The Foodie Physician: Dining with the Doc: Strawberry Stuffed French Toast
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Dining with the Doc: Strawberry Stuffed French Toast

Break out of your breakfast boredom with my Strawberry Stuffed French Toast


#thereciperedux #breakfast #brunch #frenchtoast #strawberry


I’m always looking for healthy and delicious breakfast ideas.  On workdays, I’m usually rushing out the door in the morning and prefer portable breakfasts to take on the go.  But on my days off, I love having a relaxing breakfast at home with my family.  When I have a good, hearty breakfast in the morning, it puts me in a good mood and gives me the energy to get my day going.



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So I was particularly excited about this month’s Recipe Redux theme- Break Out of Breakfast Boredom.  As cooks, we’re not always pressed for time in the mornings- we just need new ideas!  Don’t get stuck in a breakfast rut- breakfast doesn’t always have to be cereal, yogurt or oatmeal.  My Strawberry Stuffed French Toast is the perfect way to break out of your usual breakfast routine.  It’s a delicious and nutritious family-friendly dish that will make you feel like you’re indulging in a decadent treat.  French toast is stuffed with a creamy mixture of fresh strawberries, ricotta and Neufchâtel cheese.  How can you beat that?  Top it with some maple syrup and fresh berries for the perfect finishing touch.  Or for your young eaters, cut the French toast into triangles or sticks and serve with maple syrup on the side as a dipping sauce.


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Strawberry Stuffed French Toast  
Makes 4 servings


Ingredients:
½ cup part skim ricotta cheese
2 ounces Neufchâtel cheese, at room temperature
1 ½ teaspoons vanilla extract, divided use
1 teaspoon lemon juice
3 teaspoons coconut sugar or honey, divided
8 slices of whole grain bread
1 cup sliced strawberries plus extra for garnish
2 large eggs
½ cup milk, any type
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
Oil or butter, for the griddle
Optional: maple syrup for serving


Directions:
Mix the ricotta cheese, Neufchâtel cheese, 1 teaspoon vanilla, lemon juice and 2 teaspoons sugar (or honey) together in a bowl.  Spread equal amounts of the filling on each slice of bread.  Arrange strawberry slices on the surface of 4 slices of bread and top them with the other 4 slices of bread, forming 4 sandwiches. 

Whisk the eggs, milk, cinnamon, ½ teaspoon vanilla, and 1 teaspoon sugar (or honey) together in a bowl or shallow dish. 

Heat a griddle or large skillet over
medium heat and brush with a small amount
of oil or butter. Dip each sandwich into the
egg mixture for a few seconds on each side
and then place them on the griddle. Cook
3–4 minutes until golden brown, then flip and cook another 3–4 minutes on the second side.
Transfer the sandwiches to a cutting board and let them cool slightly. Cut into triangles. Serve with fresh strawberries and a little maple syrup.

One serving: Calories 286; Fat 9.3g (Sat 4.7g); Protein 15.9g; Carb 32.7g; Fiber 4.9g; Sodium 357mg



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Since breakfast really is my favorite meal of the day, I've got plenty of recipes on the blog.  Here's a little round- up of some of my faves- enjoy!



#breakfast #pancakes #muffins #dutchbaby #strata #smoothiebowl #quinoa

        Apple Dutch Baby                                                  Sweet Potato Pancakes
        Tropical Smoothie Bowl                                          Rise & Shine Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins
        Strawberry Almond Breakfast Quinoa                   Spinach, Mushroom and Gruyere Strata
        Zucchini and Corn Frittata                                     Raspberry Almond Chia Pudding

Check out to below to see what my fellow Recipe Reduxers are serving up for breakfast!

43 comments :

  1. I remember seeing the recipe for your Berry & Ricotta Stuffed French Toast in your book, and ahhh....I still need to make it! *-* You have so many delicious-lookin' breakfast recipes on your blog! :D! I neeeddd to make these! *-*

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    1. Stuffed French Toast is my jam :) Thanks Farrah, let me know if you try any of them out!

