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Easy Breakfast with garlic Parmesan toast recipe

As we all know breakfast is the most important meal of the day, however there are times when you don’t have time to whip up an elaborate breakfast. Last weekend I was having one of those days and 15 minutes later I had made garlic Parmesan toast with scrambled eggs and a tomato salsa. This is a very simple yet delicious and satisfying breakfast. 
Parmesan toast 
4 slices Italian bread
2 tbsp butter at room temperature
1 tsp mayonnaise
1 clove garlic minced
3 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
freshly ground pepper
Directions
– Set oven to a low broil setting. 
– Mix all ingredients except bread in a small bowl and spread over slices of bread. 
– Toast in oven until bread is golden brown and crispy around the edges. 
– Serve warm topped with tomato salsa and scrambled eggs. This bread is great served with other meals e.g spaghetti and meatballs. 
Simple tomato salsa 
1 large tomato diced
2 spring onions sliced
4 basil leaves torn into small pieces
salt and freshly ground pepper
olive oil
Directions
– mix first 5 ingredients and drizzle with olive oil.

Food spotlight: Sausages

I recently served sausages for a brunch I was hosting and every time I see my guests they always tell me how much they loved the sausage. This gave me the idea to dedicate this post to sausages. 
 Sausage is simply ground meat mixed with spices, herbs in a casing. Most sausages are made with pork however you can find turkey, chicken, beef and lots more at your local butcher. Sausages tend to be a little salty and high in fat so I eat them as a treat and don’t recommend eating them regularly. 
image by Petr Kratochvil
A popular way to eat sausage is with cabbage. Something about combining the crunchy texture of cabbage with sausage work very well.
image by Sam Bourland
 I personally love the sweet turkey sausage from the whole foods butcher. I like to serve it with barbecue baked beans, a fried egg and a Challah roll for a simple breakfast. 

Turkey bacon and egg cups

Last weekend I was in the mood for something different for breakfast and so came the turkey bacon cups. These are perfect for a relaxed Sunday breakfast in bed served with spinach, orange juice and fruit . Not only are they tasty, they are fun, easy and quick to make too. 
Directions 

-While bacon is cooking whisk together eggs, chives, cheese and onions in a bowl. Remove bacon from heat after it is partially cooked after 3 minutes.
– Cut bread into rounds 
– Bread should look  like this after cutting.
– Grease muffin pan with butter then sprinkle one side of the bread with olive oil . Press bread into muffin pan with oiled side down. 
– Place bacon into bread cups followed by egg mixture.
-Bake in the oven for about 12 minutes or till eggs are set

– Remove from muffin pan and serve warm . I served mine with sauteed spinach and fresh tomatoes.
Ingredients
3 eggs
6 slices whole grain bread
1 tbsp chopped chives
1 green onion thinly sliced
1 tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
salt and pepper
Directions
– grease a muffin tin with butter 
– whisk together eggs, chives and green onions in a bowl.
– cut bread into rounds and sprinkle some olive oil on one side
– press bread olive side down into muffin pan followed by bacon then carefully pour the egg mixture in. 
– bake in the oven for about 12 minutes or until eggs are set. 

Weekend food diary: Yummy French toast recipe

After a rainy Friday I am glad we had great weather in Boston this weekend . In addition to great weather I enjoyed my time in the kitchen with lamb kabobs and French toast being the star dishes. Unfortunately the lamb kabobs were so good I forgot to take pictures so stay tuned for the recipe.
Sunday morning I was craving french toast so went to BJ’s and got 2 loaves of Challah bread for 5 bucks, jackpot! I saved one loaf in the freezer and I have to say the Challah bread at BJ’s is better than the Trader Joe’s Challah that I usually get. 
French toast is simply bread dipped in a mixture of eggs and milk/cream. Eating french toast is almost like having desert for break fast and I admit to feeling a little guilty after having some. This dish is almost impossible to mess up but there a few important points to remember for good results.
  • Choose the right bread – Challah bread or Brioche are the best for french toast. Also make sure the bread is a little stale so it doesn’t fall apart. I usually cut the slices the night before and leave them out to dry or toast the slices before dipping in egg mixture.
  • Use medium/high heat  – If you place the toast in a extremely hot pan it will brown quickly before its fully cooked so it is best to use medium/high heat.
  • Don’t use too much milk in the mixture – This results in soggy bread.
My french toast recipe
– whisk 5 eggs, 2/3 cup half and half milk, 1 tsp vanilla essence, 1/4 tsp cinnamon, zest from 1 orange, 2 tbsp orange juice, 1 1/2 tbsp honey, pinch of salt in a shallow bowl.
– Dip 8 thick slices of bread into the egg mixture allowing the bread to soak the custard then melt some butter in large pan.
– Fry bread till bread is golden brown on both sides and serve with fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Savory Tuesday : Easy breakfast pizzas

Now that I am free every weekend I find myself getting very creative when it comes to breakfast. Usually I would make toast ,scrambled eggs and a grilled tomato but now I am making things like eggs Benedict.

We always hear that breakfast is the most important meal of the day and this is very true. If you skip breakfast, chances are high that you are going to over eat on the next meal usually with unhealthy foods.

This past weekend I decided to keep it casual and make breakfast pizzas with English muffins. I know you are thinking to yourself this doesn’t sound healthy at all. Fear not, I used very little cheese and substituted Italian sausage with turkey sausage for a healthier alternative.

Ingredients 
4 English muffins
2 turkey or chicken sausage sliced
3 tbsp crushed tomato paste
2 green onions sliced
1 clove garlic finely chopped
1 small tomato diced
1 cup shredded mozzarella and cheddar cheese
salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
  • put a thin layer of crushed tomatoes on each half of the English muffins ( I used tomatoes from a can of crushed tomatoes with basil ) 
  • Start layering each English muffin with garlic and a little of the green onion then follow with the sausage and tomato.
  • Top with another layer of green onions and finish off with a little cheese on each muffin.

  • Bake in the oven for about 10 mins or until cheese is melted and golden brown. Make sure you serve with a side of fruit for a balanced breakfast. In this case I used fresh grapefruit, orange and a cup of green tea.

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