Toast need not be boring: Adding part-skim ricotta cheese and a few tasty toppings transforms it into a simple, satisfying breakfast. Part-skim ricotta has significantly less sodium than cottage cheese, a common breakfast bite. Pecans are loaded with antioxidants.
Adapted with permission from "Super Natural Every Day: Well-Loved Recipes from My Natural Foods Kitchen" by Heidi Swanson, copyright 2011. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.
This recipe is adapted from Sarah Copeland's forthcoming book, "Feast" (Chronicle Books).A tartine is a French open-faced sandwich; as you can imagine, it lends itself to improvisation. Here, the richness of the soft-boiled egg is cut by a bed of pungent, juicy-stemmed arugula. Between that and the bread is a perfectly balanced combination of mayonnaise and Greek yogurt, blended with more arugula and a mix of parsley, dill, mint, basil, and chives. It's not very often you can feel self-indulgent and virtuous at the same time.
A capon, which weighs a good eight or nine pounds, is a young male chicken that has been neutered. The snow-white breast meat is very tender and finely textured. You can find capons fresh or frozen at butcher shops and many supermarkets.