French Toast with Raspberry Compote!

We celebrated my 57th birthday and Mother’s Day in France this May. What a spectacular vacation. Of course I had to come home and share a French inspired meal and I think you are going to love it! This is my French Toast with Raspberry Compote, a breakfast guaranteed to please!
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The French are All About The Pastry For Breakfast

Croissants, French Bread, toast with preserves, you name the bread, the French will eat it for breakfast. Did we have this exact breakfast in France. Nope. Never. But it was inspired by the French love of pastry and preserves.

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Where We Went and What We Did:

This trip was all about visiting our daughter, son in law, and grand baby Minna, who live in the heart of Paris.

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And while we did have my 57th birthday dinner at Les Ombres near the Eiffel Tower, we spent the next several days in Barbizon.

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Barbizon is a small town about an hours drive from Paris. While there we shopped for food at open markets, perused the art shops, and took walks through the forest on the way to our in laws house for meals in the garden.

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If you go to Paris I highly recommend spending a couple of days in Barbizon or nearby Fountainebleau. The French certainly do appreciate beauty. At every turn there seems to be  something charming to catch your eye.

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And don’t even get me started on the parks in France. The most exquisite, well thought out and relaxing parks I have ever seen!

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A Trip To Trouville:

After visiting Paris and Barbizon we packed up and headed to Trouville, a small, quiet beach community in Normandy. Quaint is an understatement and the beaches were pristine!

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Off to Chateau de Chambord!

So, do you want to visit France yet? How could you not? Our last few days in France were spent at the Chateau De Chambord. Yes, this is real life.

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We toured, ate, relaxed, ate, boated, ate, slept, ate and ate. My pants are tight. I am not happy about it, but c’est la vie!

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Now, Onto The French Toast!

I serve this vanilla laced French toast loaded with berries and drizzled with homemade raspberry compote. The compote only takes about 15 minutes to make and adds a beautiful splash of bright fuchsia! The compote can be served hot or cold and stores well in the fridge for five days. If you want to make the compote sugar free,  I recommend using Lankanto a natural 1:1 sweetening option! If you need a good gluten free bread I recommend New Grains Bakery. They ship to your door. I order and stock up the freezer.

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The Recipe: French Toast with Raspberry Compote! (GF, DF and Sugar free options offered)

What you need: if making this recipe sugar free, in place of sugar I recommend Lankanto a natural 1:1 sweetening option made with monk fruit and Stevia powder! If you need a good pan, read this <—click! If you need a good gluten free bread I recommend New Grains Bakery. They ship to your door. I order and stock up the freezer. To make this recipe dairy free use your favorite almond milk or make your own!

5 from 14 votes
French Toast with Berries and Raspberry Compote
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
 

A beautiful, elegant French Toast with Raspberry Compote. Gluten free, dairy free and sugar free options offered.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: French
Keyword: breakfast, dairy free, french toast, gluten free, sugar free
Servings: 4 servings
Ingredients
Raspberry Compote
  • 3 cups fresh raspberries, rinsed
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar (or Lankanto a natural low carb sweetener linked above)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoons water
French Toast
  • 8 pieces of your favorite bread (I use GF sour dough from New Grains Bakery linked above)
  • 4 eggs, whisked
  • 2/3 cups milk or almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla or vanilla paste
  • 4 tablespoons butter, ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 pinch sea salt
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries, for topping
  • powdered sugar, for garnish, optional
Instructions
Raspberry Compote
  1. Add all ingredients to a saucepan, mix well, bring to a boil

  2. Reduce heat and simmer for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally

  3. Fruit should begin to break down and thicken. The longer you cook the thicker it will become so use your own judgement. When compote looks like a thin syrupy jam, turn off heat. If you wish to remove seeds (completely optional), pour through a screen colander and use a spatula to push liquids through screen, discard seeds. Use compote warm or cold. Can be stored covered in the fridge for 4-5 days or frozen for a month.

French Toast
  1. Whisk eggs, add milk and vanilla, whisk more

  2. Place pan or skillet on medium heat. When pan is hot, melt butter, ghee or coconut oil. Make sure pan is evenly covered with oil

  3. Add bread to pan and cook until golden brown on each side

  4. Top with berries and compote, garnish with powdered sugar if desired

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Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl

Breakfast, they say it’s the most important meal of the day. Apparently the thinking goes that if you start the day off with a healthy meal you’ll be more likely to keep making healthy choices the rest of the day. I agree with that line of thinking, so I came up with this Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowl. Beautiful isn’t it?
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Why a Smoothie Bowl?

