Friday, February 01, 2008

5 Delicious Avocado Recipes

Why am I writing about avocados? Not just because they are here, there and everywhere (we bought a big bag at Costco and they are happily ripening on any available surface in the kitchen), but because they are high in healthy fat (monounsaturated), as high in potassium as a glass of orange juice, and also may be linked to fighting cancer. They are also sodium and cholesterol free. They are delicious and versatile, and can be used in a variety of recipes. Here are some I came up with recently. But before I get to that, in case you didn't already know how, here is the proper way to open them up:

How To Remove The Pit

  1. Cut in half lengthwise around the pit.
  2. Twist to separate the halves.
  3. Pierce the seed with the tip of a small knife, twist and lift out.
1. Carrie's Guacamole:
Lightly mash 4-5 avocados with a fork in a large bowl. Add to taste: salt, pepper, chili powder, a squeeze of lemon juice, a squeeze of lime juice, diced tomatoes, diced garlic, a touch of fresh diced cilantro. Enjoy plain or with chips. Note: it is not necessary to add mayonnaise or sour cream, as many people do, this does not add anything to the flavor.

2. Avocado Chicken Salad:
Add sliced avocado to however you make your chicken salad. I recently made mine using shredded chicken breast, sliced tomatoes, onions, cucumbers, and a few blueberries and grapes.

3. Guacamole Burger Surprise:
Instead of adding sliced avocadoes to the top of your burger, create a surprise effect by adding a spoonful of guacamole to your burger patty before cooking. Take your uncooked patty (either chicken or hamburger works), and slice in half. Place guacamole or plain avocado in the middle, and replaced the two halves. Cook as usual, and when you're done you'll bite into a happy surprise.

4. Avocado Chef Salad:
Add chunks of avocado to a green or chef salad, and make sure to squeeze in some fresh lemon juice to keep it from browning.

5. Green Goddess Dressing:
In a blender or food processor, add: avocado chunks from 1-2 peeled avocados, about 1/4 cup plain yogurt, 1/4 cup mayonnaise, salt and pepper, chili powder, a few dashes of red wine vinegar, a few dashes of olive oil. Makes a delicious salad dressing, or spread for sandwiches.


Happy eating!


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