Toasts and dips and salads, oh my!

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Catherine Esper, Sophomore Contributor

With limited to no restaurants open due to the Coronavirus, many are looking for recipes to make at home that will satisfy them as much as the food at restaurants do. Well, look no further! I have combined four recipes that my family and I have made together that not only look good but taste good as well!

An Array of Toast Favorites: 

Sick of the same cereal and milk combo every day? Then try these four very different, but very delicious toast assortments!

  • Peanut Butter Banana Dream Toast
  • Toast your choice of bread
  • Spread Peanut Butter (or Peanut Butter alternative for peanut allergy) on the toast
  • Add sliced bananas on the face of the toast
  • Optional: add sunflower seeds for health benefits!

Trust me, I was wary of the sunflower seeds, too, but only until I tried them. They add the sweet and crunchy texture that you might be craving. But also, sunflower seeds are rich in essential healthy fats and contain Vitamin E, which helps with cell health!

The Classic Avocado and Egg Toast 

  • Fry an egg on the stove. If desired add salt and/or pepper
  • Toast your choice of bread
  • While the bread is toasting, cut open an avocado and mash it with a fork
  • To add flavor to the avocado, add salt, lemon, garlic powder, and a little olive oil
  • Spread the mashed up avocado onto the bread
  • Add the egg on top of the toast

This toast is compact with rich nutrients. The eggs provide protein while the avocado contains heart-healthy fats!

Crumbled Goat Cheese with Arugula and Cream Cheese

  • Toast your choice of bread
  • Spread cream cheese (or cream cheese alternative for dairy allergy) on the toast
  • Add arugula on top of the toast
  • Top off by sprinkling goat cheese on the toast

Although this toast might be out of the ordinary, it’s definitely delicious and easy to prepare. If you’re trying to add more Vitamin C in your diet, adding greens is the perfect way to do so! Not only does arugula provide Vitamin C, but it also has a surplus of other beneficial vitamins!

Honey Goat Cheese Spread With Raspberry Jelly 

  • Toast your choice of bread
  • Spread honey goat cheese on top of the toast
  • Put raspberry jelly on top of the goat cheese for a fruity finish
  • Optional: Add sliced almonds for the ultimate crunch factor!

If you are looking for a little sweetness in your morning, this toast is for you! The honey goat cheese allows for an alternative healthy spread.

Chia Seed Parfait:

If toast isn’t your thing, a Chia Seed Parfait definitely will be! Chia seed pudding is a healthy snack loaded with protein, fiber, Omega-3 fatty acids, and also aids in digestion. When added with yogurt and fruit, it makes the perfect healthy breakfast option to jumpstart your morning!

First, you’re going to need to make the Chia Seed Pudding itself

  • Add 4 cups of milk ( or milk substitute for dairy allergy) into a large bowl
  • Add two cups of chia seeds
  • Put two tablespoons of vanilla extract into the mix
  • Cover the bowl and allow the mix to sit overnight

After the Chia Seed Pudding is ready, make your Chia Seed breakfast parfait

  • Get a cup and add yogurt (or yogurt substitute for dairy allergy) on the bottom
  • Continue to add your Chia Seed Pudding on top of the yogurt
  • Add a variety of fruits such as blueberries, strawberries, raspberries, and blackberries.
  • If desired, add granola to top of the parfait

Goat Cheese and Apple Salad: 

This is the perfect lunch option to refresh your taste buds and feel full until dinner!

  • Get a bowl and add a variety of healthy greens (a mixture of greens, arugula, romaine lettuce)
  • Toss in your favorite vegetables (Sliced carrots, grape tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers)
  • Continue to add cut up apples and your choice of goat cheese (I prefer honey goat cheese to sweeten the salad)
  • Finish off by adding your go-to dressing (I choose either raspberry vinaigrette or avocado dressing)

Chocolate Peanut Butter Dip with Apples:

You know what they say, an apple a day keeps the doctor away! This recipe has got you covered! This is my favorite go-to snack as it’s simple to make and has all the flavors that I love! If you’re a peanut butter chocolate lover, this snack will quickly become your favorite!

  • To make the Peanut Butter Dip
    • Add a half a cup of yogurt (or yogurt substitute for dairy allergy) to a bowl
    • Add a half a cup of peanut butter
    • Sprinkle in some chocolate chips for a change of texture
  • After the dip is made, slice up some apples and enjoy!

 

That’s my list! I hope you all enjoy these simple and easy recipes to keep you and your family healthy!