Smoothie bowls aren’t that different than a smoothie served in a glass, but serving in a bowl allows you to add toppings like the ones I use here: fruit, coconut, and granola, making your morning smoothie a little more substantial and filling…not to mention pretty.

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Breakfast in Less Than Five Minutes!

Simply add ingredients to the blender, and while it does it’s job you can slice a banana and a few berries, grab the granola and voila! A healthy breakfast in a snap.

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The Recipe: Mixed Berry Smoothie Bowls!

Tips and what you’ll need: a good quality blender. I love my Blentec! If you want to use rich, creamy homemade almond milk in this recipe <—click!

5 from 11 votes
Mixed Berry Smoothie
Prep Time
5 mins
 

A quick, simple, healthy breakfast! I offer this recipe using dairy and non dairy choices.

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: easy breakfast recipe, smoothie bowl
Servings: 2 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 2 cups your favorite milk (almond milk, whole cow's milk, coconut milk etc)
  • 1 1/2 cups frozen strawberries
  • 1 cup frozen blueberries
  • 6 pitted dates
Toppings:
  • banana slices, berries, shredded coconut, granola
Instructions
  1. Place two cups milk (almond or cow) into blender, add dates and berries, blend until smooth. If you need to thin out smoothie, add up to a 1/2 cup more milk. Pour into bowls and top with granola, shredded coconut, and berries! Serve and enjoy!

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Herbed Chicken Breast with Carrot Purée and Brown Butter

When we visit our cabin in Sundance, Utah, we often eat at a little farm to table restaurant nearby. They serve an amazing Herbed Chicken Breast with Carrot Purée and Brown Butter that we just love. When we return home we always crave that meal. So I recreated it, and you my lucky friends get to reap the rewards!
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The Chicken:

Brined for 30 minutes, smothered in herbs and then cooked with the skin on, this chicken breast is anything but dry and tasteless. Browned in a skillet and then oven finished, so you have that fabulous combination of crispy skin and tender meat. This meal is casual enough for everyday and special enough for romantic celebrations.

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THREE KEYS TO MAKING A PERFECTLY TENDER CHICKEN BREAST:

  1. Bone in, skin on! The bone and the skin make for the most flavorful, tender chicken breast.
  2. Brine: Don’t be intimidated! It’s as simple as soaking the chicken in salt water for 30 minutes.
  3. Start on the cooktop, finish in the oven. Tender inside, crispy outside. And there you have it! How easy is that?

The Carrot Purée and Brown Butter:

There is nothing better than taking a forkful of this savory herbed chicken and swirling it around in that bed of sweet carrot purée and browned butter. If you have never tasted brown butter, it has a caramelized nutty flavor that basically makes this meal a little piece of heaven.

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The Recipe: Herbed Chicken Breast with Carrot Purée and Brown Butter

Tips and what you will need: People often overcook chicken, making it dry. Resist that temptation! You will need a food processor or blender, an oven safe pan and a good sea salt: I use fine himalayan sea salt for brining.

5 from 6 votes
Herbed Chicken Breast with Carrot Purée and Brown Butter
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
45 mins
 

A tender chicken breast, rubbed with herbs and served with whipped carrots and brown butter!

Course: dinner
Keyword: brown butter, carrot puree, herbed chicken, Paleo, roasted chicken
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 4 chicken breasts, bone in skin on
  • 1/3 cup kosher salt, or Himalayan sea salt (for brining)
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • pepper, to taste
  • garlic powder, to taste
  • 4 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves stripped and chopped (you can use extra sprigs for garnish)
  • 2 tablespoons freshly chopped parsley
  • 4 cups carrots, peeled and sliced 1/4" thick
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons butter, separated
Instructions
  1. Place 6 cups water into a large bowl, add sea salt and stir. Add chicken breasts. Go do something productive or take a nap while chicken brines for 30 minutes

  2. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place oven rack in upper third of oven

  3. Remove breasts from salt water and pat dry with paper towel. Brush chicken skin with a little olive oil. Sprinkle with garlic powder, sea salt and pepper. Rub gently into skin

  4. Heat oven safe pan on cooktop on med /high heat for two minutes. Add olive oil. When oil is hot add chicken, skin side down to pan, cooking until golden brown, lowering heat if necessary (about five minutes)

  5. Turn chicken skin side up, sprinkle with thyme and transfer pan to oven and cook for 20-30 minutes depending on the size of chicken breast.

