As of late, bread has become the common denominator in trending “bad-for-you” food. When did we decide that we need to wage war against gluten? To battle to defeat carbs? In my opinion, there is no need for such negative feelings about the humble loaf; it doesn’t deserve such treatment! Yes, moderation is key when it comes to the carb argument, but there is a smart way to go about the glorious toast. Loading it with fresh, delicious toppings is a start. Thus: Toasts with the Most.

Each toast featured in this series may not come to mind as the conventional toaster-familiar option. Crackers, flatbreads, and gluten-free options are interchangeable throughout this series, unless noted otherwise. Be smart about your carbs: Choose the widths of your slices wisely, and your carb guilt can just be quiet for once.

Bread doesn't have to be soft! Think outside the crust, and you get flatbreads! Okay, so this might be a cracker, but it's bordering on bread with it's seeded surface. I found it best to pair snappy flatbread with softer toppings such as hummus, which naturally led me to carrots! A Mediterranean match made for a filling and veggie-rich option. Read below on how to roast your carrots for toast!

Flatbread with Hummus and Roasted CarrotAny spice rub will do for the carrots, even simple salt and pepper! I used Za'atar spice, an Israeli blend of sumac, thyme, and sesame. Mix and match your flavors, or even kick up the heat by including some cayenne or chipotle ground pepper.

  • 1 flat bread cracker
  • 2 tablespoons hummus
  • 1/4 pound baby carrots
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon Za'atar spice
  • Parsley (for garnish, if desired)

2. Spread cracker with hummus. Top with carrots and parsley. Enjoy!

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