Here’s a fun fact; I’m not always in the mood to cook. Sometimes I’m feeling it, sometimes I’m not. On the days where I’m required to cook for brand collaborations or recipe developments I may be working on, I really have to be feeling it.
Feeling creative, that is.
Don’t get me wrong, I love to cook. So much so that I rarely #mealprep. I just love having different foods every day, and I actually enjoy cooking! I always have.
But on the days where all I feel like doing is wrapping myself up in a blanket (burrito style, of course) usually on weekends, and binge watching shows on the couch, my meals usually end up resembling either:
- Leftovers in a bowl,
- Whatever I can find in the kitchen served tapas style,
- Or leftovers on toast.
Hence the somewhat less traditional ingredients on today’s toasts. (Aka: whatever I had in the fridge on bread). This is an honest look at what some meals look like, not every meal is overly elaborate. But that’s okay.
Sometimes, the essentials like hummus, kimchi, and toast are all I need to be satisfied.
As a vegan, hummus is pretty much a lifeline. So the fridge is almost always stocked with a fresh batch, and I mean that! I only used the word “garbanzo” in the title for this post because I like the sound of it. Plus it’s a touch fancayyy!
One food item I like to have on the regular is kimchi (fermented+pickled cabbage). With just the right blend of spices, this savoury snack is a fave of mine on salads, soups, and toasts. It’s important to read the label to make sure it’s actually vegan, so I usually end up going with Wildbrine, or another brand I like which happens to be organic that I can only find at Whole Foods.
Sweet & savoury, and containing protein, probiotics + fibre.
These hummus + kimchi toasts are also super quick to whip up, which is convenient on the days where you may not feel like spending hours in the kitchen. I lightly fried the cauliflower florets with olive oil in a pan for not even five minutes.
The bread I’ve been obsessing over lately and using here is Dave’s Killer Bread. Their breads are USDA labelled organic, have a good amount of protein in them, and are vegan and non-GMO certified. All music to my ears!
And to finish off with an added touch of “fancayyy”, I added microgreens to the tops of my toasts.
Microgreens are great compared to their fully grown counterparts because they can contain up to 40 times higher levels of vitamins and nutrients.
That’s it folks! Sometimes simple can be better. Why complicate things, especially on burrito style couch-surfing days? Less time in the kitchen means more time working out (lifting the remote control to skip the intro of your netflix shows).
Nick Joly | Inspired by Nick