Two interesting topics this morning: First, I’ve recently been told that it’s not healthy to eat eggs every day for breakfast. While I completely disagree with the statement, and think that that person should do a lot more research before challenging me on my dietary preferences… I also would like to point out that neither myself, nor most of the Paleo people I know eat eggs every day for breakfast.
Second, Avocados. Usually, I buy about 10 of them at a time, and not the half-ruined, overly bruised 4-packs sold at the grocery store. I buy the loose, organic avocados from Trader Joes or Whole Foods (usually Trader Joes though, since they cost about half as much there). I try to buy them at varying stages in their ripening process, some which will be ripe in a day, some which will take 3-4 days. Occasionally I end up with 3-4 avocados which have all ripened at the same time. When that happens I get to make some Avocado dressing!
Avocado Dressing – What you’ll need:
- 3 large ripe Avocados (these can be softening and a bit over-ripe)
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Your favorite vinegar (I used the Orange Muscat Champagne Vinegar I’ve been enjoying recently!)
- Seasoning: Italian Seasoning, Cumin
This is a very simple recipe, and only slightly different from the traditional guacamole recipes out there. As with Guac, first cut up the avocados and put them in a bowl to be mashed. I like both my Guac and this dressing to be chunky, so I mash/mix the avocado with a spoon, not a potato masher or a food processor (yes, really with a spoon!). Once the avocado is mostly cut up in to small pieces, add about 2 ounces each of the extra virgin olive oil and the vinegar, and about 1 tablespoon each of the Italian Seasoning and cumin. Now mix it all up thoroughly. Since this is going to be a dressing and not a dip, the consistency should be very runny – so if it’s thick, add more olive oil and vinegar.
And The Salad:
- Mixed Greens
- 6 oz Black Forrest Ham
I like my morning foods to be simple. I like to be able to taste the individual ingredients. Often I like complex evening foods, like a stewed beef short rib (one of my all-time favorites!). But for my morning foods, my mouth, as well as my body, likes to be able to take the ingredients in a more simple fashion. In today’s salad, the most complex ingredient is the Avocado Dressing. So, chop it all up, mix it, and combine with the dressing. Then serve and enjoy!
For those of you who take some lunch with you, take a look at my lunch version of the above Breakfast Salad: