. Just add water and voila! You have a perfect batter for fluffy, no-fuss pancakes. But pancake mix can come in handy for more than just breakfast. With a few extra ingredients, this pantry staple can be transformed into a variety of sweet and savoury dishes. Check out these 5 genius recipes that are perfect when your pantry is lacking baking staples, but you have a box of good old pancake mix.

peanut-butter-muffins

Peanut Butter and Banana Protein Muffins

Mix 1/2 cup peanut butter, 2 mashed up ripe bananas, 1/2 cup Greek yogurt, 2 eggs and 1/2 cup sugar in a bowl. Add in 1 cup of pancake mix and stir until combined. Divide mixture into a lined muffin tin. Spoon a little extra peanut butter onto the centre of each muffin. Bake at 350F for about 12 minutes. Makes 8.

Beer Batter Chicken

Make the batter according to the instructions on the back of your box but instead of using water use a light beer like a pilsner or a lager. Cut chicken breast into 2-inch long and 1 inch thick pieces. Heat vegetable oil over medium-high in a pot so that its minimum 2 inches deep. Drip a little bit of batter into the oil to test the temperature. When the batter gets golden and crispy, your oil is ready. Dip the chicken into the beer batter and let any excess drip off. Fry chicken in the oil until golden and crispy, about 3 minutes. Place fried pieces on a paper towel lined plate. Work in small batches. This same batter method can be used for beer battered fish or vegetables.

Zucchini Fritters

Mix 1 cup of pancake mix with 1 small grated zucchini and a small grated onion. Season with a little salt. The mixture will have enough moisture to create a thick batter so you don’t need to add any water. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat, adding a little cooking oil to coat. Make golf size portions with the mixture then flatten them into pancakes. Cook in the pan until golden and cooked through, about 3 minutes per side. Serve with Greek yogurt sprinkled with za’atar.

pancake-mix-clafoutis

Easy Clafoutis

Mix 1 cup of pancake mix with 1 cup of 10% cream and 1 beaten egg. Grease a 9-inch tart pan. Arrange 1 1/2 cups of sliced strawberries (or other berries) into the pan. Pour batter over strawberries. Bake in a 350F oven until top is golden, about 45 minutes. Let cool for 15 minutes. Garnish with sliced almonds and powdered sugar.

Simple Crepes

In a blender place 1 1/2 cups of milk, 2 eggs, 1 cup of pancake mix. Blend until even. Let the mixture rest for 1 hour (or for in the fridge until ready to use). Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Grease with enough butter to coat the pan. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter on the pan. working quickly, hold the handle of the pan and move the batter around to coat the surface of the pan. Cook until bubbles begin to appear on the surface of the crepe, about 1-2 minutes. Flip and cook for another 30 seconds. Repeat with remaining batter. Stuff crepes with whatever you like! Nutella and strawberries, whipped cream and fresh berries, stewed apples.