Whether you're vegan, vegetarian, or just a plain old omnivore, we can all agree that _____ [insert fave condiment, spread, veggie, meat, or fish] on toast could be its own food group. I mean, as kids, we ate peanut butter toast, cheese toast, tomato on toast, cheez whiz on toast, and jam on toast. Then there's the whole bagel-&-lox phenomenon... fish on toast! And Sweaty Hubby even grew up with a combo of melted cheese and relish on toast that makes me want to hurl but is his sick-day comfort food. We all have a toast "recipe" that makes us feel all warm and fuzzy inside.
Whoever thought you could take two ingredients, combine them, and call it a recipe? I mean, I'm pretty sure my grandma never stumbled across a recipe for "peanut butter sandwich" in Ladies Home Journal and revolutionized the way she approached school lunches. But if you can Gwyneth it, you can sell it. Since Gwyneth featured a recipe for "avocado toast" in her healthy eating bible It's All Good, the internet has exploded with squares of green bread. Sprinkle it with sea salt! Sprinkle it with chili flakes! Add a tomato! Try it on crackers!
What about a gluten free oat cake? That's even more Gwyneth-y than Gwyneth's original toast recipe! #gwynning
Sadly, as delicious as toast is, toast and avocado does not a meal make. For ideal nutrition, every meal you eat should contain a significant source of protein. For vegetarian types, this means combining your starches (toast) and fats (avocado) with protein (nuts, beans, legumes). For omnivore types, this usually means combining your starches (toast) and fats (avocado) with protein (animal, fish, egg, dairy). Why? Simply, you need protein to maintain muscle mass, optimize your hormones, keep you satisfied, and maintain your metabolism (just to name a few functions).
So as not to kill your toast-loving buzz, I present to you my next-level avocado toast recipe. Super delicious and indulgent while still only bringing you in at around 400-450 calories for a whopping 25 grams of protein and a very tummy-filling combo of nutrients. It won't leave you looking for a snack 2 hours later like plain old avo toast might. Plus, it's pretty to look at, on trend and perfect for a spring brunch! I think it's also a fab lunch for the stay- or work-at-home mom and a delish breakfast-for-dinner option. When you're alone, I whole-heartedly recommend eating this with your hands.
Bring a large pan of salted water to a simmer over medium heat.
Crack one egg into a ramekin or other small dish.
Begin swirling water with a spoon to create a "whirlpool" and gently tip egg into swirling water (OR bring water to a simmer with 2 mason jar lids in bottom of pan, then gently tip eggs into lids to contain).
Repeat with remaining egg, working as quickly as possible.
Turn heat off and cover pan for 4 minutes; remove with slotted spoon to a plate to drain.
Meanwhile, slice avocado thinly and toast bread.
Spread avocado over toast and mash gently with a fork; sprinkle with chili flakes, if using, and season gently with sea salt and pepper.
Place one egg on each slice of avocado toast and season with additional sea salt and pepper, if desired.
Serve immediately, while yolks are still runny.
Don't forget to think Gwyneth-y thoughts. Like... what would you do if you had only $25 per week for food?