A Toast to You!

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It can be sweet, salty, savory, spicy or anything else you want it to be. Toast can be as dressed up as a fancy fig jam and camembert cheese on a fresh French baguette or as dressed down as some butter on a dinner roll.

Look beyond your standard avocado toast, VALLEY is here for some crispy golden inspiration to upgrade your breakfast, lunch, snack, dinner or dessert.

Peanut Butter and Banana Toast
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For an easy, plant-based, filling breakfast, look no further than peanut butter and banana toast. This toast is a great option because it allows you to substitute and add other favored ingredients. For example, substitute peanut butter with almond butter or sunflower seed butter to accommodate your allergies or preferences.

Also, do not be afraid to add on or try out new ingredients. VALLEY recommends chia seeds, granola, cinnamon, honey or cocoa powder. Try this new breakfast out on a seedy multigrain toast to pack in some whole grains, giving you energy right after you wake up.

Smoked Salmon and Cream Cheese Toast
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If you are seeking a brunch toast on a Sunday morning, try smoked salmon and cream cheese toast. This toast will make you feel like you are attending a tea party.

Simply smear some cream cheese on a bagel or everything-seasoned bread and top with 2 ounces of smoked salmon. To dress this toast up to the nines, add cucumber and tomato slices, capers and alfalfa sprouts on top.

Roasted Red Pepper and Hummus Toast

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For lunch or a nutritious snack, this “Refreshing Roasted Red Pepper and Hummus Toast” from Love by Plants is a great way to pack in protein and veggies. VALLEY recommends a toasty ciabatta roll or slice of sourdough.

What You’ll Need
  • Hummus
  • Bread of choice
  • Arugula
  • Roasted red peppers
  • White vinegar (optional)
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Chili flakes
  • Black pepper
What You’ll Do
  • Toast your bread.
  • Massage white vinegar into the arugula with your hands. This is going to give it a more refreshing flavor but is completely optional. 
  • Spread the hummus on the bread. Add the roasted red pepper and then the arugula. 
  • Drizzle the balsamic vinaigrette, black pepper and red chili flakes over the top. 
Bacon Tomato Toast
slices of bread topped with tomato, zucchini, bacon and melted cheese
Photo from tasteandtellblog.com

Bacon-Tomato Cheese Toast from Taste & Tell Blog is a great recipe for lunch or dinner. This toast is reminiscent of the beloved BLT sandwich, with zucchini added on for extra veggies. With a meal this warm and toasty, you will want to make this recipe over and over again.

What You’ll Need
  • 2 ripe tomatoes
  • Kosher salt
  • 8 strips bacon
  • 4 slices Texas toast or other thick sandwich bread
  • 3/4 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 3/4 cup grated part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 3/4 cup mayonnaise
  • 5 scallions, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 1/2 small zucchini, very thinly sliced
  • Freshly ground pepper
What You’ll Do
  • Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Core the tomatoes and thinly slice. Place in a colander in the sink and sprinkle with 1/2 teaspoon salt; let drain for at least 15 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, about 10 minutes; transfer to a paper-towel-lined plate. Pour off and reserve the drippings, leaving one tablespoon in the skillet; toast the bread on one side in the drippings until golden. Place the bread, toasted-side down, on a baking sheet.
  • Combine the cheeses with the mayonnaise, scallions and parsley in a bowl. Spread the cheese mixture on the toasts, reserving about 1/3 cup. Crumble the bacon on top. Shake any excess liquid from the tomatoes; distribute the zucchini and tomatoes among the toasts. Dot with the reserved cheese mixture and season with pepper. Bake until golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Serve warm.
Nutella and Strawberry Toast
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For the perfect sweet dessert toast, try out Nutella spread and strawberry slices. Smear a good amount of Nutella on two slices of Brioche bread. Slice your strawberries and top with anything you like. VALLEY recommends coconut flakes, chia seeds, granola crumbles or chocolate chips.

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