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Guacamole Salad with Black Beans & Corn

Guacamole Salad with Black Beans & Corn

2 tomatoes, seeded and diced
1/2 cup red onion, sliced very thinly
2 jalapenos, seeded and minced
Kernels from 2 ears of fresh corn
1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
Juice of 1-2 limes
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
Salt and pepper to taste
2 avocados, seeded, peeled and diced

In a large bowl, place tomatoes, onion, jalapenos, corn, and beans. Squeeze over the juice of 1 (very juicy) or 2 (somewhat stingy) limes, drizzle with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss gently. Taste for seasoning. When ready to serve, gently fold in avocados.

(I made up a big batch for the fridge and just left out the avocado. I slice it and add it in when we’re ready to eat.)

Bacon-Avocado Griddle Pizza

Bacon-Avocado Griddle Pizza

Bacon-Avocado-Griddle-Pizza1 C. lukewarm water (105-115 degrees)
2 1/4 C. flour
1 pkg. active dry yeast (1/4oz)
1 tsp. sugar
Salt
1 pint grape tomatoes, halved
1 shallot, thinly sliced crosswise
1/4 C. EVOO, plus more for brushing
1 T. balsamic vinegar
Pepper
3 avocados
1 12oz package bacon
1 bunch watercress

In a large glass, whisk together the water, 1 T. flour, the yeast and sugar; let stand until foamy, about 6 minutes. Using a food processor, combine the remaining flour and 1 tsp. salt. With the machine on, pour in the yeast mixture and process until the dough forms a ball. Mix for another minute, then transfer to a large greased bowl, turning the dough to coat. Cover and let rise until doubled in size, about 1 hour. Meanwhile, in a large bowl, toss together the tomatoes, shallot, olive oil and vinegar; season with salt and pepper. Let stand at room temperature. In a medium bowl, mash the avocados; press plastic wrap directly onto the surface to cover. Preheat a large skillet; add the bacon and cook, turning once, until crisp, 12-15 minutes. Drain on paper towels. Preheat a griddle over high heat or an electric griddle to 400. On a lightly floured work surface, divide the dough into 4 pieces, then flatten each one into a disk. Stretch each disk into a 10″ round (if dough is too elastic, let rest for 5 minutes). Brush one side of each round with olive oil and, working in batches if necessary, transfer to the griddle, oiled sides down. Cook, lightly brushing the tops with more oil and flipping once, until browned, about 6 minutes on each side. Transfer to a cutting board. Spread the avocado evenly on each crust, leaving 3/4″ border. Toss the watercress with the tomato mixture and scatter over the pizzas. Crumble the bacon on top.

Zesty Avocado Cilantro Buttermilk Dressing

Zesty Avocado Cilantro Buttermilk Dressing

avocilantro3/4 cup low-fat buttermilk

1 small jalapeno, seeds removed, leave them in if you want it spicy

1/4 cup of fresh cilantro

1 medium haas avocado

1 clove garlic

2 T. chopped scallion

juice of 1 lime

1/8 tsp. cumin

1/4 tsp. fresh ground pepper

1/2 tsp. kosher salt

Combine all the ingredients in a blender and blend until smooth. For a thinner dressing add more buttermilk, for a thicker dip use less.

Yield: 6 servings

Calories: 65

Fat: 4.8g

Fiber: 2.2g

Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa Pockets

Avocado, Cream Cheese, and Salsa Pockets

48127731c722fa4b6579ffdedf58112d1 large sheet puffed pastry, thawed

1 ripe avocado, halved and mashed

1/3 cup cream cheese

1/3 cup salsa

Salt and pepper, sprinkled to taste

1 egg, beaten

Heat oven to 400F and spray two baking sheets with cooking spray (line with foil first for even easier cleanup). Thaw puffed pastry for about 10 minutes. With a knife, slice the pastry into approximately 2-inch by 2-inch squares. (I only used one of the two pastries that came in the box, and made 9 squares, or 4 pockets. You can get 18 squares, or 9 pockets if you use the whole box). On half the squares, place a dollop of avocado, then cream cheese, then salsa. Season with salt and pepper. Use the remaining squares as the tops and place over top the filling. Seal the pockets by pressing the edges with a fork. Seal well so no filling oozes out during cooking. In a small bowl beat an egg with a fork and apply an egg wash to each of the pockets. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, or until desired browning and puffing has occurred.

Black Bean Omelet with Avocado Salsa Verde

Black Bean Omelet with Avocado Salsa Verde

NHB_omelet1 cup Black beans, cooked
3 Tbsp. Canola oil
2 T. White onion, diced
1 ea Serrano chile, minced
6 ea. Eggs
½ tea. Sea salt
1 tea. Canola oil
¼ cup Mozzarella cheese, grated
Avocado Salsa Verde

In a skillet with the canola oil, sauté the scallions, garlic, and cayenne for 1 minute; add the tomato and beans and cook until the liquid has evaporated. Season to taste, set aside and keep warm. In a bowl, the beat eggs and salt. Heat an 8-inch skillet over medium-low heat and add the butter and then pour in the ¼ of the egg mixture. As the eggs set, lift the edges, letting the uncooked portion flow underneath. When the eggs are nearly set, sprinkle the ¼ of the bean mixture over one side; sprinkle with ¼ cup grated cheese. Fold the omelet over the filling; cover and let stand for 1 minute or until the cheese is melted. Serve with a dollop of Avocado Salsa Verde.

