Brr. I. Am. So. Chilled!
I just got back from running errands, and while I may have been inside most of the time, that wind chills you right to the bone the second you step into it! That, and, one errand involved Price Chopper...and it is always freezing in there. Makes sense, I guess.
You would think, however, that with my heart-warming [pun intended] breakfast, I would have stayed warm and fuzzy regardless!
Yeah, I made myself a Valentine's Day breakfast a week early. What of it?
There's something amazing about waking up early on the weekends. I don't think I'm a real college student. How many college kids say that?
I really hate sleeping in. During the week, I don't bound out of bed at 6:00 to go to work, but it's not a problem, either. On the weekends, however, I'll gladly wake up at 6 or 7, and just leisurely go about starting my day. And I love doing something a little different for breakfast on the weekends!
So maybe this Almond Butter & Banana Stuffed French Toast isn't that unique to most, I've never had stuffed French Toast before. And mind you, yesterday was my first grilled almond butter and banana experience.
And oh, this was delicious. I realize now that my food presentation needs work but hey - I do what I can. It's sort of sad to think about myself making such a love-themed breakfast for myself, but again. Oh well. haha. At least my mom came back from her haircut in time to give me a funny look. She's not a "breakfast person," so unfortunately I can never treat her to breakfast...
But! Just because I am a relatively sad excuse for a college student, doesn't mean you are - and maybe you want to treat your honey to a heart-healthy shmalentine's day brekkie?
Because I think you should.
Of course you all know how to make French Toast. I won't go into those details. But here's just some added fun-stuff I did!
For the Stuffed French Toast
2 slices of this amazing Organic Spelt bread by the Vermont Bread Company [okay, okay. you can use any bread. But this is GOOD Spelt bread!]
1 T. All-Natural Almond Butter
2 Eggs [if you are an egg-beaters user...PLEASE use at least one real egg white! I like egg beaters and all - but when it comes to French Toast, it's just not the same!]
3 T. Almond Milk
1/8 t. Cinnamon
1/8 t. Nutmeg
Dash ground cloves
1 t. Vanilla
1/2 t. Wheat Germ
1/2 t. Chia Seeds
Spread 1 teaspoon almond butter on one side of each piece of bread (if you're going to make a pretty heart shape, do that first of course) and arrange your banana slices on one side - I used half on the sandwich, half to garnish. Sandwich together and poke outsides a couple times with a fork.
Whisk together eggs, milk, spices, vanilla, and wheat germ. Place sandwich in mixture and begin preheating a non-stick, sprayed pan. Allow sandwich to soak a minute before flipping, poking both sides again with your fork.
Sprinkle Chia seeds over outside of bread and cook until golden on both sides.
For the Pumpkin "Sauce"
1/4 c. Plain Greek Yogurt
1/8 c. Pure Pumpkin Puree
1/8 t. cinnamon
1/8 t. nutmeg
2 t. Maple Syrup
1 t. Chia Seeds
Stir together and plate with French Toast, along with remaining banana and almond butter, and cute little apple heart! [p.s. apple = amazing dipped in this.]
So, after playing with my food - I got to work meal planning!
This week, I'm going to try something new - planning my meals in advance, and in some cases preparing in advance! I've been pretty good this week about cooking up new things, but when I don't have a game plan, it's so much easier to just come home and make a veggie and bulgur stir fry or panini or something. Which, I obviously love, but I enjoy cooking new things, more.
So, I put together 5 meal ideas, and figure I can interchange them a little bit if I'm not feeling up to something one night, but at least I have ideas now! I think I just have so many recipes stockpiled that I can never make up my mind on what I want! Organizing them is a project for this weekend, as is setting up a recipe page on here.
After browsing online for coupons (I was so savvy at the grocery store today!) I finally went into town to clean the office, run to Rite Aid, and then the grocery store.
Holy SuperBowl Sunday Shopping. Everyone and their brothers had to stock up on beer! It was also full of people leaving their carts in the middle of the aisles. Don't you hate grocery shoppers that do that?! I'm sorry if you are one of them. But please. Don't do it. Love you.
However, I jumped past my exciting Rite Aid find!
I know wht you're thinking.
And no - I didn't find that delicious salmon with blueberry glaze at Rite Aid.
Nope! Not the mashed sweet tater, either.
Clean Eating's new issue!
I love this magazine. So much information on new foods, and awesome recipes too. You know what I hate about it, though?
It only comes out once every two months!
I was jonesin' for the new issue.
What's your favorite magazine?
So, naturally, my lunch was consumed while browsing that :) Dericious and nutritious!
And a Sobe LifeWater. Has anyone else tried these?
Normally I'm not a flavored water fan at all, especially the "naturally sweetened" ones, because they're almost too sweet! But these are actually pretty good! I'm a huge water drinker, but lately have been finding it kind of boring (though I think it has more to do with not wanting to drink something cold when the weather is so cold!) so this was a nice change for my lunch time today :)
I do, however, hate that they advertise the 0 calorie count. I hate buying things that state in huge bold letters how many calories they contain. It makes me feel...I dunno. Superficial? I'm weird.
Anyways. That is all for now. I'm off to get some homework done, hopefully start on a recipes page, organize my recipes I've saved over months and months, and then start dinner. Can't wait for tonight's menu!
What are your plans for this cooollddd Saturday afternoon?