Thursday, January 26, 2012

Spice up your meals

This morning while I was eating my chili toast for breakfast, I was thinking about an article I read on MSNBC last week. You can read about the article here: Spice up your meals.

This article says that new research indicates that spicing up your meals can help reduce your weight and increase your metabolism. For me, spicing up my meals begins with breakfast. Yes, you heard me right, with breakfast. I grew up in India. Spices are in my blood.

Now you too can enjoy chili toast for breakfast or as a snack anytime. Here is the recipe. Enjoy!

Chili Toast
Yield : 2 pieces
  • 2 Slices of bread ( I prefer Trader Joe's cracked wheat or multigrain sourdough bread)
  • 1 small tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 2 tablespoons chopped red onion
  • 1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon minced fresh green chili such as serrano
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 cup of grated cheddar cheese
  • Generous pinch of ground cumin
  • Pinch of cayenne or to your taste
Preheat oven to 375 F.
Mix all the ingredients together except for the bread. Place bread on the baking sheet. Pile the cheese mixture on the bread, evenly dividing it on two slices. Bake the toast in the oven for 5 -7 minutes.

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  1. How delish, I also love spices a lot. Latin American food is kind of spicy, but not as much as Indian food, which I personaly love. This chilli toast looks great and I will definetely try it. Thanks for sharing. Hugs,

  2. i m sure this will be yummy...great for ppl like me...

  3. My kind of breakfast...looks delicious!

  4. Yes...this is perfect my mommy's special everybody's gone for the day mornings. This recipe, and cup of tea and my favorite blogs...Can't wait!

  5. Thank you for this great recipe. However, I hope you will forgive me if I try it at lunchtime. I'm afraid that, for me, breakfast toast will continue to be topped with orange marmalade.


  6. HPS!

    This is really great! I will make some!


  7. Wow, that looks delicious!

    Pink Bathroom, have a great weekend!

    PS. I am now your follower.

  8. I love and enjoy breakfast, but never use spices.

  9. Yummy! I just read in a magazine about adding a little heat to your food to speed up your metabolism. Interesting, isn't it, but it makes sense, too!
    Jil ♥

  10. And people laugh at me when I tell then I like salad for breakfast!! Oh a little cold pizza isn't bad either. LOL



  11. Chili.. toast.. wow!! that sure sounds like something my hubby would love..

  12. Delicious! We used to eat these for evening snacks! But we used finely shredded carrots as well in the mixture. Thanks for the reminder, gotta make these. PS: These work well with Panera's ciabatta loaves too :)