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Sweet Potato Toasts with Mediterranean Salsa (Gluten Free)

This delicious appetizer recipe uses sweet potato toasts in place of bread! They’re topped with rosemary white bean dip and Mediterranean salsa.

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I’d never made sweet potato toasts before this recipe. Shocking, right? This food trend has been all over social media for quite some time now! Sweet potato toasts are so easy to make and super versatile. I will definitely be trying them again, and these little appetizers are perfect for entertaining friends and family.

I don’t have many appetizer recipes on the blog, so I decided to share one today! These delicious little bites are full of texture and fresh Mediterranean flavor. You’ll roast some sweet potato slices, then top them with homemade white bean rosemary spread and Mediterranean salsa.

What’s in Mediterranean salsa?

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Mediterranean salsa is a loose term, but it refers to the finely chopped ingredients included in the topping on these toasts. I added cucumber, olives, sun dried tomatoes, red onion, parsley, and Portofino Tuna to this recipe.

I love Portofino Tuna for so many reasons! Their tuna is extremely high quality. It is super tender and mild compared to water-packed tuna because it’s packed in extra virgin olive oil. Their albacore tuna is a good source of omega-3 fatty acids and an easy way to add protein to a meal or snack. You can buy Portofino Tuna in cans or pouches that you can seamlessly add to any recipe.

How to make sweet potato toasts

  • Slice sweet potatoes lengthwise into 1/4 inch thick slices.
  • Place sweet potatoes in an even layer on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
  • Spray with cooking spray and season with salt and pepper. Flip sweet potatoes and repeat.
  • Roast for 25-30 minutes, flipping sweet potatoes once halfway through cooking.
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Tips for making sweet potato toasts with Mediterranean salsa

  • Select sweet potatoes of similar shape and size. Keep them on the smaller side to make appetizers, or choose larger ones to make this recipe more of a meal.
  • Don’t drain the can of tuna. Portofino Tuna is packed in extra virgin olive oil, so we want all that delicious flavor + healthy fats to end up in the salsa!
  • Use store-bought hummus as a shortcut. If you don’t have a food processor to make the white bean spread, just use your favorite hummus or white bean dip!
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Sweet Potato Toasts with Mediterranean Salsa (Gluten Free)

  • Author: Alex
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: makes ~16 sweet potato toasts
  • Category: appetizer

Description

This delicious appetizer recipe uses sweet potato toasts in place of bread! They’re topped with rosemary white bean dip and Mediterranean salsa.


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Ingredients

  • 4 small sweet potatoes

Rosemary White Bean Spread

  • 1 can white beans, drained and rinsed
  • Juice of half a lemon
  • 2 tsp fresh rosemary needles, roughly chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp tahini

Mediterranean Salsa

  • 1 can Portofino Albacore Tuna
  • 1 1/2 cup cucumber, diced
  • 1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives, chopped
  • 1/4 cup sun dried tomatoes, chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • Juice of 1/2 lemon
  • 2 tbsp fresh parsley, chopped
  • Salt
  • Pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 415 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Wash and scrub sweet potatoes. Slice them lengthwise into 1/4 inch thick slices, discarding the end pieces or save them for another recipe.
  3. Spray each side of sweet potato slices with cooking spray, salt, and pepper. 
  4. Roast for 25-30 minutes until just starting to brown. Flip once during cooking.
  5. While sweet potatoes are in the oven, prepare the rosemary white bean spread. Combine all spread ingredients in a food processor. Blend until completely smooth.
  6. Make the Mediterranean salsa. Combine all ingredients except salt and pepper in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine, and then add salt and pepper to taste.
  7. Once sweet potatoes are done roasting and cool enough to handle, spread each piece with 1-2 tbsp of rosemary white bean spread. Add a spoonful of salsa on top. You may have extra white bean spread or salsa leftover, depending on size of sweet potato toasts.
  8. Serve immediately.


Notes

  • Extra Mediterranean salsa is delicious over a salad!

Keywords: sweet potato toasts, mediterranean salsa, tuna recipe, gluten free, kalamata olives

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Buffalo Cauliflower Lettuce Wraps

Let’s talk party snacks. Just like pretty much everyone in America, I love me some good finger foods. Chips and guac, cheese and crackers, bruschetta and mini quiches – I’ll take them all! I’m not really into football, but I’m always down for a Super Bowl party to scope out the snack scene. Sometimes it’s fun to have a whole bunch of mini foods to munch on instead of a formal meal!

