Avocados truly are a superfood: in addition to being flavorful, they’re high in healthy monounsaturated fats and a great source of fiber, vitamins and minerals. Their versatility makes them the perfect ingredient: slice, mash, blend, whip, chop or bake your avocados any way you please.
Part of the appeal of an avocado is its simplicity. You can eat an avocado as-is or quickly add it to just a few ingredients for a healthy, delicious treat. But cooks in kitchens around the globe are getting more and more creative with their recipes featuring this creamy green fruit. Whether you’re an avocado aficionado or you’ve never ventured beyond guacamole, here are some recipes sure to please your taste buds without sacrificing your heart health.
1. Guacamole with Pear and Pomegranate Seeds
Everyone associates avocado with guacamole and for good reason: a classic guacamole recipe requires a few ingredients, minimal prep time, and delivers a lot of flavor. Truly classic guacamole can be simple as mashing together avocado and salsa in a bowl – nothing could be easier. If you’re looking for a more creative version, you can now find guacamole recipes that include everything from pineapple and black beans to sun-dried tomatoes and pine nuts. We recommend this guacamole with pear and pomegranate seeds.
2. Avocado Toast With Chile Flakes and Crushed Pistachios
Have you noticed all the avocado toast posts on your Pinterest and Instagram feeds lately? It may seem silly, but the simple combination of toast with mashed avocado is really taking off. It’s easy enough – simply combine avocado and toast – but infinite varieties of this satisfying snack (or breakfast) abound. For a spicy kick, try this avocado toast with chile flakes and crushed pistachios.
3. Eggs Baked In Avocado
Avocados can be prepared in a number of ways and paired with endless ingredients. Part of their appeal is their simplicity: often recipes involving avocados require very few ingredients or preparation. Case in point: eggs baked in avocado – a new breakfast treat.
4. Creamy Avocado Pasta
If you love pasta but you’d prefer a creamy pasta sauce that contains no cream, cheese or butter, consider avocado your go-to ingredient. By whipping it up in a blender or food processor, you can give avocado a texture similar to a rich alfredo sauce – but with a much higher nutritional value. When stacking avocado against cheese, avocado wins every time: Ounce for ounce, avocado contains less than half the calories of cheddar cheese. Try this 15-minute creamy avocado pasta recipe today.
5. Lemon Avocado Salad Dressing
Many of us put sliced avocados in our salads, but have you ever considered pouring them over your salad? Again, whipping it up gives avocado a creamy texture that can rival the best fat-and-calorie-laden Ranch recipe you can find. Whether opting for a creamy cilantro-avocado dressing or avocado vinaigrette, swapping avocado for other fats in your salad dressing can add flavor and reduce calories. Here’s a lemon avocado salad dressing with only five ingredients.
6. Chocolate Pudding Made With Avocado
If you think there’s no room for avocado in your dessert, think again. By swapping avocado for butter or oil in a recipe, you can replace bad fats with good fats without sacrificing on taste. Because avocado is so creamy, it makes the perfect base for anything from cupcakes to pie. A good tip when using avocado in a recipe that calls for butter is to use half avocado, half butter, and decrease the oven temperature by 25 degrees. Also, many sweet recipes – like this chocolate pudding recipe – already call for avocado as a simple way to incorporate this good-for-you food into yummy desserts.
7. Avocado Smoothie With Basil and Lime
Avocado also makes a great addition to a smoothie by supplying it with a creamy base. And since it’s not an overpowering flavor, it blends well with other fruits and vegetables – anything from spinach to pineapple to orange juice. Here’s a refreshing recipe for an avocado smoothie with basil and limejuice.
8. Thai Veggie Quinoa Bowl With Avocado
We typically associate avocado with Mexican food or sushi, but avocado is a universal food that can find a home in any style of cuisine. Chop it up and add it to a Greek salad, combine it with chicken in a Chinese stir-fry or let it star in a classic American grilled cheese sandwich. For some Thai flavor, try a Thai veggie quinoa bowl.
Think of these recipes as a starting point and feel free to explore the wonderful world of avocado. Whether you’re making sandwiches, enchiladas, popsicles or omelets, nutritious avocado can be the star of the show.