Let's talk food trends. Right now, gourmet toast is on almost every restaurant menu! From sweet to savory combos, this dish is versatile, customizable and easy to make. However, these toasts are often piled high with sugary ingredients that don't set your body up for success. So, I've come up with an alternative that still delivers in taste and presentation, but swaps ingredients that make you feel sluggish with ones that leave you glowing. This meal is perfect for breakfast, lunch or dinner, and is a great way to get your family involved in the kitchen!
We're going to the swap the bread for a complex carb. You'll need one large sweet potato, preferably oval shaped, to mimic the look of toast. This is great for anyone who's gluten-free or following a paleo or Whole30 diet.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees, and line a baking sheet with a wire cooling rack. This will help the sweet potato slices get extra crispy.
Wash and peel your sweet potato and slice vertically in half. Then, slice each half down the middle, creating 1 1/2 inch thick pieces. I've attached a photo so you can see the shape we're going for - think about mimicking a slice of sourdough bread.
Place each sweet potato slice on your wire rack (this should make about four slices or so) and drizzle with a few teaspoons of olive oil and a pinch of salt.
Roast in the oven for about 45 minutes to an hour, flipping halfway through. Don't forget to season the other side when you flip over the slices!
Build your toast! This would also make such a fun activity for a group. You could lay out different toppings and let your loved ones build their dream meal! While the possibilities are endless, I have a few foolproof recipes that are packed with protein and vitamins to keep you full, focused and feeling GOOD.
Here's my go-to savory recipe:
First, layer a sweet potato toast with 1/4 of a sliced avocado.
Then, add a small handful of arugula.
Next, add a fried egg, and make sure the yolk is runny to create a bit of a sauce for the toast.
Finally, shake some "Everything But The Bagel" seasoning on top and sprinkle with sliced green onions.
If you're looking for something sweeter, I've got you covered.
Here's my go-to sweet recipe:
First, spread 2 - 4 tablespoons of almond butter on a sweet potato toast.
Next, layer with sliced strawberries and blueberries.
Then, drizzle with local honey and finish it off with a sprinkling of cinnamon.
Any fruit would work for this, so use whatever is in season!
This meal is made with real ingredients that nourish your body from the inside out. Sweet potatoes produce collagen that makes your skin smooth and keeps your bones strong. Not to mention, they're an anti-inflammatory powerhouse that regulates your blood sugar. I love to eat sweet potatoes for breakfast because it sets my body up for success first thing in the morning. I also made sure to use toppings packed with protein, such as eggs and almond butter, as well as greens and berries for additional vitamins. Let me know if you try any of these recipes, or share what you make up on your own! Happy eating!