Avocado and Feta Toast with Chives – A delicious variation on the ubiquitous avocado toast, this recipe has chillies, garlic, lime and chives added, with feta cheese.
A Quick & Easy Lunch
As regular readers will know and those who follow me in Instagram, Twitter and Facebook, I’m on a healthy eating diet. The festive days of feasting on chocolate, cheese, cakes and glasses of fizz are a distant memory, and I’m trying to start off the year by being a bit more careful with what I am eating, like millions of others I am sure. I’m back on the 16:8 intermittent fast diet alongside WW (formerly Weight Watchers) and to be truthful, I’ve not been hungry at all. I DO allow myself treats now and then, mainly at the weekend with a glass of wine, but in the main I have stuck to the diet rigidly. And, it’s not all lettuce leaves and cottage cheese, I’ve enjoyed steak, Mexican style nachos, curries and casseroles. It’s all about eating everything in moderation, where nothing is forbidden, a term I hate when dieting. Today’s recipe for Avocado and Feta Toast with Chives has been a bit of a lunch staple lately, as we both love avocados, and they are very healthy for you.
I know Avocado Toast has become a bit of a culinary cliche, but I have always enjoyed avocados served this way, and before the recent rise to fame, as my mum used to make it regularly. She first came upon it when we lived in South Africa, where it was enjoyed almost on a daily basis. We used to eat it simply smashed and mixed with lemon juice, salt and pepper, on bread OR toast. Many people think that avocados aren’t the perfect diet ingredient as they are high in calories, but as I said before, it’s everything in moderation, and their health benefits far outweigh the hefty calorie count. Add to this that I have added lime juice, garlic and chives, also high in vitamins, this is a very healthy plate of food that makes for a fabulous lunch, or even brunch, when dieting or when just wanting to eat more healthily. I have suggested using reduced fat cheese and sour cream in my recipe for Avocado and Feta Toast with Chives today, but if you are not counting the calories, then please do use the full fat versions.
I’ve shared my recipe for Avocado and Feta Toast with Chives below, in a printable recipe card, as well as some more avocado recipes that we enjoy. Today’s recipe has been adapted from the WW website, where it is shown as 7 WW smart points, but I wanted a more robust bread than Danish bread, and I have also added lots more seasonings, as I found the original recipe a little bland. I hope you enjoy this recipes as much as I do, and do let me know if you make it, Karen
Some Health Benefits of Avocados:
They are high in fat (but good fat)
Avocados are confusing in that they technically contain a high amount of fat – but these are good fats, known as monounsaturated fatty acids, which contain a huge amount of health benefits – mainly in the form of oleic acid, also found in olive oil, which is known to offer significant protection against breast cancer.
They’re a great diet aid
Half a medium avocado contains 138 calories and it also counts as one of your five-a-day. A medium avocado contains 230-280 calories, whilst a large avocado can contain up to 400 calories. However, if you’re on a diet, tucking into an avocado will help to reduce any cravings for high-fat, unhealthy foods that have absolutely no health benefits.
They help to lower cholesterol
It’s been reported that a massive two thirds of adults in the UK have high cholesterol – one of the main risk factors for heart disease. But in a recent study of people with moderately high cholesterol levels, those who ate a diet high in avocados had significant reductions in cholesterol after just one week. The monounsaturated fat avocados contain not only reduces bad cholesterol, but also lowers your risk of stroke and heart disease.
More Avocado Recipes:
A delicious and easy way to perk up a festive brunch, lunch or supper using Paul Hollywood’s Italian Stonebaked Flatbreads, which are so versatile and handy to have on hand. Make these vegan by omitting the cheese.
Avocado, Egg and Bacon on Sourdough Toast with Wild Garlic and Chive Flowers – an elegant and seasonal breakfast or brunch.
A South African inspired recipe, where mashed avocados mixed with lemon juice, salt and pepper are spread on crackers and are served as a popular snack. My recipe has added onions and garlic and is spread on toasted sourdough bread with Philadelphia cream cheese for a more filling version. This recipe idea came from my Mum who reminded me how we used to enjoy fresh avocados when we lived in South Africa.
Delectable toasted sandwiches with more than a hint of Mexico……these toasties are made with Leerdammer toastie cheese, avocado, chorizo and red onion and are perfect as a supper or lunch dish when served with a fresh tomato salsa and salad.
Mexican Layered Salad, with spiced minced beef, crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes, spring onions, avocado, tomato salsa, seasoned crème fraiche, grated cheese and jalapeño peppers, the salad bowls are then topped with crunchy tortilla chips.