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Great Breakfast

But wait, I LOVE Carbs!

July 24, 2019

I feel like I’m always torn between carbs and no carbs. I always thought oatmeal for breakfast was good for me, but now it’s like anything carby is the enemy. This is especially depressing for an Italian. But I’ll never be able to bring myself to think of pasta as the enemy. It’s my sweet friend, and we’ve gone through many a dark time – I won’t turn on it.

However, in an attempt to be slightly more healthy and drop a few of the 10 pounds I gained since I started a job where I sit and write 8 hours a day, I’m trying to embrace change. I stink at embracing change. By the time I try something, it’s usually hopelessly unhip.

Which brings me to Avocado Toast. I keep hearing how good avocado is for you and everyone in LA has been crazed for Avocado toast for years. I finally began embracing it this year because I’m a closet rebel and refuse to go along with the crowd, even if they are all right about something.

So, last week, I made Avocado Toast on whole grain bread with melted Havarti cheese, roasted corn, and a sprinkle of Tajin. It finally had the oomph I was looking for. OK, maybe the roasted corn was carb overkill, and the cheese wasn’t exactly health food, but dammit, that’s a protein and a vegetable, so I feel no guilt.

I looked it up and avocados are pretty good for you. They’re technically a fruit and are very high in certain nutrients, especially fiber and potassium. They’re 77 % fat, 4 % protein and 19 percent carbs. (And most certainly better than that Egg or Sausage McMuffin you sometimes get.)

The sprinkle of Tajin was the perfect topping. I’m sure it’s loaded with sodium, which is why I like it so much, but it’s really good. Fruit vendors in LA have been selling chopped melon drizzled with lime juice and sprinkled with Tajin for ages and it’s delicious!

So, next time you’re wanting a yummy alternative to pancakes or bacon and eggs, try this!

Yields1 Serving

 1 avocado
 1 tbsp lemon juice
 ½ cup roasted corn
 whole grain bread
 salt and pepper to taste

1

Slice the avocado around the middle, remove the stem and pit. Scoop the avocado out and mash it in a small bowl. Add the lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.

I had an ear of leftover corn I'd boiled the night before, so I just cut the corn from the cob, and put it in a skillet until it was slightly browned.

Then toast a slice of whole grain bread. Put the slice of Havarti on top, melt it in the microwave for about 20 to 25 seconds, (or the toaster oven if you want to wait - personally I hate waiting) pile the avocado on top, then top with the roasted corn. Sprinkle with Tajin and enjoy!

Ingredients

 1 avocado
 1 tbsp lemon juice
 ½ cup roasted corn
 whole grain bread
 salt and pepper to taste

Directions

1

Slice the avocado around the middle, remove the stem and pit. Scoop the avocado out and mash it in a small bowl. Add the lemon juice, salt and pepper to taste.

I had an ear of leftover corn I'd boiled the night before, so I just cut the corn from the cob, and put it in a skillet until it was slightly browned.

Then toast a slice of whole grain bread. Put the slice of Havarti on top, melt it in the microwave for about 20 to 25 seconds, (or the toaster oven if you want to wait - personally I hate waiting) pile the avocado on top, then top with the roasted corn. Sprinkle with Tajin and enjoy!

Avocado Toast with Melted Havarti, Roasted Corn and Tajin
Magical Tajin
  • Reply
    Chas Madonio
    July 24, 2019 at 7:23 am

    Avocado toast must be really in, because it has even found its way to Kent, OH. Nancy loves it and always orders it when we go out for breakfast, which is almost every week. I know how you feel about carbs – as a diabetic, I have the same issue not only with carbs but also with sugar. Eating used to be a lot more fun before I had to watch not only what I eat but also how much I eat. I’m in a constant battle with the A1c results and my ever expanding stomach. Oh well, we have to die from something, so why not overeating.

    • Reply
      Fran Tunno
      July 24, 2019 at 9:19 am

      I totally agree. Something will eventually kill me, so Avocado toast seems the least criminal of all possible culprits. Hang in there Chas!

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