Spread, bake or blend them, avocados are one of the most versatile superfoods out there! It might be a little pricey, but it is worth the health investment we say. Fun fact: It is a fruit.
Why Avocados Rock
- It’s rich in healthy fats, vitamin K, vitamin C and has more potassium than bananas .
- Avocados are high in fiber too!
- Great for pregnant ladies because it contains folate which helps prevent miscarriages and neural tube defects .
- Keeps your eyes healthy thanks to lutein and zeaxanthin, two phytonutrients that provides antioxidants and lowers your risk of age-related eye diseases .
- It could help prevent cancer because of its cancer-fighting carotenoids (Most of the carotenoids are found in the dark green parts of the flesh that is close to the skin) .
Here are 15 recipes you can try out with this super fruit:
1. Creamy Avocado Lassi
Make this lassi for a refreshing start to your day with the addition of cardamom and rose syrup which makes it more fragrant too. You can replace the whole milk of the recipe with almond milk or low-fat milk.
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2. Avocado Egg Salad
Mash ripe avocados and hard boiled eggs together to make this creamy concoction that you can add to your sandwiches, lettuce wraps or as dips for your crackers.
3. Baked Egg in Avocado
Scoop some flesh out on both avocado halves then pour the egg in. Sprinkle some sea salt, pepper and some chilli powder for an extra spice before baking it. You can even use your toaster oven to bake it!
4. Summer Salad
The combination of watermelon, avocado and feta cheese makes this summer salad a flavour parade in your mouth. Don’t forget to squeeze some lemon juice on the avocados to prevent it from turning brown.
5. Grilled Chicken Salad With Avocado and Mango
If you want to lower your meat protein intake then take less grilled chicken and more avocados because avocados is high in protein too. The mango chutney with lime dressing gives this salad a sweet tropical taste.
6. Creamy Avocado Pasta Sauce
What’s great about this recipe is that you don’t need to cook the sauce, all you need to do is to blend all the ingredients together until it reaches to your preferred consistency. Use zoodles (zuchini noodles) for more fiber and less empty carbs.
7. Stovetop Avocado Mac and Cheese
Green Mac and Cheese may look weird but the taste is oh so rich even without the addition of cream. This recipe calls for butter but you can use organic butter for more healthy nutrients. Also, don’t forget to use whole wheat elbow pasta too.
8. Japanese Salmon & Avocado Rice
Think of this dish as a deconstructed sushi which is easier to make and looks insta-worthy as well. The marinated salmon and avocado will give this seemingly bland rice bowl a nice tangy kick thanks to the lemon juice. Opt for healthier rice alternatives if you are counting calories.
9. Tuna & Avocado Brown Rice Bowl
Another Japanese-inspired rice bowl with an interesting twist. This one has some furikake to give it more taste and texture but it’s still healthy nonetheless. Go for long grain brown rice or basmati rice if you like.
10. Strawberry-Avocado Salsa with Cinnamon Tortilla Chips
You can make the cinnamon tortilla chips in advance so that you can save some prep time. Cinnamon is rich in antioxidants and gives a bit of sweetness to the tortilla chips. As for the salsa, just chop the ingredients and mix it together. If you want it to be more flavourful, just let it sit for about 4 hours before serving.
11. Avocado Fries
Yes, avocado fries will change the way you look at avocados forever once you bite into the creamy, warm avocado. Go for some whole wheat breadcrumbs instead for a less carby crispy exterior.
12. Guacamole Dip
A staple for nachos and tortillas but it’s great as a spread on pitas and breads too. Easy to make with simple ingredients such as tomatoes and onions which packs a punch of nutrients.
13. Chocolate Avocado Brownies
It’s as fudgy as a normal chocolate brownie but with added nutrients which makes this less of a ‘bad dessert’. Try not to overbake them to maintain its fudginess.
14. Chocolate Avocado Pudding
It looks like chocolate pudding but surprise! It has avocados in it too. Just blend it until it has a smooth texture and dig into this healthy chocolate dessert.
15. California Summer Avocado Pie
This pie is somehow a guilty pleasure because it’s still uses condensed milk and graham crackers as a base. You can swap those with healthier alternatives such as honey, agave and instead of crackers you can use crushed nuts.