Breakfast Brunch French Toast Healthy Vegetarian

Vegetarian Brunch with Savory French Toast and Rosemary Black Bean Bruschetta

As much as I love traditional, syrupy sweet French Toast, I was in the mood for something savory; although, I didn’t omit maple syrup… to be continued.

Sometimes I appreciate where my mind takes me for ideas, and sometimes I’m like… “really?” French toast loaded with herby thyme flavor, combined with juicy, rosemary black bean bruschetta, turned out to be a pretty GOOD idea.

Thyme French Toast

Made with Dave’s Killer Bread.

I just want to say that I totally got these French-toast-making-skills from my Mom.

I think most of my friends came over for sleep overs just to have her French toast in the morning. She always made it with scrambled egg and milk, but I decided to try replacing the milk with Greek yogurt.

I added some thyme and lots of cracked pepper and a little salt; this simple combination gave so much flavor to the French toast.

Thyme French Toast

Not traditional, but still delicious. This thyme French toast offers a savory route for a classic breakfast. 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Vegetarian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1 egg whisked
  • 2 tbsp Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp chopped thyme
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp pepper
  • 2 slices bread (I used Dave's Killer Bread)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  1. in a medium sized bowl, whisk the Greek yogurt and egg together until smooth, and then add the seasonings and whisk. 

  2. Heat the olive oil in a large skillet. Dip one slice of bread into the egg mixture at a time, and place in the skillet.

  3. Cook on medium/high heat for about 4 minutes each side. 

Rosemary Black Bean Bruschetta

Remember when I mentioned that maple syrup was in play in this dish? Yep, it’s in the bruschetta (but you probably guessed that already).

I always like to add a little agave to traditional bruschetta when I make it, just to have a nice balance of flavor. I never thought about adding maple syrup to something with lots of garlic and onion and tomato in it, but it worked out well.

To go with the thyme flavor in the French toast, I made sure the bruschetta wasn’t bare of herby flavor. Just the same as traditional bruschetta, there is plenty of basil in this recipe, but, I added rosemary just because I was in the mood for it and I thought it would do well with the black beans.

Rosemary Black Bean Bruschetta

Everything bruschetta including hearty black beans and rosemary. Add a touch of maple syrup, and you have a perfect accessory for waffles or French toast. 

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Vegan
Prep Time 10 minutes
Servings 1


  • 1/2 cup canned black beans rinsed
  • 1 tsp chopped rosemary
  • 3 basil leaves chiffonade or chopped
  • 5 cherry tomatoes quartered
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp chopped yellow onion
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper


  1. Combine all ingredients together in a medium size bowl. Enjoy right away, or chill in the fridge for about 20 minutes (the longer it all rests together, the yummier it gets). 

The French toast and the bruschetta were a great match, and now I want to eat this every morning.

The more I eat avocado and appreciate it’s fatty deliciousness, the more I use it in place of butter and cheese and mayo and things like that; it was the best “butter” to top off this savory meal.


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