Just when you finally got comfortable with the “toast” trend, the game changes. Don’t worry, fancied up toast is still a delicious, nutritious treat, but the fact is that the word “toast” is no longer synonymous with bread. It’s true, you can still enjoy your toast, but don’t be surprised when the waiter (or Pinterest feed) shows up with a delicious open-faced sandwich built not on bread, but sliced sweet potatoes.
Why swap sweet potatoes for toast? While we here at Luvo love our whole grains, we also love trying fun twists on food, especially when it involves adding more vegetables to your meal. And sweet potatoes are an amazingly nutritious food. The bright orange color means they’re loaded with Vitamin A, a powerful antioxidant that helps keep your eyes healthy. Sweet potatoes also provide potassium and magnesium, important nutrients that help with managing blood pressure. And let’s not forget the satiating fiber that comes in this versatile veg.
Celebrate this new trend with some of our easy takes on this toast alternative.
To make the Sweet Potato “Toast”, leave skins on and scrub the sweet potatoes. Pat dry and then cut into 1/4-inch slices. Toast on the highest setting in your toaster or toaster oven, until tender, note this may take several toaster sessions. Then top your toast with any of the following combinations from my friend, Registered Dietitian and Chef Sara Haas:
Apple, Sage and Walnuts
Cut a small apple into thin sticks then toss with apple cider vinegar and maple syrup. Garnish with chopped, fresh sage and toasted, chopped walnuts. For a savory twist, top with a little shaved Parmesan.
Caramelized Onions, Bacon and Rosemary
Slice a yellow onion and cook low and slow until golden, soft and sweet. Place on the sweet potato toast and garnish with with a sprinkling of crispy bacon bits, a bit of fresh rosemary and a little crumbled goat cheese.
Spicy Kale and Turkey Sausage
Chop up an Italian turkey sausage link and sauté along with some chopped kale and garlic. Garnish with crushed red pepper
Ginger-Cinnamon Greek Yogurt
Infuse plain Greek yogurt with a bit of cinnamon, some honey and fresh ginger. Portion onto toast and then top with crushed, toasted pecans.
Smashed Black Beans and Cilantro
Drain a can of black beans, smash a little with the back of a fork and mix with chili powder and ground cumin. Spread onto toast and top with cilantro and pepitas.
Ricotta, Orange and Pistachios
Combine ricotta cheese with a bit of orange juice, some orange zest and a little sea salt. Garnish with crushed pistachios.
Arugula and Prosciutto
Toss baby arugula with fresh lemon juice and olive oil. Garnish with prosciutto and a sprinkle of brown sugar.
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