Add Color with Avocado: How to Diversify Dishes with Avocado

Add Color with Avocado: How to Diversify Dishes with Avocado

Would you like to turn ordinary dishes into something extraordinary? Are you looking to spruce up everyday meals with a bit of color and nutrition? One-third of a healthy medium avocado (50g) has 80 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients. It also offers 11% of your daily recommended fiber.

Then it’s time to look to Avocados From Mexico, which are ideal because they’re in season year-round. Add some to your shopping list now!

If you’re unsure how to choose the right avocado, look at the skin. If it’s dark green, almost black, with a bumpy texture, the avocado is ready to eat. The lighter the skin, the less ripe an avocado is. So, if you prefer to buy not-so-ripe avocados for the week, you can ripen them at home. Simply place the avocados in a paper bag with a banana and check them daily until you discover that they’re ready to eat.

Start the day off right with this sunny, colorful version of huevos rancheros. The recipe is fast and easy and will satisfy everyone before heading off for a full day at work or school.

Avocado goes great with lunch, too. Add diced avocado to your fresh salads, like this pineapple, cucumber, and avocado salad with cilantro dressing, or to your favorite egg, chicken, or tuna salad recipe. Why not add a delicious green touch to a traditional Caprese salad of tomatoes and mozzarella? You can also dress your salads with an avocado vinaigrette. In a food processor, combine one ripe avocado, 1/4 cup white wine vinegar, 3/4 cup olive oil, salt, and pepper to taste and blend until smooth and creamy.

Have you ever thought of swapping red pasta sauce for avocado sauce? One way to add more color and fun to your pasta is with avocado pesto. Combine the flesh of one ripe avocado, one cup of basil leaves, 1/3 cup pine nuts, 3 cloves garlic, olive oil, lemon juice, and salt and pepper. Blend well and add a little water if needed. Both the pesto and the pasta sauce should be consumed immediately to avoid browning.

Upgrade sweet potato soup with avocado. Sautée a chopped onion and add broth and a chopped sweet potato. Cook until fork tender, add cumin and chipotle powder, and purée with an immersion blender. Add one avocado and blend until smooth. Serve with avocado slices.

How about replacing mayonnaise with avo mayo in sandwiches and wraps? It will make your kids’ lunchbox more fun, while keeping the creamy consistency they enjoy. Scoop out avocado flesh into a blender. Add lemon juice, salt and pepper and blend. With the blender running, trickle olive oil until it’s creamy and spreadable. It couldn’t be simpler!

When everyone’s gathered around the dinner table, avocado can play a star role, too. Our steak and avocado kebabs are a quick dinner on those nights when you’re pressed for time. Plus, they’re a delight to look at — and, of course, to eat! And they’re flexible, too — if you want to substitute chicken or shrimp for the beef, you can do just that.

Your meals don’t have to be dull! Let the creative juices flow and have fun with your meals.

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