Try one of these delicious avocado recipes

Nicole Campoy-Leffler

Avocado Toast

Creamy, slighty nutty, and a gorgeous green color, avocados are a very versatile food (not to mention delicious), even though they are most often associated with the party favorite guacamole. But avocados are so much more than just guacamole. They can be grilled, fried, puréed, or used as a garnish or meal of their own. Whether eaten alone with salt and lime juice as a snack, or with some mint and honey as a dessert, avocados are a good source of unsaturated fat (a healthy fat), Vitamin C, thiamine, riboflavin, and other nutrients.

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If you find yourself with a rock hard avocado, you can do one of two things: You can wait two to four days for it to ripen, or you can put it in a brown paper bag with a banana to speed up the ripening process. Once cut into, avocados oxidize quickly (turn brown), so it's best to use them immediately and cut them open right before eating. If you have leftover avocado, try wrapping them tightly in plastic or rubbing the cut sides with lemon or lime juice (the acid stops the oxidations process). P.S. It's just a myth that the avocado seed prevents browning. If you've ever left one in your guacamole, you'll know what I'm talking about.

So, if you're looking for an added boost of creaminess plus healthful nutrients, try using avocados in salads, smoothies, sandwiches, or omelettes, or layering slices on tacos or grilled fish. But if you're looking for a new way to use this healthy ingredient, then try one of our delicious ways below. And please do let us know if you have an avocado go-to of your own!

This story was originally published May 26, 2011.

5 New Ways to Use Avocado

Avocados aren't just delicious&mdashthey're brimming with health benefits. For starters, they&rsquore high in potassium (half an avocado contains 487 milligrams, more than you&rsquoll find in a medium banana), which can help lower blood pressure. Their healthy fats (the monounsaturated kind) can help fight high cholesterol and fend off belly fat.

Active women need to make sure they eat enough fat to perform their best. When competitive female runners ate a diet with less than 20 percent fat, they were more likely to suffer injuries than those who consumed at least 31 percent fat, according to researchers at the University of Buffalo. Researchers speculate that the problem is linked to extreme low-fat diets, which weaken muscles and joints. "A few slices of avocado a day are a great way to boost fat for women who are fat-shy," says Leslie Bonci, R.D., director of sports nutrition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center.

We can&rsquot think of a reason why you wouldn&rsquot want to chow down on more of these green wonders, especially when they&rsquore more versatile than you may think. The five recipes below will teach you how to work avocados into breakfast, lunch, dinner, and even dessert.

For breakfast, try a Mango Surprise Smoothie. Avocado goes undercover and lends this morning drink a silky smoothness. Mango juice is loaded with cancer-fighting beta carotene and can be found in most supermarkets.

For lunch, try Spinach Salad with Avocado, Fresh Mozzarella, and Strawberry Dressing. With olive oil, cheese, avocado, and almonds, this summery salad has plenty of ingredients that will keep you full all afternoon.

For dinner, try Vegetable Fajitas. Colorful vegetables and tasty seasonings make fajitas so appealing! By leaving out the meat, you save a lot of calories and fat.

For a snack, try Tropical Guac. Because this dip is bulked up with fruit including pineapple, mango, and cantaloupe, it has fewer calories per scoop than traditional guacamole.

For dessert, try Avocado Ice Cream. Ok, it sounds strange at first, but the vanilla and almond extracts actually make this homemade treat taste more like pistachio.

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5 Ways To Use Avocados

Malvika Hada On Saturday, 20 February 2016 12:44

Avocados have become a very popular fruit in the recent times. We have become conscious of their health benefits demand, also love avocados for their taste and soft texture. Avocados are normally considered as a healthy fruit, but they are often categorised as a vegetable since they taste so good in Indian recipes as well as International savory dishes. While most of the fruits contain primarily carbohydrates and fibre, avocados are high in what we call healthy fats.

They include 20 different vitamins and minerals, and are low in saturated fat, do not contain any cholesterol or sodium and have high amounts of monounsaturated fatty acids that are great for the healthy functioning of the heart. With its growing popularity, Avocados are now used in salads, sandwiches, muffins, pestos, raitas and parathas. So let’s looks at some of our favorite recipes where we can use Avocado and incorporate them in our diet.

1- Salads

Avocados and salads are a great combination. Many people use avocados in their salads, as it gives a creamy texture to the entire dish. It not only makes it smoother, but it also helps in creating a reduced calorie diet. Here are the salads which you can make using Avocados- Avocado, Grapefruit and Walnut Salad, Mango, Avocado and Chickpea Salad and Spicy Peanut, Black Rice Salad with Mango, Grapes and Avocado

2 - Sandwiches

Sandwiches are the best option to have a quick breakfast in the morning and to make it healthy and taste people use mashed avocado as a filling. Either one can make it as a toast or you can combine the mashed avocados with other veggies or eggs to make a delightful sandwich. Here are the sandwiches which you can make using Avocados- Avocado Egg Sandwich, Vegetable Sandwich Recipe with Mashed Avocado and Cottage Cheese and Tea Sandwiches Recipe with Beets, Radish, Avocado and Arugula

3 - Pestos

Pasta is everyone’s favourite dish! They are usually made in different kind of sauces, but to give it a new twist you can always use avocados to make a puree out of it. It is tasty and it brings out a very good texture in the pasta. Here’s a yummy Avocado pesto pasta recipe for you- Whole Wheat Spaghetti With Avocado Basil Pesto

