Monday, 8 April 2019

Spanish Breakfast

Sneaking the odd tomato into your low potassium diet.

    I can't imagine life without tomatoes, anyway apart from their potassium content, they have other health benefits.
    Mike loves them too, and living here in southern Spain, we quickly took to the Spanish Breakfast (desayuno), of  Tostados con Tomates (Tomatoes on toast)
    As plum tomatoes (tomates pera - pear tomatoes) are almost half the potassium are almost half the potassium content of normal size tomatoes and taste lovely, I use them far more now and for this recipe, a generous cover per person is approximately 9 points, which makes it an affordable amount from your 50 point total for the day.
   Here is your recipe for Tomates Tostades (serves 2)
   (If you're not a fan of garlic then leave it out. It does give you a 'ring of confidence' for a couple of hours! Mike is a garlic first, oil second fan, I'm the other way round, but whichever way you do it, Sprinkle some oil on the toasted cut side of the baguette, then rub the clove over and follow it with the chosen amount of pureed tomato.
   Approximate potassium total of 9 points per person

  • 3 medium sized plum tomatoes
  • 2 small or one large white baguette (approx 100gm serving)
  • 2 large or 3 small garlic cloves
  • Extra Virgin Olive oil to serve
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • Pinch of sugar
  • Very small amount of salt to flavour
    Cut the baguette in half lengthways, and then grill on one side only (the cut side uppermost) until golden brown. Grate or whizz the tomatoes in a blender or processor (I don't skin or deseed them, but you may prefer to). Once they are mushy season the with pepper, salt, sugar if using, . Transfer to a bowl and serve with the toasted baguette, olive oil and garlic cloves. Enjoy.
    If using, peel the garlic cloves and serve whole to rub onto the toast.
    (Tomato Potassium figures based on 147mg as per

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