Toufayan Vegan Greek Flatbread


A nutritious, quick and easy Greek Flatbread, vegan style! View full recipe.


Toufayan Vegan Fiesta Flatbread


Pack on the flavor with these Vegan Fiesta Flatbreads, leaving you full and satisfied! View full recipe.


Toufayan Vegan Cheese Flatbread


A vegan spin on pizza while using Toufayan's Flatbread! View full recipe.


Toufayan Curry Hummus and Veggie Pita


This pita recipe goes great with most meals or just as a simple healthy snack! View full recipe.


Toufayan Mediterranean Pizza with Pita Crust


Recreate your pizza using our pita to make your comfort food healthy! View full recipe.


Toufayan Smart Pockets™ Thanksgiving Sandwich


Have all this leftover food from Thanksgiving? Well, we have the perfect Thanksgiving sandwich for you using Toufayan Smart Pockets™! View full recipe.


How to Make the Perfect Charcuterie Board

How to Make the Perfect Charcuterie Board

Charcuterie boards are becoming ever more popular, whether you are entertaining a large group at an event or you are having a one-on-one evening with a friend or loved one. They’re a great way to put out snacks when you are hosting a small group, and they’re the perfect option if you are looking for something a little different when hosting a party.

Charcuterie boards may as well be an art form for preparing cured, smoked meats and cheeses. Of course, many people out there are making their own versions of charcuterie boards these days, with sweet snacks and fruits, but it’s the traditional charcuterie boards that really capture the attention!

There are endless variations that are possible with charcuterie boards. You can change the fruit and veggies by the season, the cheeses by the wine you serve, and you can even make them specific to the holidays you’re hosting for. Think chocolate covered strawberries for a Valentine’s date night, and cranberries for a Christmas board while watching festive movies!

The problem with charcuterie boards are actually in the choices you get. From the board you use to the spread you add to it, an enormous range of choices are in front of you, and you want them to be right! The good news? A charcuterie board is never wrong, no matter what you put on it.

The charcuterie was originally started to preserve meat, and few people know that! Pork was always a traditional option – bacon strips, ham slices, and sausages are all staples for some charcuterie boards.

So, let’s dive right in and talk about how you can make the perfect charcuterie board, no matter the occasion!

The Board

The very first thing to consider when you are putting together a charcuterie board is the actual board itself. You can get them in a range of sizes and materials, and the size you choose should be geared toward how many people you’re making food for. So, if you want to make sure that you’re not running out of room, get a large flat board that will fit the number of people you are trying to feed.

If you want to be fancy, you can even use an actual dining table as a board itself! It’s perfect as a solution for parties with a large group, and you can dress the table up in any way you like. Wooden cutting boards and slate boards work really well as charcuterie boards, so you can use what you have if you don’t want to go out and buy something specific.

The Assembly

The most important elements for a charcuterie board are in the colors and the textures used on the platter. If you want it to look good, you need to assemble it correctly. When you are choosing your ingredients, you want them to pop – balancing the colors of the meat with the cheese is one thing, but you want to make sure that your Toufayan pita bread is well balanced too.

All of these meat and cheese options need a carb-base to balance them out so you can add a variety of pita, wraps and bagels. To add something more to the board, make sure that you choose biscuits and fruits for that sweet touch – we’ll go into the whole balance of sweet and savory a little later on.

To assemble your board, start with the bowls. You need bowls with dips, jams, mustards, preserves and more to ensure that your board has a little of everything. If you are serving pate, you might also want to present it in a small bowl to allow your guests to scoop easily.

If you start with your bowls, you can surround these with snacks like pickled onions and fresh olives, gherkin slices, and even salted and roasted nuts. Bowls offer your charcuterie board something new, and they are a pleasant touch if you want to design something beautiful.

The Food

The main event of the charcuterie board is the food. You want to impress people, and the best way that you can do that is with the right options! Adding in cured and smoked meats as the first layer is a smart choice, and then you can surround these meats with a range of cheeses. Add cheese knives to the side of the board, too, so that you can ensure that your guests don’t have to use their fingers.