4 - Muffins and Mousse

Well you can always use the creamy avocados in your desserts too. It tastes yummy and gives a twist to your desserts. It contains monounsaturated fats therefore, it is always to substitute other fat containing ingredients with Avocados. Try making Avocado Quinoa Breakfast Muffins and Vegan Guilt Free Chocolate Espresso Mousse using Avocados

5 - Parathas

Yes, right you can use the avocados to make your parathas too. It brings out a great texture and tastes even well as compared to other parathas. So how about giving an Indian twist to Avocados? Get recipe here- Avocado Paratha

6 - Raitas

Well, when we talk about Indian food, you can also make Avocado raita. The combination of curd and avocados just blend very well together and a great side dish to have with your entire meal. You can serve this raita with biryani or pulav. Get recipe here- Avocado Raita

2.) Keto Guacamole

Making homemade mashed guac is a cinch using frozen chunks of avocado. You&rsquoll want to let them defrost for about 60 minutes and then use them with your favorite recipe. I used mine to make some of the delicious keto guacamole recipe we have on our site. It&rsquos easy and oh so YUM!

4 Ways to Use Leftover Avocado

If you have some leftover avocados from your Cinco de Mayo fiesta, time is ticking and the ethylene gas* is in overdrive. Here are some easy ways to use up those leftover avocados:

  • Use leftover guacamole as a sandwich spread instead of mayonnaise. You can also mash plain avocado and add garlic, cumin, and lemon or lime juice to suit your taste. Avocado goes especially well with chicken and turkey. Combine with your favorite veggies in a whole grain wrap.
  • Chunk it and add to mixed greens for a satisfying salad. Tomatoes, fresh corn, and shrimp or crab are other good complements.
  • Puree it with lime juice and spices for a creamy yet heart-healthy salad dressing. Try this easy Spicy Avocado Dressing version.
  • Mash it and use instead of mayo in chicken or tuna salad. Be sure to add lime juice for fresh flavor and to help reduce browning. Serve the salad on whole grain crackers or enjoy on a bed of spinach or arugula.

As I was writing this post, I came across this recipe for Avocado Eggs Benedict. I look forward to trying it using whole grain English muffins with a spinach side salad. How do you use leftover avocados in a hurry?

Here are a few easy recipes using leftover avocado (added May 2017):

* Ethylene is a natural gas produced by fruit. It helps fruit ripen. To prolong the life of your avocados, store them in a cool, dry place. Do not store in a bag or with other fruits like apples and bananas which would hasten the ripening process and lead to faster spoilage.

3 Genius Ways to Use Trader Joes&rsquo New Mini Avocados

If there are three things everyone is currently obsessing over, they’re mini foods, avocados, and Trader Joe’s. So the fact that Trader Joe’s now sells mini avocados might be the single best thing that&aposs happened this year.

We actually tested out mini avocados a few months ago when we spotted Shanley Farms’ Gator Eggs on FreshDirect. But there’s something about Trader Joes’ packaging—the 6-count bags are labeled “Teeny Tiny Avocados”—that has us smitten. Plus, grabbing them is convenient: we frequent the cult-favorite store for our weekly grocery trips, making this new purchase an easy addition to our cart. Each bag retails for $2.69.

But we love the avocados for more than just their adorable size. A serving size of an avocado is 1 oz., which is about 1/5 of a regular-sized avocado. That’s equivalent to about half a mini avocado. So instead of two people sharing half of a regular-sized avocado (and then storing the other half in the fridge, forgetting about it, and having it turn brown), they can share the entirety of a mini.

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To celebrate their release, we’ve come up with three simple recipes (meant to serve 2) where a mini avo just makes sense.

6. Spicy Sriracha Avocado Fries

Instead of adding guac on top of a burger, try enjoying avocado on the side with these spicy sriracha fries. The sriracha brings the heat but it's tempered by the fat from the avocado. They're so indulgent that you only need a few fries — three is a serving.

Get the Spicy Sriracha Avocado Fries recipe and nutrition info here.

  • Choosing the bread – denser, moister whole-grain bread works the best for avocado toast. You’ll want thick sliced bread that can withstand heat when toasted.
  • Buying the avocado – choose an avocado that’s a little bit firm with dark green skin. When you bring it home keep it out on the counter so it can fully ripen.
  • Salt – a good flaky salt is a must for avocado toast. It enhances the flavor and adds texture. I love David’s Kosher Salt.
  • Toppings – when it comes to avocado toast toppings the possibilities are truly endless. You can keep it traditional or add a topping of your choice.

Here are six topping combinations to try:

  • Smoked salmonand red onions
  • Fried egg– sunny side up
  • Cucumbers and dill
  • Scrambled egg and bacon
  • Everything Seasoning
  • Tomato, mozzarella, and balsamic glaze

With Fire

Once considered a food faux pas, cooking an avocado is now a foodie favorite and advocated by big-time celebrity chefs. "Nigela Lawson is baking them, and Bobby Flay is slapping them on the grill," Cusick says. For a vegan-friendly lunch or dinner, brush a grill or grill pan with olive oil and plop half an avocado (pit removed) face-down on the heat for 3 to 4 minutes, then fill the cavity with spicy salsa. Or whisk an egg and season with salt, pepper, and garlic, then pour it into an avocado half and bake for 4 to 5 minutes at 350 degrees Fahrenheit until the egg is set for an easy breakfast.

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