20 November 2012

A Partial Healthier Full English a/k/a English Breakfast

Breakfast. The most important meal of the day. I think "they" (whoever they are) also forgot to say, it can be the most monotonous meal of the day. We always find ourselves eating the same thing, over...& over...& over...& over...well you get the drift. That's why here at Casa Walczak we are making a concerted effort to eat something other than eggs & potatoes or pancakes for breakfast. So we decided to travel to England for our next breakfast try. Well not really. I picked up The Kind Diet by Alicia Silverstone & decided to take a cue from her.

A traditional English Breakfast, also known as a full breakfast will have: fried eggs, grilled tomatoes, baked beans, toast, mushrooms, grilled or fried pork, sausages, & potatoes. Sounds like a heart stopper to me, & a butt increaser. Two things, I do not need. But having been inspired by The Kind Diet I made a very partial English Breakfast. I loved it (so did Hubby..despite having fewer taste buds & a total lack of smell because of his cold)! It was good. Most importantly it was not eggs & hashbrowns.

Here is what you need: 1 bunch Kale leaves, sliced; 4-6 diagonal slices of French Baguette; 1 block White Smoked Cheddar Cheese, cut into thin slices; 7.5 ounces Vegetarian Baked Beans; 1/2 medium Tomato, sliced; 1-2 Tbsp Olive Oil; Salt and Pepper.

Here is what you do:
Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

In a saute pan on medium heat add olive oil, let heat. Add the kale and saute gently, stirring periodically. Saute kale to your desired softness. However, five minutes before kale is finished cooking add the tomatoes. Stir the pan ingredients together.

On a baking sheet add the slices of baguette, then place on top of each slice a single layer of cheese. Place cheese covered bread into the oven, and bake approximately 8-10 minutes, until cheese is melted and bread is very mildly toasted. Remove cheese bread from the oven.

Reduce the oven heat to 250 degrees.

Spoon baked beans onto the top of the cheese bread in your desired amount. Place the bread back into the oven (at the reduced temperature) for another 5-8 minutes. Remove the baked bean covered bread from the oven.

On a dish, add the sauteed kale and baked bean covered bread. Salt and pepper to taste. Serve!!

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