Avocado toast with carmalized onions

Recipe Wednesday! I know it’s Avocado toast again. You really can’t go wrong with it. It’s simple, tasty, and filling. First thing I do is start my carmalized onions with jalapenos. I slice a quarter of a yellow onion and dice up a little jalapenoand toss them into a pan with a little coconut oil and sugar. I do this before I start anything else so it doesn’t burn. Once that’s done I put my bread of choice in the toaster. While that was doing what it does I cut my Avocado in half and removed the pit. I put one half in a baggie for tomorrow and sucked all the air out. It keeps the Avocado from turning brown. I cut the other half in to small pieces inside the shell. I usually cut lengthwise several  times then on a diagonal both ways. It makes it easier to spread on the toast. After I cut up the Avocado I squeeze lime juice on it and let if run through the cuts giving a nice flavor and helping keep the green color. By this time the toast has popped up and I take it out of the toaster so it doesn’t get too dried out. I take a fork and scoop out half the Avocado and smash and spread it onto my toast. I then top with salt, pepper, and red crushed pepper flakes. I then take my onions and jalapenos and place them on top. All that’s left is to cut my toast in half on the diagonal and enjoy.

Be sure to check out my other Avocado toast post where I share some other tasty combinations!

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Much love!!!

-Jason-

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Pasta with a kick

Recipe Wednesday! Today is a dinner meal I made. I buy canned whole tomatoes with no skins on them. I can usually get a couple meals from each can since it’s just me. Well I had some in the fridge from another meal that I need to use.I made the sauce first of course. I started by adding some coconut oil to a pan. Then I chopped up some onion and jalapeno and added it to the pan when it got hot with some salt and pepper. I peeled some garlic (lots of garlic actually) so it would be ready to chop up and add when the time was right. I also had my other ingredients ready to go which were the tomatoes, black beans, and some green onions to top it with. I usually add parsley, but didn’t have any. Once the onions and jalapeno cooked a bit I added the garlic, black beans, a couple chopped up dried chili’s, and some tumeric. After that cooked a bit I crushed the tomatoes up over the pan with my hands and cooked it a little before adding the juice the tomatoes were in. I let this simmer and added my pasta to my water that was boiling by now. While that cooked I sliced a radish up to top my salad. I buy lettuce at Aldi’s sometimes and I get the pack that has four small heads in it. I can usually get a couple salads out of it. I made a simple dressing out of whole grain mustard, lemon juice, salt, pepper, a pinch of sugar,  and a little water. I shake that up in my little thing I use for dressings. It’s not a thick dressing, but has lots of flavor. Once the pasta was aldente I added it to the sauce to finish cooking. I let that go and once it was finished I plated it up with the green onions, dressed my salad with the radish on top, and sprinkled some chia seeds on top of that. Then I enjoyed.

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Much love!!!

-Jason-

Leftover’s Burrito

Recipe Wednesday! Today we have a burrito made with leftovers. I always have some rice in the fridge and I had some left over roasted eggplant and onions from the night before. To start off I wanted to freshen things up and give a slight flavor change. I started off by chopping some jalapeno, yellow bell pepper, and garlic. I add the peppers to a pan with a little coconut oil and let them cook a little. I wanted to still have some bite though. Then I added the garlic and leftover eggplant and onions to the pan. I added a little water and let everything get to know each other and heat up. While this was going on I put some of my rice in a small pot with some water to re-hydrate it and bring it back to life. I had some leftover sliced radish and green onions from the night before also. I sliced some more of each though so I would have more. I had already opened a can of black beans by now also. I just scoop them out of the can with a slotted spoon. After everything was heated I Layered it on the tortilla, add hot sauce, and rolled it up tight. I had enough for two burritos and after I made  both I wiped the pan out and add a little more oil. I placed the burrito in the pan seam side down once the pan heated up. Let that side get crisp then flipped it over. I love doing this to burritos. I just sliced them on the bias and enjoyed!

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Much love!!!

-Jason-

Simple Breakfast

This morning I decided to have simple meal of some Avocado toast. It’s quick, easy, and so delicious. I enjoy simple meals like this in the morning since I’m not a morning person. The only “cooking” you have to do is toasting the bread. I do a couple different variations on this Avocado toast. I’ll give some alternative additions at the bottom of this post. For today though I stuck two pieces of bread of my choice int he toaster. While that was going I cut an avocado in half, cut it up in the shell, and squeezed some lime juice over it and let it sit. I the sliced some green onion on the bias. It’s prettier cut on the bias. After the toast was ready I scooped half the avocado on each piece and chopped and spread it on the toast. I then sprinkled some black pepper, the green onions, and some crushed red pepper on top. I cut each piece into two triangles. I always cut my toast and sandwiches in half like this. Then I enjoyed my delicious meal. You can add more or less of each ingredient. It just depends on what you like. Let me know if you give this a try and what you think. Do you like other combo’s of Avocado toast? I love trying new recipes!

