This braided bread is absolutely perfect for this week’s Toast Tuesday recipe. We start with Lifeway Farmer Cheese, the magic ingredient in this recipe. Our small-batch farmer cheese is an easy way to boost your lunch with protein and probiotics. We then add a layer of seasonings, cut roasted peppers, and spicy arugula. The cool, tangy taste of our Lifeway Farmer Cheese blended with the heat of the peppers gives this sandwich a warm, comforting flavor to help get you through these cold winter days. Is it lunchtime yet?
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Prebiotics + Probiotics = a Healthy You
Prebiotics are non-living, non-digestible carbohydrates naturally found in a variety of foods. Your body actually can’t digest probiotics, so they’re what probiotics feed off of to remain actively working in your digestive system. They help the digestive system by promoting the growth of good bacteria. Prebiotics and probiotics work together in balance to make sure our digestive system stays on track and regular. Research has found that consuming a variety of prebiotic and probiotic food sources may improve your body’s natural functions, including both your immune and digestive systems.Prep Time: 45 mins Servings: 2-4
- For Roasted Garlic:
- 2 garlic bulbs
- thyme leaves
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- For Pesto:
- 2 cups fresh basil leaves
- 3/4 cups parmesan cheese
- 1/2 cup olive oil
- 1/2 cup pine nuts
- 2 garlic cloves
- 1/4 cups lemon juice
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/4 tsp. black pepper
- For Roasted Pepper:
- 2 red peppers
- 2 tbsp. olive oil
- salt/pepper to taste
- 2 cups Farmer Cheese
- a handful of arugula
- Challah bread, sliced
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut tops off of each garlic bulb and pour in a tbsp olive oil. Garnish with salt and pepper and wrap in parchment papper. roast in oven for 40-70 mins. Until soft.
- To make the pesto, combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.
- To make the roasted pepper, cut open the peppers and lay them out. Drench them in oil, salt and pepper and roast at 400 for 30 minutes, or until soften.
- Once everything is done roasting, slice challah bread. Butter one side and toast in a pan over medium high heat. Top with roasted garlic spread, pesto, farmer cheese, roasted pepper, arugula and season with salt/pepper.