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10 Delicious French Toast Recipes To Try At Home

10 Delicious French Toast Recipes To Try At Home

No matter who you are or what you like, there’s a French toast recipe for you. Between the bread type, toppings, and fillings, the possibilities are endless. That’s why we’ve compiled our top 10 French toast recipes for you right here. Get your skillet ready.

1. Crock Pot Creamy Banana French Toast

This recipe gets extra brownie points for utilizing the glorious crock pot. No need to dread the long process of slaving over the stove making endless waves of French toast. Just layer your bread and bananas in the crock pot, cover with a milk/cinnamon/honey mixture, and go back to bed until your breakfast is ready. Easy as pie… or French toast.

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2. Savory Feta Cheese French Toast

If you’re feeling hipster, try out this savory version of the normally sweet classic. Adding the feta cheese not only as a garnish but also in the egg mixture will give your meal an extra dose of creamy goodness. Plus, this would make for quite an impressive dish at a brunch gathering.

3. Cinnamon French Toast

If you’re best buds with cinnamon buns, then this recipe is for you. Assembled in a casserole fashion, you can pop a pan of this treat in the fridge and bake it the next day. Or, if you just can’t wait to try it, bake it immediately – no judgment here. Top with your favorite fruit, drizzle with some syrup, and your taste buds will be singing your praises.

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4. Creme Brûlée French Toast

Everything about this recipe screams classy. The brown sugar and Grand Marnier are just what you need to get your day going. Plus, it calls for Challah bread which everyone knows is the best foundation of a great French toast. You could even grab your culinary torch if you feel like getting really fancy.

5. Classic French Toast

Plain Janes, listen up. If you’re unsure of which recipe to start with, try this one. You can’t go wrong with the original French toast. The simplicity of the soaked bread all warm and gooey is beautiful – no frills needed. Everyone is sure to enjoy this dish.

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6. Baked Stuffed French Toast

Think of this recipe as a sandwich’s cousin. Gruyere and ham sit inside the pockets in the rustic bread and melt in your mouth. Simple, but unique. A huge benefit of this recipe is getting to bake it instead of trying to use four skillets at once. Thank you, Martha Stewart.

7. Brioche French Toast with Asparagus and Orange Beurre Blanc

If you actually know what orange beurre blanc is, I applaud you. This sauce is made by boiling and reducing white wine, orange juice, shallots, cream, and butter. Already drooling? Me too. Also adorning the French toast is some roasted asparagus. Whip up this dish, and you’ll look like a pro.

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8. French Toast Roll Ups

This recipe wins the fun prize. Not only are they easy to make, but they also look pretty spiffy. The cinnamon and sugar filling and coating will satisfy your cinnamon bun and French toast cravings. Plus, dipping the warm roll ups in syrup is practically a party in and of itself.

9. Pumpkin Baked French Toast

No need to feel guilty after devouring a serving (or two) of this dish. You’ll have many chances to substitute healthier ingredients – prefered milk, bread, sweetener, and even the option to nix the butter. Assemble it the night before, and wake up to a comforting dose of fall weather any time of the year.

10. French Toast in a Mug

It doesn’t get any easier than this! If you have five minutes and a mug, you can make French toast. The recipe calls for chocolate chips, but feel free to add any mix-ins of choice – use your imagination. When that microwave dings, you’ll be melting at the sight in front of you.

Featured photo credit: Grilled French Toast/Steven Depolo via flickr.com

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Last Updated on September 18, 2020

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

7 Simple Rules to Live by to Get in Shape in Two Weeks

Learning how to get in shape and set goals is important if you’re looking to live a healthier lifestyle and get closer to your goal weight. While this does require changes to your daily routine, you’ll find that you are able to look and feel better in only two weeks.

Over the years, I’ve learned a lot about what it takes to get in shape. Although anyone can cover the basics (eat right and exercise), there are some things that I could only learn through trial and error. Let’s cover some of the most important points for how to get in shape in two weeks.

1. Exercise Daily

It is far easier to make exercise a habit if it is a daily one. If you aren’t exercising at all, I recommend starting by exercising a half hour every day. When you only exercise a couple times per week, it is much easier to turn one day off into three days off, a week off, or a month off.

