Mmm.... bacon, eggs, and toast!
Pound cake, sliced and toasted. Then buttered.
The white: I used some quick frosting (1 cup powdered sugar, 2 tbsp. melted coconut oil, a bit of vanilla, and enough milk-- any kind-- to let it softly hold its shape.) Other options include nearly-melted commercial vanilla frosting, stirred sour cream, stirred vanilla yogurt, or stirred Greek yogurt.
The center is a dried apricot, plumped in hot water for about 20 minutes, then blotted dry and shaped by hand to look more round. I stuck a whole almond inside to make the 'yolk' stand up better.
To make the 'yolk' look more wet, I brushed it with a little bit of corn syrup.
Today I found some natural fruit rolls that I'd not seen before. I bought some, and found that rather than being the smooth, flat rollup I expected, it was full of different thicknesses in the stripes the machine put down. This enabled it to pull off in strips to eat. And it resembled bacon! One roll yields about four 1 1/4" wide strips, which I cut using a pizza cutter. Make them ripple a bit when you put them down.
This is meat-free, dairy-free, and in the photo above, also made using gluten-free pasta. Its rich and creamy taste would never make you suspect there are so many 'normal' ingredients missing. You will not taste the avocado, and surprisingly, it doesn't even make the sauce look green. It adds richness along with those healthy, satisfying fats.
If you used canned chickpeas, you'll have about one cup extra; you can either stir those in with the pasta, or save them for another use.
If you don't have an avocado, or don't want to use one, omit it and increase the chickpeas to three cups instead.
12-16 oz. pasta, cooked according to directions; save the cooking water
1 Tbsp. olive oil
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups cooked chickpeas- or use 2 cups from two (14-oz) cans, drained
one 6" sprig fresh rosemary, or 1-2 tsp. dried rosemary
1/4 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 medium avocado, peel and pit removed
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/4 c. chopped fresh parsley, or 1 1/2 Tbsp. dried parsley
While the pasta is cooking, heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a small skillet over medium-high heat. Add the garlic; cook and stir 2-3 minutes or until fragrant.
In a blender, combine 3 cups of the pasta cooking water (may also use the water drained off the cans of chickpeas), chickpeas, rosemary, red pepper, avocado, and lemon juice. Blend on high until smooth. Add salt and pepper to taste (start with 1/2 tsp. salt), and stir in parsley.
Pour over pasta and toss to coat.
If the sauce is too thick, add water 1 Tbsp. at a time until it's the consistency you like.