Mashed Avocado Toast with Sautéed Shaved Asparagus & a poached egg + How to Poach an Egg

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I post my breakfasts on a daily basis on Instagram, and I love to eat poached eggs. But my poaching skills were not up the part. I tried wrapping the egg in plastic wrap and then poaching it. That didn’t work out for me. I tried the old fashion way, how I was taught in school (simmering water, splash of vinegar and swirling around the water hoping the egg will form nicely), but I would only get nice looking eggs some of the time. I wanted them picture perfect and sometimes it would work out on the first egg, and sometimes on the third or fourth… It made me dread poaching time. But then the lovely Jennifer from The Lemon Apron gave me a tip that would save me a lot of eggs. Just crack an egg on a fine mesh sieve with a bowl underneath to catch the watery part of the egg white. This tip has worked wonders for me. Thank you Jennifer! And since I often get questions on Instagram of how I poach my eggs, here is how I do it now.

Have a medium saucepan filled about halfway with water and a splash of vinegar. Let it come to a simmer. Once the water is simmering, crack an egg (at room temperature, the eggs need to be fresh) on a fine mesh sieve with a bowl underneath to catch the watery part of the egg white. Let it sit there for 30 seconds to about 1 minute.

Then carefully drop it on the simmering water. I only stir the water a bit once the egg has a nice shape, you don’t want to disturb the uncooked egg white otherwise it will separate too much from the egg yolk. Let it poach for about 2-3 minutes and then carefully remove it with a slotted spoon.

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This recipe is for 1 person.

Ingredients:

1 slice of toasted bread of your choice

1 small avocado

Juice of ½ a lime

Pink Himalayan salt

Black pepper

Chili flakes

4 asparagus

2 tablespoons of olive oil

2 cherry tomatoes, quartered

Garden cress

1 poached egg

 

Shave the asparagus using a vegetable peeler. Don’t worry if parts break. Place 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Saute the asparagus with salt and pepper, for about 30 seconds. Set them aside. Then mash the avocado with the lime juice, salt, pepper and chili flakes.

To assemble the toast, add first the mashed avocado. Then the sauteed asparagus, cherry tomatoes and finally the poached egg. Top the egg with salt, chili flakes and garden cress.

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Beet Latkes with Avocado Cream

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This is a super easy recipe, the latkes come out crispy and I love the combination of the beets with this avocado, sour cream and horseradish sauce.

This recipe makes 12 small latkes.

Ingredients:

For the latkes:

3 medium beets

1 egg

½ cup of crushed Matzo crackers

Pinch of onion powder

Pinch of garlic powder

Pinch of salt

Pinch of pepper

Pinch of celery salt

For the avocado cream:

1 avocado

2 teaspoons of sour cream

½ teaspoon of horseradish

Juice of half a lime

Salt to taste

Extra:

Olive oil for pan-frying

 

To make the avocado cream, just blend all of the ingredients together and set it aside.

Peel and shred the beets. Squeeze them as much as you can to remove excess moisture.

Line a plate with a few pieces of paper towels, spread the beets on top and then place a few more layers of paper towels on top of the beets. Press with your hands. Microwave the beets for 1 minute. This will dry them a bit more.

Remove the beets from the plate with the paper towels, and place them in a large bowl. Mix the beets with the egg, crushed Matzo crackers and spices.

Add about 1/3 cup of olive oil to a large pan. Add about 2 tablespoons of the beet mixture forming a fritter. Use a spatula to flatten it. I did 4 at a time.  Fry them until golden on both sides. Place them on a plate lined with paper towels.

Serve the latkes with the avocado cream. Enjoy!

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Beluga Lentil Chili with Crispy Kale

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It’s been a long time since I’ve made chili, so I made some today but with beluga lentils. I made it this morning and have been snaking on it throughout the day, luckily I made plenty to last for dinner. I served it with some crispy kale, avocado, cheddar and sour cream. I also made some cornbread to go along with it. Perfect for meatless Monday!

This recipe serves 4.

Ingredients:

2 tablespoons of olive oil

1 red onion, chopped

2 bell peppers, chopped

1 jalapeño pepper, chopped

½ teaspoon of garlic powder

½ teaspoon of onion powder

Pinch of cayenne

½ teaspoon of paprika powder

Pinch of cumin or more to taste

Salt

1.5 litters of vegetable stock

500ml of tomato pure

1 tablespoon of honey

2 cups of beluga lentils

For the crispy kale:

4 cups of shredded kale

4 tablespoons of olive oil

Pinch of lemon pepper

Pinch of salt

Toppings:

Grated cheddar

Sliced avocado

Sour cream

 

Place the olive oil in a large saucepan or Dutch oven, over medium heat. Add the onions, bell peppers, jalapeño and all the spices. Cook for 3 minutes while stirring.

Add the vegetable stock and the tomato puree. Stir to mix it and let it cook for 10 minutes. Then using an immersion blender, blend it until smooth.

Add the lentils and honey. Let it cook for 30 minutes, stirring from time to time until most of the liquid has reduced and the lentils are cooked through.

To make the crispy kale, preheat the oven to 180C/350F. Mix the kale with the olive oil, lemon pepper and salt. Spread the kale in a single layer on a baking tray lined with parchment paper. Bake for 10 minutes until the kale becomes crispy.

Serve the lentil chili with a dollop of sour cream, avocado slices, grated cheddar and some of the crispy kale. Enjoy!

