I’m a big fan of a good toastie, with warm cheese oozing out of the side, stuffed with all manner of goodness, but sometimes the extra bread and copious amounts of cheese can feel heavy. Here’s a way to fix it.
Last year, I was tasked with creating a few new, quick and easy meal ideas for Australian Pineapples – which by the way are in season all year round thanks to our tropical climate in Far North Queensland (the gold variety I used is really sweet and tasty).
One of the family-friendly recipes was a pizza-style toastie that can be made on a selection of bread, English muffins (perfect for lunch boxes) and Lebanese wraps – I think these will basically become my go-to pizza bases.
Here are two simple tricks to turn them into a delightfully light and veggieful mealtimes or snacks.
Use plenty of veg for the topping
I call them Confetti Toasties, much the same as I refer to this as Confetti Salad. It’s the veggies, cut into tiny pieces that make them look like tiny bobs of confetti.
You can use any veggies you like – finely chopped broccoli with garlic butter tastes sensational under a duvet of melted cheese, as do “traditional” pizza toppings. Leftover roasted veg such a pumpkin and sweet potato are also fab! Basically, to make a fun healthier toastie or melt use plenty of veggies per serving.
Make it an open pizza-style toastie
If you would rather enjoy extra veggies and half the bread, then simply do what most Europeans do – place your toppings on top a bread slice, sprinkle with grated cheese and pop that under the oven grill like you would a pizza.
You will be able to see all of the fun confetti toppings, too!