Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Smashed Avo Toast & Being Thankful

This summer has been an interesting one. It's been chocked full of so many different emotions that I can't even categorize them for you. I wish I had more time to revel in them and see them more clearly. I wish I could learn more deeply from them. Even so, life is flying past me at the moment and if I can learn anything at all from this array of emotions then I'll take it.

I have come to value learning in such an immense way. It's rewarding, life changing and encouraging. It's rewarding to know that I am not the same person I was a year ago today. And I won't be the same person next year today. It's exciting to be sure that God will grow me and change me in both the little and big ways throughout the next year of my life. It's encouraging to know that this responsibility of change doesn't fall on me. Instead as long as I look to the Lord and open my heart to His will, He will do the work and He will change me.

No, this isn't new to me. And yes, I realize almost everyone on the planet is obsessed with them. I also realize the simple "recipe" I'm going to share with you was so 2012. But I'm going to share it with you anyway. Why? Because it's so amazing it should be "so in" all the time. ; )

Smashed Avocado Toast:
Serves 1

1 piece bread, toasted
1/2 avocado, mashed
1 small tomato, sliced
salt and pepper

1. Toast bread
2. Mash avocado with fork
3. Slice tomato (optional)

To assemble: Spread smashed avocado on toast. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Layer tomatoes on top and sprinkle with more salt and pepper. Optional: Chop and sprinkle lots of fresh herbs on top.

*To me the whole point of this "dish" is to taste the combination of salted avocado with toasty bread. Leave off the tomato if you want, it's still amazing. But be sure to use enough avocado and sprinkle that layer with salt. Mmmm.

Today I am thankful for change, thankful for emotions, thankful for growth and thankful for avocados. Cheers! Let's eat some Avo-toast. ; )

Are you guys as thankful for avocados as me? What else are you thankful for?? 

Much love,

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Facts about Fats: Ghee

Hey there!

So I've been wanting to do a post about oils/fats for a while now. There's so much information out there about what fats to use and how to use them so I'm hoping to narrow it down and shine some light on a few key fats that I love to use the most (cause I think they're great). There's nothing fancy here today -- just the basics for everyday eating.

The fats I use on a regular basis are Ghee, Coconut Oil and Expeller-Pressed Olive Oil (which I also flavor with herbs). There are of course other oils I would love to use, such as nut oils, avocado oil etc but when you're shopping on a budget those things usually get put back on the shelf. ; ) I'm keeping my eye open though for my golden opportunity to grab one of those fancy babes on sale.

But for now, let's talk about Ghee! I'll do other posts on Coconut Oil and Olive Oil soon.

Ghee:  This tasty fat is pictured above. It's typically made from cow's milk and is the same thing as clarified butter (lobster anyone?!). Although cow's milk is not my first choice because it is harder on our digestive systems and contains lactose, I happen to love this golden brew. I love it because it has a high burning point, it's lactose free AND the taste is just so buttery, browned and deeeeelicious!

When you clarify butter you are separating the milk solids from the fat in the butter and evaporating the water content. The milk solids (where the lactose is) float to the top creating a white foamy layer. Usually this takes around 20-30 minutes of simmering on the stove. While the milk solids float to the top, the water evaporates and the fat just gets golden and more golden. OH MAN. I'm licking my lips thinking about it! So when the butter is ready you pour the liquid through a strainer or cheesecloth to catch the milk solids and what's left behind is Ghee! Yeay!

The separating of the milk solids is the essential step to making Ghee. It's important because it not only removes the lactose (which is hard on most everyone's digestion) but also allows the Ghee to have a higher burning /smoke point. This is important for everyone, lactose intolerant or not. : ) See, when a fat reaches it's burning point it starts to turn into a gas and let off free radicals. Free radicals are extremely harmful to the body. They are actually molecules that are unevenly paired. In order to even up and stabilize, they attack other molecules in the body. They seek to take electrons from other molecules to stabilize, but unfortunately all that does is cause a domino affect. When free radicals take from stable molecules, they leave the victim molecule unstable and therefore a free radical. Obviously, this sounds dangerous and rightly so. Free radicals have been linked to various diseases such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Yowza.

So, the higher the burning point the lesser the chance of the fat turning into gas and letting off free radicals. When you remove the milk solids, the burning point goes up considerably. Butter has a burning point of about 300-350 degrees. Clarified Butter/Ghee has one of 375-485 degrees. See the difference? Yeah. Let's go make some Ghee!

Ghee or Clarified Butter

4 sticks of butter*
  1. Place all four sticks of butter in a big enough pot on the stove. 
  2. Turn heat on low.
  3. Simmer for 20-30 minutes until golden brown and all milk solids are floating on the top.
  4. Pour butter through mesh sieve, cheese cloth, or scoop out milk solids.
  5. Let cool completely.
  6. Keep on counter in glass jar or in fridge. Fridge will last much longer. 

*I like to make a big batch at once, but you could of course just use 1 stick and go from there.

Enjoy it as would you butter but without any free radicals or lactose. YUM! 


1. http://www.healthchecksystems.com/antioxid.htm
2. http://whatscookingamerica.net/Information/CookingOilTypes.htm
3. My kitchen. ; )