Avocado Salsa Verde

1 large Avocado, peeled, seeded and cut in ½” diced
1 Tomato, seeded and cut into ¼” dice
2 T. Red Onion, finely chopped
1 tsp. minced and seeded Serrano Chile
½ tsp. minced Garlic
1 T. fresh Lime Juice
2 T. chopped Cilantro
Large Pinch Sugar
Salt & Pepper

Combine all ingredients and refrigerate at least one hour before serving.

Avocado, Orange, & Spinach Salad

Avocado, Orange, & Spinach Salad

1 lb. Spinach

1/2 lb. Mushrooms, sliced

1/2 medium Red Onion, thinly sliced

1 avocado, peeled, pit removed, and sliced, to serve

1 can (11 ounces) mandarin oranges, drained, to serve

1/4 C. Olive oil

2 T. Cider vinegar

1 T. Sugar

1 T. Lemon & Pepper Seasoning

 

Remove tough stems from spinach and wash thoroughly to remove sand. Dry with paper towels or in salad spinner. Tear spinach into pieces and place in large salad bowl with mushrooms and onion. Place dressing ingredients in 1-C. glass measure and beat with fork until well combined. When ready to serve, pour dressing over spinach mixture and toss to coat. Garnish with avocado slices and mandarin oranges.

 

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Strawberry, Melon & Avocado Salad

Strawberry, Melon & Avocado Salad

18eda511ae6c41aa827041c49db0d70dc/4 cup honey
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar, or red-wine vinegar
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh mint
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
Pinch of salt
4 cups baby spinach
1 small avocado, (4-5 ounces), peeled, pitted and cut into 16 slices
16 thin slices cantaloupe, (about 1/2 small cantaloupe), rind removed
1 1/2 cups hulled strawberries, sliced
2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted

Whisk honey, vinegar, mint, pepper and salt in a small bowl. Divide spinach among 4 salad plates. Arrange alternating slices of avocado and cantaloupe in a fan on top of the spinach. Top each salad with strawberries, drizzle with dressing and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Avocado, Hearts of Palm and Red Onion Salad

Avocado, Hearts of Palm and Red Onion Salad

AvocadoHeartsPalmSalad1 small garlic clove

1/4 cup fresh Cilantro

3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1/2 teaspoon sugar

1/4 teaspoon salt

1/2 cup olive oil

 

14-ounce can hearts of palm, drained, chopped in ¾” pieces

12 oz. jar marinated Artichoke Hearts, drained, chopped in ¾” pieces

4 California firm-ripe avocados, chopped in 3/4” pieces

1 small red onion, sliced thin

4 slices Prosciutto, cut into 1” pieces

8 Black Olives, chopped

Boston lettuce leaves (from about 2 heads)

In bowl, combine palm, artichokes, avocado, red onion, prosciutto and olives. In a blender, purée garlic and coriander with lemon juice, sugar, and salt. With motor running add oil in a stream, blending until dressing is emulsified.   Pour dressing over salad and toss gently with a rubber spatula until combined well. Line salad plates with lettuce leaves and mound salad mixture on top.

Beef, Brie & Avocado Sandwich

Beef, Brie & Avocado Sandwich

4 slices bread
6-8 thin slices of roast beef
1/2 avocado, thinly sliced
2 wedges President Wee Brie, or 2 ounces regular brie
3 cloves roasted garlic
sea salt
butter or light butter

Butter one side of each slice of bread. In a small bowl mash together cheese and garlic with a fork. Spread brie on the unbuttered side of two slices of bread. Layer beef on the brie, then add sliced avocado. Top with the other slices of bread, buttered side out. In a medium skillet on medium-high heat, place sandwiches and grill until evenly browned on one side, about two minutes. Then flip and grill another two minutes until brown. Serve.

Chipotle Chicken Rolls with Avocado Dipping Sauce

Chipotle Chicken Rolls with Avocado Dipping Sauce

Chipotle-Chicken-Rolls1 pkg (1 1/3lb) ground chicken breast
6 scallions, thinly sliced, then chopped
1 1/2 C. grated sharp cheddar cheese
1 garlic clove, finely chopped
1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped or 3 T. of a chipotle flavored salsa
Salt and fresh ground black pepper
6 sheets frozen phyllo dough, defrosted
4 T. unsalted butter, melted

1 ripe Hass avocado
Juice of 3 limes
Handful of fresh cilantro leaves
1 tsp. coarse salt
3 T. extra-virgin olive oil

