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Healthified French Toast Sticks

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French Toast is one of my favorite breakfasts and with just a few tweaks, it can easily become a healthy breakfast for you and your family to enjoy!

What did I do to healthify it?

*I used Ezekiel Bread, instead of whole wheat or white bread. Ezekiel bread is made with sprouted grains and contains no yeast. I don’t particularly like Ezekiel bread unless it is toasted. However, it makes an AMAZING French Toast. It can be found in the freezer section of your grocery store.

*I used organic farm eggs.

*I used maple syrup instead of regular sugar-filled syrup.

*I added a couple of teaspoons of vanilla protein powder.

Serves: 2 people (2 slices per person)

Ingredients:

4 slices of Ezekiel Bread

3-4 eggs

1 tbsp. whole milk

1 tsp vanilla extract

1 tsp cinnamon (plus a few additional shakes on each piece of bread)

1-2 tsp vanilla protein powder (optional)

Pat of butter (for skillet/griddle)

Banana slices (optional)

Maple Syrup

Heat skillet or griddle to medium or medium-high. Mix all ingredients (except bread) in a bowl. Dip bread in bowl (one piece at a time) and coat each side with egg mixture. Put in hot skillet/griddle. Sprinkle with cinnamon. Cook on each side until done. (It will be golden brown in color.)

Using kitchen scissors, cut bread into “sticks”. Serve with maple syrup and bananas (or the fruit of your choice.)

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Simply Sugar and Gluten Free

Yummy Overnight Pancakes (Use up your Sour Raw Milk)

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I found this great recipe for Soaked Pancakes on Heavenly Homemakers and decided to try it out. I have never “soaked” anything because I never knew the benefits of it and I thought it was too much work.

First of all, it’s super easy to soak your grains/flour overnight. It takes about 2 minutes the night before and you are done.

When you soak the grains/flour overnight, it breaks down the phytates so that our bodies can digest the food more easily and absorb all the nutrients in the flour/grain. In order for the phytates to be broken down, you have to use an acidic product such as cultured buttermilk, milk kefir, coconut kefir, water kefir, cultured yogurt, whey, lemon juice or apple cider vinegar. According to Passionate Homemaking, dairy product acid mediums must be cultured!

I will note that the reason I was looking for a recipe like this is because I had some raw milk that had soured. I know that sounds gross, but soured raw milk is still usable and full of enzymes and good bacteria. Soured raw milk is a cultured dairy product. Note that I used RAW milk, not pasteurized milk like what you buy at the store. Store bought milk is dangerous once soured. Read here for more information on using soured raw milk. (If you don’t have any soured raw milk, you can use buttermilk.)

After making these pancakes this morning, I am hooked!! My hubby, who usually only eats one or two pancakes, ate four of them! These are so light and yummy. :)

Here is the recipe the way that I made it. Click here  for the recipe the way that Heavenly Homemakers makes it. There are only a couple of differences.

Ingredients:

1 cup Sour Raw Milk

1 cup white whole wheat flour

2-3 tbsp rolled oats (You may also want to try ground flax seed.)

1 egg

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp baking powder

3 tbsp melted butter

1/4-1/2 cup regular milk (not soured)

Butter to coat skillet

Optional toppings:

Banana Slices

Blueberries, Blackberries, or Strawberries

Maple Syrup

1. Mix flour, oats, and sour milk together in a glass bowl. Cover and allow to sit overnight on the countertop.

2. The next morning, heat buttered skillet on medium or medium-high heat. Add egg, salt, baking powder, and butter to your flour/milk mixture. Mix all ingredients together with whisk or fork. Add 1/4 cup of milk and mix well.

NOTE: This batter will be sticky/doughy at first. If you allow it to sit a few minutes while you are heating up the  butter in a skillet, then it will thin out. If the consistency is not thin enough for you, add a little more milk little by little until you reach desired consistency. I would not add more than 1/2 cup of milk or the batter will be too thin.

3. Spoon into skillet and cook until bubbles form and then flip over to cook other side.

This made about 12 medium-size pancakes.

Enjoy!

Honey Butter Recipe (YUMMY!!)

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I made some dinner rolls tonight and thought they’d be delicious with some honey butter which I wasn’t quite sure how to make…until now! It turned out delicious and next time I may add some vanilla and/or some cinnamon.

1 stick of butter softened (but not melted)

2- 2 1/2 tbsp honey

Mix together by hand with a fork or with immersion blender until fluffy. (My awesome hubby got me an immersion blender for Christmas and it made this mixture nice and fluffy!)

