Strawberry Breakfast Pastries

Strawberry Breakfast Pastries quickly come together with just five ingredients - surprise your love with Valentine's Day breakfast in bed!

Where’s the heart-eyes emoji when you need it?! Are these heart-shaped Strawberry Breakfast Pastries not the cutest thing ever??

It’s just over a week until Valentine’s Day and I¬†love any excuse to celebrate love! (And with the world in the crazy state that it is, we could all use a little more love.)

J and I don’t make a fuss for Valentine’s Day, but we do always make a delicious dinner together and pop open a nice bottle of wine. I also love to make a heart-shaped celebratory breakfast. Last year I made heart-shaped Lemon Ricotta pancakes, and this year, we’re having these heart-shaped Strawberry Breakfast Pastries.

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Hard Boiled Eggs with Avocado Toast

Here we have a perfect marriage of two of my favourite foods: eggs and avocados. My love of avocados runs deep; I can easily devour a whole avocado every day, slicing half on toast and half on a salad later in the day. My husband gives me such a hard time about all of the avocados I eat ūüėČ (Can’t stop, won’t stop!)

Avocado toast is the perfect avocado vessel for fanatics like me. (Psst, for some fun reading, check out How the Internet became ridiculously obsessed with avocado toast and My fruitful search for the origins of avocado toast.)

To pair with avocado toast, I like to add a hard boiled egg. Along with the healthy fats in the avocado, eggs provide tons of protein, vitamin D, B vitamins, and minerals such as zinc, iron and copper. Which means that Hard Boiled Eggs with Avocado Toast will keep you full, and doubles as a quick lunch.

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French Toast Fingers

French Toast Fingers are the ultimate breakfast finger food!

French Toast you can eat with your fingers! Rolled in a crunchy cinnamon sugar coating and ready to be dunked in maple syrup!

You’ll never guess where this recipe idea came from… my dad! Yep, my parents were on vacation in Phoenix, AZ, eating breakfast in a¬†random¬†cafe and noticed what looked like strips of french toast being carried past them, leaving their lingering cinnamony scent behind…

“Maresa!” my dad said the next time he saw me, “You’ve got to make French Toast Strips for¬†your blog!” And my mom wholeheartedly agreed.

 

The rest is history. All credit goes to my parents¬†for these French Toast Fingers. ūüėČ

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Blueberry Brunch Cake

 Blueberry Brunch Cake is packed with juicy blueberries, a hint of lemon zest, and generously sprinkled with a crumbly brown sugar oat topping. Perfect for a brunch party!

Blueberry Brunch Cake is packed with juicy blueberries, a hint of lemon zest, and generously sprinkled with a crumbly brown sugar oat topping. Perfect for a brunch party!

I have a couple of friends in my life whom I have known since I was 8 years old. We grew up together attending the same elementary school and living blocks away from each other. We went from kids who loved playing “house” to teenagers who were obsessed with clothes and boys.

As high school hit, our paths diverged as we went to different schools and found new friendships, but we all kept tabs on each other; there always seemed to be one common friend who kept in touch with all of us.

And as we left high school and started college and university and jobs, we reunited in various ways and at various times, and, as young adults with semi-serious boyfriends, living in our first apartments, studying toward degrees, working part-time jobs, we all became friends again.

Fast forward ten years and we are now in stable jobs, working on a Masters degree, married, homeowners, living in different cities, and/or with kids in tow – all of us in very different phases of life.

We met up last weekend, driving out of town to our homeowner friend’s home, where she welcomed us with a roaring fireplace and homemade baking.

And even though we hadn’t seen each other since my wedding last August and for many months prior to that, we fell back into a comfortable rhythm, laughing and sharing together.

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Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups

 Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is prepared in muffin cups to take to go! | Breakfast for Dinner

Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal is baked in muffin cups to take to go!

Baked Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal Cups is a great recipe to prepare in a large batch for the week ahead. They can be eaten like a nutrient-dense oatmeal muffin, or re-heated in a bowl with a splash of milk! I love grabbing one of these for breakfast after getting home from the gym, and munching in the bathroom as I get ready for work.

And the best part? They are gluten-free (if you use certified gluten-free oats) and naturally sweetened with a bit of maple syrup.

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Triple Berry Green Smoothie

 I love this Triple Berry Green Smoothie because it contains a full cup of spinach, and you can't even taste it!

It’s a new year! Have you embarked on any nutrition-related goals? After the indulgences of the holidays, it’s always nice to enjoy a mental reset and eat a little more mindfully. To me, eating mindfully doesn’t mean dieting (I don’t do dieting)¬†but I do pay more attention to what I’m putting in my mouth. And that basically means, eat more vegetables, eat less cookies. Eat more fruits, eat less bread.

A great way to sneak some healthy leafy greens and fruits into your day is to enjoy a breakfast smoothie. I love this Triple Berry Green Smoothie because it contains a full cup of spinach, and you can’t even taste it! Hidden healthiness is never a bad thing ūüėČ

This recipe would be great¬†to serve your kids – they’ll never know there’s spinach hiding in it! And there’s no¬†green colour that gives it away either.

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Rosemary Gin Fizz

 Rosemary Gin Fizz cocktail | Breakfast for Dinner

Happy Christmas Eve Eve! Only one day to go until Christmas!

Tomorrow morning J and I are catching a very early plane to Mexico to spend a week in the sun with my family. We aren’t doing any gift exchanging this year – our present to each other is the vacation together! I can’t wait. We’ve had such a rainy, snowy, and cold winter so far – it will feel so good to be blasted with some heat.

This will be my last post until 2017. And what better¬†way to celebrate than a Rosemary Gin Fizz cocktail?!¬†Cocktails may not be breakfast food, but they are certainly appropriate at a brunch party – or any other time of the day¬†after that. ūüėČ

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