Preheat oven to 400. In a bowl, combine ground chicken, scallions, cheddar cheese, garlic, and chipotles and season with salt and pepper. Transfer the mixture to a sealable plastic bag. To turn the sealable plastic bag into a homemade pastry bag, trim 1 1/2 inches off one of the bottom corners of the plastic bag. Push the chicken mixture to the cut corner without pushing it through the hole. Reserve while you prepare the phyllo. Arrange 1 sheet of phyllo dough with the long side closest to you on your kitchen counter, brush liberally from edge to edge with melted butter, and season with salt and pepper. Place another sheet of phyllo on top, again brush liberally with butter, and season with salt and pepper. Repeat with the third layer of phyllo. Place the trimmed end of the pastry bag 1/2 inch in from the left side and 1/2 inch up from the bottom of the phyllo sheet. Squeeze half of the chicken mixture from the bag while moving along in a straight line from left to right. Roll the front edge of the phyllo sheet away from you, encasing the chicken mixture. Continue until you have completed a long roll. Tuck the ends in and then brush the entire outside of the phyllo log with more melted butter. Transfer the first log to a rimmed cookie sheet, putting the seam side down. Repeat this process to make a second log with the remaining chicken mixture. Bake 15 minutes or until the log feels firm to the touch. While the phyllo-wrapped chicken is in the oven, cut the avocado in half lengthwise, cutting around the pit. Separate the halves and scoop out the pit with a spoon, then use the spoon to scoop the avocado from its skin. Place the avocado in a food processor and combine with lime juice, cilantro, coarse salt, and about 3 T. of water. Process until avocado mixture is smooth, then stream the EVOO into the dressing. Taste and adjust seasonings. Once the chipotle chicken rolls are cooked, remove from oven and let them cool just enough to handle. Cut each roll in half, then cut each half in 3 equal pieces. Serve 3 chicken rolls per person on a bed of Bibb lettuce with a dish of dipping sauce.

Mango, Avocado, and Arugula Salad

Mango, Avocado, and Arugula Salad

mango1 medium mango, peeled and sliced

1 medium avocado, peeled and sliced

1 tablespoon lemon or lime juice

1/4 to 1/2 cup pecan halves, as desired

A big handful or two of baby arugula leaves, as desired

2 tablespoons unsweetened coconut flakes, optional

Your favorite dressing to pass around (see suggestions following recipe)

 

Combine the mango with the avocado (toss the avocado gently with the lemon or lime juice first) on a serving platter or shallow bowl. Add the pecans and arugula, and toss gently. Sprinkle with the coconut flakes and serve at once. Pass around the dressing of your choice. Dressing suggestions: Quite honestly, this is good with no dressing at all, but if you’d like, you can pass around homemade or store bought balsamic vinaigrette or raspberry vinaigrette. Or, just step up the lemon and lime juice and add a splash of olive oil.

Corn Cakes with Tomato Avocado Relish

Corn Cakes with Tomato Avocado Relish

corn cakes3 large ears of corn, shucked
1 cup all-purpose flour
½ cup cornmeal
¼ cup red onion, finely diced
¼ cup thinly sliced fresh basil
1 tsp. baking powder
½ tsp. baking soda
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
2 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 tbsp. buttermilk
2 tbsp. unsalted butter, melted
Canola or vegetable oil, for frying
For the relish:
1 large tomato, cored and chopped
1 scallion, minced
1 tbsp. minced fresh basil
1 clove garlic, minced
Juice of half a lime
1½ tsp. olive oil
1½ tsp. white wine vinegar
Coarse salt and freshly ground pepper
1 ripe avocado, pitted and diced
Ranch dressing, for serving (optional)

Cut the corn kernels off of the cobs and place in a large bowl. Place 2 cups of the corn kernels in the food processor and pulse several times, until the corn is slightly pureed but still chunky. Scrape the mixture into the bowl with the remaining corn kernels. Add the flour, cornmeal, onion, basil, baking powder, and baking soda to the bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Stir to mix well. Add the eggs, buttermilk, and butter, and stir just to combine.
To make the salsa, combine all of the ingredients except the avocado in a medium bowl and mix well to combine. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve, up to 2 days. Just before serving, mix in the avocado. Place a large skillet over medium heat. Add just enough oil to barely cover the bottom of the pan and heat until sizzling hot. Scoop the batter into the skillet a heaping tablespoon at a time, cooking the cakes in batches of 4 or 5 so that they are not touching. Fry 1-2 minutes per side, until golden brown. Transfer the cooked cakes to a wire rack and repeat with the remaining batter. Serve immediately topped with the relish and drizzled with ranch dressing, if desired.

Corn Avocado Soup with Cheese Toasts

Corn Avocado Soup with Cheese Toasts

l_R1802114 cloves garlic, peeled and halved
1 jalapeno chile, seeded
4 avocados, halved and peeled
Grated peel of 1 lime and juice of 3 limes
3/4 C. cilantro leaves
salt and pepper
3 C. chicken broth
2 C. fresh corn kernels (from 2 ears) or one 10oz box of frozen corn, thawed and patted dry
1/2 baguette, sliced on an angle and toasted
4oz feta or queso fresco cheese, sliced

Using a food processor, finely chop 2 cloves garlic and the jalapeno. Add the avocados, lime peel, lime juice and 1/2 cup cilantro leaves; season to taste with salt and pepper. Process until just combined. With the machine on, slowly pour in the chicken broth until smooth. If the soup is too thick, slowly add up to 1 cup water. In a small nonstick skillet, toast the corn kernels over medium heat, stirring, until lightly browned. Season with salt and let cool. Stir 1 1/2 cups corn kernels into the soup. Preheat the broiler. Rub 1 side of each toast with the remaining 2 cloves garlic and top with a slice of cheese. Broil the toasts until the cheese is softened. Top the soup with the remaining 1/2 cup corn kernels and the remaining 1/4 cup cilantro. Serve with the toasts.

