Friday, April 5, 2013

The Beauty of Avocados: Avocado Toasts

This week on Beauty from the Inside Out, we’re speaking Alligator Pears!  Avocados that is!

If you haven’t incorporated avocados into your meal plans, except for the guacamole at Mexican restaurants or Super bowl parties, now is the time to take notice!  Avocados are fruits.  They grow on trees; though ripen best in a brown paper bag on your counter.  A ripe avocado has darkened skin just a little give when there’s the slightest of pressure with your thumb. Not too firm, not too soft.
To assist in your consideration, I’m here with knowledge, beauty facts, and the making of one of my favorite all around meals, seriously, Avocado Toasts!  When hungry, and in doubt, Avocado Toasts!  Having a moment, and need something luscious and seemingly decadent to take the edge off your day, but perfectly healthy, Avocado Toasts!  When you’re missing warmer weather and want to bring a little Spring into your Winter, Avocado Toasts!
Avocados have it all when it comes to being healthy, even Fat.  Avocados are of the healthiest fruits that can be incorporated in to your meal plan. They are a good source of vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K, phosphorous, potassium, magnesium, copper, zinc, iron and manganese. The fruit is also a good source of protein and dietary fiber.   Additionally, Avocados are unique in that as a fruit, they do have a high amount of fat.  Good fat that is! A serving of 170 grams contains 285 calories. Fats account for about 25 grams. Most of these are monounsaturated fats, which are considered as healthy fats. 

A True Beauty from the Inside Out warrior, avocados can easily replace butter or mayonnaise on sandwiches.   Versatile, avocados can be eaten fresh or used to make a dips, smoothies, juices or purees.  I’ve even tried it with pasta sauce mimicking a rich creamy sauce.  It worked!  I’ll have to try that one again and share.

Delicious and gives you the all-around glow, Avocados Rule! 
Avocado Toasts

Yield: Serves 2
The Method: The Ingredients

4 slices of rustic pumpernickel and sunflower seed bread (or any bread of your choice)
1 tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil
1 avocado (the one happen to be Haas)
zest and juice of ½ lemon
1 - 1 ½ teaspoons of red pepper flakes (depending on your preference for spice)
pinch of kosher salt (to taste)
1 - 2 radishes, sliced

The Madness: The Assembly

Slice and toast a thick, good-quality piece of bread.  This recipe also works well on regular sliced white or wheat bread.  If you’re using thinly sliced bread, toast it plain.  For thicker more rustic pieces of bread, drizzle bread with the olive oil, and toast it either in a heavy skillet, preheated grill pan or preheated 400 degree oven for 4 – 5 minutes.   
While your bread toasts, slice your avocado in half, remove the pit, and scoop out all of avocado flesh into a small bowl.  Add half of the lemon zest, and one good squeeze of lemon juice.  Start with a 1 teaspoon of red pepper flakes, and adjust the spiciness to your preference.  Sprinkle with salt, and mash mash mash until all ingredients are well incorporated, but your avocado still has some texture.  Taste and adjust seasonings to your flavor.   

Spread the mixture over your toasts, garnish with sliced radishes for crunch, and the remaining lemon zest.  Rejoice in savoring this!


  1. Besides guacamole, this is exactly how I like my overripe avocados--smeared on wheat bread or corn tortillas! I use lime juice, instead. I love the addition of radishes, too.

    1. Thanks for stopping by Sanura! Isn't it amazing how something so simple can be SOOOO good! Yes, the crunch of the radishes worked well. I know that some have texture concerns with straight up avocados, the radishes are my texture ode to them (smile).

  2. Love, love, love avocados. My neighbour's tree is bursting with them this season and we've enjoyed some, on and off. I love the idea of an avocado spread! Yum

  3. I really could eat them everyday! I wish I had a neighbor with an avocado tree! I'd keep them fed all year to share in the the rewards of their tree :)

  4. Just beautiful! I eat with my eyes. And when it comes to your food, I eat with the description. I mean, "pumpernickel and sunflower seed bread", luscious!

  5. As always, Thank you! Sometimes there just aren't enough words to describe how delicious something really is; especially, when many haven't tried it. I can't rave enough about the deliciousness of the Avocado.