Vegetarian Recipe: Breakfast – Avocado & Poached Egg on Toast

Weekends mean a good breakfast. I know it should be an everyday thing but I’m quite lazy in the week! As I mentioned in my last vegetarian recipe – Deliciously Ella has inspired me to cook creatively and she’s introduced me to avocados. Don’t get me wrong I knew about them already. But up until a year ago when my friend put them into a salad, I disliked them without really trying them! These days I’m in love with them and I hear Ella talk about them quite a bit.

So I thought, why not have them for breakfast? They’re a great source of healthy fats and one morning before I was going for a mountain biking session, I knew I needed a filling breakfast!

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For my avocado & poached egg  breakfast which serves 2 you will need:

  • 1 avocado
  • Teaspoon of olive oil
  • Chopped garlic (optional)
  • 4 slices of wholemeal bread (2 per person) 
  • Red pepper hummus
  • Paprika (optional) 
  • 2 free range eggs

Method

1. The avocado needs to be peeled, de-seeded and chopped or mashed (depending upon your preference).  Here add chopped or crushed garlic (again depending upon your taste)and the teaspoon of olive oil. Mix it all together in a bowl.

2. Toast the wholemeal slices and spread a thick layer of hummus. It acts as a butter replacement and is much yummier!

3. Put the avocado mix on to the toast along with an egg on top and a touch of paprika(optional) 

A perfect poached egg 

I was brought up on poached eggs. They made my weekends. I love eggs and I’m aware of the ethical implications. Thankfully I can source out my eggs from local farms who don’t class turning a light bulb on and off twice a day as  free range.

To get a perfectly poached egg, crack it into a cup first whilst you wait for your pan of water to boil. Once boiled, turn it down slightly and create a whirlwind in the water using a fork. Then drop the egg into the water. Depending upon the size of the egg, a large one usually takes around 3-4 minutes. I like my eggs still runny so if you don’t, leave them in longer.

Notes 

  • I couldn’t mash my avocado because I’d left it in the fridge all night and it was too hard, so next time I’d take it out the night before.
  • Crushed garlic is not as harsh as chopped. Raw garlic has so many health benefits but the saying goes that you should leave it standing for 10 minutes whilst the chemical it contains begins to develop properly.

Food thoughts 

Usually breakfast doesn’t fill me up and I get hungry an hour or two after it.  However, after eating this around 9 am , I wasn’t hungry till about 1 pm and I’d been mountain biking. I’m a true believer that avocados are amazing fillers and should be used in most vegetarian foods. It’s a weekend breakfast made for champions!

What do you think?

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