Does anyone feel like the whole trend of avocado toast is a little overdone? No?
Okay great neither do I, but let’s be real here for a second it’s getting a little ridiculous. I recently came across an article on the web called “Millionaire to Millennials: Stop Buying Avocado Toast If You Want to Buy a Home”. In this article, an Australian businessman basically states that millennials can’t afford to purchase a home because our money is being wasted on $20 avocado toast. I think the man is exaggerating a bit or maybe a lot. Millennials are not stupid, but we do sometimes splurge on a $12 avocado toast.
You might be thinking this post is all about bashing our beloved avocado toast, well it’s not. However, I do strongly feel that there are many other creative and utterly delicious things to put on a toast. Let’s give avocado toast a rest for a while and try something new: smashed beans on toast. I have a strong feeling that you will be a fan of this recipe.
One evening my little fur child and I were home alone and we were feeling little lazy and super hangry. If I’m by myself, I often just eat leftovers or stick to super simple meals. This time around, I didn’t have much in the fridge besides eggs and I wasn’t about to go to the grocery store. I’m really picky with food, some even call me neurotic, so takeout and fast food were out of the question. The only thing left for me to do was raid my pantry which I keep fully stocked with various kinds of canned goodies (they come in handy in these situations). To summarize, all I had to work with were eggs, canned beans, and bread. Inspired by the British dish called baked beans on toast, I decided to make my own version.
Unlike the British, I decided to make my beans savory and a bit more gourmet. My first version of this recipe included a can of white beans tossed with some butter, rosemary, seasonings, and spinach. The dish satisfied my hunger, but I wasn’t super impressed with myself.
Like the neurotic human I am, I couldn’t just let it go. I had to re-work the recipe. In the new version, spinach was eliminated, onions and a poached egg were added, and a bit of lemon and parmesan cheese completed the dish. At last, the ultimate lazy dinner was created. I present to you my easy smashed beans on toast with poached eggs. You might be thinking this dish sounds fussy, but I promise you it’s not, once you make it you will realize how easy this recipe is. Trust me I wouldn’t lie to you.
Like most of my recipes, this recipe is easy to adjust to different diets. For my vegan friends, just use olive oil instead of butter, nutritional yeast in place of parmesan, and some grilled veggies instead of poached egg. My fellow vegetarians can just skip the poached egg unless you do eat eggs.
This could also be a perfect recipe for college students on tight budgets who are looking to replace ramen with something more nutritional. I was spared the pain of living off of ramen in college because my parents’ prayers were answered by the Gods and I went to a university 30 minutes away from home. But if I was living away from home on a student budget, I would definitely make this recipe. Canned beans are inexpensive and have a long shelf life. Eggs and bread are a student staple.
Try this recipe, you will not be disappointed. Who knows maybe smashed beans could one day replace avocados on toast as the next big thing.
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