Aromas in Williamsburg, VA, has a heart-stoppingly delicious breakfast: Brie stuffed french toast. Everything about it is delicious. The cheese: melted and gooey. The overall taste: sweet yet savory. The boy was even kind enough to run out of the hotel and bring some back for me when I developed a hankering the next day.
When we started eating healthfully, I knew I would have to make a slimmed down version of this dish. We started with brie, but when we found out that no grocery store near us carried light brie, we switched to Camembert. I think this actually was a great idea, because the Camembert has more flavor in and of itself. As such, it stands up better in a slimmed-down version of stuffed french toast.
For one stuffed french toast:
2 slices of bread (40 calories a slice, I recommend either Weight Watchers or Wonder Light Wheat)
1/4 cup egg white
1/4 cup sugar-free syrup (15 calories for 1/4 cup, Vermont Sugar Free)
1 ounce Camembret (80 calories)
Vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, etc.
Total: 205 calories
1-2 servings of grain
1 serving of protein
To make the slop for the french toast, put the egg white into a shallow bowl. Add 1/8th of a cup of sugar-free syrup, then sprinkle whatever you want as extra flavor. I usually add vanilla and cinnamon, and then either ground ginger or ground cloves. Go crazy--but I would recommend sticking to savory/sweet spices.
Take your ounce of Camembret, squish it up, and put it evenly between the bread slices. Dip the cheese sandwich (let's be honest, here) in the egg-white-dip. Coat your pan with cooking spray, and cook over medium-low heat on each side. When it's ready to be flipped, it will stop sizzling gently, and your spatula will slide cleanly underneath. Top with the remaining 1/8th cup of syrup, and you're good to go!
If you want, you can switch out some of the low-calorie ingredients (e.g. sugar-free syrup) with less processed ones (e.g. pure maple syrup)--just adjust your calorie expectations accordingly!
This is one of our favorites, and regularly makes it into our breakfast rotation. The boy gives this breakfast 8 yums out of 10.