Project Veggie: Day 18 – Cinnamon Walnut French Toast

Yesterday was a fun-filled day of shopping with the kids for boring, practical things like mattresses and frying pans.  Actually the frying pan part was pretty exciting for me.

My new frying pans. Woot!

I’m not one of those girls who loves shopping.  I usually know exactly what I want, and I’m in and out.  Long, drawn out shopping trips exhaust me.  While we didn’t linger any one place for very long, we had to go to five stores to get everything on our list.  In any case, by the time all of that was done, I didn’t feel much like cooking.  Plus I had plans to go out with friends in the evening, a rare treat lately.  All of this added up to our first night of eating out since the beginning of Project Veggie.

We ended up at Noodles & Company, which I think is pretty good for a quick service type place, and you can order almost everything on their menu vegetarian.  Since I was planning to eat later I got a little Chinese chopped salad and the kids both got Pad Thai (one with shrimp and one with tofu).  It was good, but mostly it just made me want to try to make Pad Thai.

Tasty Pad Thai, but I think I can do better.

So…since I was not responsible for dinner, I decided to post about breakfast instead.  Now in my opinion, there is no reason breakfast can’t be dinner.  I would (and have) definitely make this for dinner. I have a cousin who is adamantly opposed to this idea.  But, as smart as he may be, he’s wrong about this particular thing.  I LOVE breakfast for dinner!  This particular twist on French Toast I made up was really delicious.  The zing of cinnamon and orange combined with the crunch from the nuts made me very happy.

Cinnamon Walnut French Toast

Cinnamon Walnut French Toast

4 eggs
1/2 tsp. cinnamon
1/2 cup crushed walnuts
1 tsp. orange zest
a dash of salt & pepper
sourdough bread
butter

Beat eggs with a fork and add cinnamon, orange zest, walnuts & salt & pepper.  Stir to combine.  Dip bread in the egg mixture to coat both sides (if you’ve chopped the walnuts pretty fine they should stick to the bread, if they don’t just press some onto it).  Heat a skillet over med-high heat until hot.  Take a stick of butter and rub it on the pan to coat.  Drip extra mixture off bread and lay in the pan.  Cook 2-3 minutes on each side until golden brown.  Top with your favorite stuff.  I like a little real butter, maple syrup and homemade berry jam.  If I was eating meat I would put bacon on it too.  But I’m not.  So I didn’t.  But you can if you want.

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