I made this breakfast countless times growing up. It’s a cute idea for kids - while maybe only marginally more exciting than your classic eggs on toast, it’s totally worth a smile from a wee one.
Eggy toast: so simple to whip up, it barely needs a recipe
If anything, it’s more of an idea. To prepare, take your favourite cookie cutter and dive it into the middle of a soft slice of bread to punch out a shape. Then lightly drizzle oil/butter into a pan, heat it up, place your slice of bread into the pan, crack an egg into the middle of your holey bread, and leave until cooked, maybe flipping once. Make sure to not throw away the inner discarded cookie cutter bit of bread - it’s the perfect vehicle for a smear of avocado, marmite or nut butter.
Quite the balanced breakfast too!
Eggs are a source of protein which is important for the growth and development of little ones. They’re a complete protein, which means they contain all essential amino acids necessary for good health - essential meaning our body cannot make them itself and so we must get them from the food we eat.
A little whole food fat - from olive oil or butter in the pan, a smear of avo/nut butter on the toast or the inner egg yolk - will help provide energy, aid taste, and assist in the digestion of fat-soluble vitamins i.e. vitamin A, D, K and E.
Toast - the ultimate kid-friendly fare - will supply energy to help them tackle busy mornings in the classroom, mentally and physically. Aim to select a quality grainy bread that’s a good source of dietary fibre, ideally with a minimum of 2.5g/slice - fibre helps to keep us regular, and will slow the release of energy from the food we eat - which means we feel full for longer!
On to the full recipe…
Ingredients (per 2x slices toast)
2x slices grainy bread, of choice
2x free range eggs
A small drizzle of olive oil/cube of butter
Spread of choice e.g. avocado, nut butter, butter, marmite…
Pick out a favourite cookie cutter that’ll comfortably fit in the middle of your slice of toast. You want it to be not too big, not too small - enough to fit a cracked egg!
Punch out the middle of the bread. Keep inner piece to the side.
Heat oil/butter in a pan over a low-medium heat.
Once the pan has heated, place slices of bread in the pan and carefully crack an egg in the middle of each hole.
Leave to cook until egg is set! Flip once, if desired. Keep an eye the pan doesn’t get too hot and burn - turn down heat to a low if needed.
Once cooked remove egg from pan and place on a plate. Smear cut toast with your choice of spread e.g. avocado, as I’ve done here. Enjoy!
A fun partnership to share
Following on from this kid-inspired recipe, I am excited to share about a new ambassador role with my friends at Life Education Trust, who are a charity that educates and empowers kiddies to make healthy choices so they can live full and healthy lives.
Every year they teach over 250,000 children about their body, friendships, their identity, food and nutrition and helpful and harmful substances. They’ve been around for yonks - I remember many visits from Harold the Girrafe back in the days when I was at primary (Eeeek! Primary. Jeepers. I’m about five times older then when they first would have visited heh).
Starting in school term 2 (May 9th), they launched the Small Changes Whānau Challenge, which challenges families throughout New Zealand to do something small every day to improve health and wellbeing - while having fun as a family together! The key pillars of the program are connect, move, nourish and appreciate, and as an ambassador I’m providing advice and support for the nutrition element of the program.
Over the next month and a bit activity packs will be given out at Life Education school visits to encourage families to visit the interactive Small Changes website. On it are lots of ideas and activities - including some videos from myself chatting about everything from gardening to baking to building balanced plates! Check out more on the challenge here :) Theres tonnes of prizes up for grabs, so make sure to get involved!