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April Fool's Day

It's breakfast for dinner! Spinach and meat cakes make a great alternative to bacon or sausages. If you are teaching a SNAP-Ed Cooking class, you can use Food Safety resources to teach about proper meat handling.

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French toast on a plate with orange slices

Fantastic French Toast

Start your day with this classic breakfast recipe and serve it with fresh or canned fruit.

Makes 6 servings.

Ingredients

  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/2 cup non-fat milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 6 slices whole wheat bread
  • syrup or other toppings (optional)

Directions

  1. Preheat the griddle over medium heat, or set an electric frying pan at 375 degrees.
  2. Put eggs, milk, and vanilla in a pie pan or shallow bowl and beat with a fork until well mixed.
  3. Grease the griddle or pan with a thin layer of oil or use nonstick spray.
  4. Dip both sides of bread, one slice at a time, in the egg mixture and cook on the hot griddle or frying pan.
  5. Cook on one side until golden brown. Turn the bread over to cook the other side. It will take about 4 minutes on each side.
  6. Optional: serve with syrup, applesauce, fruit slices, or jam.

For nutrition information, please visit Fantastic French Toast at What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl.


3 bowls of parfait and strawberries on a green napkin

Crunchy Berry Parfait

So quick, so easy, and so delicious! This parfait is a favorite among kids and adults alike. Use soy yogurt instead of regular yogurt for those who can't have dairy.

Makes 1 serving.

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup yogurt, non-fat vanilla
    1 cup blueberries or strawberries (fresh or frozen thawed)
    1/2 cup low-fat granola (or crunchy cereal)

Directions

  1. Spoon yogurt into glass, then top with fruit and granola.

For nutrition information, please visit Crunchy Berry Parfait at What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl.


stack of spinach and meat cakes on a white plate

Spinach and Meat Cakes

Enjoy these spinach and meat cakes over brown rice, and with a side of roasted sweet potatoes.

Makes 6 servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef, or turkey, 7% fat (93% lean)
  • 16 ounces frozen spinach chopped (may substitute a 2 bunches of fresh spinach)
  • 1/2 onion (small, finely chopped)
  • 2 garlic clove (minced)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • black pepper (to taste)
  • 3 cups brown rice

Directions

  1. Preheat frying pan (no oil).
  2. Combine all ingredients except brown rice in a large mixing bowl. Mix well.
  3. Form mixture into 12 small balls. Place in frying pan and flatten into patties using a spatula.
  4. Cook over medium heat until cooked on both sides.
  5. Serve over brown rice.

For nutrition information, please visit Spinach and Meat Cakes at What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl.


baked eggs and cheese in a baking dish with oranges slices on top

Sure to Please Baked Eggs & Cheese

Add your favorite veggies to dress up this cheese and egg dish, or serve with fresh salsa.

Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 6 eggs
  • 1/2 cup non-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup low-fat cheese (grated)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons oregano

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Put oil in a medium baking dish or small cake pan and heat in the oven for a few minutes.
  3. In a bowl, beat eggs. Mix in remaining ingredients. Pour into hot pan.
  4. Bake 20 minutes or until eggs are firm. Serve immediately.

For nutrition information, please visit Sure to Please Baked Eggs & Cheese at What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl.


overhead view of orange delight juice in a glass

Orange Delight Juice

Fruity and flavorful, this delightful juice is full of fruit, honey, and cinnamon. Enjoy!

Makes 4 servings.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 banana
  • 1 cup apple juice
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/8 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 cup ice (crushed)

Directions

  1. Blend at high speed in blender until frothy.

For nutrition information, please visit Orange Delight Juice at What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl.