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Simple, Easy Avocado on Toast Recipe

Avocado on Toast Sprinkled With Garlic PowderI’m a foodie. That said, I’m a foodie who digs keeping it simple. I don’t have the luxury of time to create fantastically complicated foods. My avocado on toast recipe fills my need for nutritious yet easy-to-make food.

I figured out this tasty little recipe last Fall when my youngest daughter started college. I was incredibly busy with my business and riding my horse. Between taking care of the fur babies at home, nurturing Big Grey Horse Media and her clients, riding and preparing for horse shows, and managing my home, I had little time to fuss over food.

This avocado on toast recipe is perfect for people who want a nutritious, filling snack. It’s so simple: You take a piece of bread and an avocado and combine the two. I’m sure you can dress this open-faced sammie up in a variety of ways, too.

I’ve used a different breads for this recipe, but all within the range of Pepperidge Farms’ or Oroweat’s product lines. For me, there’s no sweet spot with bread. This particular version of my avocado on toast recipe uses Oroweat’s country potato bread (super YUM!). I find potato bread to be a wonderful bread for spring and summer dishes. The colder it gets, however, the more dense I want my bread to be. I’ve really loved avocado on Pepperidge Farm’s Jewish rye and pumpernickel breads, too.

Toasted Orowheat Country Potato Bread

Ripe Haas Avocado

Smashed Avocado on Toast

 

Avocado on Toast

Preheat the oven to 300 degrees.

Ingredients:

  • Medium Haas avocado
  • Slice of bread
  • Garlic powder

Toast the bread for about seven to eight minutes. I prefer toast that has crunch but is not overly stiff as lightly toasted bread serves this recipe well. You want the bread to have enough depth and strength to carry the avocado, but not so much that the bread falls into crumbs when you bite into it.

Slice the avocado in half. You only need half of a medium avocado to make this recipe work. If you want two pieces of toast, however, you can use the entire medium-sized avocado.

Scoop out the avocado and spread it onto the toast. Spread the avocado until it covers the top of the bread.

Sprinkle garlic powder on top of the avocado. You can add sea salt if you want a bit more taste, but I like my avocado on toast simple. The buttery flavor of the avocado really shines through without the help of additional seasonings.

Simple, Easy Avocado on Toast Recipe

Authentic Mexican Food at El Charro Restaurant in Johnson City, Texas

El Charro Restaurant in Johnson City, Texas
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After the disastrous trip to Tamale King, a quick bite at El Charro Restaurant in Johnson City, Texas, assured me that good enchiladas are still out there. Every time my mom and I drove by, the restaurant was packed. That’s always a good indication – if the locals love it, I’ll most likely love it, too. And boy, did I!

I ordered the #13 enchiladas de pollo. When my plate arrived, I want to skip over everything else and get to the chicken inside of the enchiladas. It was like heaven in my mouth. I never wanted those enchiladas to end. They were so good, wrapped with freshly made tortillas and smothered in a delicious red sauce. The chicken had been slow cooked for hours and then pulled apart. The meat was so tender and juicy it practically melted in my mouth. The flavor blew the dish out of the ball park!

I want to swim in a pool filled with El Charro’s chicken.

The rice was an authentic, Mexican rice. I’ve found that many Mexican restaurants (whether authentic or Tex-Mex) seem to lack in the rice department. I’ve solved the flavor problem by mixing the rice and refried beans together.  I really liked the rice, however, and for the first time,  I didn’t mix my rice and beans. El Charro’s rice has cubed carrots and a good blend of spices. The beans were great, too. They had a smooth texture and tasted like they were cooked all day long.

Laura’s Perspective:

El Charro Restaurant is unpretentious. Walking in, we weren’t sure if we should seat ourselves or wait for a hostess. There is a menu above the front counter, which I assume is for people placing orders to go or picking up breakfast. This was a bit confusing, but it was only a minor annoyance.

El Charro Restaurant in Johnson City, Texas.

I hankered for tacos, a new food I’m exploring. I ordered three tacos: chicharron (pork skin), aguacate (avocado), and pastor (seasoned pork). My plate arrived, steaming hot and smelling divine. Check out the cheese overflowing onto the tortillas.

Tacos at El Charro Restaurant in Johnson City, Texas.

What I loved about this dish were the fixings: chopped cilantro, chopped white onion, and lime wedges.

El Charro Restaurant in Johnson City, Texas.

I got busy adding the cilantro and onion to my tacos. For the finale, I squeezed the lime over the tortillas. Filled with goodies, these tacos are ready for consumption. Yum!

El Charro Restaurant in Johnson City, Texas.

Each of the tacos were tasty. The meat was tender and cooked with great care, and the aguacate was fresh and firm. I especially liked the chicharron taco. I am growing super fond of this meat!

Gotta rave about the salsa and chips while I’m on a roll. Served gratis with your meal, the salsa is spicy and one of the best I’ve had. The chips were warm and lightly salted, which is a very nice touch.

El Charro Restaurant in Johnson City, Texas.

Don’t miss the chicken running around outside in the parking lot. I’m not sure who he belongs to, but he’s cute. Reminded me of our visit to Luckenbach.

Rooster in El Charro Restaurant's parking lot, Johnson City, Texas.