You want to make sure that you head to the best delis and butchers for the right meats. Some cured meats can be harsh on the wallet, but if you choose pre-sliced meats, cured meats and even spreadable ones like pate, you’re going to impress everyone!

You want to add the larger blocks on the outside of the board first and go smaller as you move inwards. This will help you space out your board and make it look pretty. Salami, smoked ham and chorizo slices are a great start, and you can visit your local delis and stores for your favorite options.

You can then choose cheeses that compliment the smoky flavors of the meat. If you want to add something tasty, sun-dried tomatoes and mozzarella balls are an excellent option.

The next element to the food is in the bread and crackers. Those meats and cheeses are better balanced with options like bagels, pita breads, wraps, chips, and more. You can provide your guests with a complete meal when you don’t forget the carb options, and they can then layer all of the flavors on the board and ensure that the fresh breads you use are ready to eat. Pre-slicing will help you make it easy for your guests to eat.

Lastly, you want the fruits and garnishes on the board. Filling in the gaps with complementary berries, dried fruits and nuts is important. You can add apple slices to the board if you’re serving cheddar cheeses and brie, which would be aesthetically pleasing and tasty for your guests to enjoy.

The Drinks

The last thing to consider when you are putting together a charcuterie board is the drinks you serve with it. You want wines that complement the meats and cheeses, and you want to have chilled water with sliced fruits to go along with it.

Wine will always make a charcuterie board what it is, and there are some earthy red wine options that will go well with some options on the board. If you want it to be really special, think about a glass of chilled champagne. This will provide you with the balance you need to make your charcuterie board special!

Whether you serve up several boards with different flavors and themes or you are looking to serve a little plate for a movie night, you can create a meal everyone will like. Adding Toufayan Bakery bread options to your charcuterie board is the best thing that you can do to get started with something delicious.

With bakeries in NJ and Florida, we make products that can be found across supermarkets throughout the US and Canada. Your charcuterie board is going to be perfect when you have the fresh pita that we sell. Now that you know how to make yours, you can get started on something delicious!


Mini Bagel Platter

TOUFAYAN BAKERIES

This Mini Bagel Platter will be a favorite! Use Toufayan Mini Bagels to create a delicious platter with your favorite sweet and savory spreads or dips. View full recipe.



Gluten Free Chicken Enchilada Crunch Wraps


Enjoy Toufayan's Gluten Free Chicken Enchilada Crunch Wrap recipe! Perfect for a quick lunch or dinner idea for the whole family. View full recipe.


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Stop By Our Bakery Store in Plant City, Florida!

Did you know that Toufayan Bakeries now has a walk-in factory store? It’s true!

Visit Our Bakery in Plant City, FL

If you live in or around Plant City, FL, such as Tampa, Lakeland, and Brandon, you might have driven by and been intoxicated by the smell of our fresh baked bread and cookies.  Now, you could easily swing by and enjoy all the delicious cookies and bakery items you could hope for, fresh from our factory store. We’ve got something for everyone including gluten free options.

And that’s not all. We’re also carrying select Toufayan Bakery products such as wrapspitabagels, and breadsticks so dessert won’t be the only item on the table!

Freshly Baked Goods Near Tampa, Lakeland, and Brandon at our Plant City, Florida Factory Store.

Get Cookies and Fresh Baked Breads
at the Toufayan Bakery Factory Store

Swing on by our bakery at 2615 E US Hwy 92, Plant City, FL 33566 between the hours of 9:00am and 4:00pm, Monday through Friday, to enjoy the best tasting cookies money can buy. But remember, cash only. We do not accept credit cards, debit cards, checks, or any other methods of payment.

The Toufayan Family hopes to see you soon!


Grilled Mediterranean Flatbread


Create a fresh Mediterranean Flatbread, perfect for a summer meal or snack! View full recipe.


