Since becoming a mom, I haven't had a whole lot of time to spend in the kitchen cooking which is something I love to do and did frequently before my son came along.

My husband and I used to spend hours together virtually every weekend experimenting, tasting, and laughing in the kitchen and I'd be lying if I said I didn't miss those moments that we shared.

To me, cooking a meal is one the most intimate and personal things that a person can do. When I cook, I'm taken to a different place. Time slows down a little and I find myself absorbed in the excitement of trying a new dish.


Several years ago, my brother announced last minute that he would be visiting from out of town and when I opened the fridge to see what I had that I could feed Jeff, I saw chorizo, Texas Toast (not the straight up bread kind, the boxed kind from the freezer section), avocados, cilantro, and a single lime. Such completely random ingredients, but I knew I could turn them into something.

And so, I cut the chorizo into chunks and pan cooked it. While the Texas Toast was baking according to the package directions in the freezer, I rough chopped a whole avocado, cut one lime in half and squeezed about two tablespoons of the juice into the avocado. I used a fork to mix the avocado and lime. After the bread was cooked, I drizzled some olive oil on it, laid down a few chorizo slices, spooned the avocado mixture on top of the chorizo, and then sprinkled some roughly chopped fresh cilantro on top.

This makeshift meal took about  20 minutes to make and has turned into one of our favorites. As a busy wife and mom, I love it because it's quick, healthy, and packs a flavorful punch.

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