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LAST WEEK, I POSTED THE Heirloom Tomato Sandwich with Herbs and Creamy Tofu Spread recipe from Whole Living on the “14 Months to 50” Facebook page as our first recipe for Thursday Cooking Club.   Today we will all meet on the Discussion tab to tell how we made the recipe our own, offer opinions, etc.   Here’s what I did:

I don’t eat tofu, so I substituted goat cheese in this recipe.   In two small mixing bowls, I divided 4 ounces of goat cheese.   I added chopped fresh dill and a couple of squeezes of lemon to the goat cheese in one bowl, along with a dash of cracked pepper, then blended with a fork.  In the second bowl, I added chopped fresh basil and cracked pepper.  I’m not sure it’s possible to use too much dill or too much basil — in my house it isn’t.  I have always loved basil and cream cheese and with goat cheese I can closely imitate that flavor combo, with just a little bit of added tang. 

After blending the herbs with the cheese, I spread half of each mixture on 1/2 slice of wheat artisan bread.  I topped the dill mixture with halved grape tomatoes, more dill, and pieces of fresh lettuce.   The basil mixture was topped with tomatoes, more basil and walnuts.  Then I sprinkled the entire dish with cracked pepper and sea salt.  

This recipe is good for a brunch or lunch, snack, or even as an appetizer if entertaining.   The flavors are very savory, and the bread gives it some weight — delicious and filling. 

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I needed a super quick and super easy breakfast this morning.  Lately, I’ve been enjoying strawberries with almond milk on top of them, so I took it a bit farther today.  First I sliced four strawberries into a bowl, then I just threw in a handful of walnuts and almonds, then a palmful of raisins, and poured almond milk over it. It’s sweet, creamy, crunchy and very satisfying. Sooooo much better than cereal!!

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I’m being very naughty with my snack today – having a piece of raisin bread with light cream cheese.  Yes it’s “light”, but, yes, it’s cream cheese.  Translation:  6g of fat per tablespoon.  Not good.   But I made a nice piece of raisin toast, put one tablespoon of cream cheese on it and topped it with walnut halves.   My other latest new thing is slicing up an apple and dusting it with cinnamon, which I had with this toast today.  

I have to get this cream cheese out of my house, so the next person who shows up at my door and says “Dahling, you look mahvelous!”  gets to take home a 2/3 full tub of light cream cheese.   I know!   That’s just how I am.   Healhty low-fat snacks for diet and nutrition

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