Busy Night Turkey Taco Soup with Avocado Cream

Busy Night Turkey Taco Soup with Avocado Cream

turkeytaco2 1/2 C. Turkey Breast Cutlets or leftover Turkey, cooked and chopped

1 (11 oz .) can Mexican-style corn

1 (16 oz.) can chili beans, undrained

2 (14.5 oz.) cans chicken broth

1 (16 oz.) jar chunky salsa

Salt and pepper to taste

1/4 C. chopped fresh cilantro

1/2 C. low-fat sour cream

2 T. guacamole

 

In a large pot over medium heat, combine corn, chili beans, broth and salsa. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and stir in cooked turkey. Season with salt and pepper. Cover, and cook 5 to 10 minutes more, until heated through. Stir in cilantro. In a bowl, stir together sour cream and guacamole until smooth. Ladle soup into bowls and top with guacamole mixture.

 

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Avocado Garden Salad

Avocado Garden Salad

salad6 cups torn or cut mixed salad greens
3 medium tomatoes, chopped
5 green onions, chopped
1 small cucumber, peeled and chopped
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1⁄3 teaspoon garlic powder
½ teaspoon ground black pepper
½ teaspoon salt
1 large avocado, peeled

Mix salad greens, tomatoes, onions, and cucumber in a large serving bowl. In a small bowl, mix lemon juice, garlic powder, ground black pepper, and salt. Pour over salad mixture and toss together. Cut avocado in half lengthwise. Remove pit and peel avocado halves. Slice into thin wedges, about 1/8-inch thick. Arrange avocado slices on top of salad and serve immediately
Yield: 6 servings.
Serving Size: 1½ cups per serving
Calories: 78
Fat: 5g
Fiber: 4g

Avocado Salad Dressing

Avocado Salad Dressing

avocadodressing1/2 Cup Avocado
1/4 Cup Fresh Cilantro
Juice of 1 Lime
1/2 Cup Water
2 T. Olive oil
1 tsp. Garlic Salt

Put all ingredients in blender, or food processor and blend until very smooth.

Broccoli and Cheddar-Stuffed Potato Skins with Avocado Cream

Broccoli and Cheddar-Stuffed Potato Skins with Avocado Cream

potatostuff

8 small Idaho potatoes (about 2 1/2 lb. total), scrubbed and dried

4 tsp. canola oil

1/4 tsp. salt

8 ounces broccoli florets, coarsely chopped (about 4 C.)

Cooking spray

3 pieces Canadian bacon, finely diced (about 3 ounces)

3/4 C. grated extra-sharp Cheddar (about 3 ounces)

Avocado Creme:

2 scallions, thinly sliced, greens reserved

1 medium avocado

2 T. reduced-fat sour cream

2 T. lime juice

1/4 C. cilantro leaves

1 clove garlic

1/4 tsp. salt

 

Preheat oven to 450 degrees F. Pierce potatoes several times with a fork and wrap in paper towels. Microwave on high for 13 to 15 minutes, until potatoes are cooked through. Remove from microwave and cool until potatoes are easy to handle. Slice potatoes in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop all but 1/8 inch of the inside of the potato, leaving skin intact. Reserve scooped potato flesh for another use. Brush both inside and outside of potatoes with oil and sprinkle with salt. Place potatoes, skin-side down, on a baking sheet and bake until skins are crisp and edges are golden brown, about 20 minutes. In the meantime, prepare the filling. Steam the broccoli until crisp-tender, about 3 to 4 minutes. Drain and set aside. Spray a nonstick pan with cooking spray and preheat over medium-high heat. Add the Canadian bacon and cook until crisp stirring often, about 3 to 4 minutes. Reserve. To make avocado cream, combine scallion whites, avocado, sour cream lime juice, cilantro, garlic and salt in the small bowl of a food processor and process on high until smooth. About 30 seconds. Toss the broccoli with cheese and spoon filling evenly among potatoes. Lower oven to 400 degrees F and return potatoes to oven until cheese is melted, about 5 minutes. Spoon 1 T. of the avocado cream on top of broccoli-filled potatoes, then top with scallion greens and 1 tsp. crisped bacon bits.

 

Yield:  8 servings

Serving Size: 2 potato halves, 1 T. avocado cream, 1/2 tsp. scallions and 1 tsp. bacon bits

Calories:  180

Fat: 10g

Fiber: 3g

 

 

 

Avocado Ranch Sauce

Avocado Ranch Sauce

avo1 ripe avocado, pitted, peeled, and cut in large pieces

Juice of 1 lime

1/2 C. Ranch Dressing

Salt, to taste

 

Place all the ingredients except the salt in a food processor and process until completely smooth. Scrape into a bowl and season to taste with salt. Serve Immediately.

