This deliciously flavorful Rhubarb Strawberry Stuffed French Toast is made with thick sliced bread stuffed with whipped ricotta, sweetened rhubarb, and diced strawberries.

Rhubarb Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

This deliciously flavorful Rhubarb Strawberry Stuffed French Toast is made with thick sliced bread stuffed with whipped ricotta, sweetened rhubarb, and diced strawberries.

Rhubarb Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

This deliciously flavorful Rhubarb Strawberry Stuffed French Toast is made with thick sliced bread stuffed with whipped ricotta, sweetened rhubarb, and diced strawberries.

The birds are chirping, my herbs are happily sunning themselves outside, and rhubarb is back in season.  That’s right– it’s SPRING!  If you’re happily jumping in puddles after rain storms, leaving your doors and windows open to get fresh air, and sighing happily at all the spring produce– you aren’t alone!  Grab some rhubarb, add strawberries to your shopping bag, and celebrate spring with this Rhubarb Strawberry Stuffed French Toast!

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This vegan friendly Coconut Almond Muesli with Cacao Nibs is ready in 5 minutes, and is a healthy and delicious way to start your day!

Coconut Almond Muesli with Cacao Nibs

This vegan friendly Coconut Almond Muesli with Cacao Nibs is ready in 5 minutes, and is a healthy and delicious way to start your day!

Coconut Almond Muesli with Cacao Nibs

This vegan-friendly Coconut Almond Muesli with Cacao Nibs is ready in 5 minutes, and is a healthy and delicious way to start your day!

I’ve always been a breakfast cereal fan.  I love starting my day with a big bowl of Cheerios mixed with corn Chex– and yet I almost never do.  Why?  I’ll tell you why.  You know why.  It’s because– approximately 30 minutes (or less, sometimes less) after devouring a massive, multi-serving bowl of cereal deliciousness– I. Am. SO. HUNGRY!  Then, inevitably, I do something regrettable… like eating my entire packed lunch at 9am.

What’s a cereal-loving girl to do?  The answer, as you’ve probably already guessed– is muesli.  Muesli– a healthy, tasty mixture of rolled oats and other goodies– keeps me full.  It’s easy to prepare, it’s easy to customize, and is loaded with healthful, protein-laden ingredients.  You can eat muesli hot or cold, or even sprinkle it over yogurt!  This vegan-friendly Coconut Almond Muesli with Cacao Nibs* is ready in five minutes (or fifteen minutes– if you want to toast the oats), and is a filling and healthful breakfast cereal substitute!

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This vegan Roasted Grape Oatmeal is a flavor-packed, sweet and savory breakfast (or brunch) that's ready in 30 minutes.

Roasted Grape Oatmeal

This vegan Roasted Grape Oatmeal is a flavor-packed, sweet and savory breakfast (or brunch) that's ready in 30 minutes.

Roasted Grape Oatmeal

This vegan Roasted Grape Oatmeal is a flavor-packed, sweet and savory breakfast (or brunch) that’s ready in 30 minutes.

Let’s chat about grapes.  Yes, that’s right– those sweet little balls of juicy wonderfulness.  Leave them alone– they’re the perfect snack.  Pop them in the freezer, and they become refreshing sweet and sour icy bites.  Let them ferment, and they turn into glorious, decadent wine.  Recently, though– I’ve been grape-obsessed– and not with plain, frozen, OR fermented grapes.  My current grape infatuation is with roasted grapes– grapes that have been heated in the oven until the juices sweeten and the grapes burst into a miraculously fabulous topping.  This recipe for Roasted Grape Oatmeal is the perfect breakfast– hot, creamy oats topped with the flavor-packed grapes, all ready in about a half hour.

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This Eggnog French Toast is soaked in a thick, creamy eggnog and served with cranberry syrup. Make eggnog specifically for french toast, or use leftover eggnog for a seasonally delicious breakfast!

Eggnog French Toast with Cranberry Sauce

This Eggnog French Toast is soaked in a thick, creamy eggnog and served with cranberry syrup. Make eggnog specifically for french toast, or use leftover eggnog for a seasonally delicious breakfast!

