Loaded Avocado Toast

This is for all my avocado lovers out there. You know who you are. This will change your avocado game! I recently went to South Beach for a two-day little getaway and I think the best thing to come from this trip was this dish! I stayed at the Nautilus in South Beach and had the Avocado Toast dish at Driftwood Room the first day of the trip. It was so crave worthy, I had it on day two as well. This dish had pepitas (pumpkin seeds) in it and I am always on the lookout for recipes that use pumpkin seeds. I use Go Raw sprouted pumpkin seeds for TONS of recipes that call for nuts. They are an incredible substitute and so good for you too! Check out this amazing recipe below. Based on the bread and oil you choose, you can make this recipe egg-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, etc. Tailor it to fit your needs! I definitely cannot take credit for the creation of this dish; that is all Driftwood, but I tried to re-create it as best I could. I had to be able to enjoy this little gem in my own home!  

LOADED AVOCADO TOAST 

Re-created from the Avocado Toast at Driftwood Room 

  • English muffin (or bread of your choice) 
  • Olive oil (butter, or buttery spread of your choosing)
  • 1/2 ripe avocado
  • 1/2 freshly squeezed lemon or lime  
  • 1 tbs capers
  • 1-2 tbs Go Raw sprouted pumpkin seeds 
  • Small handful fresh baby spinach 
  • Coarsely ground sea salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste  

Drizzle your bread with olive oil or a buttery spread of your choosing and broil in the oven until lightly golden and crispy. 

Meanwhile, throw some olive oil or butter in a small pan and lightly brown the capers and pumpkin seeds in the pan over medium heat. Watch them carefully so they don't burn and stir occasionally. When the seeds start to brown and smell fragrantly toasted, remove from heat.

Chop up your avocado into small squares and put into a small bowl. Squeeze your lemon or lime juice on the avocado and toss to coat. Add the capers and pumpkin seeds; season with salt and pepper to taste. Toss together and slightly mash up some of the avocado in the bowl so all the ingredients stick together. 

Top your toast with a handful of fresh spinach and top with the avocado mixture. Enjoy!

 

Posted on February 14, 2016 and filed under Recipes.

Real life

Hello again! Hello 2016 and hello to all of you who are still with me on this crazy food allergy parenting journey. It's been a while. It's been a long while. I hope you are well. I am here to explain my absence and I am here to pick up where I left off. 

I haven't posted in a long time and truth be told, I got tired. I am real and I get tired and overwhelmed and stressed out and I often put too much on my plate at one time. I am just like you. I know you do this too. And that's okay.

 

It's okay to take breaks and then pick things back up when you feel like you have more energy. That is real life.

 

I am back and I hope you will hang around for more recipes, support, education and love from nutfreemomma! I have a lot of ideas for posts so stay tuned.  

A lot has happened in the past year. Both of my girls are now in school and I am one of the room parents for my oldest daughter's class. It is quite a bit of work but very rewarding and also allows me the opportunity to stay on top of my food allergy management game during special classroom celebrations and events. My husband started a new business venture that is going well and also taking up more of his time. Our sweet girl has added a few more tree nuts to her list of allergens and her peanut level continues to rise. She has also been diagnosed with exercise induced asthma and we have added an inhaler to our arsenal. We have safely made it through two out of town trips, numerous birthday parties and celebrations both inside and outside the classroom, and most recently another holiday season.

 

Life is good. I feel thankful and I want to once again offer you all my support. 

 

In love~

Kristen

 

Posted on January 16, 2016 and filed under Personal.

Nut-Free & Vegan Pumpkin Bread

I know I have been MIA for the past couple of months. We have been enjoying the last bits of summer and getting our oldest daughter settled into her first year of preschool (a post on that is forthcoming).  It amazing how life gets in the way, but that's good sometimes. Sometimes it's good to put down the computer, take a break, and just focus on your own. :-)

Cooler weather has hit, the leaves have changed and are falling, and all I hear about on a daily basis from my oldest is how excited she is for Halloween. Yes, my friends, Fall is in full force and I am loving every second of it. It is my favorite season of the year. This nut-free, vegan pumpkin bread is my favorite Fall recipe. It doesn't last longer than two days in our house. It is a recipe that I have shared with friends and family and one that I turn to over and over for parties and gifts. It is quite simply put, delicious. I have never found a recipe, vegan or not, that rivals it. I know that Fall and the coming holidays are laden with products containing nuts. This is a safe go-to recipe for any occasion. Enjoy!

NUT-FREE & VEGAN PUMPKIN BREAD 

Slightly adapted from the Vegan Pumpkin Bread Recipe at hell yeah it's vegan! 

  • 3 tablespoons water 
  • 1 tablespoon milled flax seed
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup dark brown sugar 
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt 
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 cup coconut oil, warmed in microwave to liquify
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup  
  • 1/2 cup Go Raw Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds, chopped
  • A small handful of Go Raw Sprouted Pumpkin Seeds to sprinkle on top  

Preheat oven to 350 degrees and prep a loaf pan by greasing or lining with wax/parchment paper.

In a small bowl, mix together the flaxseed meal with 3 tablespoons of water. Set aside for 10 minutes. 

In a large bowl, mix together all the dry ingredients - flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices. 

In a medium sized bowl, mix together the wet ingredients - pumpkin, coconut oil and maple syrup.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredient bowl and mix well. Fold in the chopped pumpkin seeds. The batter will be very think and heavy. No worries! 

Pour into prepared pan and spread until even. Sprinkle top with pumpkin seeds. Bake for 55 to 60 minutes, until top is slightly browned and toothpick inserted into center comes out clean. 

Let cool for 30 minutes in the pan. If you try to take it out while too hot, it may crumble. Remove to finish cooling on wire cooling rack. Enjoy! 

Posted on October 19, 2014 and filed under Recipes.