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Kale, Mushroom & Ricotta Toast

This post was sponsored by Better Than Bouillon as part of an Influencer Activation for Influence Central and all opinions expressed in my post are my own.

My 80/20 meal plan is still in full swing and I am proud to say I have managed to stick with it. If this is your first time here, you are probably wondering what the 80/20 meal plan is. It is a plan I set where I eat 80% plant based foods and 20% everything else. Eating a mostly plant based diet feels great and encourages creativity in the kitchen. I’ve already seen benefits of this meal plan like weight maintenance and more energy. One of the recipes I have added to my repertoire is Kale, Mushroom & Ricotta ToastKale, Mushroom & Ricotta Toast

Kale Mushroom & Ricotta Toast

The creaminess of the ricotta paired with the earthiness of the mushrooms and texture of the kale is a match made in heaven. This is a toast recipe you don’t want to miss. 

The key to making this Kale, Mushroom & Ricotta Toast shine is using the absolute best ingredients. I got the kale, ricotta and mushrooms from my trusted local store that sells the best produce in town. What elevates the kale from good to amazing is the use of Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic Base in the cooking process. Not only did I use it in the kale, I also mixed the roasted garlic base in my butter for the toast. This recipe is packed with flavor, which is why it is one of my favorites.

If you are not familiar with Better Than Bouillon, it is a concentrated paste that can be used to elevate the flavor of meatless dishes. It’s awesome for creating delicious plant-based versions of meals and has become my best friend when preparing vegetarian meals. I also got my husband hooked on it. 

I used roasted garlic base for this recipe but there are more flavors to choose from if you are not a big fan of garlic. The Better Than Bouillon vegetarian and certified vegan flavors include Seasoned Vegetable Base, Vegetarian No Beef Base, Organic Seasoned Vegetable Base and Vegetarian No Chicken Base. I love that you can also use Better Than Bouillon bases to make broths or as a marinade to add flavor any dish. I love using them when making some of my favorite dishes like glazed carrots or butternut squash soup. 

5 more ways to use Better Than Bouillon Bases

  1. Mix it with oil and add to your roasted vegetables before cooking. 
  2. Add it to your Fettuccine Alfredo sauce for an even bolder flavor.
  3. Use some in your homemade hummus dip recipe. 
  4. Add it to your favorite stir fry recipe or any sauteed veggies. 
  5. Mix it in your veggie burger mix for a super flavorful veggie patty. 

Kale Mushroom & Ricotta Toast

Kale, Mushroom & Ricotta Toast

For more recipe ideas and to learn more about Better than Bouillon products, visit their website here. What are your favorite vegetarian dishes? How do you make them taste amazing? I would love to hear from you in the comment box below!

Kale, Mushroom and Ricotta Toast
Serves 2
This kale, mushroom and ricotta toast is packed with flavor thanks to the use of @betterthanbuillon roasted garlic base. You can have it for breakfast, lunch or dinner, it's an absolute winner!
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Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
5 min
Total Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 small bunch fresh roughly chopped kale, about 6 cups
  2. 3 cups sliced Shitake mushrooms
  3. 3 tbsp Whole Milk Ricotta
  4. 1 1/2 tsp Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic Base
  5. 2 tbsp softened butter
  6. Olive oil
  7. Salt and pepper
  8. 4 slices whole grain bread
Instructions
  1. Mix 1/2 a tsp Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic base with softened butter. Spread over bread and broil in the oven till browned and slightly crispy.
  2. Sauté mushrooms in olive oil until they are crispy and brown then set aside.
  3. Add kale to the same pan, add 1 tsp Better Than Bouillon Roasted Garlic base and cook until kale is wilted.
  4. Season with some freshly ground pepper.
  5. Add a little pepper to the ricotta and spread over toasted grainy bread then place kale and mushrooms on top.
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The ultimate Hatfield® Ham Monte Cristo Sandwich

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With Easter around the corner you will most likely need creative ways to use leftover ham. How about serving Monte Cristo sandwiches made with delicious Hatfield Ham for Easter brunch? I couldn’t think of a more crowd pleasing and delicious sandwich for brunch. The Monte Cristo sandwich is a decadent sandwich that is insanely delicious.

