Heart-Shaped French Toast for Two: Valentine’s Day Blog Swap!

heart shaped french toast - photo 1Valentine’s Day is almost here! As a special treat, today my humble little blog is being visited by my good friend Amy of Foods For the Soul!

Amy is a stellar photographer and baker, and has me salivating over every post with her healthier takes on meals and desserts. Not only does this girl have some serious blogger style, but we were also friends in high school! We had a lot in common then, and after a recent reconnection, have found that we still do. Back in the day, we looked up funny words in the back of our French textbooks, roomed together during at least one marching band trip, and even dated the same guy (but not at the same time). Nowadays, we share a love of running, baking, and food blogging.

Without further ado, I bring you my sweet friend Amy of Foods For the Soul and her heart-shaped french toast for two!

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After dessert, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I have a huge weakness for the baked treats—blueberry scones and cinnamon rolls and streusel-topped coffee cake. What girl wouldn’t, with a sweet tooth as big as mine?

But then there’s my guy, who skips breakfast nearly every day. He prefers eating a second lunch or extra savory snack, unless I toss him a fresh bagel as he heads out the door. Even then, it better not be sweet! Try poppy seed, onion, or—for the indecisive days—an everything bagel.

So I thought it’d be impossible to cook a breakfast we could both enjoy for Valentine’s Day (let alone have it be romantic!). But when I cracked eggs into a bowl to make french toast last weekend, he moseyed into the kitchen and snuck a taste while I flipped the second round of bread in the pan. He even asked me to pass the maple syrup when I handed him a plate!

February 14th just might start out on a sweet note after all!

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You can make French toast bites out of the extra bread! Just slice into rectangular shapes and cook like normal.

6 slices wheat bread
1 whole egg + 1 egg white
¼ c. skim milk
½ tsp vanilla extract
sprinkle of cinnamon and nutmeg (optional)

  1. Cut each slice of bread into a heart shape using a heart-shaped cookie cutter or a knife. Set aside.
  2. Lightly coat a large pan with nonstick cooking spray, and preheat for 1-2 min on the stove over medium-low heat. While the pan heats, whisk together the remaining ingredients (egg through nutmeg, if using) in a pie tin or bowl with a flat bottom.
  3. Dip both sides of one slice of the prepared bread in the egg wash, and cook for 2 min on each side in the preheated pan, or until browned. Repeat with the remaining bread. Serve hot with butter, syrup, jam, or powdered sugar.

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If that doesn’t have you frantically heating up a skillet and digging out your heart shaped cookie cutters, I don’t know what will! For more sweet and healthy treats, I recommend checking out Amy’s Fudgy Beet Brownies and her Peanut Butter Nutella Popcorn Balls, the latter of which I actually got to taste!

Oh, and be sure to check out my Valentine’s guest post on Foods For the Soul today, where I show you how to make Truffle Stuffed Strawberries- a fun spin on a classic dessert!

Avocado, Basil, and Tomato Lavash Wrap

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This isn’t so much a recipe as a “look at this yummy snack that I like to eat!”

Seriously, you could look at the title, glance at one photo, not read the rest of this posting and go ahead and make this yourself. In fact, I give you my full blessing to do so. You deserve to have some avocado and basil goodness in your belly: right now!

I mean, I did promise to post munchies on Monday, and what day is it?! Tuesday night…

Oops!

Would you forgive my tardiness if I made you a snack such as this?

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We like to make snacks every so often at work. Working in a grocery store bakery, we have constant access to day-old baguettes, bagels, and bread. Luckily, our friends in the produce department next door keep us supplied with too-soft or overripe fruits and vegetables, so our carb-lover’s paradise is slightly balanced out.

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This wrap was a product of a midday snack attack at work. I couldn’t get over the basil and avocado combo, and just had to recreate it at home when I got my hands on a pack of expired (but still fine!) lavash wraps!

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Avocado, Basil, and Tomato Lavash Wrap

1 lavash flatbread wrap
1/2 avocado
Handful of basil, torn
1 tomato, halved and sliced
Dash of salt

Spread the avocado over the entire lavash, and lay out the tomato and basil over the top. Sprinkle with salt, and wrap up the lavash starting at the longer end.

Blueberry-Apple Salsa… And a New Series!

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Who loves work perks?

Due to the nature of my work, I end up coming home often with free food items…sometimes unexpectedly awesome (jalepeno mustard? Yes please!), sometimes unexpectedly not so awesome (I’ve tried some nasty tasting energy bars), and sometimes just regular ol’ awesome. The two cartons of perfect blueberries I brought home today are clearly an example of the latter!

So yes, I am aware that it is the middle of winter and fresh blueberries are so totally not in season and definitely nowhere near the forefront of your mind… But I am not one to make waste when something is given to me freely! Bookmark this guy for when you happen to have a box of blueberries in your hot little hands!

Before I wax poetic about the loveliness that is fruit salsa, I would like to take the opportunity to introduce my first ‘series!’ To give myself a challenge and some loose guidelines for posting, I will aim to post three times a week: ‘Munchie Monday’ will revolve around healthy fare ideal for snacking/small meals. ‘Whatever Wednesday’ is just what it sounds like: whatever I feel like making and posting about. ‘Fancy Friday’ will be indulgent and (hopefully!) pretty, probably a dessert.

I hope that excites you just a fraction of how it excites me! I’m a checklist girl, and I like making goals and guidelines for myself. Three times a week compared to my sporadic postings thus far will be a challenge!

And, for my first ever Munchie Monday, I bring you…

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Blueberry-apple Salsa

2 cups fresh blueberries
1 Golden Delicious apple, peeled, cored, and diced
5 green onions, chopped tiny
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
1/2 jalepeno, seeded and diced
Hearty dash of salt
Dash of pepper
Scant tablespoon sugar
Juice of three limes

Combine all ingredients, cover, and refrigerate for at least one hour (ideally more) to allow the flavors to blend and the fruit to release their liquids.

This combo was super fresh tasting and was wonderful for scooping up with chips! Stay tuned on Wednesday for what I smeared this goodness on as a meal…

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