Eggnog French Toast

This Eggnog French Toast is soaked in a thick, creamy eggnog and served with cranberry syrup. Make eggnog specifically for French toast, or use leftover eggnog for a seasonally delicious breakfast!

I’ve gushed a lot about French toast– and if you think YOU have heard a lot about it, imagine the poor husband.  Plus, he has to EAT it all the time too!  (You no longer feel sorry for him, I know).  At any rate– I think about French toast a lot.  Way more than is healthy.  Recently, while mixing up a batch of eggnog, I thought– “Soaking bread in this would make the best French toast EVER!  It’s thick, it’s creamy, and it would make my favorite breakfast even more ridiculously amazing.”  And, for the record– I was right.  Use your leftover eggnog (or whip up a fresh batch!) and make this Eggnog French Toast with Cranberry Sauce for a decadently rich winter breakfast.

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This Apple French Toast Bake is made with fresh apples-- cooked down and softened into a chunky applesauce-- dried dates, raisins, nuts, and chunks of French bread all tossed in a custard sauce and baked to perfection.

Apple French Toast Bake

This Apple French Toast Bake is made with fresh apples-- cooked down and softened into a chunky applesauce-- dried dates, raisins, nuts, and chunks of French bread all tossed in a custard sauce and baked to perfection.

Apple French Toast Bake

This Apple French Toast Bake is made with fresh apples– cooked down and softened into a chunky applesauce– dried dates, raisins, nuts, and chunks of French bread all tossed in a custard sauce and baked to perfection.

Have you ever been assigned a food to bring to a party?  As in– handed a recipe and told ‘bring this?’  Awhile back, I was helping organize a brunch party, and that’s exactly what happened.  I was supposed to make a baked pumpkin French toast– and, of course, I did.  As excited as I was to try it, I was a little teensy bit skeptical.  You see, I ADORE French Toast.  I’m convinced (and I’m pretty sure that I’m right) that regular French toast, made with a thick French loaf of bread, is just about the best breakfast on the planet.  How can you improve on perfection?  Why try?  Once the smell of baked fall yumminess started wafting through my entire apartment, however, I was sold.  I immediately decided that baked French toast was brilliant– and then promptly forgot all about it.  Recently, however, with the fall air returning and gorgeous seasonal apples showing up in the stores– I remembered the tasty baked breakfast, and decided to make an apple-icious version.  This Apple French Toast Bake is made with fresh apples– cooked, seasoned, and mashed into a chunky applesauce– as well as dried dates, raisins, nuts, chunks of French bread, and a custard sauce.

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Easy, Fluffy, Dairy Free Coconut Waffles

Dairy-Free Coconut Waffles

Easy, Fluffy, Dairy Free Coconut Waffles

Dairy Free Coconut Waffles

These easy-to-prepare Dairy-Free Coconut Waffles are light, fluffy, crispy, and delicious, and are ready in about 30 minutes.

Do you have favorite breakfast for lazy mornings?  An indulgent, decadent way to start your weekend?  As much as I love French Toast,  there’s a special place in my breakfast-loving heart for waffles.  Not just any waffles, mind you– I want the pinnacle of waffles– the crowning glory of waffledom– the fluffy, crisp, and enormous Belgian Waffle.  These Dairy-Free Coconut Waffles are full of the rich, nutty flavor from coconut milk, coconut oil, and of course– shredded coconut.  Best of all, they’re ready in about 30 minutes.

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These savory, vegan-friendly stone ground Overnight Grits are cooked in a slow cooker while you sleep. Top them with green onions and diced tomatoes, or cheese and a runny egg.

Overnight Grits

These savory, vegan-friendly stone ground Overnight Grits are cooked in a slow cooker while you sleep. Top them with green onions and diced tomatoes, or cheese and a runny egg.

Overnight Grits

These savory, vegan-friendly stone-ground Overnight Grits are cooked in a slow cooker while you sleep.  Top them with green onions and diced tomatoes, or cheese and a runny egg.  Or all of the above!

