Breakfast for Dinner

Tonight I had my stupid face on while standing in front of the fridge.  Seriously.  It was one of those moments, where you just can’t figure out exactly what you want to eat.  I honestly have no idea how this came to me, because the chipped beef was hiding way in the back of the fridge, but I decided to go for a southern breakfast fave tonight.

Creamed Chipped Beef over an ezekiel english muffin and some canteloupe.

If you’ve never had it before, it’s pretty much sausage gravy minus the sausage, plus chipped beef.  What?  You’ve never heard of chipped beef?  Well you’ve obviously never lived south of the Mason Dixon Line either ;).  Allow me to introduce you.

King of Processed Beef 😉

First you chop and rinse it.  That’s right.  Rinse it.  Why?

That 1370 mg of sodium is why :P.  It even says to rinse it on the container.  And it’s what my grandpa told me to do

Cook for 2-3 minutes over medium heat making sure not to burn the four.  We’re creating a roux for the gravy here folks.  Now start adding  in your milk and wait until each addition thickens until you add more.  I added half of a third of a cup at first (I was using a 1/3 cup measurer :)).  After the first addition…

Add in 1/4 to 1/2 cup increments until all of the liquid is added.

When making a gravy, the general rule of thumb is one cup of liquid to each tablespoon of fat in the roux and for the fat to flour ratio in the roux, it’s 1:1.  And I always err on the side of too thick, because you can always thin it out by adding more liquid.  Making it thicker after the fact is quite a bit trickier!

I topped an ezekiel english muffin with mine.  So good and thick!

Maybe the ezekiel english muffin was a subconscious effort to balance out the fortuitous featuring of processed beef here ;)!   Add some delicious canteloupe and you have breakfast for dinner!

Oh, and my actual breakfast was equally amazing, but will require no instruction.  Just a few friendly tips ;).

I sliced up some bresh baked cracked wheat bread from the grocery store and sliced it up into 1-inch thick pieces.  I let them sit out for a few hours before I started.  This lets them dry out a bit so that they can soak up more egg. 

The best french toast you will ever have will be made from “almost hard enough to kill people stale bread” ;).  Seriously.  The recipe did originate as a means to use up stale bread instead of throwing it away!

On top are frozen peaches thawed in a saute pan with a splash of water and some sweetener until the water reduces a bit and the peaches are warmed.  Plus a few tablespoons of real maple syrup (which I hadn’t added yet!).  I will spare you the lecture, but please treat yourself to real maple syrup and never look back!  It’s worth it!

Until tomorrow… 😀


I Dream of Peanut Butter

Peanut butter was totally the theme for my afternoon.  This is going to be a quick post, so here goes.  My lunch was partly eaten on the way home from pilates, so there was no photo.  It was a Pumpkin Pie Kashi fruit and grain bar.  These are so great in a pinch.  When I got home I had a small peanut butter and raspberry preserve sandwich with two monster organic strawberries.

The bread is Wheat Montana brand Cracked 9-grain Loaf.  The ingredients list on it is stellar.  No preservatives or artificial or overly refined ingredients! 

This afternoon, I baked the best bread ever.  I made peanut butter bread.  If you’re drooling on your keyboard right now, your imagination is dead on.  Go ahead.  Keep drooling.  Or you can just scroll down a little further and take a glimpse at the glorious combination of peanut butter and flour.  I grabbed the recipe from this butt kickin’ blog

I added one of these baby bananas all mashed up (should have thrown something in there for scale).

To compensate, I only added a 1/4 of a cup of sugar and cut it down to 1 1/4 cups of almond milk.  My dinner was pretty much me revisiting this loaf at least four times tonight.  Maybe not the most balanced meal, but who’s perfect? 😉 

After the peanut butter bread, I went to the gym and ran ~3 miles.  I ran .25 miles in my new five fingers.  I’m totally in love with them 😀 . 

Vibram Five Fingers 😀