Quick Beans on Toast

I had this for lunch today since I didn’t really have time to put “real” beans on toast together the traditional way.  Not much of a recipe, but thought I would share my creation.

I quite often have a couple of pieces of toast topped with similar ingredients.  It is such a great option when you are busy or simply don’t have the energy to put a real recipe together.

This version was super simple, minimal dishes and everything was already waiting for me in the fridge 🙂  Healthy, quick, and hearty!  Woo hoo!

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You will need two pieces of toast.  I used Gluten Free today.

Top in the following order:

2 tbsp Black Bean Dip

Pea shoots, sprouts, spinach or whatever greens you have on hand

Sliced hard boiled egg

Cracked black pepper, salt if you desire

Sliced tomato

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There are so many toppings that are wonderful on toast.  I chose a mix of proteins today to keep me full.  It was delicious 🙂

I hope you enjoy!

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Almond Crusted French Toast

I must admit I have had a ridiculous sweet tooth lately!  I LOVE french toast, but truth be told, I have never actually made it!

I know the premise behind it, so I decided I would give it a whirl!  Of course it would be lovely with thick delicious white bread, but today I used Ezekiel Bread and to be honest, it was pretty darn good!

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I topped my almondy french toast with Homemade Strawberry Chia Jam, a little melted almond butter, and some delicious fresh wild berries.  The toast itself is not overly sweet, so the addition of the jam and berries with each bite is divine!

The recipe is really not complicated or as fancy as it looks-I promise!!

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Ingredients:

6 slices Ezekiel bread (or your bread of choice!)

1/2 c raw almonds (ground into almond meal)

2 eggs

3 medjool dates, pitted

2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1/4 tsp cardamom (you can skip it if you don’t have it on hand)

1/4 tsp pure almond extract (use vanilla extract if you don’t have almond)

For pan frying:  Coconut oil

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The How To Part:

PULSE ALMONDS IN A BLENDER OR FOOD PROCESSOR TO MAKE ALMOND MEAL (FINE BUT WITH TINY LITTLE CHUNKS)  TRANSFER TO A SHALLOW BOWL.

BE CAREFUL NOT TO BLEND TOO LONG OR YOU WILL END UP WITH ALMOND BUTTER!

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COMBINE EGGS, SPICES, MEDJOOL DATES AND ALMOND EXTRACT IN A BLENDER UNTIL SMOOTH.  POUR INTO A SHALLOW BOWL.

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DIP EACH PIECE OF TOAST (BOTH SIDES) IN EGG MIXTURE

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FOLLOW BY BOTH SIDES OF THE EGG DIPPED TOAST IN YOUR ALMOND MEAL

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YOUR TOAST SHOULD LOOK SOMETHING LIKE THIS:

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ON MEDIUM, HEAT ABOUT 1 TBSP OF COCONUT OIL IN A FRYING PAN (IF YOU HAVE A PANCAKE GRIDDLE, WHIP IT OUT!)

FRY EACH SIDE FOR ABOUT 1-2 MINUTES EACH OR UNTIL GOLDEN.  BE CAREFUL NOT TO BURN, AND CHECK OFTEN.

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NOW IS THE FUN PART…..EATING!!!

TOP WITH WHATEVER YOUR LITTLE HEART DESIRES.

I USED SOME MELTED ALMOND BUTTER, Strawberry Chia Jam, AND FRESH BLUBERRIES.  

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I hope you enjoy!  I know I did…and I actually had a leftover piece of toast cold and spread some of my jam on it for a snack! DELICIOUS!

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Midday Snack and Juice Recipe

Hey guys, I thought I would share my midday snack since it was nice and colourful!  I paired my little platter with a fresh juice.

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Snack Platter:

Baby carrots

Blueberries

1/2 avocado, sliced

Pea shoots

Hard boiled egg sprinkled with cayenne

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Juice Recipe:

  • 2 baby radicchio lettuce leaves
  • Handful of spinach
  • 3 celery stalks
  • 1 apple
  • 2 lemons, peeled

Wash all produce, peel lemons and juice.  Serve immediately over ice.

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Protein Packed Tuna Nicoise Salad

I have always really liked the idea of Nicoise (Pronounced Ni-Swaaz) salad.  Traditionally it consists of tomatoes, tuna, hard-boiled eggs, olives, potatoes green beans, and anchovies.  Served on a bed of lettuce with vinaigrette.

I just love the way the salad looks on a plate with such a great variety of flavours.  I omitted a few things from the traditional style and added a little twist of my own.  The result?  AMAZING and EASY!!!

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There are really no rules as to how to organize your salad platter.  All you need is a large plate, a bed of spring mix or lettuce of your choice, and lots of delicious fresh toppings of your choice.

Ingredients:

Canned White Albacore Tuna (in water) rinsed and drained

Organic black beans, rinsed and drained

Cherry tomatoes, halved

Lightly steamed green beans, trimmed

Asparagus, chopped roughly

Hard boiled eggs, halved

Red onion, thinly sliced

Sliced Avocado

Cucumber, halved lengthwise and sliced

Cilantro, chopped

Pea shoots

Spring Mix

Avocado Oil

Fresh lemon juice

Sea salt, pepper

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You will want to steam your beans and hard boil your eggs ahead of time.

I use a double boiler for this purpose and do both at the same time.

Add your eggs to a pot of water and bring to a boil.

Put your double boiler on top and add your trimmed green beans.

Cover with lid and allow to cook for about 6-10 minutes.

After about 6-10 minutes remove beans and allow to cool.

Put your eggs in an ice bath or they will continue cooking.

Set aside until you are putting your salad together.

The rest is just chopping and prepping your other salad components.  I always like to prep all my ingredients before anything.  It makes things much easier and faster.

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Bed of Spring Mix as a base

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Arrange all your ingredients on top of the spring mix however you desire.

Drizzle with avocado oil, fresh lemon juice, sea salt and pepper.  Serve and enjoy.

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