Reasons To Love Avocados
Cooking with Avocados
Seared or grilled avocados are a treat! They’re alsowonderful on pizzas, even instead of the cheese, and mashed or sliced into casseroles. Get started with a CaesarSalad Pizza or a Breakfast TortillaPesto Pizza.
Wonderful in stir fries, especially with kale and tempeh, avocado minimizes the need for oil in cooking. You can even grill or bake them before tossing them on a bed of greens for a warm, not-so-raw salad, soothing for the winter months.
Raw, blended soups are super creamy with avocado, but lighter than they would be with ashews. We love gazpacho-style cold soups with green tomatoes or cucumbers, but there are a lot more unique options, as well.
Mousse and Smoothies
Green and fruit smoothies are wonderful with avocados, but most of all we enjoy the fluffiness of a smoothie with avos, whih is why they’re so perfect for chocolate mousse. Simply, with cocoa powder, with or without bananas, a dash of sweetener, perhaps some cinnamon, and cayenne or espresso powder for zest, chocolate mousse is the perfect dessert for a health-conscious, time-pressed chocolate lover. There are a lot of ways to dress up this recipe, too. Make Raw Avocado Cacao Mousse with cacao nibs, or get your greens on with a Chai Chocolate Green Smoothie.
Another tasty dessert smoothie consists ofmango, almond milk, avocado and baby spinach greens, with a favorite protein powder for added punch. While perhaps a little too high-glycemic to be a whole meal, this smoothie turns an exquisite yellowy chartreuse and tastes heavenly. To desig your own perfect avocado-based smoothie, check out Tips on Mixing and Matching for a Well-Balanced Smoothie
As an alternative to just chopping up avocados for salads, they can also be turned into a dressing for the whole salad. They even do a wonderful job of dressing up pasta and whole grains. Mix into a tahini dressing, or with lemon or cucumber. Try it on a Raw Zucchini Pasta and Creamy Avcado Cucumber Sauce and a Mesquite Avocado-Kale Salad.
Avocado can be turned into a lot of different dips, like Creamy Avocado Basil Dip and even Garlic Herb Avocado CreamCheese.
We’ve even figured out how to use avocado in fudge, cupcake icing and sushi. What’s not to love?
Keeping Avocados Fresh