Do you love grits?  Personally, I adore grits, and would be happy eating them at any time of day.  I have a special place in my heart, however, for grits that are ready for me to eat when I wake up in the morning.  (Who am I kidding?  I love any food that’s ready for me when I wake up!)  Sometimes this happens when the husband takes pity on my pitiful, sleepy self, and makes breakfast for me.  Other times, however, it happens when I throw (literally– THROW!) food into the slow cooker before bed.  (Okay, you’re on to me.  I’m not nearly coordinated enough to ‘throw’ food… I ‘pour’ it).
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Vegetarian Applesauce & Blueberry Crepes - For a delicious, sweet yet healthy treat, or a decadent breakfast

Applesauce and Blueberry Crêpes

Vegetarian Applesauce & Blueberry Crêpes - For a delicious, sweet yet healthy treat, or a decadent breakfast

Applesauce Crepes with Blueberries

These Applesauce & Blueberry Crêpes are stuffed with homemade applesauce spiced with cardamom, and topped with warm, delicious blueberries that have been heated until they burst.

Can I tell you something shocking?  Here it is– Up until recently, I’d forgotten about crêpes.  I hadn’t forgotten they existed, of course, but it had been a couple years since I gleefully devoured a French crêpe.  And, let me just tell you, I love, love, love crêpes.  I love them so much, that I briefly considered making a mille-crêpe cake for my wedding.  Even so, I’d forgotten about my love for these über-thin French pancakes.  Recently, however, while on our epic, cross-country expedition, the husband and I stopped at Michael’s Corner, a French creperie in Durango, Colorado.  While I dug into the creperie’s ridiculously fabulous food, I cried, “We have to move here so I can eat these every day!”  Next, I decided that even if we did move to Durango for the crêpes, I probably couldn’t afford to eat out EVERY day.  When I got home, I dusted off my crêpe pan, and started cooking.
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How to Make Lox- Easy, Delicious, and Afforable

Cooking 101: How to Make Lox

Do you wish you could take a basic cooking class?  Do you find yourself buying lots of pre-made ingredients, but suspect your food would taste even better from scratch?  Periodically, Champagne Tastes will be featuring ‘Cooking 101’ recipes.  These cooking staples will take your food to the next level, and will help you make more ingredients from scratch.

How to Make Lox- Easy, Delicious, and Afforable

How to Make Lox

Every time we stay somewhere with a really nice breakfast buffet, the husband’s eyes dart back and forth until he finds what he’s looking for– piles of either lox or smoked salmon.  He is immediately on a mission, making a beeline past the glistening piles of fruit, eggs, and fluffy waffles, and straight to the seafood.  Only after he finishes devouring one, sometimes two, bagels, always overflowing with cream cheese and salmon, does he move on to the other options.  If you, like him, get positively giddy when you see lox, you may have had the same crushed look that he had on his face when he saw what lox costs to buy pre-made.  Even if you find a good price, pre-made lox typically comes in teeny-tiny, sad little packages.  It was therefore, with some relief, to both my wallet and to the husband, to realize that lox is INCREDIBLY simple to make at home.  For this ‘Cooking 101’ lesson, ‘How to Make Lox,’ we’ll take on those pretty pink salmon fillets and turn them into a delicious breakfast topping.

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Masala Spiced Chia Pudding- Make this Vegan Breakfast or Dessert by mixing seeds, milk or milk substitute, sweetener, and Indian spices, and leaving it in the fridge for at least 4 hours.

Masala Spiced Chia Pudding

Masala Spiced Chia Pudding- Make this Vegan Breakfast or Dessert by mixing seeds, milk or milk substitute, sweetener, and Indian spices, and leaving it in the fridge for at least 4 hours.

Masala Spiced Chia Pudding

Do you ever feel like being an adult is just, maybe a little bit, too hard?  You’re expected to do responsible things, like keep clean sheets on your bed, wash windows, and go to work whether you feel like it or not.  Unbelievable, I know.  And then, sometimes you try to get away with NOT ‘adulting,’ and realize, with disgust, that you actually prefer sleeping on clean sheets, and it may, just possibly, be worth the effort. Today’s recipe, Masala Spiced Chia Pudding, will help you feel both like a responsible adult– Yay! You’re eating a healthy breakfast!– and like you’re gleefully getting away with something– Ha! Pudding for breakfast!

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