This is a family favorite that we have enjoyed for years. My husband and I had a weekend getaway for our five year anniversary. We had a great time visiting the San Diego Beaches, enjoying live music at Balboa Park and dinner in the Gaslamp Quarter. Before we headed home, we had to find a great breakfast spot. We love a great breakfast. We ended up going to a restaurant called the Breakfast Republic. They served these huge French toast topped with fresh strawberries. It was divine.
Once we were home, we reminisced about the crazy french toast. I decided to recreate it for our kiddos.
This Pumpkin French Toast is one of the renditions of the recipe we have enjoyed for years. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do.
2 loaves of Hawaiian Bread (or bread of your choice)
1/2 cup pumpkin puree
1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
1 tablespoon whole wheat flour
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1/4 teaspoon clove
dash of salt
1 cup coconut milk
juice of 1/2 lemon
Pre-heat oven to 200 degrees F.
Place all ingredients in a blender and blend well. Pour into a bowl.
Slice bread into 4 thick slices and quickly dip both sides of bread and place on griddle. Bake each side for 2-3 min.
******Make sure not to let the bread sit in the egg mixture. It will get soggy and ruin the finished product. You simply need to quickly dip and flip the bread and dip again.*******
To keep French toast warm place in pre-heated oven
Apple Maple Compote
6 apples sliced
2 tablespoons butter
Juice of 1 lemon
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
pinch of salt
1 teaspoon maple extract
1 teaspoon vanilla
Place all ingredients (except maple and vanilla extract) in a medium stock pot and bring to boil.
In light of the recent research study from WHO (World Health Organization) which classified the consumption of red meat and processed meats as a possible carcinogens (cancer causing), I wanted to round up some flavorful, easy to prepare meals that can give you a good amount of protein as well.
The key here is to be balanced and choose lean meats, poultry, and fish, as well as plant sources such as beans, legumes, nuts and seeds. Eating processed meats such as ham, bacon and hot dogs that are usually very high in saturated fat and sodium should be consumed in moderation.
The biggest thing is not to freak out. We all are still learning about how food affects our overall health. Again, the key is to find a balance. My family aims for the 80/20 rule. 80 percent of the time we eat whole foods concentrating on fruits and vegetables. There is that 20 percent of the time I may feel like throwing together an indulgent treat or meal. The Mediterranean diet is a great way to experience a plant focused eating structure offering a variety of foods. Find what works for you and your family and work together to make healthier choices step by step.
How do you ensure you are making the best food choices for you and your family?
Are you open to trying new recipes that offer more nutrient dense options?