 

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Avocado-Tahini Dressing

Avocado-Tahini Dressing

1 medium ripe Avocado, peeled and diced

1/3 C. Tahini

Juice of 1 Lemon

½ tsp. Cumin

2-4 T. fresh chopped Parsley or Cilantro

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and puree until smooth. Add ¼ – ½ C. water, as needed, to achieve desired consistency. Stir ½-1 C. into cooked greens; store remainder in covered container in refrigerator for up to 3 days.

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Avocado and Mango Salad with Tequila-Lime Vinaigrette

Avocado and Mango Salad with Tequila-Lime Vinaigrette

avosaladFor the vinaigrette

1/2 teaspoon finely grated lime zest (use a microplane grater)

1/2 teaspoon finely grated orange zest (use a microplane grater)

2 teaspoons lime juice

1 tablespoon Reposado Tequila

1 tablespoon sherry vinegar

3 1/2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon Tabasco to taste

1/8 teaspoon sea salt

 

For the tortilla strips

2 tablespoons olive oil

1 large flour tortilla – cut in 1/8” x 2” strips

Large pinch sea salt

 

For the salad

2 bunches arugula – root ends trimmed, rinsed and spun dry

1 firm, ripe avocado – peeled and cut in 1/8” slices

1 large ripe mango – peeled, cheeks cut in 1/8” slices

 

To make the vinaigrette – Place the zests, juice, Tequila, vinegar, oil, Tabasco and salt in a small bowl and whisk until well blended. Set aside. To make the tortilla strips – Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet over medium-high heat. Add the oil and the tortilla strips. Sauté for 2 to 3 minutes until golden on all sides and crispy, tossing from time to time. Remove from heat, transfer to a plate, sprinkle with salt and cool to room temperature.  Cook’s note: Once cooled, the tortilla strips can be stored in an airtight container for up to 3 days. To serve – Place a few leaves of arugula in the center of each plate. Drizzle with half the vinaigrette. Top with slices of avocado and mangoes, alternating them and slightly overlapping the slices. Drizzle with the balance of the vinaigrette. Garnish with the tortilla strips and serve immediately.

Pasta Salad with Shrimp and Avocado

Pasta Salad with Shrimp and Avocado

7 oz. Pasta Shapes

1 Ripe Avocado, chopped into ½” Cubes (you can sub tomato if your kids dislike avocado)

1 ¼ C. small, peeled, cooked Shrimp (salad shrimp)

1 Head Boston Lettuce, cut into ½” pices

1 T. snipped Fresh Chives

 

2 T. Catsup

1 tsp. Soy Sauce

Few Drops Tobasco

½ tsp. Worcestershire

1/3 C. Heavy Cream

¼ C. Mayonnaise

Squeeze Lemon Juice

 

Cook Pasta according to package directions.  Mix cooked pasta with avocado, shrimp, lettuce and chives.  Mix remaining ingredients and toss with salad.  Sprinkle with Paprika if desired.

 

From Lunch Boxes and Snacks

 

 

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Avocado, Manchego Cheese Omelet

Avocado, Manchego Cheese Omelet

8 Eggs – large

1/4 C. Milk. Cooking oil as needed

1 Avocado – sliced

1/4 C. Yellow bell pepper – small diced

1/4 C. Red and green bell pepper – small diced

1 Jalapeno pepper – seeded – finely diced

1/4 C. Onion – finely diced

1 T. Fresh cilantro – minced

2 tsp. Fresh parsley – chopped

Salt to season

Fresh ground black pepper to season

1 1/4 C. Spanish Manchego cheese – shredded

 

Sauté peppers and onions in a small amount of oil. Add cilantro and parsley, season with salt and pepper. Cook until tender. Reserve. Combine eggs and milk. Mix well and reserve.  Heat a non-stick omelet or egg pan over medium heat. Portion beaten egg into pan. Stir in sautéed pepper and onion. Cook until set. Flip omelet and cook until done. Add sliced avocado and top with cheese. Fold omelet and turn out onto warm serving plates.  Top with additional cheese and garnish with fresh cilantro sprigs. Repeat process to create 4 servings.   Spanish Manchego cheese is available in the specialty cheese section of most large grocery or food specialty stores.

 

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Avocado with Warm Bacon Cilantro Dressing

Avocado with Warm Bacon Cilantro Dressing

Avocado with Warm Bacon Dressing-0011/3 lb. sliced bacon (about 4 slices)

2 firm-ripe avocados, each pitted, peeled, and cut into 4 to 6 wedges

3 garlic cloves, minced

1/4 C. water

2 T. fresh lime juice

1 1/2 tsp. sugar

Kosher salt

Freshly ground black pepper

2 T. chopped cilantro

 

Cook bacon in a skillet over medium-low heat until crisp. Drain bacon on paper towels. Remove pan from heat and pour the bacon fat into a bowl. Add 2 T. bacon fat back into your skillet. Divide the sliced avocado wedges among 4 plates. Heat bacon fat over medium heat. Add garlic, 1/4 C. water, lime juice, and sugar and simmer for 1 minute, stirring. Season with salt and pepper. Stir in cilantro. Crumble the bacon in to the skillet. Stir until combined. Spoon over avocado wedges and serve immediately

 

 

