Sooooo….I realized once I was DONE editing these pictures for tonight’s post that I literally just posted a “toast” recipe last week. Myyyyyyy bad. Gettin’ a little repetitive over here. Once I had that realization, I did recall a faint memory of thinking “Okay, it’s alright to post another toast recipe as long as I publish it at the end of the week so it’s not back to back.”
Brilliant thought, past Annie. Whoops…ohhhh well! Just pretend I didn’t post this recipe on Wednesday. Actually, I take that back. That recipe was too delicious to pretend it didn’t happen. We could act like I did it on purpose? “The Toasts of April.” “A Toast to Spring.” Hehe. Okay, let’s go with that. I did it on purpose.
Hello, people! Welcome to “A Toast to Spring!”
Okay, but fo reals. This toast. So…much…love. The combination of flavors going on here is just so SOOOOOOO good!
Allow me to break it down for you, friends:
- The toast. Simple. Crunchy. Golden Brown. Whole wheat, bread-y deliciousness.
- The avocado. Mashed and stirred together with a little salt, pepper, and garlic powder.
- The arugula ?. Fresh, crisp, peppery, wonderful.
- The tomatoes. Juicy, tender, and tangy.
- THE BALSAMIC SYRUP. Hold on while I go spoon feed myself half a cup of this in the kitchen real quick…………………………………..okay, I’m back. Oh my gosh, this stuff is so good it should be illegal. And it’s so easy to make. Pour into pan. Reduce for a few minutes. Pour over anything and everything that is edible. Or pour over something that isn’t edible, effectively making it edible with the addition of the balsamic syrup.
So, you take a bite of this delicious toast, and you get the crunchy bread; the soft, creamy avocado; the crisp, peppery arugula; the bright tomatoes; and the ridiculousness that is the balsamic syrup ???❤️???. The. Perfect. Bite.
It is what dreams are made of. What my dreams are made of, at least. And what your dreams will be made of once you try this recipe one time. You will be sold fo-eva.
Well, I am done with the play at school! I had a wonderful time helping and spending extra time with my students, but now that it is over, I have SO MUCH MORE FREE TIME. It is crazy.
I have gotten so much done today. I stayed an hour or so late at work and got caught up on ALL my grading (much, much, much, much, much needed), picked up Boone from doggie daycare, caught up on the phone with several different people, worked out, group skyped my two best friends (shout-out Megan and Cranny hollllaaaaa), showered, and now am writing this blog post. AND it’s only 9:15!
AND, now that I am home earlier in the day, I can cook and photograph during the week sometimes instead of just having the weekend. I need you to visualize something right now. Me, sitting on my couch in comfy clothes, leaning back and releasing a super happy and relaxed sigh. Because that has happened like twenty times today.
YAY for relaxed weeks that include lots of free time. ??????.
For you 21 Day Fix people, here are your container amounts:
- 1 yellow (whole wheat bread)
- 1 blue (avocado)
- 1/2 – 1 green (arugula and tomato)*
*The balsamic is “free”*
*The reason the green container is 1/2 – 1 is because the amount of arugula you add is largely up to your preference. Some people love it (me) and pile it on there (ME), but others aren’t quite so crazy about it and just add a little.*
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- 1-2 avocados
- ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ cup balsamic vinegar
- 1-2 tomatoes
- 3 pieces of whole wheat bread
- 1½ cups baby arugula (maybe less depending on preference)
- Toast your whole wheat bread in the toaster
- Mash your avocado (you will need 3 blues worth - ¾ cup)
- In a pan, add your balsamic vinegar over high heat. Let this simmer/boil for about 6 minutes or until it has reduced to about 2 tablespoons and has thickened to a syrup consistency
- To your mashed avocado, add your garlic powder and season to taste with salt and pepper
- To assemble, add one blue of avocado to each piece of toast, top with about ½ cup of arugula (less if you don't love arugula), a slice or two of tomato (depending on the size of your tomatoes), and drizzle the balsamic syrup over top. Season with black pepper, and you're good to go!
If you make this or any of my other recipes, be sure to Instagram it and hashtag #thegarlicdiaries!
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