|Avocado image courtesy of Grant Cochrane |
You can use them in a variety of yummy ways. I often just smear some on a sandwich or wrap in the place of a condiment such as mayonnaise. There is a lot more flavor going on with the smeared avocado and it is healthier, too.
I also love topping sloppy joes and burgers with avocado and garnishing ANY Mexican orTex-Mex dishes with ample amounts of avocado like I did with my Green Chile and Onion Meatballs and my Taco Peppers and Spanish Cauliflower "Rice".
Avocado is always a wonderful addition to homemade sushi, spring rolls, omelets, and frittatas to name a few. I also like having a small salad in an avocado half like tomato and cucumber, tuna salad, chicken salad... The possibilities are endless!
Unfortunately, avocado is not a freebie kind of food. You have to eat this fruit (no, it is not a vegetable) in moderation due to the fact that it is a fat. The good news is that it is of the healthy fat variety! I am most definitely NOT an expert on this, so if you want more information on this, you can read more here.
If you need a tutorial on how to pick a ripe avocado at the store, check out this link.
For most of the year, I buy my avocados at my local Costco. I purchase them when they are a bit hard. Usually there is one or two in the bag that are a bit more ripe than the others and I use them accordingly. We live in northern Nevada and I guess since we live so close to California, we are lucky to get some amazing produce at our Costco. I often read about others complaining about their Costco's produce, but we thankfully do not have that problem (at least at the one I frequent). There are times, though, that I pass on the avocados at our Costco. If they are already really ripe, I just get them at my regular grocery store where I always shop.
Anyway... Here are some more of my favorite ways to enjoy avocados along with a few that I plan on trying in the very near future! By the way... I'm not saying that all of these are healthy, but they do all have avocado. ;) Not all of these recipes are gluten free written as is, but most (if not all) can be easily adapted to be gluten free.
B.L.A.S.T. ~ Bacon, Lettuce, Avocado, Swiss, Tomato Sandwich ~ We LOVE these!
Stephanie's Turkey Melts ~ I created these years ago.
Shrimp and Avocado Summer Salad Rolls ~ I just use the general idea.Shrimp Stuffed Avocado
Eggs Baked in Avocado
Creamy Avocado Rice
Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip
Guacamole Grilled Cheese
Avocado Bacon Toasts
Mexican Hot Dogs With Chipotle Cream
Sweet Corn, Tomato, and Avocado Salad
Loaded Baked Avocado
Baked Panko Avocado Fries ~ My Whole Foods has GF panko bread crumbs!
Black Bean Soup with Avocado Crema
Avocado Protein Brownies ~ Gluten Free
Double Chocolate Avocado Cookies ~ Gluten Free
Creamy Lime and Avocado Tart ~ Vegan and Gluten Free
Avocado Chocolate Cream Pie w/ Whipped Coconut Cream ~ Dairy Free and Gluten Free
Guacamole Portobello Mushroom
Creamy Guacamole Egg Salad Sandwich
Creamy Avocado Dressing
Avocado and Cottage Cheese
Avocado BLT with Fried Egg and Chipotle Mayo
Avocado Baked Eggs
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