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Here’s some other combo’s I like.

1: Avocado, red onion, lime juice, black pepper, and crushed red pepper (not a big difference there)

2: Avocado, lime juice, black olives, green onion or red onion, Black pepper, and some basil leaves

3: Avocado, lime juice, diced tomato (with no seeds), minced rosemary, minced garlic, and black pepper

4: Avocado, lime juice, crushed red pepper, arugula, and reduced balsamic vinegar drizzled over top.

I hope you enjoy one of these! Follow me on social media if you would like.

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Much love!!!

-Jason-

 

I’ve been absent.

I’ve been absent for awhile. I started another 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I started that on January 1st and have been focusing on that. You can check out my art blog to see all the paintings so far. My theme is floral and I love doing them. I’m working in acrylics. I started the challenge out with little canvas’s then switched to 140 lb watercolor paper when I ran out. The watercolor paper works better than I thought it would, so I decided to stick with it for the rest of the challenge. Once the challenge is over I’ll be posting them for sale on my Etsy shop. This is going to be the year of art for sure! I’ll be really working on getting my shop going good and putting work out there. I’ll be doing postcards, little painted canvas magnets, big pieces, etc. I’m going to be putting out a lot of work! Selling originals and prints.

Other non art related stuff that’s going on. I’ve been thrifting several times since my last post. I’ve gotten several neat things I need to post about and I will eventually. I’ve gotten a few new plants also. Two were Christmas presents and one was a birthday present. My birthday was January 2nd and I hit the big 3-0! Not as horrible as I thought it would be. I just don’t know where the years have gone and I don’t feel as accomplished as I thought I would be by now. That’s OK thought because it happens and you can’t change that. I’m just working on the present to make the future awesome! I might be a home owner soon also which would be amazing! I’m hoping everything falls together so I can get the house. I’m sure there’s some other stuff I could talk about, but I’m drawing a blank right now.

Here’s a link to my art shop and art blog. The art shop doesn’t have anything posted in it right now. I just switched back over to doing Etsy from another site, so I’m waiting for the challenge to be over. I won’t be doing daily paintings and can focus on it better.

Art shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/artistjasonhowell

Art blog:  http://thebassettstudios.wordpress.com

Much love!!!

-Jason-

New Opportunity.

Last week I received a message from someone at a new blogging site called My Trending Stories. They had came across my blog and were interested in me being a contributor. We exchanged messages for a couple days. I wanted to get a better feel for them before I said yes. I decided it would be a good decision on my part in getting my name out there and said yes. I got my bio set up and posted my first article. I’ll be posting a second one here soon. I really like the set up of this new site, but I will still be posting here also. Be sure to go check out my posts there because I’ll be posting stuff besides art stuff. I really only post about my pieces on this site. While your on My Trending Stories check out other authors articles. There’s lots of interesting articles on there.

Here’s the link to my profile where you can also get to my articles. Be sure to give me a follow so you can keep up with what I post.

https://mytrendingstories.com/profile/jason-howell/

Here’s where to find me on my other social media outlets.

Twitter: http://twitter.com/jasonhowellart

Facebook: http://facebook.com/artistjasonhowell

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/grow.eat.create.love/

Much love!!!

-Jason-

Thrift store haul!

Here’s some recent thrift store finds I got recently. I thought these books were gorgeous. I love the detail on the front covers. I bought about ten from this thrift store a few month’s ago. They have a table where they keep some books where you feel a bag for a certain price. Hardbacks are two dollars a bag and paper backs are a dollar a bag. How can I pass that up!? They had about 20 more on that table when we went thrifting recently and they all fit in a bag so 20 books for 2 dollars. Score! They each have several stories each kind of like reader digest books. I’m always buying books to read, but I bought these mainly for decoration. I’ll probably check out the stories too. Some of the title’s sounded interesting. I also got this platter for two dollars. It’s been repaired, but I think it gives it some character. It’s something you just hang on the wall anyway. Not serve food on. I think it will look good mixed in with all my other stuff. I got some other stuff too, but forgot to take pictures before putting them in storage. I got an old Pyrex casserole dish with the lid! I got lots of bottles too. I hope you enjoy my finds. I love them!

 

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They come in these four colors. There’s two shades of blue though.

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Here’s an upclose shot of the front cover.

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I love the colors of this hand painted platter. It has such a great feel to it.

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Much love!!!

-Jason-