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Chestnut and avocado toast recipe

  • 2

    Slices

  • Prep Time

    Prep Time 15'

    PT15M
  • Total Time

    Total Time 20'

    PT20M
  • Nut-free

    Nut-free

  • Vegan

    Vegan

Vegan

What to put on your toast

It sometimes seems like avocado toast is now on the menu in every coffee shop. That’s no reason though to chuck it out of the kitchen window and sacrifice its lusciousness; just think of it as a prompt to introduce new variations. We have always maintained that you should eat in restaurants what you can’t make at home. By this rule, avocado toast is certainly a dish to be made in intimate surroundings. To take this further, it’s a sensual dish in the making and in the eating.

Mashing the avocado and feeling it collapse into creaminess; licking your fingers as the inevitable overload of avocado on toast ends up on your hands; these are sensations best savoured in the privacy of your home, whether in the morning, midday, or in the evening. This is a dish suitable for any meal.

For us, the star of this particular recipe is the gently home-pickled radishes, which lend a sharpness to the voluptuous flavour of the avocado. But we also love the addition of cooked mushrooms, which brings together two beloved toast toppings, doubling the pleasure!

Mushrooms on toast are, if anything, even more versatile than avocado on toast, and a lovely way to start playing with this recipe would be to vary the herbs you use on the mushrooms. Thyme is a classic, and these are not to be dismissed; however we enjoy rosemary, sage, and parsley with mushrooms as well. Pickled lemons are another favourite accompaniment to cooked mushrooms of late, and would rhyme very nicely with the radishes. If you still eat dairy, blending the smushed avocado with butter makes it that much more fulsome, as if it weren’t already.

Joie de vivre and health

As you know, we eat for health; but also for joie de vivre, always. Thankfully, this dish contains plenty of both. Avocado are incredibly rich in the ‘good fat’, monounsaturated fat. As well as keeping you warm, good fats enable you to take in more nutrients from the food you ingest.(1)(2) It is also a source of both soluble and insoluble fibres, both of which are important for optimal health, and of potassium, vitamin C, and vitamin B-6. This natural mood booster works with the serotonin levels in your body to regulate anxiety – no small recommendation in our day and age.(3)

We top off our avocado toast with Erbology Organic Hemp Seed Oil. One measly tablespoon of this cold-pressed oil satisfies 40% of your recommended daily allowance of vitamin D. Although Vitamin D is best obtained through sunshine, we who live in grey, rainy climes must sometimes seek out other channels for it. Avocado toast as a substitute for the brilliance of sun isn’t such a bad deal to us.(4)

Hemp seed oil also contains the ideal balance of omega-6 and omega-3 fatty acids. Optimising this ratio is quite important for health, and numerous researchers have cited an imbalance in fatty acids as a key defect in many Western diets.(5)

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References

(1)  “The Truth about Fats: the Good, the Bad, and the in-Between.” Harvard Health, https://bit.ly/172PFuF.

(2) “Dietary Fats.” American Heart Association, https://bit.ly/2HMJL8R

(3) McCarty, M F. “High-Dose Pyridoxine as an ‘Anti-Stress’ Strategy.” Medical Hypotheses., U.S. National Library of Medicine, May 2000, https://bit.ly/2XVHdJ1.

(4) Ware, Megan. “Vitamin D: Health Benefits, Facts, and Research.” Medical News Today, MediLexicon International, 13 Nov. 2017, https://bit.ly/1ma8MFP.

(5) Simopoulos, AP,  “The importance of the ratio of omega-6/omega-3 essential fatty acids.”, Biomedical Pharmacology, October 2002, https://bit.ly/2tyr7H1.

Breakfast

Ingredients
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  • ½ cup chestnut mushrooms
  • 4 small fresh radishes
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • Fresh juice of 1 lemon
  • 1 clove garlic, finely cut
  • 1-2 tsp Erbology Organic Hemp Seed Oil
  • 1 tsp rapeseed oil
  • Pinch of sea salt
  • Pinch of freshly ground black pepper
  • Fresh thyme to taste
  • 2 sourdough slices (for a gluten-free option, substitute with our Gluten-free Nut Bread )

Here's how you make it

  1. Wash the mushrooms and slice into medium-sized pieces.
  2. Heat up a non-stick pan with rapeseed oil and toss in the mushrooms, salt, and thyme. When the mushrooms are almost ready, add in the chopped garlic and cook for another minute.
  3. Set the mushrooms aside.
  4. Wash the radishes and thinly slice them. To pickle, place the slices in a bowl with 1-2 tbsp lemon juice and a sprinkle of salt. Stir everything together and set aside for 5-10 minutes.
  5. Prepare the sourdough bread either using a grill or toaster.
  6. Cut or mash the avocado up and put on the toast.
  7. Top the toast with mushrooms, radishes and a drizzle of Erbology Hemp Seed Oil. Your avocado toast recipe is ready!
 

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