I’ve been having a slight problem this pregnancy. And forgive me if I refer to being pregnant on each post… it’s just that it’s a huge part of my daily life, and not in a good way. Dear Third Child of Mine, I know someday you will be reading this post and don’t think I am not excited about you. I am THRILLED about you. But pregnancy does not treat your dear old Mama very well. So my life at the moment consists of trying to survive gestation. (pic is from when I was having Ballerina Girl, btw – I am not nearly this huge just yet.)
ANYWAY. One of my bigger issues lately has been food boredom. Specifically, in that my stomach has been very particular about what it will accept and it isn’t wanting any of the old stand-bys. It rejects vegetables and welcomes bacon. I’d still make the old favorites from my dinner list, and my family would be happy but I’d be able to force down a little bit and then that’s it. As you can imagine, I get a little cranky when I can’t tolerate eating but I am SO HUNGRY. So here’s what I did to solve it.
I started looking at food blogs. Oh, the beautiful photography and enticing sounding recipes. I started wanting EVERYTHING. And then I realized – no reason why I can’t! So the last couple weeks I’ve been getting inspiration from food blogs, all the way from Pioneer Woman to quite a few newbie unknowns. And I have to say… dinners have been a resounding success after success. I haven’t been keeping track of all the new things I’ve been making but I figured maybe I could blog it in case anyone else suffers from dinner boredom. So I’ll try to keep track of what I’m making and I’ll make some posts about it.
I’ll start with tonight’s dinner. I don’t do new stuff every night, but I am trying to make it at least 50/50. I was reading a blog which I since lost where the author made some incredible-looking cream cheese stuffed french toast. It lingered in my mind, so that’s what I made tonight. Sorry, no photos or anything. To tell the truth, I thought about it but I was too busy stuffing my face. And now all of it is gone. I tend to get cranky around 6pm if I haven’t eaten, so the thought of pictures was just a brief “hey, I should do this…” that flashed through my mind and then was gone.
In any case, here’s how I did it. Simple and easy. here’s the recipe (sort of). I just threw it together so I’m kind of guessing on the amounts of some of these things.
Bethany’s Stuffed French Toast
- 1 pound fresh strawberries
- 1 loaf french bread, at least 1 day old
- 1 9oz pkg cream cheese, softened
- 5 eggs
- 1/2-1 cup milk, depending on preference
- 1/2 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp nutmeg
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/4 cup sugar
It’s simple and to the point. Wash and trim the strawberries, and then mash them with a potato masher. Remove about 1/2 cup or so and blend it with the softened cream cheese in a stand mixer until well blended. Slice the french bread into slices about half or 3/4 inch thick or so and set aside. With remaining strawberries, mix in sugar and cook in a saucepan on high. Bring to a boil and cook for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and set aside. Meanwhile, mix the batter – whisk together the eggs, milk, vanilla, nutmeg and cinnamon.
Assemble the toasts as follows: With a spatula, spread a thick layer of cream cheese on one slice of bread and make a sandwich with another. Repeat until all are finished. Then, dip the sandwich in the egg batter, make sure both sides get soaked in the egg. I just do a quick dunk. Fry in a greased skillet until brown and cooked, flipping to cook both sides.
Top with strawberry sauce. Eat and then pass out in food coma bliss. You’re welcome 🙂