Are you one of those that still think avocados are only good for your guacamole? Well you should think again. Even though avocados are the true kings of this beloved dish, they are much more versatile than people may realize. Baked, fried, grilled, mashed, or even raw—they can be prepared in so many ways.
This is why you should definitely consider adding them, and without moderation, in many of your favourite dishes. By doing so, you’re also increasing the nutrient value of your recipes. Seriously, did you know there are more than 20 different nutrients in avocado? Thanks to all the good fats and fibres found in those super fruits, there’s no doubt you’ll feel healthy and satisfied afterwards! So, here are 5 recipe ideas where avocados can make a delicious difference!
Macaroni with cheese and Avocado
When it comes to comfort food, what’s more comforting than traditional mac n’ cheese? A creamy avocado mac n’ cheese! The amazing colour and subtle taste of avocados are exactly what makes this classic recipe stand out from the crowd. Personally, I like to mash up my avocados in a blender to get a smooth texture. This recipe is a great way to introduce this fruit for the picky eaters. And yes, the secret’s out: avocados are fruits!
Why not serve a vegetarian tartar instead of the fish and beef tartar we often see on restaurant menus? Vegetarian tartars aren’t just for vegetarians, or pregnant women, they’re also a great way to increase your fruit and vegetable intake while filling up on vegetable proteins. My favourite combination is a blend of edamame beans, diced green apple, crumbled feta cheese, hummus, diced avocados and a few drops of sesame oil (optional). For those who like it a little crunchier, I garnish them with small fried onions or crushed soybeans. Pro tip: choose your avocados wisely! They must be firm enough to keep the small cubes in shape once served on the plate.
Avocado Tropical Ice Cream
Did you know that ice creams are mostly made of fat (found in large amounts in cream, key ingredient of all good ice creams) to avoid crystallization during the freezing process? Avocados then become the perfect choice for a smooth, consistent ice cream filled with good fat. These good fats are known as mono and polyunsaturated lipids! Studies have shown that there are definite benefits to cardiovascular health when consumed as a substitute for saturated fats. Essentials ingredients for a great avocado ice cream: ripe avocados from Mexico, frozen mango chunks and coconut milk! Once combined, these ingredients make a delicious tropical-style dessert! And here’s another interesting variation: avocados, cream, peppermint liqueur and dark chocolate chips.
Warm Artichoke and Avocado Dip
If you ask me, get-togethers are definitely not the same without artichoke dip! This easy-to-make starter never ceases to amaze my guests by its unique taste and texture. However, my favourite version is a hybrid between guacamole and artichoke dip: warm artichoke and avocado dip! All you have to do is toss in diced avocados to the mix at the very end!
If you have a sweet tooth like me, you know brownies are up in the rankings when speaking of decadent desserts. So why not step up the game further by adding avocado? Their creamy, smooth texture adds an incredibly satisfying twist to the brownies while retaining their chocolatey taste. All you have to do is to replace butter with the same amount of avocado puree. Make sure to use ripe avocados! A guaranteed hit!
by Hubert Cormier