  6. While chicken breasts are cooking, make carrots and brown butter:

  7. Place a medium size sauce pan on cooktop on high heat, add broth. Bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer. Add carrots and cook until soft and much of the broth has evaporated (about 8 minutes) NOTE: if the carrots are soft but you feel like there is too much broth left in the pan, pour broth into a small bowl and use only if needed to thin our puree

  8. Pour into carrots and what's left of broth into processor or blender, add 2 tablespoons butter, a pinch of sea salt and pepper and blend until smooth. Place back in pan and keep warm while you make brown butter:

  9. Place a very small pan on medium heat, add 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter. Simmer butter, stirring frequently for about five minutes. Be patient. Butter will bubble, then become frothy and finally the center will erupt with a golden color. Immediately turn off heat and stir. Your butter is now browned! 

  10. When chicken breasts are done, plate food: Divide carrots evenly onto four plates, top with chicken, drizzle with brown butter and garnish with parsley and a few remaining sprigs of thyme. Eat up!

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Easy Garlic Lime Chicken Tacos with Lime Crema

Tacos. I can’t think of anyone who doesn’t love them. And these Easy Garlic Lime Chicken Tacos with Lime Crema are as easy to make as they are to love!
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The Tortillas:

No need to dirty a pan, we simply cook the freshest corn tortillas we can find right on the burner flame! Not only does it warm them up but it gives them those lovely charred edges.

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The Chicken:

Because we here at The Organic Kitchen like to make life easier, we offer this recipe using rotisserie chicken. But if you love to roast your own, you can double the recipe for our spicy lime chicken and use that, either way, you are going to toss that tender chicken in fresh lime juice, garlic and jalapeño for a fabulous taco filling!

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The Add Ons and Lime Crema:

Because this chicken is so flavorful, we keep the toppings fairly simple: avocado, Cotija cheese, and tomatoes. The final flavor flourish is the lime crema! Sour cream, mixed with lime juice and zest…yup, that’s it. So easy but adds a touch of creamy lime to each taco!

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The Recipe: Easy Garlic Lime Chicken Tacos with Lime Crema

What you need: a good pan and as always, a fabulous knife!

5 from 7 votes
Easy Lime Garlic Chicken Tacos with Lime Crema
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins
 

Easy tacos made using rotisserie chicken tossed in fresh herbs and spices! If you would rather roast your own chicken, see my link above for spicy lime chicken.

Course: dinner
Cuisine: Mexican
Keyword: cinco de mayo, easy dinner recipe, easy lunch recipe
Servings: 12 tacos
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
For Lime Crema:
  • 1/2 cup crema or sour cream
  • juice and zest of half a small lime
  • pinch of sea salt and freshly ground pepper
For Tacos:
  • 2 large ripe avocados, peeled and diced or sliced
  • 16 cherry tomatoes, cut in half or quartered
  • 4 limes, two for juice and two for garnish
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1-2 tablespoons minced jalapeno pepper, depending on how hot you like it!
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced finely
  • 6 cups sliced rotisserie chicken, or use my spicy lime chicken linked above
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 12 corn tortillas
  • 6 oz Cotija cheese
  • 4 tablespoons chopped cilantro for garnish
Instructions
For crema:
  1. In a small bowl whisk together sour cream or crema, lime juice, zest, sea salt and pepper, set aside

For Tacos:
  1. Prep tomatoes and avocado, set aside. Crumble Cotija cheese.

