April Fool's Day Menu

picture of breakfast items on wooden table

It's breakfast for dinner! Spinach and Meat cakes make a great alternative to bacon or sausages.

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April Fool's Day Menu

Fantastic French Toast
Crunchy Berry Parfait
Spinach and Meat Cakes  OR  Sure to Please Baked Eggs and Cheesevegetarian icon
Orange Delight Juice

= Vegetarian Option

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Fantastic French Toast

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

Makes 6 servings.

french toast with oranges on the side 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)


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 visit Fantastic French Toast at What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl.

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.

white yogurt in a glass bowl with strawberries and granola on top 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)


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

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

Spinach and Meat Cakes

Pretty in pink! Enjoy this colorful and flavorful salad at a picnic or cookout with family and friends.

Makes 6 servings.

spinach and meat cakes on a plate with a tantalizing crumb on the side 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


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 visit Spinach and Meat Cakes at What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl.

Sure to Please Baked Eggs & Cheese

Makes 4 servings.

baked eggs in a casserole dish with oregano on top and oranges as a garnish 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


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 visit Sure to Please Baked Eggs and Cheese at What's Cooking? USDA Mixing Bowl.

Orange Delight Juice

Makes 4 servings.

a clear tea cup with juice in it and a banana, orange and apple in the background Ingredients

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


1. Blend at high speed in blender until frothy.

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