toast for dinner – smashy smashy

smashy smashy // the muffin myth

Lately I’ve been making lists of various things I could put on toast and reasonably call dinner. This is what one does when one is one-week from thesis deadline, right? Make lists of terribly important things. Much more important than working on one’s thesis, right? So we’re in a toast-for-dinner situation, and I thought I’d share one of my favourites: the smashy smashy.

This is the kind of thing I can use to talk myself out of ordering a pizza for dinner. Or when I get home from work tired and hungry on a Friday and the husband wants to do some ridiculous chore before we even think about dinner. Because I get hangry something fierce, it’s better for everyone that I just feed myself as fast as possible.

eggs // the muffin myth

Because that’s a six-minute egg smashed up on that toast, I can get this bad boy from concept into mah belly in just about 10 minutes. If things were really desperate, I could have already polished off the smashed avocado toast (which, by the way, is drizzled with pistachio oil and topped with sea salt) before the egg was done. And things do get that desperate, let me tell you.

I think that toast is highly underrated when it comes to a quick and easy dinner. With the right bread for your base and the right toppings, it can be a very nutritious meal. Fast, easy, and easily adaptable, what’s not to love? I like my toast for dinner on a pretty plate with some sliced tomatoes on the side, and a cloth napkin, because come on, toast or no toast, I’m still a lady.

What’s your favourite toast for dinner combination? I’m making a list!

MM_Know_Icon_FINALAvocados are awesome! Around 80% of the calories in an avocado come from fat, which is about 20 x higher than most fruit. However, about 65% of this fat is healthy monounsaturated fat, in particular oleic acid. Avocados also contain an incredible range of phytonutrients, and many vitamins and minerals. Avocados are a good source of vitamin K, fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, folate, and potassium – more potassium than a banana even!

Eggs are an amazing source of high quality protein, vitamin B12, choline (important for your brain), carbohydrates, and healthy fats. Eggs are satiating; a study found that those eating a low fat diet which included 2 eggs a day for breakfast lost nearly *twice* as much weight as those eating a bagel breakfast with the same calories and mass, with no increase in blood cholesterol levels.

smashy smashy // the muffin myth

One year ago: Nada.
Two years ago: Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Cookies (my favourite!)
Three years ago: Rhubarb, Apricot, and Ginger Muffins

toast for dinner - smashy smashy

Ok, this isn't much of a recipe, but more of a suggestion. For perfect soft-boiled eggs I use this technique and let the egg cook for six minutes (set a timer!) and then let it sit on the counter for half a minute or so to cool slightly before I peel it. If you don't have pistachio oil you can sub in another nutritious nut oil like walnut or almond, or even use avocado or olive oil instead. Or skip the oil drizzle altogether and go for a splash of hot sauce!
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Servings 1
Author Katie Trant

Ingredients

  • 2 slices whole grain bread
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 an avocado
  • pistachio oil or other, see headnotes for drizzling
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Set a small pot of water over high heat and bring to a boil. Using a spoon, carefully dip the egg in and out of the water a few times, then lower it into the pot. Set a timer for six minutes.
  2. When the timer is around the three-minute mark, pop the bread into the toaster. Get the avocado organized: I like to score it with a sharp knife and then scoop it out with a spoon.
  3. The toast should be ready slightly before the egg is. Go ahead and smash the avocado on one slice. Once the egg timer goes, remove from the water and let cool slightly, only 30 seconds or so. Tap against the counter to break the shell, and peel carefully. Smash the egg onto the other piece of toast.
  4. Drizzle a touch of oil over the avocado, if desired, and salt and pepper over both the avocado and the smashed egg. Serve immediately.

 



 

Comments

  1. Kathryn says

    I’ve never been much of a toast girl but the internet has really opened up my eyes to all the things you can shove on a piece of toast and call a meal. Smashed avocado is one of my faves and I love the drizzle of pistachio oil in these. Good luck with the final push!

  2. Sandra says

    I need to talk myself out of ordering pizza more often. When you make a meal such as this, it is easy to see why you were successful. Love toast but I have yet to smash some avocado on it. I totally have to see if I can find some pistachio oil – that just sounds so amazing not to have!

    • themuffinmyth says

      Oh Sandra, get into the smashed avocado on toast! Sooooo good! This would be a great meal once your hens start laying – way better than a takeout pizza! It’s pretty easy for me to talk myself out of ordering a pizza here because a) Swedish pizza is a sad, sad thing, and b) they don’t do food delivery here!

      And yes, pistachio oil is lovely. I received some as a hostess gift and really enjoy it on all manner of things, but especially on avocados. Yum!

  3. Joanne says

    I am nowhere near thesis writing yet, but I see myself making very many highly important lists such as this when that time comes. And cleaning my apartment a whole lot.

    Anyways, I love toast! It’s such a fun meal. Love what you’ve done to it.

    • themuffinmyth says

      I haven’t been suckered by apartment cleaning too much, but list writing and googling highly important things like ‘what can I mix with bourbon?’ are taking high priority these days.

  4. Tessa says

    I am trying to imagine what ‘chores’ your husband would be dreaming up on Friday night, after both of you putting in a week at the office, plus all the extras. I can assure you, that behavior is not in the ‘gene pool’! Love this recipe. BTW. Avocado is also good for serotonin.

    • themuffinmyth says

      You’d be surprised. He used to insist we do all of the grocery shopping and all of the cleaning before we could start to relax and enjoy our weekend. I put a stop to that by ordering our groceries online and getting a cleaner!

  5. Eileen says

    Dinners on toast are totally underrated! Who wouldn’t want a piece or two of beautiful bread topped with just-ripe avocado and soaked in runny egg yolk? I ask you. 🙂

  6. kellie@foodtoglow says

    One of my husband’s favourite meals when I’m not around is stewed spicy tomatoes on toast (Worcestershire sauce, hot sauce, a little vinegar and some honey) and a poached egg. I’m not keen on the texture of this but it does taste rather good. I am an avocado on toast girl (old lady, really) from way back. My favourite topper for that ensemble is stir-fried chard and garlic. Sometimes shiitake. But these are almost always for breakfast rather than dinner (yes, even with the garlic). With a teenager to feed I can’t yet get away with such deliciously simple dinners. She’s off to university in September so I can see a lot more toast dinners happening…

    • themuffinmyth says

      I love the idea of garlicky chard… I was thinking about something in the wilted greens world at some point. I had some delicious wilted lemony spinach in Rome, and I thought that would be just fab on toast. Yum!

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