Your daily recipes by Dounia – @cookingwithdouns

Pepperoni pizza on toast, the best of both worlds. It’s 2022 and there is a pepperoni option for EVERYONE. No matter your dietary preferences (or religious), there is one for you.

Having quick lunches or snacks on-the-go are a must in a busy life. Even though I love cooking, it’s sometimes hard to spend hours in the kitchen. Toasts are usually my go-to and I adapt them to whatever I have in the fridge. 

I was going to say, I always have it with a side of salad but that’s a lie and we are not here for that. If you do have 15min though, then you can make yourself a super quick and easy balanced meal. The toast will serve as your carbs, the toppings will usually be something that contains protein and fat either good or bad, but life is short so enjoy it because the key is BALANCE. Anyway, having a side of salad first will help you balance your glucose spike and keep you full for longer. The toppings are endless.

Let’s not get carried away, do you know how the first toast was made?

History shows that wheat and barley were one of the first crops to be domesticated in Ancient Greece, more precisely in the Fertile Crescent. They were using their flour to prepare a “ritual bread” that was sometimes offered to the gods. 

The story says that the bread, as we know it today, comes from Ancient Egypt. They discovered that when they left the dough in the sun, it would rise and when baked, it would keep this shape and not be this flatbread anymore. That’s why they invented the closed oven. The problem was they did not know how to preserve it. With the heat and the sun, the bread becomes too hard to be eaten. You see where I am going? That’s how they invented the concept of the toast and avoid food waste. 

Fun fact: the concept really took off with the Romans. Toast comes from a Latin word “tostum”, which means “to burn”.

Fun fact 2: the British Museum houses loaves of bread made FIVE THOUSAND YEARS AGO. + King Tut, an Egyptian pharaoh, was buried with an entire wheat plant.

Anyway, enough of me talking, here is the recipe…


  • Slices of bread
  • ~1 TSP tomato paste per toast 
  • Grated cheese (measured with your heart)
  • Pepperoni (pork, beef, vegan…)
  • Oregano 


Air fry for 5min at 180 or cook in the oven for a few min at 200, until the cheese is melted.


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