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Nov

2016

Halos Mandarin Orange French Toast

Halos Mandarin Orange French Toast

 

This French toast combines sweet mandarin oranges with creamy ricotta for a delicious, protein-rich breakfast.

Disclosure: While Wonderful Halos is a client of mine, I was not compensated for this post.

 

Halos Mandarin Orange French Toast

  

One of my favorite weekend morning activities is making French toast. It's a fun way to add some eggs to my morning, and I love topping my French toast with fruit for some sweetness, instead of syrup or butter.

 

Because mandarin oranges are in season this time of year, I thought I'd try something new: mandarin orange French toast.

  

Halos Mandarin Orange French Toast

 

After I created a batter of eggs, low-fat milk, and vanilla extract, I pan-heated mandarin orange slices to bring out their sweetness.

 

Halos Mandarin Orange French Toast

 

The mandarin oranges are an excellent source of immunity-helping vitamin C, and they also offer a little bit of filling fiber.

 

Halos Mandarin Orange French Toast

 

Part-skim ricotta is one of my favorite cheeses, and I like how it adds some creaminess and moisture to the French toast without a ton of added sugar like maple syrup or fat like butter. So I decided to top my French toast with both the mandarin orange segments and a ricotta mixture.

 

The ricotta adds protein to the French toastso much so that when combined with the protein from the eggs and whole-grain bread, each serving of French toast offers 25 grams of protein, or half the daily value!

 

Halos Mandarin Orange French Toast

 

 

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup low-fat milk
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract, divided
  • 4 slices whole-grain bread
  • 2 seedless mandarin oranges*, peeled and zested
  • 2/3 cup part-skim ricotta

 

Directions:

 

Whisk eggs in a small bowl. Combine with milk and 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract. Dip bread into egg mixture, turning to coat sides evenly. Spray a large non-stick pan or griddle with spray oil, and heat bread slices over medium heat until browned on both sides. Meanwhile, spray a small pan with spray oil; heat orange segments over medium heat, about 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently at the end, until segments are slightly browned. In a small bowl, combine ricotta

with remaining vanilla extract. Top toast with ricotta mixture, orange segments, and a sprinkling or orange zest. Serves 2.  

 

*Note: I used Wonderful Halos mandarin oranges.

 

Nutritional information per serving: Cal: 390 Fat: 14 g Sat fat: 6 g Pro: 25 g Carbs: 41 g Sugar: 15 g Fiber: 6 g Chol: 215 mg Sod: 370 mg

 

 

What are your thoughts on this topic? What are your favorite ways to eat mandarin oranges? 

  

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Amy Gorin

is a Registered Dietitian Nutritionist,  media personality, and writer in the NYC area.