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Feb 26, 2010 11:01 AM

better-for-you spreads for bread

I've just started baking bread again, courtesy of Healthy Bread in Five Minutes a Day - so now we've got warm, crusty and delicious bread around the house ALL THE TIME. To make the indulgence a little healthier than it is when spread with sweet butter, I'm thinking of delving into the world of veggie- and other healthy spreads that satisfy as butter substitutes. Along the lines of NYC Josie's Restaurant's sweet potato-tahini spread, which they offer with bread before meals. Any ideas appreciated. Here's a link to a version of the Josie's spread, which I find delicious:
thanks for the help!

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  1. not sure if this is on the same line but I love hummus on good toast, as well as a great black bean spread.

    1. Cottage cheese blended with scallions, fresh herbs, and a bit of garlic
      Roasted peppers, garlic, grilled eggplant, and olives pureed with a little olive oil
      White beans pureed with sun-dried tomatoes, garlic, and basil

      1. Green pea and carmelized onion spread. tuscan white bean, muhumarrah (not low cal, but walnut are good for you), curried carrot, lots with cottage cheese, quark or ricotta...

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        1. re: jsaimd

          love all your suggestions. the muhammara is right up our alley - yum! would you mind posting suggestions on the pea/onion suggestion, and the carrot/curry? just veg. purees w/a little flavoring, or is there something else going on? I love that little funkiness that comes from adding tahini to the sweet potato in the josie's spread - sounds like the onion and curry do that in your ideas - anyway, details appreciated and thanks so much.

        2. I have consciously avoided that book b/c I'd be eating bread all the time if I had the good stuff around the house . . . you're a strong woman. And I love that Josie's spread - forgot about that stuff, haven't been there in years.

          What about:

          a little ricotta, a drizzle of honey and a sprinkle of chopped nuts (walnuts, pine nuts, watever you like)
          When the tomatoes get good, a schmear of cream cheese/cottage cheese, a slice of tomato and salt & pepper
          Unsweetened apple butter
          Peanut butter and banana/apple slices/raisins
          White beans pureed w/garlic & olive oil
          Hummus and halved Kalamata olives


          1. Have been on an Eggplant caponata kick lately...Absolutely delicious alone or especially with a nice crusty bread.