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Zucchini Ricotta Fritters with Avocado-Greek Yogurt Sauce and a quick Beet & Carrot Slaw

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Not the best day to go outside today. There is a summer storm going on and it got worse while we were doing groceries at the market. A tree fell over a road close to our street; luckily we didn’t see anyone hurt. My hubby and I actually ran home on the last 2 blocks because big branches were falling on cars next to us. This is the first time I was actually scared of a storm here.

Veggie fritters are something that we eat quite often at home. They make a super simple and quick dinner. The creamy avocado-Greek yogurt sauce goes very well with the fritters and the slaw adds a nice crunch to the dish. I love eating raw beets and their sweetness mixes very well with the apple cider vinegar from the dressing.

This recipe makes about 10 fritters.

Ingredients:

For the Fritters:

3 Zucchinis, shredded without the core (seeds)

250gr Ricotta

1 egg

Pinch of cayenne

½ teaspoon of onion powder

½ teaspoon of garlic powder

½ teaspoon of lemon pepper (optional)

Pinch of pepper

1 teaspoon of salt

1/3 of a cup of panko breadcrumbs

¼ of a cup of breadcrumbs

Olive oil for frying

For the quick slaw:

2 beets (I used the candy cane variety), shredded

1 carrot (I used a purple one), Shredded

¼ of a cup of olive oil

¼ of a cup of apple cider vinegar

2 tablespoons of honey

1 teaspoon of mustard

Salt

Pepper

For the avocado-Greek yogurt sauce:

2 avocado

4 tablespoons of Greek yogurt

Juice of 1 lime

2 tablespoons of chopped parsley

¼ of a teaspoon of celery salt

Extra salt to taste

Decoration:

Chives

 

To make the quick slaw, first shred the beets and carrot. In a bowl, whisk the olive oil, apple cider vinegar, honey, mustard, salt and pepper. Add the beets and carrot. Mix well. Let it sit in the fridge until ready to serve.

To make the avocado sauce, just place all of the ingredients in the food processor and pulse until you get a creamy sauce. Transfer it to a bowl, cover with plastic film and let it sit in the fridge until ready to serve.

To make the fritters, shred the zucchini. I don’t shred the core part with the seeds. Then squeeze out as much water as you can from them. Transfer the squeezed zucchini to a large bowl, add the reminaing ingredients for the fritters and mix well.

Add some olive oil to a large non-stick pan over medium heat.  To form each fritter, just scoop about 1/3 of a cup of the zucchini mixture and place it on the hot pan. Flatten it a bit with a spatula and fry it until golden on both sides. This will only take a few minutes per side.

To serve, spread some of the avocado sauce on each plate and serve the fritters stacked on top of the sauce. Finish it by adding some of the slaw and a bit of chives.

Charred Cauliflower and Romanesco Salad with Beef and Avocado & Tahini Dressing

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This is basically a crudité platter turned into a salad. I love the creaminess of the tahini and the avocado in the dressing. I’ve been eating a lot of charred cauliflower lately. Healthy snacking! With summer coming and the temperature rising, I crave more vegetables and fruit than in winter. I am dreaming of a hot summer. Hopefully this year, it will be a good one!

I charred the cauliflower but not the romanesco because I wanted it to still be bright green. But you can also just mix it with the cauliflower and char them both in the oven.

This recipe serves 3.

Ingredients:

1 cauliflower, cut into florets

1 romanesco, cut into florets

2 beef steaks, about 300grs

10 radishes, thinly sliced

3 yellow beets, thinly sliced

1 tablespoon of olive oil

Salt

Pepper

For the dressing:

2 avocado

2 tablespoons of tahini

Juice of 2 limes

¼ cup of olive oil

¼ white vinegar

¼ cup pf water

Salt to taste

 

Preheat the oven to 180C/350F.

To make the dressing, just place all of the ingredients in the food processor and pulse until you get a creamy consistency. Transfer to a bowl, cover with plastic film and keep in the fridge until ready to use.

Place the cauliflower florets in a bowl. Add the olive oil, salt and pepper. Mix well and place in an oven tray lined with parchment paper. Roast for 20 minutes or until the cauliflower is charred.

Boil the Romanesco florets for 3 minutes. Drain and set aside.

Thinly slice the beets and radishes.

Cook the steaks as desired. I just added a few spices and cooked them in 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of butter, over medium-high heat. Let them rest for a few minutes before thinly slicing them.

To plate the salad, just arrange all of the vegetables first. Then drizzle some of the dressing and finally add the sliced beef.

 

 

Quinoa Soup

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I try to eat quinoa at least once a week and today I decided to make a soup with it. It already feels very cold and the lack of daylight doesn’t make it better.  So a warm and filling soup is very welcome these days. This dish is a bit of a mashup between a tortilla soup and a sopa criolla (a Peruvian soup).  This recipe serves 3.

Ingredients:

1 cup of quinoa

1 red onion, chopped

1 clove of garlic, minced

1 bird’s eye chili, chopped

1 red bell pepper, chopped

300gr minced meat

250gr tomato puree

1 ½ litters of beef stock

1 bay leaf

2 tablespoons of olive oil

Salt to taste

Toppings:

3 teaspoons of dried oregano

2 avocados, sliced

A handful of chopped coriander

3 poached eggs

 

First cook the quinoa. Rinse it under cold water and then boil for 12 minutes. Drain and reserve.

Heat the olive oil in a large pot, over medium heat. Add the onions, chili, bell pepper and cook for a few minutes until the onions are translucent. Then add the meat and brown it. After the meat is browned, add the garlic and cook for another minute.  Add some salt.

Add the tomato puree, bay leaf, stock and cooked quinoa. Allow to simmer for 15 minutes.  Taste for salt and then serve into 3 bowls.

Top each bowl with the sliced avocado, coriander, oregano and a poached egg.