Since Father’s Day is right around the corner (June 15th) the lovely folks at ‘Green OK Please‘ approached me to come up with a dish for Dads, using Organic Ingredients – how could I say no? In this day and age, with health problems and stress levels on the rise, putting together a healthy breakfast for Dad seemed a great way to start Father’s Day!
In case you haven’t heard, ‘Green OK Please‘ is an online store which focuses strongly on sustainable and organic produce, supporting both rural and urban communities. Founded by Shweta Foulger and Rashi Goel, ‘Green OK Please‘ focuses on reducing our environmental impact by selling products that are not only eco-friendly and locally sourced, but also affordable. I was thrilled to partner with them for this special recipe because procuring Organic produce can be difficult, not to mention expensive! Based out of Pune, they have several payment options, including Cash on Delivery (YAY!) and probably one of the loveliest website designs I’ve come across. You can find them online here.
Now, back to Father’s Day – my Dad is a huge breakfast person, but his skills in the kitchen are quite limited, apart from grilling meat and making smoothies (he does try to eat healthy!) so I thought I’d try something simple and satisfying, which he would be able to replicate on his own. I’ve also tried to use the healthiest and most Organic ingredients I could get my hands on, but even if you can’t, it’s no biggie.
Instead of the traditional sweet French Toast or the regular Eggs on Toast combo, I thought it would be interesting to combine the two, sort of like a savoury French Toast (otherwise known as the English ‘Eggy Bread’). For added freshness, I wanted to use seasonal Fruits (I used Mango and Musk Melon, but feel free to switch it up according to your preferences) along with a Cinnamon-Honey-Almond Yogurt to offset the savoury Eggy Bread. Serve with a steaming hot cup of Coffee and your Dad’s good to go! Here’s what happened:
For the Eggy Bread
2 slices Multigrain/Wholewheat bread (thick and preferably a bit stale)
2 tbsp Milk
1 tbsp Green Chili (fresh, chopped)
1 tbsp Black Pepper Powder*
½ tsp Rock Salt*
2 tsp Butter (for cooking in the pan)
Add the Eggs to a broad, flat-bottomed bowl and whisk gently with a fork while adding in the Milk, Oregano and Black Pepper Powder and Rock Salt. Soak one slice of Bread at a time, giving it about 2 minutes on each side.
To a hot, non-stick pan, add the 1 tsp Butter and turn it around the pan so that it coats the bottom evenly before adding in the first slice of bread. Shake the pan and flip the bread every 30 seconds or so just so that it doesn’t stick, until you get a lovely brown caramelised colour on each side.
Remove from the pan and repeat with the second slice of bread. When you’re done, wipe the pan down with a paper towel and set aside – you’ll need it for the Almonds later.
When you bite into the crisp Eggy Bread you’ll almost be fooled into thinking it was soaked in cheese just because of that magical gooey-ness which is actually the Egg!
For the Yogurt
½ cup Yogurt
2 tbsp Organic Honey*
1 tsp Cinnamon Powder*
4-5 Almonds (whole, unsalted)
Pre-soak half the quantity of Almonds in warm water the night before – this just makes the proteins in them easier for the body to digest and absorb. Heat the same pan you used before, wait til it’s hot and toss in the remaining dry almonds as well as the peeled ones (the skin will come off after soaking). Dry roast them together but keep tossing them around so they won’t burn. When they begin to take on colour, set aside til they cool down and then roughly chop them up for the topping. Whisk the Yogurt with a fork until smooth, add in the Cinnamon and Honey while continuing to mix and top with the Almonds.
Organic Honey has a lovely, light sweetness – not as dense and overpowering as other packaged varieties and it’s also got a lighter consistency. Cinnamon has a gorgeous earthiness to it and is a great condiment to add depth to even the simplest of combinations. Of course, the Almonds add that superb crunch to the Yogurt, but in case you’re not a nutty kind of person then you could substitute it with any other kind of grain or seed that’s healthy.
For the Fruit
1 tbsp Lime juice (fresh)
Chop the Fruit, add a squeeze of Lime juice to season and serve! By the way, I had NO idea what a fantastic combination Mango chunks and Lime juice were – seriously, it’s life changing.
*P.S. all the highlighted ingredients here are available in the Green OK Please online store! 🙂