Toufayan Dessert Nachos


Who knew Toufayan wraps could be sweet! This recipe is to satisfy those sweet cravings as a dessert after dinner or just as a quick treat. View full recipe.


Toufayan Cheesy Pull-Apart Lavash


An easy recipe meets a delicious cheesy delight! Use our Lavash to create a snack that will make your day. View full recipe.


Toufayan Breakfast Wrap


Let's make the ultimate breakfast wrap! Using the viral folding technique with a Toufayan wrap, your breakfast wrap will stay secure while you enjoy every single bite. View full recipe.


What Is a Plant-Based Diet and How to Get Started

Your diet has a major impact on your well-being, which is why it’s important to choose foods that allow your body to thrive. When you consume foods that boost your energy, prevent inflammation and give your body the fuel it needs, you can expect to feel healthier, both physically and emotionally.

When it comes to finding the right foods to eat, there are plenty of opinions out there. From vegan and vegetarian to full-fat and high-protein, it's tricky to determine what’s right for you. However, millions of people and many scientific studies are proving just how beneficial a plant-based diet can be.

Read on to learn more about what makes up a plant-based diet and find out how easy it is to make the switch.

What is a Plant-Based Diet?

As the name suggests, a plant-based diet comprises foods that come from… well, plants! This incorporates fruits and vegetables, but there’s much more to offer when you’re eating a plant-based diet. Legumes, nuts, beans, seeds, and whole grains are all plant based, so you can create varied and healthy meals while adhering to a plant based plan.

There’s naturally some overlap between plant-based diets and other types of eating. Plant-based and vegan diets are, perhaps, the most similar, but there is a crucial difference: vegans avoid all animal products while people following a plant-based diet may choose to eat animal products from time-to-time.

Rather than being a strict plant only regime, a plant based or plant forward diet simply encourages you to consume fewer animal products and more plant-based foods. Because of this, it’s easy to embrace a plant-based diet and make it part of your usual routine.

To find out how to get started with a plant based eating regime, look at these top tips:

Make Easy Substitutes

If you love carbs, it’s easy to switch to a plant-based diet. Simply switch from refined options, like white bread, to whole grain alternatives, like our Multigrain Pitas. As well as being free from trans fats and cholesterol, they’re packaged in handy packs of three, which makes it easy and convenient to whip up a snack, prepare a lunch or bulk out your dinner.

Whole grain products typically contain more fiber than other breads with a higher glycemic index, which means they can boost your health in several ways. From enhanced digestion to more stable blood sugars, there are many benefits when you incorporate more whole grains into your diet.

Don’t Use Meat as a Main Component

If you’re a meat-eater, there’s a good chance that most of your meals feature meat as the principal component. Think about your last few dinner plates - if meat was the centerpiece and whole grains or vegetables were simply an after-thought, it might be time to mix things up a little.

If you want to keep eating meat while embracing a plant-based diet, it’s certainly fine to do so. However, use meat as an ‘extra’, rather than as the key component of a meal. When you make vegetables, nuts or whole grains your main meal and add a little meat, for example, you’ll be significantly reducing your consumption and increasing the volume of plant-based foods you consume instead.

Make Gradual Changes

Drastically changing your eating habits can be challenging, particularly if you’ve been eating the same foods for a long time. Although some people manage it, attempting to significantly alter your diet often means you’re more likely to fall back into old habits.

In contrast, small, sustainable changes are easier to manage and much simpler to implement. When you use our great-tasting multi-grain pita breads, for example, you’ll hardly notice you’re eating plant based!

Gradual changes are easier to cope with psychologically and you won’t feel you’re depriving yourself of the foods you enjoy. As you experiment with plant-based foods, feel their benefits, and experience how delicious they are, you’ll naturally gravitate towards them and make them a more central feature of your diet.

