When I was a lad, a smart fitting suit and a dollop of decent aftershave was enough to impress the ladies. But times have changed. So boys, if you want to woo the woman of your dreams, get yourself down to the supermarket, pick up some avocados and rustle up this Avocado on Toast recipe from the Hairy Dieters’ ‘Go Veggie’ book.
Joking aside, it’s become really fashionable to eat avocado for both men and women and celebrity chefs, such as Jamie Oliver, have produced endless recipes for this increasingly popular fruit (avocado is a fruit, not a vegetable, by the way). The Hairy Dieters’ take on avocado on toast is really tasty with the cherry tomatoes mixed with lemon zest and vinegar (I used balsamic) topped with a dash of hot sauce and sprinklings of paprika. Yum.
This is a perfect breakfast or brunch dish which is very quick to make. Get yourself some good quality bread, sourdough is perfect, and tuck in. This is a real treat to eat for yourself, or better still, make it for someone you love.
Recipe: Avocado on toast
Calories: 272 calories per serving
Book: Hairy Dieters – Go Veggie
Prep time: Approx 10 mins
Cooking time: Approx 3 mins
Ingredients: 4 slices of sourdough bread, 2 avocados, juice of ½ lemon, 16 cherry tomatoes (quartered), 1 tsp grated lemon zest, 1 tsp olive oil, a few dashes of mild vinegar (brown rice vinegar is good), a few dashes of hot sauce, small bunch of coriander or parsley, pinches of smoked paprika, pinches of za’atar (optional), ½ tsp sesame seeds, sea salt and black pepper
Cost per portion: Approx £0.93
Method: Toast the sourdough. Roughly mash the avocados in a bowl with a generous pinch of salt and the lemon juice. Spread this over the toasted sourdough.
Toss the cherry tomatoes with the lemon zest, olive oil, vinegar and hot sauce. Tear the coriander or parsley leaves and mix them with the tomatoes. Season them with salt and pepper, then divide them between the avocado-covered toast.
Sprinkle with pinches of paprika, za’atar, if using, and sesame seeds and serve immediately.