Thursday, October 31, 2013

Squashy Halloween Brunch Experiment

This dreary Halloween in Georgia, I am enjoying the day off because it is my weekend to cover the hospital. My favorite thing to do on my days off is actually sleep past 6 and enjoy breakfast! Coffee in a real mug over a to-go cup, a warm meal over a manufactured breakfast bar....oh I wish everyday could be like this. Today, I had a successful experiment in the kitchen. I am not one for recipes which makes sharing my meals that turn out well a little difficult but I couldn't keep this one to myself. I had a normal egg white veggie scramble with two egg whites, small handful of spinach, zucchini, tomato and tofu; chopped and stovetop scrambled. Veggies and protein...check! The past few days I have had a strange craving for french toast, waffles or pancakes but as you know those delicious menu items can quickly rack up the saturated fat, sugar and calories in your diet. While brainstorming what do with this craving, I remembered how sweet my, publix bought, butternut squash soup was last night and figured I would take that and run with it. 

I took my favorite sesame, whole wheat Ezekiel bread and defrosted it. Then combined one egg white, a splash of almond milk and no more than a fourth cup of my butternut squash soup from last night and mixed it in a pan with pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and a pinch of sea salt. Took the bread and let it soak in the egg white wash while I ate my scrambled eggs. Sprayed a little olive oil in a pan and flipped the bread around until it had browned on both sides. Once it was done I added the same spices with a sprinkle if stevia and it was great! Then I found some natural Trader Joes pumpkin butter and heated up a tsp of the jam with a splash of almond milk and poured it on top. The dish tasted great either way but the orangey marmalade looking sauce made the toast more eye appealing for sure! If you didn't have pumpkin butter lying around you could use any jam or preserves or thinly sliced banana on top would also be good, to give it a little natural sweetness! Next time I'll take a picture. Hope you find this helpful in altering your own breakfast favorites to make them more healthy and natural. Eat your heart out I HOP! ;) 

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