PB & J French Toastwich-New Year’s Breakfast

I KNOW You’ll wake-up at some point tomorrow

HUNGRY!

perhaps you’ll be hung over but nobody here knows that

It was New Year’s EVE!!! HAPPY EARLY NEW YEAR!

I’ve got you covered with a snappy, healthy breakfast (or brunch). Even if you have guests lingering, it will appear as if you’ve slaved over that burner and grinded your own nut butter, maybe even produced the syrup from a tree…in Vermont? Okay that last one is a stretch, but you still have time to buy the ingredients, which are all of EIGHT!

I’ll even bet you have some already in that pantry, Bonus!!!

RECIPE

Serves: 3 (Easily doubled!)

Time: ~ 10 mins

Ingredients:

  • 3 English Muffins (6 halves) (I use Spelt/Rudi’s brand, but any whole wheat variety would work nicely)
  • 3, large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons, Fat Free half and half (OR milk, I WAS going to use low-fat EGGNOG!)
  • 1 tsp. Cinnamon, ground (I typically add more!)
  • 1-2 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • 1/4 tsp. Nutmeg, ground (fresh ground is always preferred!)
  • Almond Butter (or other nut butter)
  • Fruit Preserves (anything goes here)
  • Maple Syrup for drizzling (Optional)
  • Bananas (2)-I ran out, but would highly recommend stuffing a few slices in each toastwich!

Method:

  1. Preheat a pancake griddle to 350 degrees OR a non-stick fry pan on medium heat (note you may have to cook in batches). Spray with cooking spray OR a little butter…cause it’s better that way!
  2. Split each english muffin in half, set aside.
  3. Crack eggs open and into a shallow bowl (for dipping) and whisk.  Add milk, vanilla, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Whisk or just use a fork to combine all ingredients.

4.  Dip each muffin half in the egg mixture (both sides, this is no time to be stingy!).

5. Once happily covered place in fry pan or atop a griddle. Cook on each side for a few minutes (don’t BURN, but brown).

6. Remove once done and place in a pancake warmer (yup, I have one, and I love it) or on a plate and cover with aluminum foil to keep warm before serving.

7. Take one half and smear some almond butter on it, and the other half with fruit preserve and some sliced banana.

8. Smash both sides together and you have a stuffed french toast sandwich.

Chef’s Tips:

  • Use low-fat eggnog (I use horizon-brand).
  • Substitute any soy or other dairy alternative to make it vegan friendly.
  • I love almond butter, you can substitute peanut butter (I prefer natural-nothing with hydrogenated oils in it!). Better yet, make your own NUT BUTTER (Click here to learn HOW).
  • Top with apple compote versus stuffing it with bananas. Click HERE for that recipe.
  • For a FULL MEAL add my EGGS! RECIPE HERE!

Need more Breakfast Ideas?
Try THESE!
Chai Infused Quinoa Breakfast
Sexy Spelt with Gingerly Spiked Cranberries
Kamut with Apple Compote
Eggnoggy Oats
Wakey Wakey Eggs and Bakey

WHAT WILL YOU BE MAKING FOR NEW YEARS?

OR WHAT’S YOUR FAVORITE HEALTHY BREAKFAST?

COMMENT BELOW!

A Gluten Free Road Trip + Eco Friendly Pizza.

You mix three dietitians who like eating and go on “field trips” to find new food….

What have you got?

A road trip that I considered calling:

“A Gluten Free Getaway”

OR

“I made it to Jersey and left without Gluten”

Oh wait…I like that last one.

I can keep goin…I’ll spare you.

This was Jen’s idea (friend Jen-yes you’re now officially in my blog!). She enjoyed the concept behind Pizza Fusion where she stumbled upon it via the internet while likely googling Gluten Free places to Dine (Click HERE for more resources).  We all know how stressful it can be for someone with Celiac disease to Dine out in fear of cross-contamination or if you have food allergies and need to avoid specific ingredients. Perhaps you just want a different kind of pizza!

Pizza Fusion

This pizza place is a joint effort between two men who had a concept but wanted to take it a step further by making an impact or rather LITTLE OR NO impact (we all know the term carbon footprint now, RIGHT?) on the environment. The vision included providing diners with healthy options (big fan here) and being LEED certified-which is an approach to sustainability from the whole building process (ground UP!). I was intrigued enough via the website and I love pizza, SO off we went.

The SCENE

Located in Ridgefield, New Jersey (Thank god for navigation cause we would’ve ended up in Canada…too much chatting!) right across from a Whole Foods (Love!) you’ve got a tastefully decorated Pizza Fusion.

Fun fact: There are locations in 7 States and Internationally in Saudi Arabia.

It’s very organic looking (pun intended) via the color scheme using bamboo and grassy green colors made it very inviting. Even the bathroom was a bit more serene than your typical pizza joint.  We immediately consumed an entire corner right in front. The staff was super friendly as soon as you walk in.  Our waitress was very attentive and willing to answer any questions regarding the menu. Bonus, cause we ask a lot of questions.

The MENU

Love the menu!  And much to my delight they have a smart car that matches the entire theme of the place for pizza delivery! First peek at the menu items and much to my rumbling stomachs’ delight it wasn’t hard to find something to chomp on. You have three crusts to choose from; multigrain, gluten-free (mainly using rice flour), or an organic traditional white.  We didn’t hold back on ordering and decided it was best to TRY AT LEAST THREE!? (all personal sizes by the way, we’re not piggies!)

Pizza line-up.

Our choices?

  • The Very Vegan: Soy cheese, gluten-free crust,veggies, mushrooms and roasted garlic. My favorite!
  • The Farmer’s Market: roasted artichoke hearts, red onion, roasted zucchini androasted portobello with tomato sauce, mozzarella, provolone, and parmesan.
  • The Founders Pie: Free range chicken, kalamata olives, roasted red onion, tomato sauce, parmesan, mozzarella, provolone and gorgonzola.

Opposite end of line-up.

Of course we ordered some salad, HELLO three Dietitians!?

The thin, crispy crusts really pleased my palate. After all, what you really want is a good crispy crust that doesn’t overpower the toppings, right?  We were able to speak to the manager, Jeff, who was more than willing to share the fact that the stores use separate cooking equipment for the “gluten-free” menu items.  Nice to know it’s completely Celiac friendly. Superb.

Dear Pizza Fusion, when will you be in Westchester?

A dessert may have made it to the table, such as a gluten-free brownie.

I knew immediately they used rice flour because of its distinct grittiness. I will personally try most things once, the brownie was a nice touch for someone on a gluten-free diet who wants something sweet but is held back by a majority of restaurant desserts. I think I could’ve passed it off to the husband, but not sure. I’ll let ya know how that works out. In the meantime…

Reasons To Go:

  • Prices are definitely reasonable.
  • Friendly staff.
  • Trusted Celiac Friendly Kitchen.
  • You can easily mix and match crusts, toppings. etc. Make YOUR OWN! Variety!
  • You can feed your kids something new, healthy, and guilt free.
  • Good for after a workout, family place, three dietitians exploring, or you’re just hungry  and you know you’ll find something “healthy.”!

Cute lil Smarty

WANT TO LEARN MORE?

WEBSITE HERE:

Pizza Fusion

Other resources you may ENJOY READING?

Gluten Free

I’ll have pizza…but hold the crust

HAVE YOU BEEN TO PIZZA FUSION? HAVE YOU MADE YOUR OWN GLUTEN FREE PIZZA? DO SHARE!