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.
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.
After I created a batter of eggs, low-fat milk, and vanilla extract, I pan-heated mandarin orange slices to bring out their sweetness.
The mandarin oranges are an excellent source of immunity-helping vitamin C, and they also offer a little bit of filling fiber.
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 toast—so 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!
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
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