Today’s recipe is sprout of this world! Your body wants Brussels sprouts. They’re rich in vitamin K and they’re loaded with vitamin C and Folate. For Toast Tuesday, we’ve prepared a Fall Harvest Toast by mixing these leafy veggies with a blend of nuts, onions, seasonings, and Lifeway Farmer Cheese. Our cool and tangy cheese, which is full of protein and probiotics, perfectly complements the warm nutty flavor of the Brussels sprouts. It’s an easy-to-make lunch that you can feel good about eating.
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- 2 large sweet onions
- kosher salt and pepper
- 1 lb. brussels sprouts
- 1 tbsp. olive oil
- 1 cup Farmer Cheese
- 1/4 cup chopped roasted pistachios
- Basil and parsley for topping
- French Loaf
- In a medium skillet over medium/high heat, add slice onions with a pinch of salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil. Cook for about 10 minutes stirring often until the onions are soft. Turn down the heat and cook for about 20-25 more minutes stirring often. The onions should caramelize, but you don't want them over done.
- Remove the onions and add in another drizzle of olive oil along with the brussels sprouts and salt and pepper. Cook for about 8 minutes, or until they become bright green.
- Slice the french loaf in half, top with farmer cheese, cooked onions and brussels sprouts, pistachios, a drizzle of olive oil, salt, pepper, basil, and parsley to taste. Cook in the oven for 15 minutes at 450 degrees.
- Top with more fresh herbs, slice into crescents, and enjoy!