In almost every facet of life there are fads.
Don’t believe me? When’s the last time you sat at a harvest gold-colored kitchen counter while eating fondue, listening to Milli Vanilli and wearing acid wash denim and a Member’s Only jacket?
Because of the interwebs, the fads move faster than ever today. Also, local dishes can go viral and become huge in a matter of days (hello, cronut).
I like to tell myself that I’m above fads and that I am not so easily swayed.
But to be perfectly honest, there have been times when the presence of a food on somebody’s list has persuaded me to at least try it. I never ate kale until it was everywhere. And you know what? I’m glad I did; I like it creamed, in certain salads, and made into chips. I love salted caramel, I don’t care who knows it, and I don’t think it can be over-exposed.
Last year, avocado toast was the shiny new thing. But, I adore avocados, bread, and have eaten many sandwiches adorned with my squishy green friend.
My favorite foods are breakfast foods. But, most of them are fatty, carby, fiber-less indulgences. Toasts can easily be so nutritious that it redeems the whole plate. Of course, it can also be just pure yum. It all depends on the toast.
Below are a few ideas for easy, quick, toast breakfasts that will fill your belly and quickly get you and the kids out the door in the AM. Everything is completely adjustable—don’t like my bread recommendation? Use a different type.
Classic Avocado- Mash a ripe avocado with salt, pepper, and lemon juice to taste. Add a bit of red pepper flake if you’re so inclined. Smoosh on 2 pieces of toasted 9th St Bakery Omega 3 Seed.
Lavender Goat Cheese-On two pieces of sunflower toast, spread goat cheese. Sprinkle with a tiny bit of fresh lavender. Top with freshly cracked black pepper, and a drizzle of honey.
Sourdough horseradish-Put some baby arugula on as a base. Cover with a couple slices of crispy bacon, then top with horseradish jack cheese. Put under a broiler to get nice and melty.
Child’s Play- Toast up a whole grain English muffin. Top with Nutella and sliced bananas.
Molto Bene-Drizzle a little extra virgin olive oil on toasted baguette. Place on top slices of the ripest, reddest tomato you can get your hands on. Put under the broiler until it’s hot and a little bubbly. Top with poached eggs and a bit of shaved Parmesan cheese or melted mozzerella.
Cherry Almond-On brioche or Challah toast, spread almond butter. Warm a bit of cherry jam until it’s a little runny. Drizzle onto almond butter, and sprinkle with toasted almond slivers, and a tiny bit of sea salt.
Greek Breakfast- Toast a pita. Layer on a couple of thick slices of roasted chicken. Top with Kalamata olives, feta, a spritz of lemon juice, and a little bit of fresh oregano.
Onion jam-Smear a couple tablespoons of herb Neufchâtel cheese onto a toasted rustic white. On top spread some amber-colored caramelized onion. Top with 1 piece crumbled bacon, and toasted sunflower seeds.
These ideas are just jumping off places. Listen to your cravings and see what’s in your fridge. No pressure.
Unless you’re dining with Oprah, breakfast should not make you break out into a cold sweat.
Thanks for your time.