My all time Favourite Toppings

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Toast is a pleasure to me (even though the world has gone crazy with how bad it is for you).  I believe the most important thing with bread, is finding one thats right for you and having it in moderation as part of a healthy lifestyle.  I am of course excluding white bread in this conversation.  That’s no good for you because it doesn’t have much fibre or vitamins in.

Good quality bread is a super source of complex carbohydrates, if it is made with whole grains such as whole wheat, rye, barley or oats.  If it is teamed with the perfect toppings it will also give you the right balance of micronutrients such as protein and healthy essential fats.

These are my six favourites and most contain five ingredients or less.

  1. Avocado & Fried Egg in Olive Oil

-a slice of your bread of choice
-1/2 ripe avocado
-1 tbsp olive oil
-1 tsp lime juice
-chilli Flakes
-1 egg

Method:
Core the avocado, scoop out the inside and mash it in a bowl with a fork.  Add 1/2 tbsp olive oil, a tsp lime juice and a sprinkle of chilli flakes and mash again.  Toast your bread how you like it.  Spread it on top of your toast.  Heat the pan to a medium heat (enough so there is a sizzle when you crack the egg into the pan) then let your fried egg cook till the white is done and the egg looks bright and runny.  Add  on top of the avocado mash and then your desired amount of salt and pepper.

2. Banana & Hazlenut Butter
-a slice of your bread of choice
-1 cup of hazelnuts
-4 dates
-1/2 tsp cinnamon
-banana
-maple syrup

Method:
Heat your oven to 180 degrees.  Line your tray with baking paper and spread the hazelnuts out.  Let them roast for 10-15 minutes or until the skin has started to crack (nuts burn really easily so check on them).  Once they are done, take them out and let them cool.  Toast your bread how you like it.  Rub the hazelnuts between your hands or using tissue paper until all the skin has been removed.  Put the nuts in a blender and blend until the oils have released and the nuts have formed a paste (you may have to scrape the blender down a few times).  Pit the dates and add them to the food processor with the cinnamon and blend again.  Spread on toast with your banana and top with maple syrup.

3. Scrambled Egg & Kale
-a slice of your bread of choice
-1 egg
-a handful of kale
-1/2 tbsp olive oil
-1 tsp lime juice
-1 tsp tamari
-1 tbsp tahini

Method:
In a bowl, take the stems off your kale, add your olive oil, lime juice, tamari and tahini and massage into your kale.  Toast your bread how you like it.  Put the kale on top of the toast and heat your pan on a medium heat.  I don’t add anything to scrambled egg, except the egg.  I use a tbsp of olive oil, then I crack the egg like a fried egg for a few seconds until it starts to cook then I stir it around.  Egg continues to cook once it has been taken off the heat so I don’t over do it otherwise it will become rubbery.

4. Almond Butter, Strawberries & Coconut
-a slice of your bread of choice
-1 tbsp almond butter
-4 strawberries (or however many you like)
-coconut chips
-chia seeds

Method:
Some of these don’t need a recipe.  Like this one.  Just toast your bread the way you like it, add around 1tbsp of almond butter to spread on your toast, slice your strawberries and sprinkle on your chia seeds and coconut chips.

5. Smoked Salmon & Avocado
-a slice of your bread of choice
-smoked salmon
-1/2 avocado
-1 tsp lemon juice
-fresh tomatoes

Method:
This one doesn’t need a recipe either really.  Toast your bread how you like it.  Cut your avocado into slices, dash some lemon juice and salt on top.  Add your smoked salmon, tomatoes and salt and pepper.

6. Mango & Cashew Butter
-a slice of your bread of choice
-1 tbsp cashew butter
-1/2 mango
-coconut chips
-hemp and sesame seeds

Method:
Again, this doesn’t need a recipe.  Spread and sprinkle the ingredients on your toast and….done.

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