Preparing French toast is a simple way to add a St. Patrick’s Day touch to your breakfast table and Eat Right with Color, this year’s National Nutrition Month theme. No green food coloring is required, so you can serve this guilt-free and clean up is a cinch! Kicking off the St. Patrick’s Day festivities with this wholesome and enjoyable breakfast will get your entire family in the Irish spirit!
You will need:
- 6 slices whole wheat bread
- 1/2 cup reduced fat or skim milk
- 2 eggs, beaten
- 1/4 teaspoon sugar
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- Cooking spray
- Shamrock cookie cutter (optional)
- Pure maple syrup
- Sliced Granny Smith apples
- Sliced kiwi
- Green grapes
- Sliced honeydew melon
How to prepare the fruit:
Slice or purchase pre-sliced Granny Smith apples and combine with sliced kiwi, green grapes, and honeydew melon. Prepare as much fruit as you think your family will eat!
How to make the French toast (this recipe serves three):
Beat the eggs. Add milk, sugar, and cinnamon and mix together. If you have a shamrock-shaped or other festive cookie cutter, you can cut its shape onto each slice of bread. If you want to involve your kids in the fun, ask them to help with cutting the shapes. Use a fork to dip each slice of bread into the mixture one at a time. Dip each long enough to soak well, but not too long. You don’t want the bread to break apart.
Spray a hot griddle or skillet with cooking spray (in lieu of cooking spray, you may use oil or butter); heat over a medium-hot burner. Cook bread for 2 to 3 minutes on each side. Use a spatula to gently press down so your French toast is crispy and golden in the center.
Top the French toast with a desirable amount of pure maple syrup and serve with side of green fruit and milk to drink. Top o’ the morning to ya!
Written by: Jill Castle, MS, RDN
Published on: March 16, 2011
Updated on: February 13, 2016