I think this is due in part to all of my frantic running around. Not ever really knowing if I’m coming or going.
I mean, it’s one thing to wake up and forget what day it is. It’s another thing entirely, to have my calendar virtually tied to my waist so that I will never forget where I’m supposed to be or where I’m supposed to go.
Yes. This is exactly why I have been on a French toast kick lately.
Because there’s something—something—comforting about having a few spare moments in the morning to just…mmm…breathe. I even read the newspaper(!!)
I can’t quite place my finger on it, but French toast, to me, signifies the very thought of slowing down. It’s relaxed and easy. Not at all fussy or needy.
Yes. I have been on a French toast kick lately. And I really don’t think I’ll be stopping any time soon.
Everyone has a favorite French toast recipe. This one is my favorite, go-to breakfast recipe for during the week. It feels special. It’s healthy. And it’s as simple as they come. Enjoy this breakfast with your favorite combination of fruit and nut butters. Blueberries and strawberries would be a wonderful touch, as would a thick and creamy Greek yogurt. Just have fun with it!
2 whole eggs (or 1 whole egg + 2 egg whites)
splash of milk
splash of vanilla
dash of sea salt
2 slices Ezekiel bread (or your favorite whole wheat bread)
1 banana, cut in half lengthwise
1 Tbsp. almond butter
sprinkle of coconut
Heat nonstick pan over medium heat. Spray with cooking spray.
Whisk together eggs, milk, cinnamon, vanilla, and sea salt. Dunk in bread slices, flip to coat other side, and place on heated pan. Place bananas in pan alongside french toast. Let french toast cook until underside has browned. Flip and continue cooking until desired doneness. Bananas may be flipped at any time, as they begin to brown.
Place french toast on plate, smash banana on top, and drizzle almond butter over the top. Sprinkle with coconut and ENJOY!
QUESTION: What is your current favorite breakfast?
It all started back when I decided to go vegetarian for a few months. I dipped and paddled my way through an assortment of new meals. New flavors. New ideas. Some were interesting, most were delicious, and a few were disgusting (*cough, cough*veggie hotdogs*cough, cough*.) In the end, I realized that eating a vegetarian diet was at its best and brightest when it was kept simple. Yes, convenience is completely necessary in my life sometimes. But for the real deal—to really see the vegetarian diet shine—you have to go back to basics.
Real food. Real flavor. Simple.
And that is when I first tried quinoa. That little grain that kind of resembles a flotation device. Not only does it boast a very high protein content, it’s also completely gluten free and super quick to cook: 15 minutes from boiling point to bowl. What’s not to love? I worked it into many of my meals. It became the substitute for rice. It became my breakfast of choice, paired with fresh maple syrup and fruit. It worked marvelously with flavors ranging from soy sauce to tomato sauce to pesto.
Although I’m no longer a strict vegetarian, some of my favorite foods were discovered during the time that I was. Quinoa was one of many, and tonight I threw together one of my favorite quinoa meals. This dish has the potential to cook down and become more of a pilaf, but tonight I took it off the burner early enough to call it more of a chili. It’s delicious served either way.
Chickpea Quinoa Pilaf (or chili)—taken and tweaked from Veganomicon
1 T. olive oil
1 small onion, diced
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 T. ground coriander
fresh black pepper
1/2 tsp salt
1 T. tomato paste + 1-15 oz. can diced tomatoes, drained well
1 c. quinoa
1-15 oz. can of chickpeas, drained and rinsed
2 c. vegetable broth
In a small saucepan, over medium heat, saute onions and garlic in olive oil for about 7 minutes.
Add cumin through tomatoes, saute for another minute.
Add quinoa and saute for 2 minutes
Add chickpeas and broth; cover and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low and continue cooking for 18-20 minutes or until quinoa is tender and most of the liquid is evaporated.