What is the monte cristo sandwich you ask? It is simply a sandwich made with with ham, swiss cheese slices, dipped in an egg mixture and fried in a little butter. I like to think of it as a upgraded grilled cheese sandwich. It is rich and is the ultimate comfort sandwich.

How to make a Monte Cristo Sandwich

Making this sandwich is easier that you would think. The name makes it sound fancy and complicated but just follow these steps and you’ll be golden. 

First, you will need good quality ingredients; especially the ham as it is the star of the dish. You may have noticed from previous posts that I love to cook with Hatfield products. Hatfield pork products are high quality, full of flavor and simply delicious. I also like that they are a family owned, American made company that uses ethically raised meat. You can tell they take a lot of pride in their products. If you follow a gluten free diet you will be happy to know Hatfield is gluten free!

 For this recipe I used the classic Ham Steaks which are very versatile. You can use them for breakfast, lunch or dinner. The Ham steaks are super convenient as they come fully-cooked and are sliced perfectly. You could grill them and have them with mashed potatoes and gravy. Another way would be to cut the hame into small peaces and mix them in a breakfast hash or even a creamy pasta dish. Using Hatfield products like the Ham steaks certainly makes meal time easy, fast and brings out my creativity in the kitchen. 

In addition to the ham you will need fresh eggs, good quality swiss cheese and white bread. This is not the kind of dish were whole grain bread will work, white bread simple gives the best results for this recipe.

Now the fun part. Layering the ingredients. The order in which you layer the ingredients is important. Start with bread, mayo, cheese, ham, then bread, mayo, ham, cheese and bread. The cheese is strategically placed to bind the sandwich.

Next step is to beat 2 eggs, with 2 tbsp half & half, paprika, nutmeg and vanilla extract. Dip the the sandwich into the egg mixture and cook in a pan with 1 tbsp butter and 1 tsp olive oil. Cook on both sides till golden brown

Where to find Hatfield Products

Hatfield products can be found at Stop and Shop, Hannaford, Acme, Shoprite, Giant Carlisle, and many more stores. Just head to the meat department in the ham section. Learn more at Hatfield.com

Hatfield Ham Store in store photo.

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The ultimate Monte Cristo Sandwich with Hatfield Ham.
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 Hatfield Ham Steaks
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 10 Slices Thinly sliced Swiss Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Half and half
  • 3 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 6 slices White Bread
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tsp Extra virgin olive oil
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 Hatfield Ham Steaks
  • 2 large Eggs
  • 10 Slices Thinly sliced Swiss Cheese
  • 2 tbsp Half and half
  • 3 tbsp Mayonnaise
  • 1 tbsp Dijon Mustard
  • 6 slices White Bread
  • 1/4 tsp Paprika
  • 1/2 tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp Pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp Unsalted Butter
  • 1 tsp Extra virgin olive oil
Instructions
  1. Beat 2 eggs, with 2 tbsp half & half, paprika, nutmeg and vanilla extract.
  2. Spread each slice of bread with the mayo and mustard mix. start layering the sandwich with the bread, mayo, cheese, ham, then bread, mayo, ham, cheese and bread.
  3. Dip the the sandwich into the egg mixture and cook in a pan with 1 tbsp butter ad 1 tsp olive oil. Cook on both sides till golden brown

Easy Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl

I have been meaning to post a smoothie bowl recipe for quite some time now and today I finally did it! It almost seems un-foodblogger-like not to have a smoothie bowl recipe since they are one of the hottest items in the food world right now. I am starting off very simple with a easy Banana & Berry smoothie bowl. It’s easy to make and uses simple ingredients.

easy Banana & Berry smoothie bowl

Smoothie bowls are basically thick smoothies served in a bowl. Whoever came up with this idea deserves props as the bowls are so much fun and are a great alternative to the drinkable smoothies. From my research online the bowl frenzy started with Acai bowls which originated in Brazil and later made their way to San Francisco. Since then, there have been so many variations of the bowls but one thing that can’t be denied is how delicious and good for you they are.

