Banana Bread French Toast

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Have I mentioned before that I love all things brunch? I love the laziness of eating later in the morning and how it makes you feel like you belong to a secret world where everyone loves to relax and indulge. Before going Paleo, brunch was a whole different thing for me. It was eating as many sweet things as I could find and “balancing” it out with high carb, starchy hash browns. This Paleo banana bread french toast is a Sunday morning favorite in our house…and bonus, it’s healthy! It takes brunch to a whole new level. It tastes delicious–like it should be awful for you– but I promise you, it’s not! Enjoy!

Ingredients:
1 loaf coffee crumble banana bread (recipe here)
2 eggs whisked
1 tablespoon water
1 tsp vanilla extract
cinnamon
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Mix together the eggs, water, and vanilla and pour into a low bowl. Slice 6-8 pieces of the banana bread (1” thick). Place a piece of bread into the egg mixture and let soak for 5 seconds. Flip the bread and let soak for 5 more seconds.IMG_1955

Sprinkle cinnamon onto both sides. Heat 1-2 tbsp of butter in a 12 inch skillet over medium heat. Cook the french toast for 5 minutes per side. Serve with butter and warm maple syrup.

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Makes 3-4 servings.

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Paleo Cupboard: Setting Up Your Kitchen

Paleo CupboardMost often when I talk to people about the Paleo lifestyle I hear comments about how hard it must be to prepare every meal by hand—all of the prep work, shopping, cutting, cleaning, ect… and I agree! It is hard to constantly plan ahead and prepare these amazingly gourmet and healthy meals, especially with a modern work schedule and the many demands on our time.

But here is my secret—

I cheat.

Rarely do I have to think about and pre-plan meals because I buy mass quantities of food ahead of time. I shop online for the stuff that isn’t at my local store. I get my produced delivered to my house, DELIVERED! I own all sorts of gadgets that cut, dice, and prepare the food for me. I am more of a cruise director in this process: Mr. Kale, have you met my dearest friend the Vitamix? Jump on in and enjoy the entertainment!

When my husband and I first decided to eat Paleo we started very slowly. During the process of transitioning over, my collection of essentials has grown, my routine of ordering and preparing food has become established and we purchased an extra fridge/freezer combo to help carry some of the burden of my obsessive meat shopping. I definitely have some cupboard essentials that make my lifestyle a lot easier to manage and are super fun to play with! Here is a list to help get you started.

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The Must-Have Equipment:

The Must-Have Foods:

This will help you prepare your assortment of paleo meals. Think of it as your dream team. I buy them online and in bulk from http://www.nuts.com.   It is not essential to purchase them in bulk, but for me it saves me the headache of remembering what I have/don’t have.

More Food—The It’s-Really-Great-To-Have-On-Hand Foods:

(Try to buy them organic.  It will cost a little more but is worth the investment.)

And that folks is it! There will occasionally be a recipe that calls for something you don’t have on hand but no matter what style of food you’re making that will come up from time to time.

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