Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Simple Snack: Avocado on Toast

I am not expecting this post to wow you.  There are no soufflés here, no homemade croissants, and no tiered layered cakes.  By now, I don't think you're not expecting this sort of thing when you click over here.  You know this isn't my style.  I'm about simple food and simple pleasures.  And while I'd like to think something this simple wouldn't normally make the cut around here, I can't help but gush about it.  Avocado on toast.  I know, it seems so ridiculously self-explanatory, so matter of fact.  Please don't scoff at it.  Maybe you have your toast situation down.  Of course you do.  But maybe some of you haven't tried avocado on toast before.  I know I hadn't until recently and I'm here to tell you, you should.  It will change the way you snack.  Am I overselling it?  I hope so.  It's just so darn good.  You see, I'm a big believer in snacks.  Snacks can make or break my day.  I appreciate those with some protein, good fat, and a satisfying quality.  Avocado on toast passes with flying colors.

I split a ripe avocado; mash half of it with a touch of flax seed or olive oil, lime juice, and sea salt.  Divide it between two slices of bread and you have an instant snack for two.  Sometimes I pile it onto one slice and keep it all for myself.  Who says you have to share?  It's creamy and just a touch salty.  It's a quicker version of guacamole, less fussy, but just as satisfying.  If I have homemade bread, I'll use that as my vehicle.  If not, Ezekial sesame is usually my go to.  Whole grain, dark rye, marble, and anything with a great crust is a safe bet.  Not only is this a great snack choice, but it would make a great breakfast choice too.  It's worth repeating.  Avocado on toast will change the way you snack.  What are you waiting for?  

~Avocado on Toast Recipe~

1/2 ripe avocado
1/2 tsp flaxseed oil or olive oil
2 tsp lime juice
pinch of sea salt
sprinkle of black sesame seeds
2 slices of bread, toasted

Lightly mash avocado in a small bowl.  Don't overwork it.  You want the avocado to have some chunkiness and texture to it.  Mix in oil and lime juice.  Sprinkle in sea salt.  Toast two slices of bread and pile avocado mixture on top.  Sprinkle with black sesame seeds.  Serves 2.

-You could also top the avocado with a sprinkle of paprika.  Sometimes I add slivers of thin red onions or radishes on top.  Tomatoes in the summer would be delicious too.


Krysta said...

I do this all the time! but I top mine with dried minced garlic and chile smoked sea salt. yum!

Margarita said...

Simple food and simple pleasures… that is what life is all about… and that is why I like your blog. Nothing pretentious… just simply good stuff! Flax seed in guacamole, something I’ve never done before.

Anonymous said...

this is my favorite breakfast/lunch! the sea salt adds just the right kick. I'll have to try adding avocado seeds (why didn't i think of this before?! :)

Amy said...

This is why I love your blog, Stephanie. You don't post decadent food and keep things simple, but it's these reminders of simple good food that I oftentimes need most. Especially when I ask myself the seemingly never ending question of --what's for dinner tonight? I love being reminded that I can make a great snack or light meal with just something like toast and avocado (which I love! I just never remember to eat). Love this post. :)

Stephanie said...

You girls are great! Really! I'm glad you appreciate the simple things I share here :)

Epicurea said...

a simple snack it may be but still incredibly delicious and your photo makes it look like a million bucks!

Clair said...

No no...I'm so glad you shared this! It sounds really, really amazing. I always ate avocados just in guacamole...then one day (probably in high school), my mom showed me how she just scooped them out and ate them plain with a little salt. SO delicious!

Elina (Healthy and Sane) said...

I used to have avocado on toast all the time (no oil, just mash it "straight up" and no sesame seeds). A squeeze or lemon or lime is definitely key. It just brightens the whole thing. Thanks for the reminder!! :)

Eileen said...

Lovely. I like avocado on toast for breakfast, with lots of pepper and a little crunchy salt. Sesame seeds are an interesting idea--I wonder how gomasio would work? Probably exceptionally well. :)

Anonymous said...

If only you'd know how marvled i was when i heard "avocado is a butter substitute"! Of course I still spread "some" butter. It was to say the least, an amazing breakfast! I love them with smoked salmon and some lemon juice. This is not JUST anything. It's avocado on toast, doh!

ella@lifeologia said...

Simple and so good. I love light lunches like that ;)
I like the addition of black sesame seeds. Yum.

ps. I'm throwing a Potluck Party today - and would love for you to 'come' ;D

Hope to see you there.

kyleen said...

Yes, yes, yes, I love mashed avocado with some citrus on bread. Its so good, and healthy too.