Monday, February 11, 2013

All Things Valentine's Day

Happy Monday!  I hope your week is off to a great start :)  Now, for my long term readers, you all know that I love Valentine's Day and you can read a re-cap of the food, girlfriend and fun that went down last year.  It shouldn't be surprising that I have plenty of tricks up my sleeve for celebrating Valentine's Day, even if I already did receive my own Valentine's Day gift a little early.  This recipe that I've come up with is perfect for Valentine's Day due to it's pink color - you could even cut the bread into hearts using a cookie cutter for heart shaped pieces :)

On Saturday morning, I crawled out of bed at 7:00 am to get ready for a bootcamp class that I've been dying to try.  Before I left the house, I decided that I wanted to make french toast.  I planned on letting the bread soak in the egg mixture - in the fridge of course - while I was at class, so that when I returned home, I would have a quick and oh so easy breakfast waiting for me.

A quick background story. I picked up this new to me prairie bread a couple of weeks ago from Whole Foods.  I've never been a crazy bread eater, I was never the person that snuck into the kitchen to sneak a piece of bread before or after going gluten-free.  I tried one bite of prairie bread and almost died - absolute heaven.  It can be a little bit crumbly if it's not toasted, but it's hearty and dense... which makes it perfect for french toast.  If you don't have prairie bread available, I highly recommend brown rice bread as a substitute.  Use any kind of milk you want and if you don't have agave nectar on hand, then just roll with maple syrup instead :)

French Toast with Blueberry Syrup


1 egg
1/4-1/3 cup soy milk
1/2 tsp cinnamon
2 pieces gluten-free prairie bread
1 tbsp agave nectar
1 cup blueberries

1. In a small dish, combine egg, milk & cinnamon. Beat to combine.
2. Add bread to egg mixture, so that one side of each slice is able to be coated.  Let soak for 10 minutes, flip and soak the other side.
3. In a small pan heated over medium heat, spray cooking spray or use a small amount of trans-fat free margarine to prepare the pan. If using margarine, swirl the pan around so that all sides are coated.
4. Add bread slices, flip when golden brown on first side, about 3-4 minutes, cook the other side until golden brown.

What's your favorite weekend meal?