Breakfast: French Toast + GOTV!
Here's the French Toast that I mentioned would be my breakfast on Sunday. What a treat! I hadn't made French Toast in years. I think that I've been more focused on pancakes and waffles, but this was great and so much simpler.
Like many things that I cook, I don't use an actual recipe. Depending upon how many pieces you want to use, combine eggs, vanilla rice milk (or other milks), a pinch of salt, vanilla extract, cardamom, and use thick slices of sturdy bread. That's really the key. The French Toast bread that I bought at Market Basket already has swirls of cinnamon and sugar in it.
Dip your bread in the mixture and leave for about a minute, until it's well saturated. Flip on the other side to coat it as well. Then put some butter, I use Smart Balance, in a skillet on top of the stove. Heat it up, then cook on both sides until browned. Delicious and great for cold weather!
This picture was my breakfast this morning. Yesterday I had two pieces and used all that energy to help my mom rake leaves. We raked for close to two hours and filled 14 bags!
No matter what I have for breakfast, just about every morning, I have a maple flavored soy sausage, by Morningstar Farms. I love their products as vegetarian alternatives to meat. I've tried many and no other brand that I've tried even comes close to them in terms of flavor, texture, and look.
They are a bit expensive though. Stop & Shop often has coupons and they are regularly on sale. You can do well if you buy a bunch on sale with the coupons. They are always cheaper at Trader Joe's, so I stock up when I go there, but sometimes they run out. The price at Hannaford is about the same as Stop & Shop, but they don't have coupons and they don't usually have them on sale either. The soy sausages were the one item that I compared where Market Basket was actually more expensive. Not by much though, only about ten cents.
Also, I found a new syrup at Market Basket from Arnold Farm Sugarhouse. Pure maple syrup is quite expensive, but since I don't use it that often, I prefer it over the fake syrups. Also, some of the cheaper pure maple syrups, like the store brands tend to be imported from Canada. New England has such a strong maple syrup industry that I really try to support it and always check the labels to see where they are from.
Buying pure maple syrup is one way to buy products made in America. Always check the labels! And today, being the day before the Presidential election, it's definitely a day to think about what we need to do to make the United States a better place. See you at the polls tomorrow! GOTV!
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