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Did you know that avocados have 60% more potassium then a banana?! That 3 slices of avocado have nearly 20 vitamins and minerals and only 50 calories and NO sodium or cholesterol? In my opinion it’s the perfect food!
I happen to LOVE the creamy, buttery goodness of avocados and buy at least half a dozen a week. I bet your thinking we must eat guacamole 24-7, but in fact, I rarely make it. I use this fabulous fruit (yep, it’s a fruit!) in loads of other ways. Here’s a few…
Salads – I dice up the fruit and put it in just about every salad I make. I especially like it in a Caprese salad (mozzarella, tomato, basil and avocado). It’s wonderful in cold pasta salads too!
Soup - Diced up, avocado is a great garnish for most soups. Chilled avocado soup itself is a fabulous summer dish!
Eggs – When I make a scramble for breakfast (or dinner), I plate it and put sliced avocado on top just before serving. I also dice it and put it inside of omelettes.
Condiment – Many times I mash-up an avocado, add a little S&P and use it as a condiment. It’s much healthier than mayo and frankly I think it tastes better.
Sandwiches/Burgers – I love the addition of a creamy, delicious slice of avocado on sandwiches or burgers along with your tomato and lettuce and other toppings. It pairs well with turkey and ham sammies, but my all time favorite? Add it to your BLT’s and presto – you now have a delectable California BLT!
Pastas – A diced avocado adds a great mellow creamy texture to pasta dishes. Just gently add it into your pasta dish just before serving so that it warms through. YUM!!
Last but not least, I’d be remiss is I didn’t throw out an easy-breezy Guacamole recipe…
4 ripe avocados, peeled and pitted
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1 Roma tomato, diced
1/2 cup minced onion
2 Serrano chilis, seeded and minced (optional!)
1/2 cup cilantro leaves chopped
4 tbsp fresh lime juice
S & P
Mash avocado until small chunks. Gently add the remaining ingredients and season with S&P to taste. Serve with tortilla chips.
(In a time crunch? Super simple alternative…buy some fresh chunky salsa from your deli. After mashing avocado, add 1 cup of salsa – or to desired consistency and serve! Shhh, I’ll never tell!)