I didn’t just wake up one day and know all the health food answers (I am still learning day by day). It’s been 4 years of trial and error, food combining, testing seasonings and watching my husbands facial expressions as he’s eating to really get my methods where they are today.
I’m not gonna lie…. in the beginning, it wasn’t pretty! This girl fell into the trap most people fall into when learning to eat healthier. That’s right, I fell into the steamed veggies and under seasoned chicken breast rut.
I can remember poor Nick trying to be supportive of me getting a grip on my health, and trying to hide his distaste for my new methods of cooking.
Let me paint a picture… we had just moved in together. Nick had fallen in love with not only me, but my delicious cooking and baking. I had gotten him so used to coming over my apartment for Cheesy Chicken Corn Chowder, fried chicken cutlets, homemade Mac n’ cheese (with no less than four cheeses!), and countless other Paula Deen classics…. and then just as we committed to living our lives together I ripped it all away.
Instead he was welcomed home to me fumbling in the kitchen trying to relearn how to cook! I no longer had the crutch of heavy cream, butter, salt and mayo to lean on! My foods were lack luster and flavorless. He was such a good sport that it took him months before actually admitting to me he needed some more flavor in his dinners.
So after a while I scoured Pinterest, and my healthy cookbooks and taught myself all about food combining and seasoning. I ventured out of my comfort zone of salt and pepper, and learned all about my new friends turmeric, paprika, thyme, rosemary and countless other yummy and healthy spices!
After endless recipe testing, I learned toskip the scary 100 ingredient nightmare recipes. They were stressful and usually not as tasty as the picture looked! Those simple 5 ingredient healthy dishes can be the tastiest!
I’m not trying to brag, but my sweet husband has not complained about a single meal in about 3 years! In fact, he’s usually telling me “this is one of the best things you’ve ever made!”
I sincerely give all the credit to getting out of my comfort zone and experimenting! Once you get busy in the kitchen making all kinds of different foods from all over the world, you will gain knowledge of what spices mesh well together! You may even gain the confidence to experiment and create something all your own!
Experimenting is exactly how this delectable recipe came about! In the summer and fall my husband and I are both extremely busy! He’s out in the fields day in and day out planting, cultivating, harvesting etc. while I’m working 9-5 Mon.- Fri., and weekends at the farm stand. Finding time for a well planned lunch or dinner is not easy, and usually culminates in me just taking what I have and tossing it all together.
This is how Nick’s favorite brunch item came into existence:
One afternoon, after a hot morning on the farm he asked me to make him something to eat. Newly married, I felt ashamed to tell him I had yet to food shop and had barely anything in the house (just kidding… what do I look like? A stepford wife?). With about 10 minutes to spare I grabbed the 5 things I actually had available:
- Fresh cherry tomatoes halved (I like mixing heirloom and red)
- Ezekiel bread (any bread will do)
- Half an avocado
- Balsamic Vinegar
Here is how divinely simple this recipe is! It’s so simple that when my husband said it was his absolute favorite thing I make, I was a little blindsided! Lol I mean it’s that easy!
- Heat a tsp of coconut oil in a pan over medium heat.
2. Add the cherry tomatoes, and sprinkle with salt and pepper and rosemary to taste. I usually add about a tsp of rosemary but that’s only because I am obsessed! Sauté them for about 2-3 min, just until they start popping.
3. While sautéing the tomatoes, toast a slice of bread.
4. Mash your avocado with the back of a fork, then spread it on your piece of toast.
5. Top the avocado toast with the tomato sautéed and drizzle with a tsp of balsamic vinegar!
6. Eat that yummy piece of brunch heaven!
You see, you can have a seriously savory and delicious meal with less than 10 ingredients, that not only fills you (thank you healthy fats), but is good for you too! It takes all of 5 minutes and I guarantee that you will love it!
If you want to up the flavor profile even more add an egg! Do you! Make it your own! Just get creative in that kitchen, and remember healthy foods that nourish you can be simple and still taste amazing!
Now get cooking good looking!
Love and Light,
Xoxo Rachael Krupski