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Avocado Pound Cake

Avocado Pound Cake

3/4 C. all purpose flour

3/4 C. cake flour

1/4 tsp. salt

1/2 tsp. baking powder

 

1/2 C. unsalted butter, softened

1 1/2 C. sugar

2 eggs

1 tsp. vanilla

2 tsp. lemon zest

1/2 C. sour cream

2 ripe avocado, cubed

 

Preheat oven to 325F. Grease the bottom and sides of a 9x5x3 loaf pan. In a large bowl, sift together the dry ingredients. Set aside. In another bowl, cream the butter and sugar until pale and light in texture. Add vanilla, and one egg at a time, while still mixing. Beat in the avocado until batter is smooth. Mix in sour cream and lemon zest. Wih a spatula, gently fold in the dry ingredients, without overworking the batter. The batter will be slightly dry. Pour it into the prepared pan. Bake about 1 hour or until a knife inserted in the middle comes out clean, and top of cake is golden.

 

 

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Everybody’s Favorite Guacamole

Everybody’s Favorite Guacamole

3 medium Haas Avocados

1 T. fresh Lime Juice

½ C. Pico de Gallo

1 ½ tsp. chopped Garlic

1 tsp. Olive Oil

1 tsp. seeded, stemmed, minced Jalapeno

1 tsp. Salt

 

Pit avocados and score in grid pattern without cutting through the skin.  Scoop out flesh with large spoon and add to mixing bowl  Add lime juice and stir to evenly coat avocado.  Add remaining ingredients and gently mash and toss.  The majority of the avocado pieces should remain whole, with only enough mashed to hold everything together.

 

 

From Chevy’s Tex Mex Cookbook

 

 

Crab and Avocado Duet

Crab and Avocado Duet

 

1 ripe avocado

3 T. lemon juice

1/4 tsp. salt, plus more for seasoning

1 tsp. Dijon mustard

Pinch white pepper

1/2 pound lump crabmeat

2 T. chopped chives

 

Pit and peel the avocado and cut it into 1/2-inch chunks. In a small bowl toss the avocado chunks gently with 1 T. of the lemon juice and season with salt to taste. In a medium bowl, whisk together remaining lemon juice, 1 tsp. Dijon mustard, pinch of white pepper, and 1/4 tsp. salt. Add crabmeat and toss.  Stand an empty 15-ounce can with both top and bottom removed on a serving plate. Scoop a quarter of the avocado into the can. Place 1/4 of the crabmeat on top and press down gently into the mold. Gently pull the can off the avocado and crab mixture. Garnish with a half tsp. of chives. Repeat with the remaining 3 servings and serve.

 

Yield: 4 servings

Calories: 150

Fat: 8g

Fiber: 3g

 

Avocado & Hearts of Palm Salad

Avocado & Hearts of Palm Salad

 

1 ripe avocado (diced) (Click here for a refresher on cutting an avocado)

3 hearts of palm (1 can) – sliced into 1/2cm coins

 

Vinaigrette

1/3 C. olive oil

3 T. white wine vinegar

1 tsp Dijon mustard

pinch dried oregano (if you have fresh, use that instead)

1 T. of finely chopped parsley

 

Whisk together and ingredients and set aside.  Toss avocado and hearts of palm together. Drizzle vinaigrette over top and serve.

 

 

 

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Avocado with Ginger & Carrot Dressing

Avocado with Ginger & Carrot Dressing

Avocado with Ginger & Carrot Dressing

2 tablespoon water

2 small carrots, peeled and diced

1/2 shallot, peeled and roughly chopped

2- inch knob of ginger, peeled and grated

1/4 cup grape seed oil

2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar

1 tablespoon sesame oil

1 tablespoon sweet white miso paste

1 avocado, fanned

Sesame seeds, for topping

 

To a blender or food processor, add the water, carrots, shallot and ginger. Pulse until carrots and shallot are thoroughly minced. Scrape down the sides and with the blender running, pour in the grape seed oil, rice wine vinegar, sesame oil and sweet white miso paste. Allow the blender to run for 30 seconds or so. Give it a taste and adjust the salt to taste. I added just a pinch of salt. To assemble the snack: half an avocado. Peel the avocado and place flesh side down on a cutting board. Slice it thinly and then gently press on the top, fanning it out. Place a liberal tablespoon of dressing onto the plate. Top with the avocado and then garnish with a few sesame seeds and a pinch of salt.

Avocado Fries with Spicy Mayo

Avocado Fries with Spicy Mayo

Avocado Fries1 avocado, sliced into ¼ inch slices
½ C. milk
½ C. flour
1 egg, beaten
Canola oil, for frying

½ C. mayonnaise
Juice from ½ lime
Sriracha, or other spicy chili sauce

Fill a skillet with oil until it’s about ¼ – ½ inch full. Heat on high until oil sputters when a drop of water is dropped in. Place the milk, flour and egg into three separate shallow dishes. Beat about a T. of water into the egg mixture. Take a slice of avocado and dunk in milk, then the flour, then the eggs, then back in the flour. Place each slice on a plate until you’ve dunked the whole batch in batter. Slowly add the slices to the oil. You don’t want to overcrowd the pan, so stop before they all start touching each other. After about a minute you’ll see the edges turning brown, this means it’s time to flip them over. Allow to cook for another minute and then remove them from the skillet and place on a plate lined with paper towels. To make the mayonnaise, mix together the mayo, lime juice and sriracha. Add the Sriracha to taste depending on how spicy you want it. Serve alongside your avocado fries and enjoy!

