Healthy French Toast

Healthy French Toast

There are ways to make French Toast so that you feel as if you must have eaten a couple dozen “cotton candy” cones from the local County Fair. My most humble opinion is that most French Toast available in restaurants lands squarely in this category. It’s made with pure white bread (no personality, strength of character, and god forbid –no crust!!), dipped in who knows what, fried in who knows what, topped with –what? Yes, fake syrup. Wow, what a meal. Or the white thick soggy nothin’ bread is topped with cooked and sugar-laden but sort of pretty and colorful fruit slop, maybe just to make sure you offer enough panic-for-your-pancreas in your diet. I don’t know. Makes no sense to me. C’mon America. We can do better. I know, I know. I’m sure you can tell I’m kind of disgusted not exactly pleased by this kind of effort in the kitchen. I find this version of French Toast a missed opportunity to say the very least. And then again, halleluyah, there are other ways to make French Toast so that the result is delicious, REAL FOOD and worth your nutritional time. That’s what I’m talkin’ about!

Healthy French Toast

Start with good fresh fruit, healthy bread and the healthiest (humanely raised) turkey cutlets or other breakfast meat. You could also scramble additional eggs on the side if you don’t have enough protein. Prepare the fruit first, because once the cutlets and French Toast starts cooking, you’ll be needing to pay attention to it, and it browns pretty fast. Chop, slice or use whole (like berries) any combination of fruit YOU like.  Buying local or using fruit that is in season is the way to go if you can, otherwise do your best to find ripe, good produce.  Frozen fruit in a bag can do in a pinch or it can supplement some fresh fruit you have on hand. Put the fruit in a bowl and add fresh squeezed orange juice, enough to keep the fruit from turning brown and add some additional flavor.  Lemon or lime juice also works, but you’ll need to add a little drizzle of agave, honey or maple syrup to sweeten. If you have mint growing in your garden or on your window sill, (and if you’re overjoyed by the idea, meaning it’s not work, it’s play) go out an pick a stem for each plate and have it ready for the garnish at the end.

Making Healthy French Toast

Next, get the bread soaking in eggs and milk, but you’ll be frying the turkey cutlet strips before the French Toast. Any kind of bread works, even gluten free, kamut, rice, you name it — you can dip it into eggs and milk.  I used Ezekiel Sprouted bread made by Food for Life.  In a flat low glass pan or cookie sheet, place the number of slices you need for the number of people you are serving flat down in the pan.  In another bowl, put one egg for each person and a couple of teaspoons of milk per egg and mix together well with a fork.  Pour over the bread and let it soak in.

Mix the Eggs and Milk

If the bread is thick and tough (this is a GREAT way to use olderbread), poke each slice a couple of times with a fork to help the absorption process.   Turn the bread slices at least once. Now do the cutlets.  Cut the turkey (it comes in 1/2″ slices) into strips to fry in a little olive oil and salt.  They don’t take long to cook, so watch them carefully.  They will get tough if cooked too fast (high heat) or too long, but you do want them to brown a little.  It’s pretty much like cooking a chicken breast strip or chicken tender.

Soak the Bread

Put the meat aside in a bowl and keep warm and covered with foil in the oven on low. Now you’re going to do the toast.  You can use the very same pan or griddle, no need to wash it, the flavor of the turkey and the toast are just fine together.  I also like the fact that the pan is now heated, which makes moving into frying the French Toast a seamless operation. I kind of like the little crusty pieces of the turkey on my toast, but it’s up to you — suit yourself.  You can change pans if all of this “cooking in the same pan idea” sounds abhorrent. In a pan, or your favorite iron skillet or griddle, place a little butter and brown the slices on both sides until golden.

Cooking The French Toast

Note:  If you’re cooking for a crowd, put your oven on low and heat the plates you’ll be serving on, as well as keeping the already done slices of French Toast all warm and cozy until they are consumed.

