I’m not always ahead of the curve, but aside from my daily smoothies, there are two things I’ve been doing since the late 80’s and 90’s that have been very popular in the 2000’s – adding extra salt to my chocolate chip cookies and making loaded toast.
Salted cookies aren’t going anywhere and neither is loaded toast. Avocado toast is still a menu and household favorite, nut butters with chia and banana will always be a healthy way to start or end the day, but cottage cheese toast with in-season tomatoes is definitely a winner and has been since I was about 10 years old. I’m pretty sure I topped it with a staple seasoning we always had in our house growing up – Santa Maria’s Barbeque Seasoning. Today, I join many other Trader Joe’s devotees in being a big fan of the Everything but the Bagel Seasoning – especially on tomatoes.
I’m writing this at the end of September and I’m still able to find glorious dry-farmed early girl tomatoes at my Bay Area farmer’s market and local fine foods store. I will buy them by the pounds until I no longer see them and all things pumpkin have taken over.
Since my goal with nearly all meals and snacks is to have a good dose of protein, fat and fiber, this cottage cheese and tomato toast meets all those requirements nicely! And it’s a lovely way to say goodbye to the last warm days that have given way to chilly mornings and evenings and crazy busy fall schedules.
Cottage Cheese and Tomato Toast
This is a lovely high protein snack with some healthy fat and fiber! Good quality bread, cottage and beautiful summer tomatoes make this a quick and easy snack. Two slices of this loaded toast and a handful of berries makes a satisfying lunch.
- 1 slice Ezekiel sprouted grain bread, or any good quality bread
- extra virgin olive oil
- ¼ cup cottage cheese I like Good Culture brand
- 1 small ripe tomato, sliced
- Seasonings: Everything but the Bagel and Aleppo Pepper
- 2 basil leaves, torn or roughly chopped
Toast a slice of bread. Drizzle the toast with olive oil and cover with a layer of cottage cheese. Add sliced tomatoes and season with salt and pepper. Top tomatoes with a sprinkling of Everything but the Bagel Seasoning, Aleppo Pepper and basil leaves.