My amazing friend Caroline Weeks, registered dietitian, sent me this ridiculously delicious recipe for so-simple avo-toast. Caroline and I have been friends for a few years after meeting in the Iowa State Weight Club. I’ve always admired her tenacity and drive, and envy her ways with food, the gym, and always staying joyful. Before we get into this drool-inducing recipe, here’s a note from Caro!
The recipe is pretty simple itself and you can experiment with other additions. For example, for heat, you could sprinkle red pepper flakes or drizzle sriracha sauce. A layer of chipotle mayonnaise laid down before the avocado could lend a smoky, latin vibe. You could also experiment more with sweet thai flavors such as cilantro. However, the traditional/Euro way to prepare is just avocado, bread, tomato, and slight seasoning.
This is all the rage in Europe, and London especially. In my summer trip to London, England I got the chance to taste some myself at Aubaine French Cafe on Oxford street. No matter the neighborhood, every little cafe in West London posted a menu and near the top under breakfast fare, you would without a doubt see “avo toast.” Though seemingly a new trend, my mother who grew up and went to school in California told me stories of having an avocado tree in the back yard of her dorm room and would make daily avocado toast while attending Scripps College for Women. Because of this, avocado toast was a staple in my family and I would eat it often growing up, but I never truly appreciated its health benefits until adulthood.
Avocado is ripe with heart healthy monounsaturated fats, and IS relatively high in fiber which naturally reduces our body’s cholesterol, not to mention its creaminess and nutty flavor are delicious! It’s the perfect way to impress guests over for a weekend brunch get-together or to satisfy mid-day hunger pains.
- Knife for cutting/spreading the glorious avocado
- Cutting board
- Plate for presentation
- 1 slice whole wheat bread, toasted (ideas for bread: Ezekiel, Silver Hills Squirrelly sprouted bread)
- 1/2 avocado either cut into slices or smeared over toast
- 2-3 cherry tomatoes, sliced in half
- A sprinkle of sesame seeds, chia, or flax seed
- Dash of garlic powder or salt
- Garnish with microgreens
- A substitute to sesame seeds is “Everything but the Bagel” sesame seasoning mix. It goes really great over this toast! Link for product found here: https://www.traderjoes.com/digin/post/everything-but-the-bagel-sesame-seasoning-blend
If you make this recipe (which I highly suggest you do) let me know what you think! And I’ll be sure to send your raves on to Ms. Weeks.