Hi beautiful souls! I am very excited to begin this series for my new Aruban friends, and for anyone who happens to be in Aruba looking for some vegan food ideas. I decided to keep it really simple with this first recipe because well, who doesn’t love simplicity, and because I’m struggling to find a nice surface for my food photography so I didn’t want to start off with an intricate recipe that was going to be difficult to re-stage. I know it sounds stupid, but a lot of work actually goes into making aesthetically pleasing foodie pics.
I forgot to mention in my previous post that I will also be sharing some nutrition information and facts about each recipe I create. After all, it’s always good to know what you’re putting in your body and why you should be putting it there.
This avocado toast recipe is a fun and exotic take on a classic vegan staple that is perfect for preparing in a hotel room or airbnb where you may not have access to a full kitchen. I’ve added flavors that arent always added to your typical toast and while the flavor combination may seem odd at first, you have to trust me on this one.
Nutrition Facts: What’s so beneficial about avocado toast you ask? For one thing avocados are jam packed with nutrients. They are virtually the only fruits (yes avocado is a fruit) that contain monounsaturated fat, and in a solubrious quantity as well. In fact, just one cup of avocado provides the body with 14 grams of polyunsaturated fat, about 3 grams of saturated fat and about 4 grams of polyunsaturated fat. Avocados also contain iron, magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C and a scant amount of calcium. Just one cup of avocado provides the consumer with almost 3 grams of protein, 708mg of potassium and 10 grams of dietary fiber! That’s 40% of your daily fiber requirement taken care of in just one cup of avocado. Wow!
Other Facts: To this recipe I added dijon mustard, chives, hemp hearts, and red pepper flakes. I decided to go with dijon mustard because it helps break the fatty consistency of the avocado and adds a nice flavor without having to overload the avocado with salt. The hemp hearts give the toast added nutritional benefit by providing the body with omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids. The red pepper flakes give a hint of spice, while the chives give a very slight onion flavor that helps tie everything together. Chives also provide the body with a little bit of iron.
Tips: Always add fruit to your plate! You can choose whatever fruit you would like. I recommend blueberries, strawberries, pineapple or dragon fruit because who doesn’t love a delicious dragon fruit every now and then? If you don’t like mustard, try the recipe without mustard and salt and pepper the avocado toast to taste once the other ingredients have been added. Enjoy!
Avocado Toast with a Twist
- 1 small avocado or 1/2 large avocado
- 2 tsp dijon mustard
- 2 slices multigrain toast or sprouted grain bread
- 2 tsp fresh chives
- 1 tsp hemp hearts
- 1 tsp red pepper flakes
- Toast bread and add 1 tsp dijon mustard to each slice once toasted.
- mash avocado and distribute it evenly between the two slices.
- Chop fresh chives into small pieces (works best with scissors)
- Add chives, hemp hearts, and red pepper flakes to each slice of bread.
- Optional: add a pinch of salt in you need more flavor.