She is the mastermind behind the time of the week when bloggers unite to inspire or introduce new foods into the lives of one another.
Unfortunately I am pretty bad at this weekly ritual, especially this week because my camera decided it wanted to STOP working Christmas Eve…Convenient, right?…
But I do have two very awesome recipes to share with you, from my family’s Christmas morning brunch, and a random food find I purchased at Walmart of all places, that I did find pictures online to sort of represent my holiday weekend.
Not the same, I know, but I work with what I have.
Ok so onto a delicious treat I felt was festive and fun, and completely one hundred percent a fear food that would not have been anywhere near my cart a few months ago.
Thank goodness I have gotten a little better with food variety because I will tell you what, this product is a winner…
My husband is not always a fan of my popcorn infatuation.
When I was really sick I think I ate about 546987498764796 boxes of 100 calorie popcorn for the sweet and salty sensation minus not too many nutrients.
I still tend to over implement these mini-bags into my daily routine because they are comforting to me, and when I am overly anxious, I gravitate towards picking that as a staple snack even though it’s not really the best thing on my meal plan.
When I brought home this more decadent bag of popcorn, however, Ryan seemed pleased.
The first time I ate it I did have a tiny panic attack because of the nutrition facts and feeling like I could have eaten way more than the measily little cup serving size they suggest on the package, but after the second of third instance of having it as a sweet cap to my dinner, it is getting a SMIDGE easier.
Not to mention it is YUMMY.
…all capital letters YUMMY.
What is it they say, practice makes perfect??
Maybe not perfect, but it does help me step out of my box a little bit.
And speaking of sweet and delicious eats, the two recipes I have for you today are perfect to satisfy a holiday ”desert like” craving at an early morning or brunch gathering; Pear Baked Oatmeal and Apple/Pear French Toast Casserole.
When we first decided to have a brunch rather than a Christmas dinner I was a bit concerned since I was so used to cooking meat and “normal” holiday side dishes; you know, sweet potatoes, mashed potatoes, veggies, whatever, but with a little help from my co-workers, these two dishes emerged and were a crowd HIT.
Pear Baked Oatmeal
1 Large Container of Oats
1/2 Cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend (or 1 Cup of plain brown sugar)
4 Tsp. Baking Powder
2 Cups of Milk (any kind will do)
1 Cup of MELTED Butter
3 Tsp. Vanilla
3-4 Pears (chopped)
Mix the first 8 ingredients all together in a large bowl.
Add the pears.
Pour into a greased 9×13 pan.
Bake for 30-35 minutes at 350 degrees.
Apple/Pear French Toast Casserole
5 TBSP Butter
2 Large Apples Sliced
2 Large Pears Sliced
1/2 Cup Splenda Brown Sugar Blend (or 1 Cup regular Brown Sugar)
2 TBSP Corn Syrup
Cinnamon (about 2 TSP.)
8 Thick Slices of Bread (any kind you like…i actually used cinnamon raising bread)
4-5 Large Eggs
1 Cup Milk (any kind you like)
1-1.5 TSP Vanilla
THE NIGHT BEFORE SERVING:
Melt butter in a large pan and add pears and apples, cooking until tender.
Add brown sugar, cinnamon, corn syrup, and cinnamon, stirring until the sugar dissolves and they get all sticky.
Pour the mixture into a greased 9×13 baking pan, spreading evenly.
Arrange the bread in a layer on top.
Beat eggs, milk, vanilla, a pinch more cinnamon and a dash of sugar, pouring it over top of the bread.
Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.
THE DAY OF:
Remove plastic and bake for 30-35 minutes at 375 degrees.
Cool for 5 minutes and enjoy!
I feel like kind of a hypocrite telling you I made these however, and saying that they were delicious since I did not actually eat any of them.
(I am totally making an ashamed face right now)
You see, I am like every stereotypical eating disordered person who LOVES to cook, bake, show love through food, but then have a problem actually eating what I produce.
If I make something with the intent of eating it, I strip it down to the least possible caloric content, which I am improving upon since I have started to add in some fats here and there, more protein, etc. but when it comes to making and eating things for parties or in order to make other’s happy, I would feel bad taking out some of the taste out for my sake.
I have a whole crazy issue with believing I don’t DESERVE the same food as others, which I will save that topic for another post, but I did not want to falsely advertise that I ate and was merry with all of my family when really I had a whole wheat bagel thin, too much hummus, yogurt, fruit and raw vegetables.
Needless to say I was absolutely famished a few hours later and “overate” because of my earlier deficit…
The point is, from what my friends and family said, these breakfast items were delicious. I had several people ask for the recipe, and a lot of really positive feedback that made me feel great, and there was nothing wrong with the food. Oatmeal, bread, fruit, eggs, milk, a little fat, is not going to hurt me. One day of “indulging” or trying different foods would not kill me, and yet I still cannot bring myself to get over my ridiculous food rules.