Madison is an amazing cook. I am a marvelously average cook. What can a marvelously average cook contribute to a food blog? Well, I’m really good at slicing bread and putting stuff on it! Everyone loves toast, right? It’s the best thing since… well.
Okay, no more *crumb*-y jokes. Here are my top 4 ways to put stuff on bread. If you’re feeling particularly ambitious, Madison wrote a post a few weeks ago about how to make your own bread. Check it out! Anyway, it’s time to quit *loafing* around!
Okay Peeta, you’re right. This post has gone a-rye! Let’s *roll*… 😉
This one if first, because it’s my personal favorite! Start by spreading oil-free hummus, like Roots Oil-Free or the homemade Engine 2 Diet recipe, on toasted bread (duh). Next, slice up a cucmber into roughly 6, 1/4 inch slices and lay it out on the bread. Top it off with some black pepper, and that’s that!
This one is more of a dessert than anything else. Warm up some frozen blueberries on the stove with a little bit of water and corn starch to make a gooey compote. Top your toast with peanut butter, blueberry comopote, and maple syrup if you’re feeling frisky.
A quick note on peanut butter. There is some debate in the plant-based community over its health-benefits. All debate aside, there is definitely a difference between good peanut butter and bad peanut butter. Make sure you find PB that is only one, maybe two ingredients: Peanuts and salt. Brands like JIF and Skippy include added sugar, hydrogenated oils, and other junk. Take a look at two nutrition labels side by side:
(Check out the recipe by Minimalist Baker)
The classic avocado toast comes with a caviat. I am personally not a big fan of making avocados a daily staple of a vegan or plant-based diet. Unless sourced responsibly, they are not the best environmental or ethical choice. However, I still enjoy eating avocado toast as a treat every so often. It’s quick, filling, and absolutely delicious, if not totally Dr. Esseslstyn-friendly. Just mash up about half an avocado, spread it on your toast, and top with salt and pepper. Fantastic.
Surprise! If bread is not your jam (Last one Peeta, I promise!), try out sweet potato toast! Madison tried this out a couple weeks ago and it was amazing. Sweet potatos pack much more of a nutritional punch than run-of-the-mill whole wheat bread. Not to mention, they are so tasty. Slice up the sweet potato to roughly 1/4 inch thick. Bake the sweet potatos for 10 minutes on each side to prepare, then toast them like you would normal toast. Top them off with any of the above, or come up with your own derivative. Here are some toppings that we have tried:
- Plain old peanut butter
- Broccoli sprouts with bell peppers and chickpeas (add Just Mayo if you are okay with some oil)
- Sliced avocado and tomato (shown in the above photo)
There’s four toast-toppings in the books. Now I’m hungry, I really *knead* to make myself some toast!
I’m sorry Peeta!!!
Stay postive & eat plants,