Sometimes the simplest and best meal ideas come from the most unlikely places. Honestly. And this recipe is no exception. Why do I say that? Because this recipe comes from a cookbook called It’s All Good: Delicious, Easy Recipes That Will Make You Look Good and Feel Great. What? That doesn’t sound strange? What if I told you that the cookbook author is none other than actress Gwyneth Paltrow.
I was at the library last week and spotted this book on the shelf of the new releases. I picked it up and paged through it, seeing a few recipes of interest. So, I had my roommate check it out for me (I didn’t have my library card with me) so I could look through it some more when I had more time. The cookbook pretty much sat on the coffee table until Saturday morning. I had a race in Frankfort, Kentucky. Cathy was driving, so this gave me some time to page through the story in the beginning about why this cookbook came to be and a little bit about the author and co-author, Julia Turshen. And then…I got to soak in the recipes.
One of the most enticing sounding recipes was one that actually didn’t have ingredients listed off. It didn’t need it. But when Gwyneth Paltrow compares a recipe to a favorite pair of jeans – “so reliable and easy and just always what you want” – I admit…I get intrigued. And it sounded so easy. And so delicious. And now…I will share it with you.
Recipe: Gluten-Free Avocado Toast
Time: Prep 5 minutes; Cook 5 minutes
- 2 slices gluten-free bread (I used Udi’s Gluten-Free Millet-Chia Bread)
- 1 avocado
- Vegenaise (or other vegan mayonnaise)
- Sriracha (optional)
- Red pepper flakes (optional)
- Lemon juice (optional)
Toast the gluten-free bread. Spread it generously with Vegenaise (or other vegan mayonnaise) and top it off with a few slices of a perfectly ripe avocado, ever so gently pressing the avocado into the bread. Hit it with a nice pinch of salt or Vege-Sal and a few grinds of fresh black pepper.
Yep…that’s it. Do make note that I mixed a splash of Sriracha into my Trader Joe’s Vegan Mayonnaise to give it a little kick. I also hit mine up with a bit of red chili flakes for some added heat. Gwyneth also suggests adding a little zip to the recipe by giving a squeeze of fresh lemon juice over the avocado toast. But, the fact is…the sandwich is fantastic on its own with the holy trinity of Vegenaise, avocado and salt. Simple, but delicious.
If I had a restaurant…this would be on the menu. For real.
Thank you, Gwyneth Paltrow…for giving me a new breakfast to make. Because I intend to make this often. It is so delicious and so healthy…and yes…so easy to make.