Avocado Egg Rolls

Avocado Egg Rolls

1 pkg (6″) egg roll wrappers

3 avocados, peeled and sliced into long chunks

1 small red onion, sliced thinly

1/4 C. cilantro, chopped

light oil, such as vegetable oil, for frying

soy sauce

 

Pour enough oil in a heavy pan to cover the bottom. Heat on medium high. While the oil is getting hot, chop avocado, onion, mango and cilantro. Run your knife through the cilantro thoroughly until it is almost a paste.   To assemble to egg rolls, place a single wrapper on your work surface at an angle so it looks like a diamond rather than a square. Spread a pinch of the cilantro across the center of the wrapper. Top with a slice of avocado, mango and red onion. Fold the corner closest to you over the filling. Fold the sides of the wrapper in and roll the whole thing away from you – much like you are wrapping a burrito. Seal the edge with a little bit of warm water. Repeat with the remaining wrappers.   To fry the egg rolls, place 3-5 in the hot oil, seam side down. Fry 2-3 minutes on each side and drain on paper.

 

 

 

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Avocado Salad

Avocado Salad

2 medium avocados, diced
1 medium tomato, diced
1/2 small red onion, thinly sliced
3 T. fresh lemon juice
2 cloves garlic, finely shredded

2 T. oil
1/4 tsp. salt
2 T. parsley, minced
1/8 tsp. cayenne

Mix all of the ingredients well, chill and serve.

 

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Shrimp-Stuffed Avocado

Shrimp-Stuffed Avocado

1/2 whole avocado

4 oz. fresh or frozen medium-sized, shrimp

2/3 T. olive oil

1/2 T. fresh lemon juice

 

Cut avocado in half and pit; set aside. If using fresh shrimp, shell, devein, rinse and pat dry and then cook for about 2-3 minutes in boiling water until it turns pink; remove from water and let cool. If using frozen shrimp, defrost per directions on package. Cut up shrimp and mix with olive oil and lemon juice. Place mixture on avocado half. Serve.

 

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Guacamole

Guacamole

2 green onions, cut in 1″ lengths

1 tsp. cilantro, chopped, or parsley

2 ripe avocados

2 tsp. lime juice, (1 lime)

1 tsp. medium or medium hot picante sauce

1/2 tsp. salt

1/8 to 1/4 tsp. liquid red pepper seasoning

 

Place green onion and cilantro in food processor. Whirl until chopped. Halve avocados. Peel and pit. Cut avocados into 2-inch pieces. Add about half of avocado to green onion mixture in processor. Add limejuice, picante sauce, salt and red-pepper seasoning. Whirl using on/off pulses until finely chopped. Add remaining avocado. Whirl with on/off motion to desired consistency. Scrape guacamole into serving dish.

 

Charred Corn Guacamole with Chips

Charred Corn Guacamole with Chips

2 ears corn
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 ripe avocados, peeled, pitted and diced
1 serrano chile, finely chopped
1 red onion finely diced
1 lime, juiced
1/4 cup chopped cilantro leaves
Salt and freshly ground pepper
Blue, yellow and white corn chips, as accompaniment

Remove the outer husk from the corn and loosen the silks without removing. Dunk into water and place directly onto a hot grill for 15 minutes. Remove from grill. Remove remaining husks and silks and cut the kernels off of the cob. Combine all ingredients in a bowl and season with salt and pepper. Serve with fried blue, yellow and white corn chips.

 

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Very Green Avocado-Tahini Dip

Very Green Avocado-Tahini Dip

Very Green Avocado-Tahini Dip3 to 4 ounces baby spinach or arugula, or a combination
1 large, ripe avocado, peeled and diced
1⁄3 C. tahini (sesame paste)
Juice of 1 lemon
1⁄2 tsp. ground cumin
2 T. minced fresh parsley, cilantro, or dill
Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste

Rinse the greens and place them in a large skillet or saucepan. With just the water clinging to the leaves, cook the greens until just wilted down. Remove from the heat. Place all the ingredients in the container of a food processor, and process until smooth. Add 1⁄4 C. water, as needed, to achieve a medium-thick consistency. Transfer to a serving bowl. Keep covered until ready to serve. Serve at once as suggested above. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to two days.

