Thursday, July 14, 2011

My Day Off

Its my day off!

I'm excited.  How about you?

Not only do I have the whole day to myself but Jack and I have a whole bunch planned.  The day started with a frozen banana bite and a trip to the gym.  Did 25 minutes on the elliptical and 5 minutes on the stationary bike.  I also did some arms and oblique work in the weight room and a few minutes of BOSU work before heading home.  Jack and I are "celebrating", and by that I mean more like "recognizing", our 16 month anniversary so I decided that brunch was in order.  On the menu: a new twist on french toast!

Anniversary Crusted French Toast for Two
Inspired by Healthy Tipping Point's recipe.

4 slices of bread (Aunt Millie's Whole Grain Light Bread is awesome)
2 eggs
1/2 cup almond milk
Couple shakes of cinnamon, made into paste (see below for instructions)
1 1/4 cups of cereal, crushed (I used the new cereal Fiber One Honey Squares I received through Psst...)
1 tsp oil, divided into 1/4ths (coconut oil adds great flavor)

How to:
1. Leave bread out overnight so it dries out just a touch.  If you forget to do this, its not the end of the world.  Don't fret, just make this deliciousness anyways.
2. Crack two eggs and whip with a fork.  Add in milk and mix well.
3. Cinnamon paste: put a few shakes of cinnamon in a small 2 tbsp dish (like the ones they serve salad dressing in at restaurants) and add in a few drops of water.  Mix with the end of a knife.  Keep adding water drop by drop until you get the cinnamon to go into a paste.  It should be liquidy enough to pour into the egg/milk mixture.  This paste effect will keep the cinnamon from clumping in your batter.
4. After you have added your cinnamon paste, pour the "batter" into a shallow dish.  In another shallow dish, pour your crushed cereal.
5. Into a medium-heated skillet, add a 1/4 tsp of oil and spread with a spatula.  Take a slice of bread and place in the egg/milk/cinnamon mixture then into the cereal.  Coat both sides and put into the skillet.  Cook for  roughly 2 minutes a side or until golden brown.  (Note: You will want to press the french toast down into the pan on each side because otherwise the cereal may keep the toast from touching the heated surface and then your egg "batter" won't cook.)  Keep the cooked slices in the oven at the lowest temperature setting (<200F) until all the rest are done then serve.
6. Now comes the fun part: toppings!  We used sunbutter, a sprinkle of chia, and a swish of maple syrup.

With full bellies, Jack and I are moving into the day for the rest of our planned excitement.  We are going to his chiropractic appointment first, dinner with some great friends after, then we're trying out a new ice cream place right before we head to the theater for the midnight showing of Harry Potter!  I am going to be one tired puppy tomorrow but I will not doubt be a happy one.

Who else is pumped for Harry Potter?!?!?


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