Arrange half the bread cubes in the prepared baking dish. Evenly distribute cream cheese cubes over the bread cube layer; sprinkle 1 1/2 cups sliced strawberries atop cream cheese layer. Layer the remaining bread cubes over strawberry layer.
Pour half-and-half into a blender; pulse for a few seconds. Blend eggs into half-and-half until fully incorporated. Add maple syrup and blend until smooth. Pour mixture evenly over bread mixture. Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and refrigerate 8 hours or overnight.
Remove baking dish from refrigerator 45 minutes before baking.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).
Bake the covered casserole in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Remove aluminum foil and continue baking until French toast is puffed and golden brown, about 30 more minutes.
Stir sugar, water, and cornstarch together in a small saucepan. Cook, stirring occasionally, over medium heat until mixture has thickened, about 5 minutes. Mix in 1 cup sliced strawberries; cook and stir until strawberries have softened, about 10 minutes. Add butter; stir until melted. Serve hot over French toast.
• 1/2 cup diced strawberries
• juice of 1/4 lime (you will use the remaining lime later in the recipe)
• 1 Roma tomato, seeded and diced
• 1/8 cup finely diced red onion
• 1/2 avocado, diced
• 1 small handful of chopped cilantro leaves
• sea salt and ground pepper, to taste
• 1 pound chicken tenders (or you can buy the breasts and slice it into long strips)
In a small bowl, combine strawberries, lime juice, tomatoes, onion, avocado, and cilantro. Stir to distribute the lime juice (this will help keep your avocado from browning). Season with salt, a pinch or two. Taste as you go so it is perfect for your taste buds!
Squeeze remaining lime over the chicken and then season with salt and pepper. Place tenders on a heated grill or grilling pan (medium to medium-high heat). Depending on the thickness of your chicken, you are going to cook them for 3-5 minutes per side. Check the internal temp with a meat thermometer to make sure the chicken is at 165 degrees. Remove from heat and let rest for a few minutes.
Spoon salsa over chicken. Serve immediately.