Instant Pot White Bean Salad with Skewered Shrimp

Instant Pot White Bean Salad with Skewered Shrimp

Instant Pot White Bean Salad with Skewered Shrimp

2 C. dry great northern beans

16 C. water, divided

24 shrimp, peeled and deveined

Salt and pepper to taste

2 Roma tomatoes, chopped

1 avocado, diced

½ C. freshly chopped parsley

¼ C. freshly chopped basil

2 T. extra-virgin olive oil

1 T. rice vinegar

 

Rinse uncooked beans. Be sure to pick out any little stones that may be present. Add prepared beans to the Instant Pot along with 8 C. water. Let beans sit for 30 minutes to rehydrate. Drain beans and add another 8 C. clean water to them.  Secure lid on Instant Pot and pressure cook beans on high for 10 minutes. Allow pressure to release naturally. Test beans to make sure they are tender; if not, pressure cook for an additional 5 minutes. Place six shrimp on each of four skewers (arrange so the shrimp lay flat on skewer). Salt and pepper shrimp, then grill on both sides until fully cooked. Set aside until ready to use. To make salad, drain and rinse cooked beans in cold water until cooled completely. Place in large bowl along with tomatoes, avocado, parsley, basil, extra-virgin olive oil, and rice vinegar. Gently toss everything together. Don’t smash avocado. Salt and pepper to taste. Divide between four plates. Top with grilled shrimp skewers.

Chicken, Bacon, Avocado Ranch Lettuce Wrap

Chicken, Bacon, Avocado Ranch Lettuce Wrap

Chicken, Bacon, Avocado Ranch Lettuce Wrap

2 chicken breasts or thighs

1/2 beefsteak tomato, diced

1/2 avocado, diced

1/2 lb. bacon

Ranch dressing

Boston Bibb, romaine, or iceberg lettuce

1/4 C. chopped cilantro

1/2 lime

Salt and pepper for seasoning (or chili lime seasoning if you have it)

 

Start by seasoning the chicken with salt and pepper, then grill them (you could do stovetop as well). Meanwhile, bake your bacon on a foil lined cookie sheet at 420°. Start checking for doneness at 15 minutes but it will likely take closer to 20. I had used ends and pieces so they came already chopped, but if you use regular slab bacon crumble it up after it’s cooked. When the chicken is done, cut it up into bite sized pieces and mix the cilantro in. Wash the lettuce, and carefully remove each leaf so that it creates a boat, or C. to put the yumminess in. Now set all your ingredients out so people can build their own lettuce wrap. Squeeze the half a lime over the avocado, tomato, and chicken. Take the lettuce leaf, fill it with the bacon, avocado, tomato, and chicken. Then drizzle with ranch. Eat it like a taco and enjoy!

Bacon, Avocado, and Cheese Omelets with Tomato Salsa

Bacon, Avocado, and Cheese Omelets with Tomato Salsa

2/3 C. finely chopped seeded tomato

2 T. finely chopped red onion

1 pickled or fresh jalapeno chile, or to taste, seeded and minced (wear rubber gloves)

2 T. minced fresh coriander

1 T. fresh lime or lemon juice

4 large eggs

2 T. water

1 T. unsalted butter

3 slices of lean bacon, cooked and crumbled

1 small avocado (preferably California)

1/2 C. coarsely grated Monterey Jack (about 2 oz.)

 

In a small bowl stir together the tomato, the onion, the jalapeno, the coriander, the lime juice, and salt and pepper to taste until the salsa is combined well. In a bowl whisk together the eggs, the water, and salt and pepper to taste. In an 8-inch skillet, preferably non-stick, heat 1/2 T. of the butter over moderately high heat until the foam subsides, pour in half the egg mixture, tilting the skillet to spread the mixture evenly over the bottom, and cook it for 1 minute, or until it is almost set. Sprinkle half the omelet with half the bacon, half the avocado, peeled and cut into 1/2-inch pieces, and half the Monterey Jack and cook the omelet for 1 minute, or until it is set. Fold the omelet over the filling, transfer it to a plate, and keep it warm. Make another omelet in the same manner with the remaining butter, egg mixture, bacon, avocado, and Monterey Jack and serve the omelets with the salsa.

Chile-Rubbed Spatchcocked Chicken with Avocado Ranch Dressing

Chile-Rubbed Spatchcocked Chicken with Avocado Ranch Dressing

Chile-Rubbed Spatchcocked Chicken with Avocado Ranch Dressing

 

1 T. plus 1/2 tsp. kosher salt, plus more as needed

1 T. grated lime zest

1 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1/2 tsp. good chile powder, such as chipotle or New Mexico

1 spatchcocked chicken (4 1/2 to 5 pounds), patted dry with paper towels

1 avocado, pitted, peeled, and cubed

1 C. mixed soft herb leaves, such as tarragon, parsley, mint, and basil

1/4 C. buttermilk

3 T. extra-virgin olive oil

1 tsp. fresh lime juice

1 garlic clove, grated on a Microplane or minced

 

In a small bowl, stir together 1 T. of the salt, the lime zest, pepper, and chile powder if using. Rub this mixture generously over the chicken. Transfer the chicken, skin side up, to a rimmed baking sheet. Let it stand at room temperature for 30 minutes, or refrigerate, uncovered, for up to 24 hours. Heat the oven to 45O°F. Roast the chicken until it is just cooked through (the meat is no longer pink and the juices run clear), 40 to 55 minutes. Let the chicken rest on a cutting board for 10 minutes. While the chicken is resting, prepare the dressing: In a blender, combine the avocado, herbs, buttermilk, olive oil, lime juice, garlic, and remaining 1/2 tsp. salt. Puree until smooth. Taste, and add more salt, pepper, and/or lime juice as needed. Serve the chicken with the dressing alongside.