Hello dear readers!
I’m incredibly excited about today’s post, and hope you will be too! I’ve partnered up with Vicinity Centres to give you my top four ways to jazz up your classic avocado toast; elevating it from possibly bland and uninspired, to something you can totally get excited about!
I am fully aware of the viral, uber-popular nature of this creation, and I am usually one to run the other way at the mere mention of any food “trend”, but I’ve got to say; people have every right to obsess about this one. Avocado toast is the BOMB.
It takes moments to put together, is jam-packed with goodness and plant-based energy, and is infinitely customisable. I have yet to meet an avo toast I didn’t like!
I’m thrilled to be sharing with you guys a few tips on how I upgrade my avocado toast so that it is anything but boring, and so that I never get tired of whipping one up for a quick and filling breakfast or lunch when time is not on my side.
I always start with really good sourdough, toasted till just golden brown but not too crunchy. Classic sourdough works well, but rye or multi-seed/grain is even better, as it offers more textural interest.
1- Beetroot hummus & nigella seeds
Start with a generous spread of creamy, bright magenta beet-spiked hummus to act as a bed for thinly sliced, ripe avocado. Drizzle lightly with extra virgin olive oil, sprinkle with flaky sea salt and finish with some lovely Nigella seeds. For ease and convenience, I used store-bought beetroot hummus here. I love the sweet earthiness from the beets and the zesty-ness of the seeds. You can use any type of ready or home-made hummus you have on hand.
2- Fried egg & sprouts
What dish can’t be improved by the addition of a fried egg? Especially when the edges are crispy and brown, while the yolk is still soft and oozing its golden gooey centre over the sliced avocado and crusty bread (I cannot wait to start enjoying gooey egg yolks again after this baby arrives!). A scattering of fresh sprouts (I used alfalfa) adds a hit of freshness that works so well with the creamy yolk!
For this variation, I smashed the avocado with a little extra virgin olive oil, and spread it thickly onto the toast. I then topped it with the sweetest, juiciest cherry tomatoes I could find, some halved baby mozzarella, and of course a few basil leaves. Drizzle with a bit more oil, sprinkle with sea salt and you’ve got a winner! A little balsamic vinegar would also be delicious here.
4- Feta & Dukkah
My most beloved of all four, and the option I go for the most often. Slice your avocado; add tons of crumbled feta cheese and a generous dusting of Zaatar or Dukkah. This one is ALWAYS a hit in my household; with the irresistible combination of saltiness from the feta & herby nuttiness from the spice mix…Heaven!
These lovely light meals have all come in especially handy for us these past few weeks. If you’ve been following along on Instagram you’ll know about our recent big move. After months of planning, we finally made the move from Sydney down to Melbourne. To say it has been hectic is the understatement of the year! Of course, everyone knows how stressful moving is, but I think we tend to forget just how incredibly mentally and physically taxing it can be, especially when it involves relocating to a whole new city (AND all while being 6 months pregnant!!).
Because we now reside in a much more suburban area than the one we were living in, I was quite worried about what it would be like not having every shop and amenity within a 5 minute walk of our apartment. We didn’t know what to expect, but I must say, we were beyond pleasantly surprised by what we found. Just a short 5 minute drive from our place is our local Vicinity Centre, which has been an absolute lifesaver. It has everything we could possibly need, from general shopping or food, to wonderful grocery stores, butcher shops, bakeries, delis and everything in between! Major WIN!
Frankly, I find it quite challenging to keep us well-fed during busy times like this, so I tend to gravitate towards the simpler, nourishing quick fixes that satisfy and sustain with minimal fuss and thought, such as these delightful avocado toasts.
I hope you give them a try, and if you do, be sure to comment and let me know which one was your favourite!
For my lovely Aussie readers, you can find your local Vicinity Centre, where you can pick up all the ingredients needed for this and more, here; http://www.vicinity.com.au/centres/our-portfolio
* This post is generously sponsored by Vicinity Centres