Use Freshly Grated Nutmeg

I’ve made French Toast for one, and I’ve made French Toast for a dozen people, and it’s pretty easy either way, it just takes a little logistical planning, unless you’re just plating each serving as you go and sending your folks a couple at t time  out to the patio to eat on a warm summer morning. OK, now for the fun part.  Take a warm plate from the oven, and on it place a serving of turkey cutlet, a slice or two  of French Toast. Top the toast with a pat of real butter, a scoop of fresh fruit, a good drizzle of agave, honey or maple syrup (and have more available on the table).  Add some fresh grated nutmeg to each plate.  It looks great on the edges of the white plate, smells heavenly and tastes fabulous.  Add a sprig or a few leaves of mint on top.  Serve additional butter and maple syrup on the table. If you’re not used to making this sort of thing, try it just for yourself and get the hang of it.  After some practice, you’ll be able to handle a crowd of hungry brunchers at your house!!  Onward and upward with Healthy French Toast!

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Rise Up by Andra Day

What a great set of words for these oncoming days.

Rise Up

 
You’re broken down and tired
Of living life on a merry go round
And you can’t find the fighter
But I see it in you so we gonna walk it out
And move mountains
We gonna walk it out
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
And I’ll rise up
High like the waves
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
When the silence isn’t quiet
And it feels like it’s getting hard to breathe
And I know you feel like dying
But I promise we’ll take the world to its feet
And move mountains
Bring it to its feet
And move mountains
And I’ll rise up
I’ll rise like the day
I’ll rise up
I’ll rise unafraid
I’ll rise up
And I’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
All we need, all we need is hope
And for that we have each other
And for that we have each other
And we will rise
We will rise
We’ll rise, oh, oh
We’ll rise
I’ll rise up
Rise like the day
I’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
I will rise a thousand times again
And we’ll rise up
High like the waves
We’ll rise up
In spite of the ache
We’ll rise up
And we’ll do it a thousand times again
For you
For you
For you
For you
Ah, ah, ah, ah
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Songwriters: Cassandra Monique Batie / Jennifer Decilveo
Rise Up lyrics © BMG Rights Management

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Rippling Abs, Anyone?

Rippling Abs, Anyone?

During this strange time in history, I noticed y’all were tackling all sorts of interesting projects. I decided I needed one, too—something positive to remember the pandemic of 2020 by.
 
I decided to pay attention to something I had abandoned…
 
Nope, I’m not cleaning my garage. I am not organizing one single thing. I’m not planting a garden or cleaning up my yard.
 
Instead, I decided to take care of myself better. This, folks, has made all the difference for me.
 
With relatively little time and effort on my part, I feel so much better than I did a month ago.
 
On March 30, I got on the exercise bike and the yoga mat for the first time in a long time, and did 30 minutes each. I liked it so much that I decided to do it every day. But I fell short of that, and changed my commitment to every other day, which felt more manageable, reasonable, and doable.
 
I also get off the bike after every song, take a couple of sips of water, shake out my legs and arms for a few seconds, and get back on. This makes the bike project a reasonable proposition, too.
 
Daily walks of any length—by myself, or with my little guy, Jackson—are a fresh air bonus.
 
My recumbent exercise bike has pulleys to work my upper body while I pedal, which gets my heart rate up fast, and also helps my whole-body strength. It feels good to get up from writing, or doing a consulting session with a client, to do something physically challenging while listening to good music.
 
After only a month, I feel a sheet of muscles on the front of me I haven’t felt for a very, very long time. Goodness gracious. Who knew they were there. I’ll be posting rippling ab photos soon, I’m sure.
 
I have no idea what the scales have to say about my bike/yoga project—I don’t care. Paying attention to scales tends to send me sideways, and therefore, I’m ignoring them completely.
 
But—I LOVE the way I feel! Hang in there, everyone.
 

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Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Check Out This Troublemaker in Relationships

Sometimes we ask intimate partners to do for us what is actually ours to do.

We ask our partner to give us the reassurance, love or appreciation we feel is missing in ourselves, with the hope that they will give us what we’re asking for—and then we’ll feel better. They’ll take care of our problem.

But when they do give us what we’re asking for, it can never be enough, because we have insufficient context for what they’ve given. We haven’t build the inner foundation to receive it, hear it, welcome it, believe it. They try to help, but their love for us falls into our void, our black hole, our love bucket with no bottom.

As always, there’s hope. Check out the video below.

Terri Crosby. http://www.incareofrelationships.com/.

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