By Frances Largeman-Roth, RDN
Summer is right around the corner and after the brutal winter we had in the Northeast, I am so excited for warm weather that I’m practically jumping out of my sandals!
Long, lazy days are ahead of us and that means picnics, parties and barbecues. With the kids at home, it means lots of hungry little ones looking for a snack. And, the timing couldn’t be better because Rudi’s Gluten-Free just reformulated their favorite gluten-free breads to make them fluffier and tastier. What’s more, the new bread slices are higher in fiber (4g per slice!) and as always, they’re free of GMOs.
Plus, Rudi’s Gluten-Free also has two new heat and serve toasts that make a super fun addition to easy summer meals. Here’s my guide to using the great new products from Rudi’s Gluten-Free for all of your summer celebrations!
The Cocktail Mixer: Radish-Cucumber Bites
I love a cheese plate and olives for drinks with our grown up friends, but I’m always looking for something fun and seasonal to serve alongside. This little hors d’oeuvre is pretty and colorful, and it’s the perfect bite to go with everything from a glass of rosé to a Negroni.
Take a slice of Rudi’s Gluten-Free Original Sandwich Bread and toast it lightly. Let it cool, then spread a very thin layer of unsalted butter on top. Using an overlapping pattern, arrange thinly sliced radishes and thinly sliced peeled cucumbers on the bread (you can go red, green, red, or vice versa). Use a serrated bread knife to cut the bread into six squares. Makes enough slices of Radish-Cucumber Bites to serve each guest 2-3 bites.
The Get up and Go: Avocado Toast
Avocado toasts are hugely popular right now, and there are plenty of reasons why. Creamy, buttery avocados are loaded with healthy monounsaturated fat and potassium, and make a healthy and satisfying morning spread. I like to make mine on Rudi’s Gluten-Free Multigrain Sandwich Bread.
Simply take half of an avocado and place it in a small mixing bowl, squeeze in the juice of half a lemon, sprinkle in a little sea salt and pepper, and mash. Then spread the avocado mixture over two toasted slices of the Rudi’s Gluten-Free Multigrain Sandwich Bread. Give each slice a little drizzle of olive oil and you’ve got a delicious breakfast that will keep you feeling full until lunch.
The Sleepy Sunday: Cinnamon Raisin French Toast
With three little kids, I pretty much never get a chance to sleep in. But, sometimes on Sundays my husband will let me stay in bed a little longer, which is pure heaven. I make it up to him by making this delicious French toast.
In a large mixing bowl, whisk together ¾ cups milk, 2 large eggs, ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon, 1 teaspoon vanilla extract and a pinch of salt. Place four slices of Rudi’s Gluten-Free Cinnamon Raisin Sandwich Bread into the milk mixture, turning to coat both sides. Heat a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, coat with 1 teaspoon unsalted butter and add the bread. Cook on each side for about two minutes, or until golden. And more butter to the pan and repeat with another four slices of bread. Serve with fresh berries and pure maple syrup.
The BBQ Buddy: Cheesy Toast and Garlic Toast
I love to grill. To me, there’s nothing better than cooking dinner outside in the fresh air. And clean up is always so much easier! But, it does always take a while to prep and heat the grill, and then cook all the food, which can leave you with some hungry kiddos. The new Rudi’s Gluten-Free Toasts are a great solution for a pre-BBQ snack. Since these toasts are already topped with savory goodness, this idea is the easiest of them all!
You can simply follow the instructions on the package, which are to place the frozen slices of toast (four slices come per box) in a 400° oven until they are nice and crispy. Or, you can preheat your grill to medium and then place the frozen toasts on the grill for no more than five minutes, until fully thawed and crisp.
I hope you enjoy these fun ideas. Here’s a toast (pun intended) to a wonderfully delicious summer!