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Not from a box French toast

February 28, 2012

“I am so trying this at home” said 11-year-old Bilikis after taking a bite of
“Fantastic French Toast” – the dish she and her friends prepared during a “Simply Good Eating” class at Highwood Hills Elementary School in East St. Paul. Nutrition educator Joyce McGee-Brown from Ramsey County Extension Service combines nutritional information, interesting facts, recipes and fun for students as they learn hands-on techniques how to cook healthy meals. “It is a joy to see youth trying something different” said McGee Brown. “I was surprised to find out that a couple of the girls had never tried French toast.”

But one of the girls had. When I asked her how her French toast was prepared, she said she got it out of a box.

“Fantastic French Toast” is easy to make and one way to include whole grain food in your diet. You’ll probably never want to eat French toast from a box once you make your own.

Fantastic French Toast
Simply Good Eating/Ramsey County Extension Service
Serving Size: 1/6 of recipe | Makes 6 servings

2 eggs
½ cup fat-free milk (or plain soymilk)
½ teaspoon vanilla extract
6 slices whole wheat bread
Fruit toppings

1. Preheat the griddle over medium heat, or set an electric frying pan at 375 degrees.
2. Put eggs, milk, and vanilla in a shallow bowl land 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.


St. Paul’s District 1 Community Council, Thies & Talle Management Co (manages property in East St. Paul) and The Minnesota Project collaborated to bring the program to an area where it is difficult for families to access fresh, healthy food.

University of Minnesota Extension’s Simply Good Eating Programs provide practical tips to families and individuals for making healthy choices in food and activity on a limited budget. Nutrition Education Assistants deliver a several-week series or one-time classes to a variety of audiences at many different types of locations: children in grade school and after school programs; pregnant and parenting teens at school; and adults at community centers, shelters, Basic Education programs, recovery programs, food shelves, Early Childhood and Family Education classes, and workforce centers. Programs for new immigrant families can be offered in various languages. Visit

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