  2. Juice lemon and two limes, whisk with jalapeno and garlic, set aside

  3. Quarter remaining limes for garnish

  4. Slice chicken

  5. Place a pan on medium heat, add olive oil. When oil is hot add chicken and cook, gently stirring here and there until heated through

  6. While chicken cooks, heat tortillas on other cooktop burners, using tongs to turn

  7. When chicken is heated through, toss with prepared lemon/lime juice and herbs, season with sea salt and pepper

  8. Fill tortillas with chicken, avocado, tomato, cotija cheese, garnish with crema and cilantro and serve!

 

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Chimichurri Steak, Potato and Salad Board

One word: Chimichurri. If you don’t make it on the reg, you should. It’s a healthy, delicious way to add flavor to almost anything. In this case, filet mignon. This, my friends is The Organic Kitchen’s Chimichurri Steak, Potato and Salad Dinner Board! 
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The Steak and Chimichurri:

Tender, juicy filet mignon, seared on the cooktop and finished in the oven, drizzled in fresh lime chimichurri… simply dreamy. Chimichurri originated in Argentina and is usually a simple combination of onions, garlic, olive oil, green herbs, and lemon or lime juice. Totally worth the five minutes it takes to whisk together!

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The Potatoes:

Crispy roasted potatoes are our favorite. We use ‘new gold’ potatoes for this board but you could also use fingerling or even sweet potatoes. We drizzle them in olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt and freshly turned black pepper and then pop them in the oven. While they roast, we prep the salad and cook the steaks. The whole meal takes about 50 minutes, from start to gloriously delicious finish!

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The Salad:

Keeping it simple here: greens, apples, pecans, and your choice of feta or avocado and a light, lemon vinaigrette! What an exquisite meal!

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This Meal is Adaptable!

I show this as a meal for two served on one platter, but of course you could make this incredible meal for two, four, or six and simply serve on plates!

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The Recipe: Chimichurri Steak, Potato and Salad Dinner Board

What you need: a grilling pan, a rimmed cookie sheet and parchment paper. As always you need a good quality knife. I love my Wusthof Ikon 8″ Chef’s knife!

5 from 15 votes
Chimichurri Steak, Potato and Salad Dinner Board
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
40 mins
Total Time
50 mins
 

A complete meal of steak, potatoes and salad! Serve on a board for two, or double/triple the recipe to feed a crowd.

Course: dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: date night, easy dessert recipe, Paleo recipes, potatoes, steak, whole30 recipes
Servings: 2
Author: Linda Spiker
Ingredients
  • 10 'new' gold potatoes (or any small variety), quartered
  • about 1/3 cup olive oil, divided
  • sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons parsley, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 small clove garlic, peeled and minced or grated with microplane
  • 1 small shallot, peeled and diced
  • zest and juice of one lime
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey (optional, whole30 please omit)
  • 2 6 oz filet mignon
  • 2 cups baby greens
  • 1/4 cups pecans
  • 2 Tablespoons feta (or avocado if living dairy free)
  • 10 slices apples
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees and place one oven rack in upper third of oven and another rack in lower third of oven. Place a sheet of parchment on rimmed cookie sheet

  2. While oven heats: quarter potatoes, place on parchment covered cookie sheet

  3. Lightly drizzle potatoes in olive oil (about 1 tablespoon) and toss. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper to taste, toss again

  4. Place cookie sheet on upper rack in oven and roast for 35-40 minutes or until potatoes are crispy and browned

While potatoes cook, do everything else:
  1. In a small bowl whisk together: 2 tablespoons olive oil, garlic, parsley, cilantro, shallot, pinch of sea salt and pepper, zest and juice of one small lime. Set aside

  2. In another small bowl whisk together salad dressing: 2 Tablespoons olive oil, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, honey (optional), a pinch of sea salt and a few turns pepper. Set aside

  3. Place greens, feta 9or avocado), nuts and apple slices on platter (or in bowl)

  4. Season both sides of steaks lightly with sea salt and pepper

  5. Heat an oven safe grill pan for three minutes on cooktop on high heat

  6. Add olive oil to pan, heat for 30 seconds. Add steaks to pan, turn heat down to medium and sear for five minutes

  7. Turn steaks and place in oven on lower rack, cook 4-5 minutes for rare, 5-6 minutes for medium rare, 8 for medium (note: every oven cooks differently. Your timing may vary) 

  8. Remove steaks from oven and allow to 'rest' for five minutes

  9. Toss salad in dressing, place on platter. Remove potatoes from oven and place on platter. Slice steaks, place on platter and drizzle with chimichurri, serve!

 

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