It’s time for Friday Fancies! Earlier this week Catie Rhodes blogged on household tips that are cheap or make your life easier, from cleaning to cooking: “Household Hacks.”
So here’s my tip for the person who’s too busy to make a scrumptious breakfast every morning. Not only that, but I hate to cook, so I’ll include a recipe “shortcut.”
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and for me, fitting protein in is a challenge. French Toast is a great way to get that needed protein and enjoy a delicious breakfast. So first, here’s my recipe. Note: I don’t actually use measurements, so these are approximations. Catie wanted to know how I kept the French Toast from sticking to the pan. I honestly don’t know, but if you have that problem, maybe you can compare recipes and see if something I do makes the difference.
* A loaf of bread (I use brown rice bread)
* 2 eggs (if you’re going to make the entire loaf)
* 1/2 cup of milk (I use almond milk)–my mom informs me this is too much, but I try to make the mixture last long enough to use up the whole loaf, and I’ve never noticed a problem. Again, the measurement is an approximation.
* 1 tsp vanilla (I probably use a little more because I love the flavor)
* Cinnamon (as much as you want, IMO)
Mix all ingredients in a bowl, dunk the bread, and fry in a pan already heated to temp on medium high. Make as much as you want, because after they all cool, put them in serving-size Ziploc bags and store them in the freezer. When you want them for breakfast later in the week, just pop them in the toaster on defrost!
Want a little something extra to make that French Toast interesting? Take 1/2 package of cream cheese (or Tofutti) and 3 Tbs of your favorite jam and mix together. Store it in the fridge as an easy spread. (I adapted that from a recipe for stuffed French Toast. See what I mean about shortcuts? I am so not a gourmet chef.) Add real fruit for an even tastier meal!
That’s it. I hope you find this trick for the kitchen useful in your busy lives.
Have any recipe shortcuts to share or tips on making good food with a busy schedule? (Or for people like me who just don’t like spending time in the kitchen.) I love hearing from you!