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Parmesan French Toast with Light Hollandaise Sauce


French toast is a breakfast classic, but it's not often made with hollandaise sauce.


When you're cooking for friends and family this weekend, you can't go wrong with this French toast recipe.


It's easy to make, delicious, and sure to please everyone at the table. This recipe is perfect for weekend mornings or any time you want to celebrate by eating decadently.


The hollandaise sauce takes it over the top!


Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes

Servings: 6 Servings


Ingredients:


For the French toast

4 large eggs

1/2 cup hemp or almond milk

1/2 cup coconut cream or greek yogurt and milk

1/2 cup Parmesan grated, plus more for garnish

1/2 teaspoon dry mustard powder

1/2 teaspoon hot sauce I used Tabasco

black pepper freshly ground, to taste

1 clove garlic crushed

dash salt

1 loaf artisan bread, cut 1-inch thick

butter for frying

flat-leaf parsley or chives for garnish


For the Hollandaise:

3 egg yolks

1/4 teaspoon dijon mustard

1 tablespoon lemon juice

1 dash of hot sauce

1/2 cup butter



Directions

For the French Toast:

  1. Turn your oven on to the warm setting (170 F). Set a cooling rack over a cookie sheet and place it in the oven.

  2. Add eggs, milk, cream, Parmesan, mustard powder, hot sauce, black pepper, garlic, and salt to a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour liquid into a pie plate or an 8x8 dish. Rinse out your blender immediately.

  3. Slice the bread into 1-inch pieces.

  4. Heat a griddle or a large skillet to medium-high heat.

  5. Soak the bread in the egg mixture for 1-2 minutes on each side.

  6. Grease the griddle or pan with butter.

  7. Fry each piece of bread for about 2-3 minutes, until golden brown. Flip and cook the other side for 1-2 minutes or until browned. Continue with all the bread pieces, replenishing butter as necessary.

  8. Place each finished piece of toast on the cooling rack in the oven.


For the Hollandaise:

  1. In the rinsed-out blender, add the egg yolks, dijon mustard, lemon juice, and hot sauce. Blend until smooth.

  2. In a small bowl in the microwave, melt butter completely so that it's very hot.

  3. Open the top spout of your blender. Turn the blender on low and pour in the hot butter. It should thicken immediately.

  4. Immediately pour the sauce into a measuring cup or bowl. Place the bowl into another bowl of very hot water. (You want to keep the sauce hot, but if you microwave it, it will curdle.)

  5. Pour the sauce over each serving. Whisk the sauce if it starts to separate.

  6. Top each French toast with fresh herbs and extra Parmesan.

Pasta with Light Avocado Cream Sauce


Pasta made with avocado sauce?


The best pasta dinner ever!


You won't believe the flavor in this healthier cream sauce. With only a few ingredients, it'd be incredibly easy to prepare.


Prep time: 15 mins

Cook time: 15 mins

Total time: 30 mins

Servings: 1g

Calories: 389 kcal


Ingredients

  • 2 large California Avocados

  • 1 cup packed baby spinach

  • 1 1/4 cup fat-free evaporated milk plus more if needed by tablespoon

  • 2 Tbsp. lemon juice

  • 1/2 tsp. salt

  • 1/4 tsp. ground pepper

  • 1/4 tsp. garlic powder

  • 1/8 tsp. cayenne or more to taste

  • 1 pound linguine or other pasta,

  • shaved parmesan for serving

  • cracked black pepper for serving

Directions:

  1. In a blender or food processor, puree avocados, spinach, evaporated milk, and lemon juice. Pour mixture into saucepan and heat on medium-low. Add in salt, pepper, garlic powder, and cayenne. Taste and add seasonings to taste.

  2. Meanwhile, heat salted water in a large pot and cook linguine or other pasta per package directions. Drain water from the pasta.

  3. When the avocado mixture is warm and heated through, toss with drained pasta and serve with cracked black pepper and shaved parmesan. Enjoy!

Note: You may opt to add cooked shrimp or chicken if desired.



Garlic Butter Scallops with Lemon Sauce



This dish is a great way to start off your weekend. It's easy to make, but it looks fancy and tastes amazing. The scallops are the star of this show. They're delicious on their own, but the garlic butter sauce adds a little extra something that really makes them special. The lemon sauce is tart with just a hint of sweetness that complements the flavor of the scallops perfectly.


The key to this dish is freshness—if you use fresh ingredients, everything will taste better. So make sure to buy your scallops at your local seafood market or grocery store. Don't forget to squeeze some fresh lemon juice into the sauce while it's cooking!


Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 10 mins

Total Time 20 mins


Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs. (0.6 kg) sea scallops

  • salt

  • ground black pepper

  • 4 tablespoons melted unsalted butter

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1/4 cup white wine

  • 1 tablespoon Japanese mirin, sweet rice wine, optional

  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice

  • salt to taste

  • 1 tablespoon chopped parsley

Directions:

  1. Rinse the scallops with cold water, and pat dry with paper towels.

  2. Remove the side muscle if you find any still attached.

  3. Season with salt and black pepper on both sides of the scallops.

  4. Heat up a skillet with 1 tablespoon of melted butter.

  5. Pan-seared the scallops until both sides are nicely charred (but the inside might not be cooked through).

  6. Dish out and set aside.

  7. In the same skillet, add the remaining melted butter and saute the garlic until light brown.

  8. Add the white wine, mirin (if using), and lemon juice.

  9. Transfer the scallops back into the skillet.

  10. Add salt (to taste) and the parsley.

  11. As soon as the sauce comes to a light simmer, turn off the heat and serve immediately.


Most of these recipes are pretty easy to make, and if you have the right ingredients on hand or can track them down, they don't require a lot of time.


I hope you will cook these recipes for your loved ones this weekend. Your family (or friends) will enjoy them as well!


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