The many shades of Avocado!

 

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Avocado is one of those wonderfully strange textured foods that makes almost everything it is paired with 1000 % better. There just isn’t any other way to categorize it. I believe most people on the face of this earth, other than those that don’t like the flavor of avocado, would probably agree. And for those few of you who are allergic or have a weird aversion to green things, I feel sorry for you and your avocado-less life. For the rest of us, well, I am constantly looking up new avocado recipes. Making guacamole gets a bit old especially when there are so many wonderful things to do with this round, green thing that I still am not sure is a vegetable or fruit.I think it is categorized as a fruit. Maybe there is some in between where avocado fits and tomatoes, maybe. Not sure really so you better google it if your actually interested.

I put together a few super simple recipes that I have come across from other blogs and food sites that I wrote down because I decided they were too amazingly odd to pass up trying to make. So here they are and this is me paying it forward, avocado style. Enjoy it. Like right now…start making something with avocado in it.

Health benefits of Avocado ( in case your still pretending they aren’t healthy for you or something)

The avocado, like The Hulk from earlier years, is a power house of a thing. It is full of fat, the healthy kind, meaning most of its made up of monounsaturated fat in the form of oleic acid. It reduces the amount of bad cholesterol in your blood and also helps lower your risk of stroke and heart disease. Which is a great thing to know, aren’t we all trying to lower our risk of heart disease like once or twice a month. An avocado contains 4 grams of protein. Much more than many other fruits. They are rich in potassium, vitamin k, vitamin b, vitamin c. That is a lot of the early part of the alphabet. So that’s a plus. Research also shows that avocado may reduce your chances of cancer. I read this on medicalnewstoday.com but I’m sure the details of how this may be possible can be found in other reputable medical journals. So google away folks.

Some fun Avocado recipes that you must try if not now then immediately after now!

Avocado watermelon Salad: 

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Basically you take your perfectly ripe avocado and cut them in half then scoop the halves out and cube them. Take your perfectly ripe watermelon and cut and cube it ( can be bought cubed from your grocer). Cube your feta cheese and your radish. I chose to not add servings or amounts for this one because you literally just cube everything and throw it all together as you see fit. Make as little or as much as you want.I found this recipe on greatist.com however I added chopped chives, red onion and a drizzle of olive oil and salt and pepper on top.

 

 

Avocado Dijon Pasta salad:

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I found this recipe on the appropriately named site californiaavocado.com .

Dressing:

1/4 c. olive oil                                   1/2 tsp. tarragon (dry)

1/4 c. Dijon mustard                       1 tsp. salt

1/4 c. honey                                       1 tsp cracked pepper

1/4 c. lemon juice

Salad:

1 lb. Penne pasta (cooked)

2 oz. Red and Yellow peppers (sliced Julienne style)

2 Large avocados ( cut into cubes)

2 oz. cilantro ( or any other fresh herbs you want to sprinkle on top)

Instructions:

Cook your pasta. Drain. Cool. Set aside. In a small bowl mix Dijon, honey, lemon juice, tarragon, salt and pepper. Set aside. In a larger bowl add pasta, peppers, parsley, avocado. Add the dressing to this mixture. Toss gently. Serve!

 

Baked Egg & Avocado:

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I found this beauty on domesticfits.com. It’s so simple I couldn’t believe it and was also madly annoyed I hadn’t thought of it before, with my extreme love of all things simple, egg-related and avocado induced. However here it is and it is beyond amazing!

ingredients: 

2 Large avocados (ripe)            Fresh pepper and Salt

4 Eggs                                                Chives (chopped, or any other herb you prefer)

Instructions:

Heat your oven to 425 degrees F. Slice avocados in half, remove pits. Scoop out about 1/2 tsp of flesh to make room for your egg. Put the avocados in a small baking dish. Crack an egg into each avocado half. Bake 15 -20 mins.Voila! It’s delicious and healthy!

Proscuitto Wrapped Avocado:

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This gorgeous little ensemble of a dish was found on domesticfits.com and is the perfect little thing to throw together to add to a wine tasting party with friends or just a snack in the middle of the afternoon on a bright summer day, or like whenever you’re in the mood for proscuitto and avocado.

Ingredients:

Avocados ( as many or as few as you want to make), Goat cheese ( to fill the avocados), Proscuitto ( very thinly sliced), Salt and chili powder (to taste)

Instructions:

Cut your ripe avocados into half and then half them again, and again if you want more pieces. Fill the slices with a bit of goat cheese. Sprinkle your pieces with some salt and chili powder. Wrap them in a thin slice of proscuitto. Thats it!

There are so many crazy and unusual recipes that involve avocado that you would never think of but this is  all I have for now. Till next time. Green up your life suckas!

 

❤ Cassandra

 

 

 

 

 

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