Save $$ and Make Your Own Toast Already!
Toast has been all the rage this year. I see Toast at Cafes, Coffee Shops, Bakeries, and Restaurants. Everybody in San Francisco seems to be making some kind of toast like it's some club we need to be a part of. And I'll admit that there are some being offered that I wouldn't pass up that are loaded with perfectly cooked or smoked meats, deliciously pickled veggies, and un-replicable loafs of freshly baked bread. For these toast concoctions, I would drop $$ for it in a heartbeat. BUT for the most part, the toast offerings are pretty basic. I cringe at the $10 piece of toast that has something measly like slices of avocado, sea salt and a few slices of radish. I MEAN COME ON, that's like giving me half of a Half Sandwich (that's a 1/4 of a sandwich btw) except you still charge the price of what a full sandwich would cost. When I first started to see this, I was thinking, no one would be fooled by this. But low and behold people lined up to fork over $10 for a quarter of a sandwich like we all drank some kool-aid and couldn't do basic calculations anymore. Something which we all by the way probably made at home with ease before it became the fashionable "TOAST" that we now see on every menu.
So let's bring this tradition back home.. Dig into your pantry or go to the market. Pick up some common ingredients that you can slap onto your toast, just the way you like it. For one slice of toast you make, even if you pile it on, shouldn't cost you more than $1.50. That's 10 pieces of glorified toast concoctions you can make at home for the price of 1 at a cafe or restaurant. Trust me, you can make TOAST and you can make it DARN WELL!
Tomato Olive Oil Toast with Sea Salt
1 slice of bread (Low carb bread for me as I prefer lower carb intake)
4 slices of vine-ripened organic tomatoes
1 teaspoon of your favorite olive oil
pinch of sea salt and fresh cracked pepper
1. Toast, layer, and eat!
Pomegranate Ricotta Toast with Agave and Chia Seeds
1 slice of low carb bread (but you can use any type your heart desires)
2 heaping tablespoons of low fat ricotta (a lighter alternative to cream cheese for me, tastes creamy and rich enough but packs a decent dose of calcium)
2 heaping tablespoons of pomegranate seeds (always need my antioxidant, plus the tart crunch adds another level of texture and flavor to my toast) - sliced strawberries are a good alternative
1 teaspoon chia seeds (another way to add texture and nutrients)
1 teaspoon agave (lower glycemic index and is less sweet than honey, but totally just my preference..use honey if you like it sweeter)
1. Toast bread, spread ricotta, top with pomegranate seeds, garnish with chia seeds and drizzle with agave. EAT!