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August 19, 2014

How to Make Trendy Toast at Home

The Hood Answer Mom, Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

By Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D.

Toast has always been the reliable sidekick for eggs, and something to eat quickly on mad dash to work or school. No more. 

Toast is trendy now, and toast menus are popping up in eating establishments across the country. Warm pieces of browned bread are being topped with just about anything and everything, and consumers are gobbling it up. 

Man cannot live by bread alone, of course. Hood Cottage Cheese is toast's perfect partner. It's delicious and it has protein to help you stay fuller for longer. 

To make trendier toast at home, use high-quality bread, preferably whole grain, as your base. Spread one side of the toast with ¼ cup pureed Hood cottage cheese and your favorite toppings. Enjoy the following toast creations, or your own flavor combinations, as a snack or as part of a balanced meal. (To save time, puree 1 cup of cottage cheese with 1 tablespoon Hood milk in your blender or food processor to have on hand. Refrigerate in an air-tight container.)

Using Hood Country Style Cottage Cheese :

Honey Pistachio Toast: Drizzle with 1 teaspoon honey and top with 2 tablespoons chopped dry-roasted pistachios.

Chocolate Banana Toast: Top with sliced banana and drizzle with fat-free chocolate sauce.  


Using Hood Cottage Cheese with Garden Vegetables :

Tapenade Toast:  Top with 2 heaping tablespoons of prepared olive or artichoke tapenade. 

Caprese Toast: Top with a mixture of fresh, chopped tomatoes and fresh, chopped basil, olive oil, and salt. 


Using Hood Cottage Cheese with Cucumber and Dill :

Chili Avocado Toast: Top with ¼ ripe, sliced avocado.  Sprinkle with red pepper flakes and drizzle with olive oil. 

Spinach Toast: Saute spinach in olive oil and minced garlic. Place on top of toast. 


Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward

Elizabeth M. Ward, M.S., R.D., is a writer, nutrition consultant, and mother of three. She is the author of several books, including MyPlate for Moms, How to Feed Yourself & Your Family Better and Expect the Best, Your Guide to Healthy Eating Before, During, & After Pregnancy . Ward is also a contributing writer for Muscle & Fitness Hers and Men's Fitness magazines.

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