If you are already used to exercising, switching to three or four times a week to fit your schedule may be preferable, but it is a lot harder to maintain a workout program you don’t do every day.

Be careful to not repeat the same exercise routine each day. If you do an intense ab workout one day, try switching it up to general cardio the next. You can also squeeze in a day of light walking to break up the intensity.

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If you’re a morning person, check out these morning exercises that will start your day off right.

2. Duration Doesn’t Substitute for Intensity

Once you get into the habit of regular exercise, where do you go if you still aren’t reaching your goals? Most people will solve the problem by exercising for longer periods of time, turning forty-minute workouts into two hour stretches. Not only does this drain your time, but it doesn’t work particularly well.

One study shows that “exercising for a whole hour instead of a half does not provide any additional loss in either body weight or fat”[1].

This is great news for both your schedule and your levels of motivation. You’ll likely find it much easier to exercise for 30 minutes a day instead of an hour. In those 30 minutes, do your best to up the intensity to your appropriate edge to get the most out of the time.

3. Acknowledge Your Limits

Many people get frustrated when they plateau in their weight loss or muscle gaining goals as they’re learning how to get in shape. Everyone has an equilibrium and genetic set point where their body wants to remain. This doesn’t mean that you can’t achieve your fitness goals, but don’t be too hard on yourself if you are struggling to lose weight or put on muscle.

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Acknowledging a set point doesn’t mean giving up, but it does mean realizing the obstacles you face.

Expect to hit a plateau in your own fitness results[2]. When you expect a plateau, you can manage around it so you can continue your progress at a more realistic rate. When expectations meet reality, you can avoid dietary crashes.

4. Eat Healthy, Not Just Food That Looks Healthy

Know what you eat. Don’t fuss over minutia like whether you’re getting enough Omega 3’s or tryptophan, but be aware of the big things. Look at the foods you eat regularly and figure out whether they are healthy or not. Don’t get fooled by the deceptively healthy snacks just pretending to be good for you.

The basic nutritional advice includes:

  • Eat unprocessed foods
  • Eat more veggies
  • Use meat as a side dish, not a main course
  • Eat whole grains, not refined grains[3]

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Eat whole grains when you want to learn how to get in shape.

    5. Watch Out for Travel

    Don’t let a four-day holiday interfere with your attempts when you’re learning how to get in shape. I don’t mean that you need to follow your diet and exercise plan without any excursion, but when you are in the first few weeks, still forming habits, be careful that a week long break doesn’t terminate your progress.

    This is also true of schedule changes that leave you suddenly busy or make it difficult to exercise. Have a backup plan so you can be consistent, at least for the first month when you are forming habits.

    If travel is on your schedule and can’t be avoided, make an exercise plan before you go[4], and make sure to pack exercise clothes and an exercise mat as motivation to keep you on track.

    6. Start Slow

    Ever start an exercise plan by running ten miles and then puking your guts out? Maybe you aren’t that extreme, but burnout is common early on when learning how to get in shape. You have a lifetime to be healthy, so don’t try to go from couch potato to athletic superstar in a week.

    If you are starting a running regime, for example, run less than you can to start. Starting strength training? Work with less weight than you could theoretically lift. Increasing intensity and pushing yourself can come later when your body becomes comfortable with regular exercise.

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    7. Be Careful When Choosing a Workout Partner

    Should you have a workout partner? That depends. Workout partners can help you stay motivated and make exercising more fun. But they can also stop you from reaching your goals.

    My suggestion would be to have a workout partner, but when you start to plateau (either in physical ability, weight loss/gain, or overall health) and you haven’t reached your goals, consider mixing things up a bit.

    If you plateau, you may need to make changes to continue improving. In this case it’s important to talk to your workout partner about the changes you want to make, and if they don’t seem motivated to continue, offer a thirty day break where you both try different activities.

    I notice that guys working out together tend to match strength after a brief adjustment phase. Even if both are trying to improve, something seems to stall improvement once they reach a certain point. I found that I was able to lift as much as 30-50% more after taking a short break from my regular workout partner.

    Final Thoughts

    Learning how to get in shape in as little as two weeks sounds daunting, but if you’re motivated and have the time and energy to devote to it, it’s certainly possible.

    Find an exercise routine that works for you, eat healthy, drink lots of water, and watch as the transformation begins.

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