Avocado Toast Bar

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I will have to admit this is probably more of an idea than an actual recipe! Avocado Toast is such a crowd pleaser though and perfect for a quick prep meal for two or ten. Simply gather up your favorite toppings and display them out and let your guests choose their own and enjoy!

P.S. Scroll to the bottom to watch the video!

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Sriracha Soba Noodles

Sriracha and Peas on Soba Noodles by Natalie Paramore

Soba noodles! Finally! I am really late to the game on this trend. I’ve eaten them in restaurants for a while and loved them. The buckwheat noodles are more of an Asian thing, but the buckwheat gives it all a nice earthy flavor not usually found in other white flour noodles. My friends over at HEB sent me a nice package for their Primo Pick promotion this month. I found a lovely bottle of olive oil and immediately knew I wanted a big bowl of noodles! Good olive oil is the basis of any great dish. It is really important. Trust. Luckily because I like to make Asian food so much, I also had all the oils and sauces I needed to whip up this easy Meatless Monday dinner. I am always a big fan of using whatever you have in the kitchen to make dinner. Makes life oh so much easier!

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Black Bean and Fried Egg Rice Bowl

I’ve been neck deep in the kitchen blending orders of homemade pesto. Naturally, a few tablespoons have weaseled their way into my quick dinners. Isn’t it funny how stress makes you crave simple, comfort foods? It’s almost like my brain and stomach can’t handled any additional complicated signals. Simple. Comforting. We all need it sometimes. All my cravings for adventure and change have left me quite the full plate in most aspects of my life, but I wouldn’t have it any other way. I’m definitely a personality type that thrives in stressful, crisis type situations. You can’t have growth without a little pain and stretching. And who wants to be bored anyways?

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If you ever find yourself knee-deep in a million crazy, but fun activities, here is a great go-to dinner (or breakfast)! Packed with protein from black beans and the egg, some carbs from the rice to keep ya full and tons of flavor from the cilantro pesto!

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For this recipe, you’ll need:

1 cup rice
1 can black beans
2-3 eggs
2 tablespoons your favorite pesto
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon olive oil

Serves three girls or two hungry guys

Start by cooking the rice according the packaging.

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Once the rice is finished, mix it well with the pesto.

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Drain the black beans and let me dry out on the counter for a minutes or pat dry with a paper towel. You don’t want them to be wet. Ewww.

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Shape the rice into a circle if serving on a plate. Don’t be afraid to use your (clean!) hands to do this. Or serve in a bowl.

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Layer on the black beans.

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Top with a fried egg. I use olive oil to fry my eggs. I like the touch of flavor it adds and a better fat than butter in my opinion.

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I always like salt and pepper on my eggs. So add that if you like!

And there you have it folks, another quick and easy meal. Dig in and enjoy!

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