Takeaway

El Charro Restaurant’s menu indicates three locations. We visited 502 S. U.S. 281, Johnson City, Texas 78636. Their phone number is 830/868-7040. Hours of operation are Monday thru Thursday, 6:30 a.m. until 10:00 p.m., Friday and Saturday, 6:30 a.m. until 11:00 p.m., and Sunday 6:30 a.m. until 10:30 p.m. The atmosphere is very casual and caters to the locals. When we visited, after school teenagers dropped by to hang out and grab a snack. Every time we’ve passed El Charro en route to San Antonio, the restaurant was busy, no matter the time of day or evening. Orders can be placed to go, and breakfast specials are available – just ask!

Brunch at the Blue Bonnet Cafe, Marble Falls, Texas

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Revisiting an old friend rocks! Recently, we had brunch at the Blue Bonnet Cafe, Marble Falls, after running errands in town. It was a simple meal: a Spanish omelette and coffee for me, and a grilled chicken sandwich and lemonade for my daughter.

I didn’t disclose who I was or that I would be blogging about our meal (I’ve written about the Cafe before). I wanted to take in the Blue Bonnet Cafe as a first-time customer since I haven’t visited in a few years.

Blue Bonnet Cafe, Marble Falls, Texas
Spanish Omelette with Texas Toast and Hash Browns

One thing I really dig about hometown cafes are the omelettes. Blue Bonnet Cafe’s are exactly what you’d expect from a hometown eatery: fresh eggs, melted cheese, and the goodies of your choice tucked neatly inside. While the salsa is pretty typical for this kind of establishment (i.e., not authentic), it’s spicy hot and a great accompaniment. The hash browns are okay, but not my favorite. I use ketchup in abundance with a generous sprinkling of salt to add flavor.

Because of the portion size, this is one meal where you’ll forget about counting calories.

Blue Bonnet Cafe’s coffee is always hot as fire and black as night. I dig mine with half ‘n half and white sugar, both of which are found conveniently on your table. Need more? Ask!

Blue Bonnet Cafe, Marble Falls, Texas
Check out the ham in this huge omelette!
Texas toast at the Blue Bonnet Cafe.
Texas toast slathered in butter.

Surrounded by a whole wheat bun, my daughter’s grilled chicken sandwich was tender and paired with fresh lettuce and tomatoes. This entree comes with a generous serving of french fries. Wash down this delicious lunch with lemonade and you have a winner!

Blue Bonnet Cafe, Marble Falls, Texas
Grilled chicken sandwich with french fries.
Blue Bonnet Cafe, Marble Falls, Texas
French fries sprinkled with pepper.

Come one, come all, come enjoy. Blue Bonnet Cafe, Marble Falls, will always greet you with a smile and keep you happy throughout your meal!

Takeaway

The Blue Bonnet Cafe is open seven days a week, Monday through Thursday (6 a.m. to 8 p.m.), Friday and Saturday (6 a.m. to 9 p.m.), and Sunday (6 a.m. to 1:45 p.m.). The Cafe is located at 211 Highway 281, Marble Falls, Texas 78654, with parking behind the establishment. Checks and cash (no credit cards) are accepted with an ATM on site for customers’ convenience. As of this writing, the main entrance (Hwy 281) to the Cafe is closed due to construction. Turn on 3rd Street to access Blue Bonnet Cafe’s parking lot. For more information about the Cafe, visit www.bluebonnetcafe.net or call (830) 693-2344.

Central Market in Austin, Texas – A Pictorial Review

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Central Market in Austin, Texas, is alive and well. We visited mid-morning, late last summer, and the store was fairly quiet.

Central Market in Austin, Texas

Still beautiful after all these years, the Lamar Street location was built in 1992, and was the first Central Market to open.

Central Market in Austin, Texas

Dig the avocados and fresh guacamole. Too busy to create the guac of your dreams? No problem – you’ve got two different sizes of fresh guacamole to choose from.

Central Market in Austin, Texas

The hardest part of shopping at Central Market? I want everything!

Central Market in Austin, Texas

Figs, figs, and more figs. Why not take a little of each?

Central Market in Austin, Texas

It’s easy to buy the perfect wine with the plethora of vintages available. Still not sure which bottle to choose? No problem. Central Market’s wine experts are on hand to help.

Central Market in Austin, Texas

The wine department is huge.

Central Market in Austin, Texas

My favorite area – the seafood market.

Central Market in Austin, Texas

Fresh fish.

Central Market in Austin, Texas

Shrimp.

Central Market in Austin, Texas

Why shop anywhere else?

Central Market in Austin, Texas

Are you really into food?

Visit Central Market for additional information. You can sign up for the eFoodie newsletter, follow Central Market on Twitter, and like the store on Facebook. Additionally, the site offers information about cooking classes, recipes and entertaining, a blog, and what’s happening in the store.

Central Market also features an in-store cafe. Me? I adore the sushi, which is what my next post is all about.

Dig shopping online? Click here.

Central Market in Austin, Texas, has two locations:

4477 South Lamar Boulevard

Austin, Texas 78745

512/899-4300

and

4001 North Lamar Boulevard

Austin, Texas 78756

512/206-1000