Thanks to Instagram, smoothie bowls have also become a trendy food. If you just type the words smoothie bowl on Instagram you will find the prettiest and artistically decorated smoothie bowls out there. Sometimes they look too pretty, you wonder if the person who made it actually ate it. My only problem with those perfect smoothie bowls is that they are unrealistic. Nobody has time to add pretty flowers and sprinkles to their food. This is why it was important to me that the recipe I share today includes day to day ingredients that can easily be found.

 smoothie bowl
easy Banana & Berry smoothie bowl

For this smoothie bowl I used frozen bananas, frozen berries and almond milk. Frozen fruit works better for smoothies in my opinion but you can certainly use fresh fruit. I love the texture that frozen fruit brings to smoothies. I also used almond milk instead of cow’s milk because I wanted a smoothie that wasn’t too creamy but had more of a sorbet taste. For those days when I want a really creamy smoothie, I use milk instead.

This easy banana & berry smoothie bowl is ready in less than 5 minutes. I topped it with pre-sliced fruit for convenience sake but if you want to save money I suggest cutting the fruit yourself. Sometimes I find pre-sliced fruit worth the extra bucks since my time is so limited. If you are looking for more inspiration check out my Easy Citrus Sour Cream Mousse Recipe too!

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Easy Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl
Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups Mixed Frozen Berries
  • 1 cup frozen banana slices
  • 3/4 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 cup fresh fruit of your choice sliced
  • 1/4 cup Hazelnut Granola
Servings
People
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 cups Mixed Frozen Berries
  • 1 cup frozen banana slices
  • 3/4 cups Unsweetened Almond Milk
  • 1 cup fresh fruit of your choice sliced
  • 1/4 cup Hazelnut Granola
Banana & Berry Smoothie Bowl
Instructions
  1. Blend the first 3 ingredients in a blender until completely smooth but still thick. Add more liquid as needed to get it to the right consistency.
  2. Serve in a bowl and top with the sliced fruit and granola. So easy!

Easy Peasy Mashed Pea Toast

Breaking news! Avocado toast is out and mashed pea toast is in! If you are on instagram you probably saw a million pictures of avocado toast last year. I am going to say avo toast is so 2018 and 2019 is all about mashed pea toast. Don’t get me wrong avo toast is still a favorite of mine but its good to switch things up.

Easy Peasy Mashed Pea Toast

Mashed pea toast is really easy to make and I know what you are thinking. Mashed peas on toast? When they are mashed, peas get a little creamy and the skins give some delicious texture. I love to add some, basil, parmesan and olive oil to elevate the flavor and give it pesto vibe but you certainly mash them with simple salt, pepper and olive oil.

I also love the variation of a lemony mashed pea toast. Bon Appetit has a great recipe for toast with lemony pea mash. You can add different herbs like parsley, mint or chives to mashed peas. For this recipe I topped the toast with boiled eggs to make it a complete meal.

Mashed Pea Toast
Easy Mashed Pea Toast with boiled eggs
Easy Mashed Pea Toast with boiled eggs

Recipe notes for Mashed Pea Toast

The Parmesan cheese is already salty so adding salt is optional in this recipe. It is very important to use a good quality olive oil and fresh basil to get the best pop of flavor in the recipe. Also choosing a whole grain and seedy bread is the best choice for this dish. White or plain bread just won’t do it justice.

Not only is this recipe delicious it also good for you. Peas are a great source of nutrients. Including being a good source of anti aging, healthy immune system promoting antioxidants. They are also a great source of fibre without being too heavy. I used frozen peas out of convenience but you can certainly use fresh peas. Just remember to choose the smaller ones as they are sweeter and more tender.

