Life lesson #965
It's always the simple things that bring us the greatest joy
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I couldn't help but think this morning, as I opened windows for the kitties to sit in, how thankful I was for the warm spring day
Our radio's dial flipped to off, the sounds of kids on the playground my background noise of choice. Just how long had it been since this terribly tough winter had driven everyone indoors?
This week I've logged so many miles, remembering just how nice it is to put on my walking shoes, and simply head out the door. Some of my best thoughts come in those moments of mental quiet.
It seems only fitting to share a favorite at our house as of late: avocado toast. To date, avocados have been but a blip on my radar screen; not that I've disliked them really, more underwhelmed with their taste and texture.
A recent ten days in Mexico, along with a really great cookbook have since changed my mind
The premise is simple
A slathering of Vegenaise (a vegan version of mayo that, we think, tastes better than the regular)
Salt and Pepper
Lemon juice (not 100% necessary, but nice nonetheless)
Once the bread is toasted, a thin layer of Vegenaise is spread before being topped with mashed avocado. Hit it with a little salt and pepper, a splash of lemon. That's it
We've found the combination a favorite any time of the day, adding a protein source to balance the meal. Our favorite variations: different flavors of Vegenaise, slathering roasted garlic on the bread before putting it in the toaster oven. My husband adds a fried egg and hot sauce for breakfast. I can't wait for slices of summer-time tomatoes
Gwyneth herself captures its essence better than I ever could
“It's the holy trinity of Vegenaise, avocado, and salt that makes this like a favorite pair of jeans. So reliable and easy, and always just what you want.”
ps: A few links from around the web; ideas for making your avocado toast just a wee bit fancy
9 Ways to Instantly Upgrade Your Avocado Toast [via Huffington Post]
5 Ways to Gussy Up Grilled Bread [via Bon Appetit]
Simply the Best Breakfast Ever? [via The Kitchn]
Avocado Toast All the Ways [via Chalkboard Mag]
pps: A great article from Slate about Vegenaise ( You can also find out why mayo inspires fervent hatred AND read about its history! Who knew? )
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~ Adapted from It's All Good by Gwyneth Paltrow
- 2 slices gluten-free bread, sliced thick
- 1 perfectly ripe avocado
- 1 -2 tsp Vegenaise
- sea salt + freshly grated black pepper
- splash of lemon juice
- Scoop the avocado out of the skin into a bowl.
- Mash the avocado with a fork (mash well to create a smooth spread or just a few times for a chunkier version).
- Toast your bread to perfection, spreading the Vegenaise first and then the mashed avocado on top of each slice.
- Top with a small pinch salt, a grind of black pepper, and a splash of lemon juice