Lately I have been trying to come up with creative lunch ideas. When I think of lunch, I usually think of salad and cold sandwiches. However, with it starting to get colder in Colorado, I wanted something warmer and more comforting for lunch…. the answer?
It has hearty hummus, savory marinated artichoke hearts, roasted garlic and red onions, Kalamata olives (and more) and is baked to crunchy perfection in your oven - perfect to warm you up on a cool fall day!
2 slices of bread (GF if desired)
Hummus (plain, artichoke-spinach, red pepper, whatever you prefer…)
Roasted red peppers (jarred)
Sliced red onion
2 cloves garlic
Hot sauce (optional)
1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees, and while its warming up, lightly drizzle olive oil over the front and back of each slice of bread and place in a shallow pan. When the oven is ready, put the bread in to toast for 5 minutes.
2. In the meantime, start preparing the toppings. It’s really up to you how many toppings you want, and how much of each topping you want to put on your toast. (I usually use about 2 pepperoncini, ½ of one piece of roasted red pepper, 3 olives, 2 artichoke pieces, 4-5 red onion slices, and 1 clove of garlic to top one slice of toast). Cut the pepperoncini, roasted red pepper, olives and red onion into small slices, and mince the garlic.
3. When the toast is ready, take it out of the oven, and put it off to the side. Drizzle a little more olive oil into the pan and throw in the rest of your ingredients to warm up in the oven for 4 minutes (I do this because I keep all of my jarred vegetables in the fridge and they are usually very cold, but if yours are already at room temperature, just throw in the garlic and red onion so they can roast). When the veggies are done, take them out of the oven and start assembling your toast.
4. Spread a thick layer of hummus on each piece of toast, and then add your warmed veggies. Finally, put the toast back in the oven for 5 minutes to warm the hummus and finish toasting the bread. When it comes out, you can add a few shakes of hot sauce (if you want), but it either way it will still be a delicious, warm and hearty lunch for a cool fall day.
Modified from Mediterranean Toast: http://www.epicurious.com/recipes/member/views/baked-mediterranean-toasts-50166476
Now I want to know:
Do you have any creative lunch ideas for cold weather?
Or do you have an idea for another type of baked toast?
Please comment below!
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