Want more delicious breakfast ideas, check out my Kale, Egg and Cheese quesadilla recipe here!

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Mashed Pea Toast Recipe
Easy Peasy Mashed Pea Toast
Course Breakfast
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 4 boiled eggs
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Course Breakfast
Servings
people
Ingredients
  • 2 cups frozen peas
  • 2 tbsp toasted pine nuts
  • 1/4 cup grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/3 cup Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 1 clove fresh garlic
  • 4 boiled eggs
  • Kosher salt and pepper to taste
Easy Peasy Mashed Pea Toast
Instructions
  1. Boil peas for 5 minutes till tender. While peas are cooking place garlic, pine nuts, basil, parmesan in a food processor.
  2. Once peas are cooked add them to the food processor with the rest of the ingredients and pulse for 2 minutes. Add the olive oil and blend in the food processor till it reaches a consistency you like. Add more olive if necessary and serve over toast, with boiled eggs.

Kale, Egg and Cheese Quesadillas

According to foodreference.com , corn tortillas date all the way back to around 10,000 years BC when they were made of corn and dried kernel. The common flour tortillas were later created based on Spanish influence and have since gained enormous popularity; even surpassing the sales of white bread in some cases. Very understandable because tortillas are awesome! They allow us to create dishes like tortilla chips, enchiladas, tacos and this Kale, Egg and Cheese quesadillas recipe.

This kale, egg and cheese quesadilla recipe is very simple and although it does not look as fancy as those you get at restaurants, it tastes absolutely amazing. The creaminess of the cheese and egg coupled with the texture of the kale makes for a great eating experience. I served it with avocado slices which paired well with the quesadillas. Next time I will serve them with some Pico de gallo on the side which I think will perfectly complement this dish.

When is comes to breakfast quesadillas the filling choices are endless. You can go with meat fillings or go with vegetarian options. Here are a few options, all of which you can add onion or peppers if you wish:

  • Ham, egg and cheese
  • Bacon, egg and cheese
  • Beans, egg cheese
  • Spinach, egg and cheese
  • Simple egg and cheese

If you are looking for a non-breakfast meal for your tortillas try my very popular shrimp taco with chipotle sauce recipe . I would also love to learn more breakfast quesadilla filling options from you in the comment section below. I always love to see the creations my readers make after following one of my recipes. Just tag me on Instagram @spoonsandstilettos.

Happy Cooking Friends!


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Kale, Egg and Cheese Quesadillas

Kale, egg and cheese quesadillas

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Mexican

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes

Servings
people


Ingredients
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese
  • 1 tsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Course Breakfast
Cuisine Mexican

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes

Servings
people


Ingredients
  • 6 large eggs
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 1/2 medium onion chopped
  • 1 cup Mexican cheese
  • 1 tsp Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tsp onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt

Kale, egg and cheese quesadillas


Instructions
  1. Scramble the eggs seasoned with onion powder and salt in a bowl.

  2. Heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil in a medium-sized skillet over medium heat and add the chopped kale and onions. until wilted, about 3 to 5 minutes.

  3. Warm the tortilla over medium heat flipping occasionally. Once tortilla is warm, sprinkle one half of the quesadilla with ¼ cup cheese. Top the cheese with scrambled eggs and kale then top another ¼ cup cheese. Flip the empty tortilla halve over the toppings and press firmly.

  4. Let the bottom part of the quesadilla cook for 2 minutes, then gently flip the quesadilla. Flip the quesadilla again, and let the cheese sizzle into the quesadilla for about 2 minutes. Flip again until both sides are a little crisp with a golden brown color.

  5. Lightly cover the cooked quesadillas with foil while you cook the next one. Place the cooked quesadillas on a cutting board to cool then slice each quesadilla into 2 slices and serve.

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