Monday, May 16, 2016

Healthy, Simple, and Delicious Avocado Recipes

Avocados are healthy and delicious!  Looking for healthy, delicious and easy-to-make recipes that kids or husbands can make? 

Below are a few simple and tasty recipe ideas:


Treat everyone to an avocado pineapple smoothie! The drink is a healthy alternative to the dairy, fat, and sugar present in a lot of smoothies. With just two simple ingredients, kids and husbands can quickly whip it up for a power boost in the morning!







Avocado Pineapple Smoothie

YIELD:  4 cups

1
fully ripened avocado from Mexico, halved, pitted, peeled and diced
1
20-ounce can pineapple chunks in juice
2
cups ice
In blender container, combine avocado, pineapple plus its juice and ice; whirl until smooth. Add sweetener of choice if desired.




How about a bite of avocado toast? Cut down on saturated fats by replacing boring cream cheese with super ripe and nutrient-packed avocados. The green is so subtle no one will ever know the difference, and the dish can be whipped up in an instant. 



AVOCADO TOAST

 Yield: 2 portions

 1 fully ripened avocado from Mexico, halved, pitted   and      peeled
   Salt and ground black pepper, as needed
2 large slices bread, toasted
2 slices bacon, cooked and halved or 2 tablespoons chopped  
tomato, optional
In a bowl, with a fork coarsely mash avocado; season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide avocado onto toast and spread to cover; cut each slice in half. If using, tuck a piece of bacon into avocado on each toast half or sprinkle tomato over top and serve immediately.



Guaca-Mary? You betcha! The invigorating Guaca-Mary combines refreshing ingredients like tomatillos, cucumber, green grapes and even coconut water. Alcohol is optional but we recommend tequila! Mom is sure to love it!

GUACA MARY

Courtesy of Chef Ina Pinkney, Ina’s Restaurant, Chicago
 
Kosher salt

2 teaspoons grated lime rind
1/2cup lime juice, divided
2 cups peeled, cubed cucumber
1 fully ripened avocado from Mexico, halved, pitted, peeled and sliced
1 cup raw cubed tomatillos
1 cup halved seedless green grapes
1/2 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves
1 whole seeded fresh Serrano pepper
1 teaspoon celery salt
6 dashes green hot sauce
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1-1/3 cups unsweetened coconut water Tequila or vodka,

optional Avocados slices, grape tomatoes and pickled onions, optional garnish

On a small flat plate, stir together 3 tablespoons salt and the lime rind; set aside. Pour 1/4 cup of the lime juice into a shallow bowl and set aside. In a blender, combine cucumber, avocado, tomatillos, grapes, cilantro, Serrano pepper, remaining 1/4 cup lime juice, celery salt, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt, the hot sauce and black pepper; whirl until smooth; mixture will be slightly thick. Transfer to a 2-quart pitcher; stir in coconut water. Add tequila or vodka to taste, if desired. To serve, dip glass rim in reserved lime juice, then into salt and lime rind mixture. Add ice and fill with Guaca Mary. Thread avocado, grape tomatoes and pickled onions onto toothpick or skewer for garnish, if desired. Yield: 4 Portions (5-1/3 cups plus tequila or vodka)


Whether you mash them, slice them, smear them or blend them, fresh avocados add a creamy texture to your breakfast and a boost of nutrients including potassium, fiber and vitamins B and E.


Source:  Avocados from Mexico

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