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  2. Yum! I love the ricotta/cream cheese mixture. Perfect recipe for brunch!

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  3. I need to make this ASAP!!! I love the flavor combo!

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  4. I have not had strawberries for some time because it's not a season here in the Netherlands. I simply can't wait for summer to start adding them to my breakfasts! :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by Agness! Maybe you can try the recipe with whatever fruit is currently in season :)

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  5. Gorgeous!! Oh my gosh, this looks so tasty! I will be trying this soon.

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  6. So yummy and pretty too! Delicious and nutritious (or as I like to say, Nutritioulicious) indeed! Can't wait to make this for my girls!

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    1. Definitely nutritioulicious! I hope your girls like it- Sienna did!

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  7. Yum! You broke WAY out of breakfast boredom - this looks like a breakfast that would have me springing out of bed in the morning!

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  8. Such a fun recipe!! I just love anything strawberry!

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  9. This looks like the perfect weekend breakfast! Indulgent but healthy!

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    1. Thanks, Rachel! It's perfect for Sunday brunch.

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  10. This looks amaaazing! I loveee stuffed french toast recipes as they're so much more delicious than regular ol' french toast!

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    1. Thanks, Kristy! I love stuffed French toast too and the great thing is that you can customize it and use your favorite ingredients.

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  11. This would be a wonderful Sunday breakfast! You have been a great inspiration at getting more fruit in my diet, and this will be another great way.

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    1. Thanks so much! Yes, this is definitely an easy way to incorporate more fruit into your diet. You can even do a mixture of fruit- strawberries and bananas would be delicious or blueberries and peaches.

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  12. Can't pin this stufed French toast fast enough!

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  13. How creative! I would expect nothing less from the Foodie Physician herself! Nice work Sonali!

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  14. This French toast is stunning!! It also has spring written all over it :) Thanks for giving me a new craving!!

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  15. my son had stuffed french toast (gluten-free even!) out at a restaurant on sunday for his birthday brunch. it was our first taste and we are hooked! so glad to see yours... i know he'll be asking for it at home now!!

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    1. That's great, Gretchen- your son has good taste! Stuffed French toast is always a treat :)

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  16. I want a do-over for breakfast today! This looks absolutely amazing!!!

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    1. Haha, that's awesome EA! Maybe you can try it tomorrow :)

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  17. This is such a unique idea and I can only imagine how amazing these flavors must taste together - such a great breakfast!

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  18. This has my name all over it! You really made some healthy swaps here and it looks amazing. Hope to give it a try this weekend- we are just getting fresh Florida strawberries in the store :-)

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    1. Thanks Julie, I hope you give it a try! I love when beautiful fresh strawberries start showing up at the market (although living in Florida, I'm a little bit spoiled)!

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  19. I've seen these toasts on Instagram, and I really am impressed. These look fabulous. Unfortunately I don't know the second kind of cheese (I assume it resembles cream cheese), but together with ricotta and strawberries, that's such a delicious festive treat! Well done, Sonali!

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    1. Thanks so much Ben! Yes, the Neufchâtel cheese is like reduced fat cream cheese. It adds a nice creaminess to the filling.

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  20. YUM!! This looks amazing! What a fun way to do breakfast! I love it! Also, I just made a peanut butter sammie and added strawberries and banana in the middle!! Such a game changer! SO good! Thanks for sharing!
    Xoxo Cailee!

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    1. Thanks, Cailee! Peanut butter, strawberries and banana sounds like a delicious combination! Perhaps I'll use it the next time I make stuffed French toast :)

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  21. Looks amazing. I can't wait to try this recipe. Especially when it's in the height of strawberry season.

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  22. Hi Sonali! I'm going to make this recipe for this month's Recipe ReDux! It looks delicious- thank you so much for sharing it. I'll let you know how it turns out! Have a lovely day :D

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