We all know we should eat breakfast to jump start our day, but do you find yourself in a breakfast rut? To me planning dinner meals is much easier than thinking about what I’ll fix for breakfast. I find it too easy to eat the same thing for breakfast and it gets boring!
I’ve made a couple of new breakfast recipes in the recent past that were a little out of the norm without being too complicated or time consuming.
Instead of just plain old bacon and eggs, I made these Bacon and Egg Toast Cups:
How cute are those? The neat thing is that they’re made in a muffin tin and baked in the oven. No need to stand at the counter with bacon hitting you in the face first thing in the morning! These have it all – Bacon, eggs and toast all in one cute little cup! The addition of the cheese is a lovely punch of flavor! I found this recipe on Pinterest. There’s nothing new under the sun – the recipe was passed from blog to blog to now my blog!
French Toast is my favorite breakfast food. This recipe combines bananas and nuts – does that mean it’s healthy? =) I think so! Please don’t tell me otherwise; it will ruin my day.
You can choose to do this as an overnight method, which I love. That means the morning prep is zero for the toast! Just slide it into the oven! Then just caramelize the bananas.
- 12 ounces Challah bread (preferably a day old) or French Bread, cut into 8 slices
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- pinch nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon salt
- 1 1/2 cups plain light soy milk (or skim dairy milk) I used 2% milk
- 5 eggs, lightly beaten
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 3 ripe bananas, sliced 1/4 inch thick rounds
- 3 tablespoons chopped pecans, toasted
- 3 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- dash of salt
- 1 1/2 teaspoons vegan butter (or dairy butter)
- FOR OVERNIGHT FRENCH TOAST – Coat a 9X13 inch pan with cooking spray. Set aside. Combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and soy milk in a medium bowl. Whisk to combine thoroughly. Add eggs and vanilla and continue to whisk until well combined.
- Place challah slices in a single layer along the bottom of the prepared pan. Pour the soy milk mixture over the bread, making sure to evenly coat each piece. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
- The next morning – preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake 38-40 minutes, or until puffed and lightly golden. Let stand 5 minutes before serving.
- While the french toast is in the oven, make the Banana Pecan Topping (this only takes about 10 minutes so try and time it with the last few minutes of the french toast baking so it stays warm) – Combine sliced bananas, sugar, maple syrup, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Heat a large nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Add banana mixture to pan and cook 3 minutes, or until the sugar is dissolved and the bananas are soft. Stir in butter. Top baked french toast with banana compote. Serve immediately.
- FOR SAME DAY FRENCH TOAST – Combine sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and soy milk in a large bowl. Whisk to combine thoroughly. Add eggs and vanilla and continue to whisk until well combined. Working in batches, drop a few challah slices at a time into the mixture, turning to coat. Let sit in liquid 10 minutes to absorb mixture.
- While you’re waiting for the sitting bread, make the Banana Pecan Topping – Combine sliced bananas, sugar, maple syrup, and salt in a medium bowl. Stir to combine. Heat a large nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Add banana mixture to pan and cook 3 minutes, or until the sugar is dissolved and the bananas are soft. Stir in butter. Set aside while you finish the french toast.
- Heat a large nonstick skillet, coated with cooking spray, over medium-high heat. Add 4 slices of challah, cook about 2 minute son each side, or until lightly browned. Repeat with remaining four pieces. Top cooked french toast with banana pecan topping. Serve immediately.
The bacon and eggs would make a great weekday breakfast; the French Toast perhaps for the weekend. No matter, when you choose to make these, just try them! It will get you out of your old breakfast groove!
What is your favorite breakfast food for weekday and weekend?
From my parsonage kitchen,
P.S. Today and tomorrow are it for the House-Cleaning challenge. Today’s job is to clean all the floors in the house.