The problem with these mini foods is that they are usually not very nutritious. They are often high in sodium, saturated fat and pack more calories than they let on. Looks can be deceiving – one pig in a blanket packs almost 100 calories, 2 grams of saturated fat and 200 mg sodium. These little snacks add up fast!

As you guys might know, my philosophy surrounding nutrition and eating is never about strict calorie counting or taking extreme measures to eat healthier. I focus on eating whole foods (mostly plants) that are nutrient dense a majority of the time, but still leave space to enjoy less nutritious foods. I always want eating to be pleasurable for you, and restricting yourself from enjoying a food you love will likely backfire in the long term.

Tackling situations like Super Bowl parties, where decadent food is in abundance, can be one of the most challenging scenarios to navigate if you are trying to stick to certain health goals. Here are some steps I like to go through with myself in these situations. They help me stay in tune with my body and ensure that I don’t overeat to the point where I am uncomfortably full (and believe me, I’ve done this before and it is no fun)!

Right before the party, I take a second to really check in with myself. I assess how hungry I am. Rating your hunger on a scale of 1 to 10 can help! This will help guide my eating choices during the event. Once arriving, I say my hello’s, offer to help out, and do a quick survey of the snack scene. I like to see all the creative recipes people made, and see if any snacks really jump out to me. I usually find 2-3 treats that I’m salivating over, and know I’ll want a taste of those! When it’s time to eat, I fill half my plate with some nutrient dense, lighter options, such as salad, veggie sticks and hummus or grapes. More often than not, your party will have some sort of crudité platter, so load up on these foods freely! Then, I save the other half of my plate for moderate portions of those less nutritious snacks I’m eager to try  (Spanakopita! Mozzarella sticks!) I try to eat slowly and enjoy each bite of food. Before running back for seconds, I check in with myself again to see how hungry I am, and this helps determine how much, if any, extra food I’ll take.

I hope these tips help! It can take a while to get to the point where you are comfortable listening and acting on your hunger cues, but it really is a freeing feeling! Thanks for reading, but now it’s time for the real reason you came here – buffalo cauliflower lettuce wraps!

Ben and I hosted our friends for the Super Bowl on Sunday, and I overestimated the amount of buffalo cauliflower to make, so we had a lot left over. I also had some fresh butter lettuce in the fridge, and thought the combination would be perfect! The warm and spicy cauliflower bites, paired with the cool crisp lettuce works sooo well. A little tangy goat cheese, pickled red onions and creamy guacamole really took these to the next level. To make these cauliflower bites a little more nutritious, I used whole wheat breadcrumbs and almond flour as the coating, baked them instead of frying in oil, and found this sauce that uses pineapple juice as sweetener! The less processed, the better.

Ingredients:

  • 1 large head of cauliflower, cut into bite size florets
  • 1 cup whole wheat breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup almond flour
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning blend
  • 2-3 eggs
  • Avocado oil spray
  • 1 12 oz bottle buffalo sauce (I used this brand)
  • 1 tsp avocado oil
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • ¼ cup crumbled goat cheese, guacamole and pickled red onions for topping

Instructions:

  1. Preheat oven to 420 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. Combine breadcrumbs, almond flour, garlic powder and Italian seasoning in a small bowl.
  3. Whisk eggs in a separate bowl.
  4. One by one, dip each cauliflower floret into the egg, then coat with breadcrumb mixture. Space out evenly on baking sheet and spray with avocado oil spray.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and let cool for a few minutes.
  6. Combine buffalo sauce and avocado oil in a small bowl. Dip each cauliflower floret into mixture to coat, and return to baking sheet.
  7. Bake for another 15 minutes. You can broil for a minute or so at the end to get them extra crunchy, just be careful and watch that they don’t burn!
  8. While cauliflower is baking, pull off whole leaves from lettuce head, wash and pat dry.
  9. Top each lettuce leaf with 2 cauliflower florets, a dollop of guacamole, a sprinkle of goat cheese and a few red onions. Enjoy warm!

If you guys try this recipe, tag @daisybeet on Instagram so I can see your creations! 🙂