An Ode to toast: Toast inspiration, recipes and more

 

If you’ve ever visited my Instagram, you may have noticed I have quite an affinity for toast- extravagant and colorful toasts at that. I tend to do things a bit over the top; I want all of the colors, all of the textures, and all of the flavors. Although these toasts look somewhat elaborate, they are in fact rather simple to come up with. All you need is some leftovers and a little spark of creativity.

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The first time I made a batch of these assorted toasts, I was staring at a loaf of freshly baked grain-free bread and naturally, toast was the first thing that came to mind. I took a gander in the refrigerator and saw a bevy of potential toast toppers: from herbs and berries to leftover beet spread, yogurt,  pickles of every shape and size, and avocados (of course, toast without avocado is practically sacreligious at this point.)  I took what I had on hand and realized you can combine almost anything together, put it on a piece of toast, and it will be damn good. Toast can be eaten at literally any time of day and for any and every meal (trust me I speak from experience.) Here are a few topping combinations I have used to give you a little inspiration:

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Toppings:

*Recipe below

  • za’atar beet cashew spread* +toasted chickpeas+parsley
  • honey whipped coconut cream+chai spiced broiled pears
  • cardamom spiced almond cream cheese+mashed raspberries+hemp seeds+ lavender
  • sliced avocado+olive oil+sea salt+red pepper flakes+yellow tomato
  • rosewater almond milk labneh+honey+pistachio+mint+pomegranate
  • chocolate hazelnut spread+hazelnuts+blackberries+thyme

*Za’atar beet cashew spread:

  • 1/2 cup soaked cashews
  • 1/4 cup to 1/2 cup of water (start with a small amount of water and increase until you achieve a creamy sauce-like consistency, you can always add more water but you cannot take it away)
  • 1/2 a raw peeled beet 
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp za’atar

Combine all ingredients in high speed blender and serve

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Toppings:

  • almond milk cream cheese+dragon fruit+dried mint
  • spinach walnut basil pesto+spinach+smashed blackberry+lavender
  • avocado +pickled onions and hot peppers+roasted chickpeas
  • avocado+lox+dill+sumac+pickled radish
  • tahini+plum+za’atar+rose
  • almond milk cream cheese+fig+toasted pepitas+bee pollen

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Toppings:

  • thick coconut yogurt+honey+fresh mint+pomegranate
  • almond milk cream cheese+purple sweet potato+rosemary
  •  mashed yams+shaved coconut+cinnamon
  • coconut yogurt+beets+olive oil+za’atar
  • raspberry coconut cream+chopped persimmon+nutmeg
  • roasted garlic cauliflower mash+cinnamon baked apple+sage

 

 

 

 

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