The BEST (& Easiest) Applesauce Bread Recipe

 

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This is a recipe I picked up many moons ago ;) when I was a housekeeper for a family of 10. I used to make this in batches of 6 loaves but have broken down the recipe below for just 1 loaf of delicious, melt-in-your-mouth applesauce bread.

The great thing about applesauce bread is that it is super easy to throw together! If you are looking for a great baked good gift to give for Christmas-or any other special occasion-then look no more!

Ingredients

1 cup unsweetened applesauce

1/2 cup melted butter (1 stick)

1/2 cup maple syrup (or maple sugar)

2 eggs

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour

1/2 cup oats

1 tsp baking soda

1 tsp baking powder

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

1 tsp vanilla

1 tsp salt

Butter (to grease pan)

Preheat oven to 350.

Mix all ingredients together in large bowl with wooden spoon.

Grease bread pan with butter. Pour mixture into pan.

Bake 35-40 minutes. (Stick a toothpick in the middle to be sure it’s done. If the toothpick comes out clean, it’s time to take that baby out of the oven.)

Allow to cool in pan for appoximately 30-45 minutes. ( I can never wait quite this long :) but if you can, it is worth the wait. )

Turn out & slice. This bread also freezes really well!

Zucchini Scramble

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This is an HnB original! It’s definitely one of my favorites…especially when Zucchini and Squash are in season. :)

I’ll post a picture for it as soon as I can :)

Zucchini scramble

Serves: 2-3 people

 Ingredients
3-4 Eggs
1/4 cup Gouda Goat cheese
1/4 cup chopped zucchini (or squash if you don’t have zucchini)
1 slice turkey bacon (cut into small pieces)
Kosher Salt (to taste)
Black Pepper (to taste)
1 pat of butter
Directions

Cook on med-high heat.
Scramble all ingredients in butter until eggs are cooked through.
Serve hot with fresh fruit and toast on the side.

 

Gallopinto Recipe (a la Gringa…aka me :))

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Here is the recipe you have all been waiting for….GALLOPINTO! For those of you who may not be familiar with it, this is a typical Costa Rican breakfast dish. It is absolutely one of my favorites and my WONDERFUL suegra (mother-in-law), who is from Costa Rica, taught me how to make it. Her and my mom are by far the greatest cooks I know and I was sooooo happy (as was my hubby) when she taught me how to make this yummy dish.

If you are looking for something different for breakfast this week-besides your typical eggs and toast then give this recipe a try. I do make it with white rice *GASP*. I tried it with brown rice one time and it’s good just not great!

If you do try this out, let me know what you think!!

Gallopinto

Serves 3-5 people

Ingredients
1/4-1/2 Onion
1/4-1/2 Bell Pepper
1/4 bunch of cilantro
3-4 tbsp Salsa Lizano (to taste)
1-2 Garlic Cloves
Aprox 3 cups cooked white rice
1 1/2 cups cooked black beans or 1 can drained and rinsed black beans
Directions

Chop up onion, bell pepper, and cilantro into small pieces. Saute vegetables in oil or butter on medium or med-high. Add rice and drained beans continue to saute. Add Salsa Lizano to taste.
NOTE: Salsa Lizano can be found at most International Markets. If you are in the Nashville area and want to know where to find out just shoot me an email or a message here :)

 

Quick and Delicious Sunday Morning Breakfast

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Sunday morning breakfast is always one of  my “cheat” meals. At the moment my diet is rather restricted but this is a breakfast that most of you can have any day of the week. Who would have thought avocado is good with eggs? Certainly not me, but it is super yummy-especially with a slice of tomato from my Daddio’s garden, a big cup of Whole Foods Organic Costa Rican Coffee, and turkey sausage.

This is a quick, easy, and healthy breakfast that would be great for when you have visitors and want to make it look like you spent more than 10 minutes on it :).

Serves: 2

Ingredients :

Omelet:

1-2 tbsp butter

4 organic eggs

Salt (to taste)

Brown Sugar Oatmeal:

1 1/2 cups water

3/4 cups steel-cut oats

1 tbsp ground flaxseeds

2-3 tbsp brown sugar

For the omelet:

Melt butter in skillet on medium to med-high heat. Mix up eggs and salt and pour into melted butter. Cook until done almost all the way through then fold in half  and cook the rest of the way through.

For Oatmeal:

Bring water to a boil in small saucepan. Add oats, ground flaxseeds, and brown sugar. Stir. Turn heat down to medium and cook for about 5 minutes until cooked down.

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