Today I have a super easy recipe for you. Roasted Vegetable and hummus Tartines have been on repeat at home, and they are pure perfection for lunch. But first, let’s chat about self care for a bit. A LOT has been said about self care lately. And I am here for it. When you think about it, we live in a world that that has glorified being constantly busy. But by being busy all the time and not allowing ourselves to just BE, we do a disservice to our mind and to our body.
You can’t give from an empty cup, so personally when it comes to self care, two things come to mind. Working out and cooking meals at home that are nourishing and delicious. Nothing feels better than coming from a long run, or an intense CrossFit workout to a bowl of pipping hot oatmeal with fruit or a Roasted Vegetable Tartine (but more on that later!)
For years now, there’s been a variety of confusing information when it comes to food, especially carbs. I’ve always believed in balance. Besides not eating meat, and avoiding highly processed foods, meals at home are a rainbow made with wholesome ingredients. There’s always a bowl of fruit on our Kitchen’s island, whole wheat pasta in our pantry, sweet potatoes, peppers, cauliflower, countless avocados, greek yogurt and multigrain bread.
“All sorrows are less with bread” -Miguel De Cervantes
I saw that quote for the first time at one of my favourite brunch spots in Dublin, and it has stayed with me ever since. In fact, bread is a staple at home. From the epic breakfast sandwiches that Warren makes, the golden grilled cheese that Gaby puts together, to Isa’s green goddess sandwiches; bread is the foundation for a quick, easy and nutritious lunch and an absolute must for many of our breakfast favourites (Hello coconut French toast!)
You see, balance when it comes to food, is utterly important. I grew up in a home where I never hear the word “bad” when it came to any foods because the foods that we had at home included a bit of every food group. Every meal my mom made for me, and the ones I make for my family have whole grains and salad on the side. But we also enjoy French toast for brunch or waffles on Sunday. Because at the end of the day, there are no bad foods, but mindful choices and moderation.
There are so many reasons why multigrain bread is a staple at home. Personally when I come from a run and don’t have 30 minutes to make lunch, a wholegrain toast with with avocado and egg is absolute perfection. Complex carbs, protein and healthy fats all in one simple, yet delicious meal.
But besides convenience, it’s worth remembering that…
- Bread adds energy to an active lifestyle: On days where I have a long run or intense workout ahead, I usually have a piece of multigrain toast with peanut butter before heading out. The bread’s complex carbohydrates, offer long lasting energy which keeps me going during my entire workout.
- Bread provides more fibre: Whole grain wheat contains tons of it, a key nutrient for digestive health.
- Great source of nutrients: The grains in bread contain calcium, iron, magnesium, folic acid and vitamin B6. As I don’t eat meat, I’m constantly looking out for foods that are high on vitamin B’s, and multigrain bread provides some of it in my diet.
- Plays happily with other foods: Avocado toast wouldn’t exist without a good slice of hearty sourdough bread, or some of my favourite brunch dishes like a cheesy strata or eggs Benedict. The possibilities are endless.
So today, I want to share with you a recipe that has become a family favourite, and one that you’ll soon have on repeat at home. It is that good! For these roasted vegetable tartines with hummus, the bread is deliciously crispy and gets topped with generous tablespoons of homemade hummus, vegetables roasted in olive oil and creamy feta cheese. I hope you’ve made your own hummus before, but if you haven’t, you’ll love how creamy and garlicky this one is. You can use regular tahini, but if you find smoked tahini, you’ll be in for a treat.
This is a well rounded meal, that’s rich in complex carbs, protein and health fats. It became a hit from the day that I first made it, and I hope you get to try them soon.
If you do, share it with me at www.instagram.com/dialaskitchen or #dialaskitchen I would love to hear how you liked it!
You can also find info and resources on all thins bread at https://yestobread.grainfoodsfoundation.org
Roasted Vegetable and Hummus Tartines
For the Hummus
1 can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
2 cloves garlic
1/3 cup tahini, plus 3 tablespoons
1/3 cup olive oil, plus 2 tablespoons
1/3 cup water
juice of 1/2 lemon
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon paprika
pinch of freshly cracked pepper
For the roasted vegetables
1 red pepper, sliced
1 yellow pepper, sliced
1/2 red onion, sliced
10–12 cremini mushrooms, cut in halves
3 tablespoons extra -virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
Pinch of black pepper
4 slices whole wheat, multigrain or sourdough bread
1/2 cup crumbled feta cheese
An easy and nutritious tartine, topped with the creamiest homemade hummus, roasted vegetables and tangy feta.
- In a food processor or high-speed blender, add the chickpeas, garlic, tahini, olive oil, lemon, salt, paprika and pepper. Process until smooth, about 3 minutes. Set aside in a bowl.
- Preheat your oven at 400 F. Place the vegetables on a baking sheet and drizzle with the olive oil, balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Roast in the oven for 12 minutes (alternatively, bake the vegetables and broil for the last minute) stirring halfway through.
- Toast the bread and top with 2 tablespoons of hummus, 2 or 3 tablespoons of roasted vegetables and a sprinkle of feta. Enjoy!
This post was made in collaboration with Grain Foods Foundation, however all views, opinions and recipe creation are my own.