Avocado Toast

I have to admit I’m a complete “avocado toast” convert! Once I discovered avocado toast, it became my go-to breakfast just about every day. It’s a pretty basic concept… a piece of toast with some mashed avocado on top and maybe a little sea salt. It’s so filling and satisfying and super-easy (assuming that you have ripe avocados on hand).

Here are a few tips when buying and storing avocados:
– Try to choose avocados that are somewhat soft to the feel (not mushy and not rock-hard)
Keep at room temperature on a counter at home for a few days (I keep mine in my fruit bowl) until they are nice and ripe, but not mushy. (If they are near other ripe fruit, like bananas, they will ripen even faster)
Store ripe avocados in the fridge. This will stop the ripening process and you have a much longer window of time to use them.
– Once you cut into an avocado, you can store the remainder of the avocado in the fridge as long as the pit is intact. One avocado might make two or three servings of avocado toast and you can just keep storing it in the fridge for two or three days.

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1. Make toast (Any type of bread will do!)
2. Slice some avocado and lay on toast (I just cut a large wedge, peel off skin and slice)
3. Mash avocado slices with a fork
4. Sprinkle with a little salt and add toppings if desired

 

 

HCV_AvocadoToast - 1 (3)Recently, I saw an online post depicting many beautiful variations of avocado toast and toppings, so I decided to start jazzing up my own avocado toast! I’ve been experimenting with many different toppings lately, especially since a lot of beautiful produce is coming into season! Here are some recent variations I’ve made. (clockwise)
– Arugula and chopped tomato
– Cucumber, radish and parsley
– Heirloom tomato and cilantro
– Strawberries and mint

Get creative and enjoy!

Tofu Scramble

Soybeans are a great source of protein, and I think they’re best in their truest, least processed forms… to me, this means edamame, tofu or tempeh. You might think that you don’t like tofu… that it’s spongy and flavorless. Even though it might seem boring and bland on its own, this is one of my fool-proof ways to prepare it, and it’s quite easy and delicious! It’s very similar in look and texture to scrambled eggs, but without all the cholesterol! I love to eat this with fried potatoes and/or toast!

1 block firm tofu
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp olive oil
1/2 tsp turmeric
1/4 tsp dry mustard powder
Spices (salt, garlic powder, onion powder)
Veggies such as leaf spinach, chopped mushrooms, onions, potatoes, tomatoes or fresh herbs – whatever you like!

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The key is to press out as much moisture from the tofu as you can. You can put weights on top of a plate to press it, but I usually don’t have the time or patience. Instead, I slice up the block of tofu and then take about half the slices at a time and press them together with my hands over the sink or a bowl. Repeat a few times and you can press out much of the moisture.

 

 

HCV_TofuScramble - 1 (5)Once most of the moisture is pressed out, add the tofu slices to a large bowl and crumble with a fork. Add soy sauce, olive oil, turmeric, dry mustard and any other spices. I like to add salt, garlic powder and onion powder.

Now you’re ready to cook it. First, stir-fry your chopped veggies in a skillet in a little oil. I added spinach and mushrooms to this batch. Then add the tofu mixture. Cook for a few minutes, tossing in the pan until everything is heated through. It will turn an even brighter yellow as you cook it!

 

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Enjoy for
breakfast or any meal of the day!