breakfast

Cinnamon French Toast Casserole

So I have no idea why I had this idea, but I did. Tanner is studying to become board certified in oncology right now, and as you can imagine, that requires a lot of extra studying. He will take the exam in April so many weekends are dedicated to that right now. I wanted to cook him all the meals that he needed so he didn't have to worry about that. I honestly don't cook THAT much, so it's always a special treat for him! ;) 

In other news, I have been without my Mac book for literally going on 4 months now. I have been using a beat up Microsoft computer, and I'm so so happy to report that I took it to the genius bar in Charlotte, they diagnosed it with a hard drive problem, we ordered the hard drive, installed it, took it back to Apple yesterday to have OS X put on it, and now we are cooking with fire again! WOOO!!! I have my computer back!!! YAY!!!! I feel I can breathe easy again! lol!

It's not complicated. I just throw things together and hope for the best, and this time, it worked out! ;) There is no reason that some of the below are bolded and others are not, but for some reason I can't get it to change that! :) ENJOY! I know that Tanner and I are mostly plant based now, but this is not a vegan recipe (obviously). 

It really was delicious and you'll have to let me know what you think! 

Another recipe that I made us for dinner this weekend, which was great, Is that I heated up some potatoes, mashed those up with a food processor while I sautéed mushrooms and beef crumbles on the stove in teriyaki sauce. We just put the potatoes in a bowl topped with the beef crumbles + mushrooms and it was A-MAZING! Tanner said it was one of his most favorite things that I've made ever. Isn't that something when it's THAT easy!? If you wanted to do a lower carb option, you could always do cauliflower instead of the potatoes! 

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Egg Nog French Toast

Soooo, yea. I think the title says enough. Don'tcha think? 

Shall we dive in? It's so easy, and basically the same as a previous french toast recipe which goes to show, this recipe is really extremely versatile and you can throw in a little somethin somethin to make it taste the way that you want and have yourself something holiday-ish and amazing! I found this egg nog at Whole Foods, and it's made with coconut milk so the macros are much more do-able at 90calories // 16g carb // 2.5g fat // 0g protein and today, I'm only using 1/8 cup ( 2 tablespoons) so not bad!

It's super easy! I only use one egg white for 2 pieces of bread.

I then just poured in 2 tablespoons of egg nog ( 22.5 calories // 4 g carb // 0.6g fat // 0 g protein)!

Cover each piece! Make sure to not use an excess on the first piece. One egg white should be enough for the bread, so just make sure to use even amounts!

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I had a little helper for this recipe. He could sense how good it was gonna be ;) 

Then, I just put it in the skillet, and cook both sides until the egg is done! Simple as that! 

Ingredients: 

  • 1 egg white 
  • 2 tablespoons coconut milk Holiday egg nog 
  • 2 pieces of bread ( I normally use SaraLee 45 cal and delicious) 

Directions: 

  • Break egg white and mix with egg nog 
  • Cover both sides of bread 
  • Cook on high in skillet until egg is done

Macros (for both pieces of bread): 144 calories // 23g carb // 8.5g protein // 2g fat

With love and simple, healthy french toast,

Katie

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The Perfect Pancake

Pancakes, waffles, waffles, pancakes

Same thing. 

I have seriously perfected this recipe over the past year. I started out with just oats and egg whites and some baking powder. I mean it works, but it's nothing to get too excited about. 

I also then decided to add a few more ingredients that have been clutch in that fluffy perfect waffle. So, even though I eat too much to add tons of ingredients, I know how yummy this is with all the ingredients so I digress. 

I present you the proper way to make a protein pancake. ;) I personally believe that pancakes made with protein powder tastes like bricks or rubber or both but that's just me. 

Yes, of course they are pumpkin. I keep pumpkin pie spice year round to make them however cinnamon alone with do.

Yes, of course they are pumpkin. I keep pumpkin pie spice year round to make them however cinnamon alone with do.

Ingredients: 

  • 1/4 cup oats 
  • 3 egg whites 
  • 2 tablespoons plain greek yogurt 
  • 1/2 tablespoon coconut flour 
  • dash of cinnamon 
  • packet of sweetener (my personal choice is Sweet N Low) 

"But Katie, artificial sweeteners are terrible for you." -Read my viewpoint here

Directions: 

  • Add all ingredients into blender.
  • Blend 

They are totally worth the extra steps to making them! 

Macros: 18g P // 17g C // 3g F 

Feel free to add toppings as you please according to your macros. My favorites are mini oreos, a little spray butter, and Walden Farms pancake syrup.

I'd love to know if you make my special concoction! ENJOY! 

 

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5 Ingredient French Toast

So, I really love to cook. However, while in NYC, our kitchen is very small. I am very limited so I have been a little bummed about the number of recipes that I’m able to create. Then, I thought about it, and who really has time for 10 ingredient recipes? I’d say just about no one.

I really want to aim to give valuable meaningful information that you can use. So, I am going to really try to show you recipes that are minimal ingredients and minimal time.

All you need is some bread ( I always pick low carb options), pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, one egg, and walden farms pancake syrup.

The bread I used this time is Pepperidge Farm Light Style. Other favorites of mine are Saralee 45 cal and delicious and the Weight Watchers brand. I typically aim for one that is less than 10g of carb because then I can have double what I normally could with regular bread. Many people aim for Whole Wheat bread or Whole Grain and while that is fantastic, the carb counts can be high on those so just be aware.

All I did was break one egg WHITE into the bowl (if you use the yolk that’s fine but just account for the fat in that). Tap some pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon into the bowl.

Coat both sides and put it on the skillet! And…DONE! It literally took me less than 10 minutes.

Then, of course, add Walden Farms Pancake Syrup! DUH ;)

VOILA!

Macros: 18g C // 7g P // 1g F

With love and french toast,

Katie

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Homemade Cranberry Granola

I had two pretty girls say that they wanted to compare recipes with me. I can't say that mine would be the best to offer at a party just simply because it didn't stick together in bars as well as I'd hoped. So, I'm going to perfect it as time goes on. But, it was delicious and just for at home, it's perfect! 

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Directions:

Combine all ingredients and bake at 350 for 25 minutes. 

Ingredients: 

1 1/2 cup old fashioned oats 

1/2 cup protein granola (with a touch of dark chocolate) 

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(I got this at Walmart) 

1/2 cup dried cranberries (I used Great Value Brand) 

1/4 cup liquid egg whites 

1/4 cup PB2 (powdered peanut butter) mixed beforehand with 2 tablespoons unsweetened almond milk 

1/4 cup Natural Jiff Creamy PB

Mix all of these first then add in 1/4 cup honey to make everything stick.

Enjoy!! 

With love and granola, 

Katie

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