If you have a loaf or two of delicious, all-natural organic bread, such as from Klosterman Baking Company, and don't know what to do with it, there are plenty of ways that you can transform it into breakfast, lunch or dinner. Of course you can always use bread as the base of a hearty sandwich, but your meal inspiration doesn't have to stop there.
Since organic bread is made with an array of wholesome ingredients such as cracked wheat, ground flax seed, nuts, seeds, millet, amaranth, oats and quinoa, they can go bad faster than their highly processed counterparts. While commercial breads may contain preservatives that prolong shelf life, organic bread should be enjoyed soon after purchasing for the best flavor and texture.
If you can't use all of the organic bread right away even while incorporating it into meals, you can either refrigerate or freeze it to extend its life. Be sure to place the slices or loaves in air-tight resealable plastic bags prior to storing it.
Here are some ways that you can create filling meals using organic bread:
1. French Toast
If you're in the mood for something sweet in the morning, you can't go wrong with French toast, which is made by dipping thick slices of bread into egg, and then pan-frying it to a golden brown. Top with maple syrup and butter, along with an array of fresh, seasonal fruit, such as peaches, apples or any type of berry.
Round out the meal with eggs and sausage or bacon, which will help you make it to lunchtime without a growling stomach.
2. Breakfast Sandwich
While breakfast sandwiches are typically assembled on English muffins or croissants, try making with two toasted slices of organic bread for a change. Layer on all of your favorite ingredients, such as fried eggs, any type of cheese,bacon, sausage and avocado.
Family members can easily customize their own breakfasts, and eat their meal on the go if necessary.
1. Caprese Bruschetta
If you have a crusty loaf of organic French or Italian bread on hand, use it to make caprese bruschetta, which is an ideal light lunch. Cut the loaf into thick slices and toast them in the oven. Layer fresh basil, sliced tomatoes and mozzarella cheese on top of the slices, and drizzle them with a little olive oil and balsamic vinegar.
2. French Onion Soup
Make a lunch of rich French onion soup more filing by placing a slice of hearty organic bread on top, rather than using crackers or croutons.
If your organic bread is a bit on the stale side, you can crumble it up and use it to hold together homemade meatballs. Cook the balls in your favorite marinara sauce, and ladle over the pasta of your choice.
Cut a loaf of organic French or Italian bread length-wise, top it with marinara sauce and shredded mozzarella cheese, and add extras such as sauteed mushrooms or pepperoni. Bake until the cheese melts for a fast and easy dinner.
Homemade bread pizzas make ideal kids' birthday party meals as well.