Honey Ginger French Toast

Everyone loves French toast, right? And there are a million ways to make it. After playing around, this is what I came up with.

  • 4 thick slices of bread (I used my homemade honey wheat)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tsp honey
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 1/2 Tbsp powdered sugar
  • maple syrup
  • fresh fruit (optional)
  1. Combine eggs, milk, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and honey in a shallow vessel (I just used a large tupperware dish) and whisk until well combined.
  2. Melt butter in a large skillet over medium heat.
  3. Dredge the bread in the egg mixture 2 slices at a time, letting them soak for 30 seconds on each side.
  4. Cook for 30 seconds to 1 minute on each side, flipping only once, until the bread is a golden brown. Serve sprinkled with powdered sugar, drizzled with maple syrup and with some fresh fruit of your choice.

This recipe is perfect for two people, maybe three people. It could be doubled for a family. I like to slice the French toast diagonally for presentation. So easy and so yummy.

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Quick Quesadillas & Pico De Gallo

I’ve been on a huge quesadilla kick for lunches lately. It’s easy, convenient and cost effective. Store bought tortillas can last way longer than bread in the pantry, although I would like to try making my own soon. (I’ve been dabbling in bread baking, only done it a handful of times).

The quesadilla I made today simply has cheese and fresh chopped jalapeños, but the nice thing is you can use whatever is laying around. Leftover chicken? Shred it up. Extra veggies? Load it up. A couple bags of cheese with a little left in each? Go for it, who says you can’t use shredded mozzarella and cheddar together? You can throw in whatever wasn’t used for dinner the night before as long as the flavors make sense.

And speaking of last nights leftover ingredients, I can usually put together some fresh pico de gallo from my pantry. Traditionally pico de gallo is tomato, red onion, serrano or jalapeño, cilantro, lime juice and salt. Since it was just for me today, one medium tomato and a quarter of a red onion was plenty. Since I had jalapeño in the quesadilla, I skipped the pepper. I didn’t have cilantro, but I had fresh parsley (always). I did a quick chop and tossed it together with a few squirts of lime juice and some sea salt.

The warm, crispy on the outside, gooey on the inside quesadilla topped with the cool, fresh pico de gallo is a wonderful bite. Simple, quick, pretty. Who wouldn’t like that? Omit the jalapeños and it’s a great lunch or snack for kids too. Guaranteed to please.

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Coconut Curry Chicken

This is a simple and delicious approach to Indian food that’s not intimidating and doesn’t come with a long list of ingredients. This recipe can be on the spicy side, so feel free to omit the cayenne or cut back on curry for a milder dish. The sauce is prepared on the stovetop before being added to the slow cooker, so it’s easy to taste as you go and adjust it to your liking. My husband and I love spice and he was wild about this dish.

Yields about 6 servings.

  • 2 lbs (approx. 8 pieces) boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 2 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
  • 1 large white or yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 tsp garam masala
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp cayenne
  • 13.5 oz coconut milk
  • 6 oz tomato paste
  • salt
  • pepper
  • green onions or fresh parsley (optional)
  1. Cut the chicken thighs into chunks and place them in a slow cooker. Season with salt and pepper.
  2. Heat the oil over medium heat in a large saucepan. Cook the onions and celery, stirring occasionally, for 3-5 minutes until onions become translucent.
  3. Add garam masala, curry, cayenne and a dash of salt and pepper to the saucepan and stir for 1 minute until vegetables are well coated. Reduce the heat to low and stir in the coconut milk and tomato paste.
  4. Once sauce is well blended, pour over the chicken and stir to coat completely. Cook on low for 4 hours. Serve chicken and sauce over white or jasmine rice. Sprinkle with chopped green onions or chopped parsley if you want.

The chicken and sauce hold up very well for leftovers. I’d suggest making rice fresh per serving instead of combining and refrigerating all together.

Happy cooking!

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