1. Whisk together first 5 ingredients. For each pancake, pour about 1/4 cup batter onto a hot, lightly greased griddle or nonstick skillet. Cook pancakes 2 minutes or until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked; turn and cook other sides until done.
2. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add pears and brown sugar. Cook, stirring occasionally, 8 minutes or until pears are tender. Serve pears and pan juices over pancakes, and sprinkle with bacon.
MENU IDEA FOR 5 * Cheddar Pancakes with Pears and Bacon * Vanilla yogurt
GROCERIES NEEDED Check staples: vanilla extract, ground nutmeg, butter, brown sugar * 1 box complete pancake mix (we tested with Hungry Jack Extra-Light and Fluffy) * 1 cup (4 oz.) shredded sharp Cheddar cheese * 2 large pears * 5 fully cooked bacon slices (we tested with Ready Crisp) * 1 (32-oz.) container low-fat vanilla yogurt