Try New Things

If you don’t eat a lot of fruits or vegetables, following a plant-based diet might sound difficult (or impossible!), but it doesn’t have to be. Trying new varieties of fruits and veggies can be a great way to broaden your horizons and discover more plant-based foods you love. After all, there are thousands of different options out there, so why limit yourself?

Remember–there are endless ways that fruit and vegetables can be prepared. If you’re not a fan of veggies because you remember them as over-boiled and under-flavored, get yourself in the kitchen and start experimenting. When you roast, pan-fry or steam vegetables, you can enjoy their true flavor and realize just how delicious they are.

Start Meal Planning

Meal planning can be a great way to reduce the time you spend in the kitchen and cut the cost of your groceries. When you plan your meals in advance, you can bulk-buy ingredients and undertake a lot of the prep in one go, which means you can whip up great-tasting plant based meals in minutes.

When you’re hungry and there’s nothing on hand, it’s easy to order takeout or rely on junk food, but when you’ve got a healthy and nutritious meal available at all times, you’ll find it’s easy to embrace a plant based lifestyle.

What Are the Benefits of a Plant-Based Diet?

Many people find that a plant-based diet helps them feel more energetic, less bloated, and more alert. Following a plant based plan can help to lower your cholesterol and even facilitate weight loss. What’s more–a plant-based diet is more environmentally friendly than other options, so it’s a brilliant choice if you’re committed to sustainability!

At Toufayan® Bakeries, we’re proud to offer a range of wholegrain and multi-grain products that can be enjoyed as part of a plant-based diet. Look at our full section of freshly baked products to learn more today.

Disclaimer: Always check with your doctor before trying any new diet. We are no substitute for nutritionists.

Recommended Plant-Based Recipes

See below for five delicious, plant-based dishes you can make with Toufayan products! Click the link under each dish for the full recipe and ingredients needed.

Rainbow Kale Salad with Pita Bread

Rainbow Kale Salad with Pita Bread

Feast your eyes on the radiance of this rainbow kale salad, glistening with each colorful ingredient. It's the perfect salad for lunch or dinner...or both!

Toufayan Ricotta & Pomegranate Breakfast Flatbread

The perfect combination of salty and sweet in one meal to start your day!

Strawberry Basil Smart Pockets™

Strawberry Basil Smart Pockets™

A hearty treat, perfect for breakfast or a snack on the go!

Spinach & Mushroom Tandoori Flatbread

Spinach & Mushroom Tandoori Flatbread

Toufayan's new Tandoori Flatbreads are the perfect choice for any flatbread recipe! Try this with our Original or Whole Wheat flavors.

Falafel Pita

An easy to make, classic mediterranean lunch, great for leftovers!

 


Toufayan Ricotta & Pomegranate Breakfast Flatbread


The perfect combination of salty and sweet in one meal to start your day! View full recipe.


Toufayan Chips & Charcuterie


A perfect way to add Toufayan Wraps (or any of your favorite Toufayan tortillas) to your decorative & delicious charcuterie board! View full recipe.


Chicken Gyro Lavash


The Toufayan Chicken Gyro Lavash sandwich is packed with protein! Perfect for lunch to keep you focused and energized, but also a great dinner option. View full recipe.


Toufayan Low Carb Wraps Featured on TODAY.com

After TODAY.com contributor, Rachel Paula Abrahamson, lost 90 pounds, people started asking her about her favorite healthy snacks and Amazon finds. Though she doesn't follow a keto diet, all of her go-to snacks are low-carb.

She recently published an article on the 10 products that help her stay on track! Check out what she had to say about Toufayan Low Carb Wraps below, and follow this link for the full article.

Toufayan Bakeries Low Carb Wrap

Rebecca Baer, a Florida-based nutritionist who shares helpful tips on her Instagram, turned me on to these tasty gluten-free wraps that don’t fall apart. Each 9-inch hearth baked wrap contains 100 calories and 9 net carbs. Make the best breakfast burrito ever by scrambling two eggs with a big spoonful of cottage cheese. It adds a creaminess and an extra punch of protein!