When you think of avocados, you might find that your mind goes straight to thoughts of guacamole and Cinco de Mayo. Yet avocados are much more versatile than the traditional Tex-Mex fare. Fortunately it seems that the world is beginning to wake up to all of the possibilities of avocados in the kitchen, but you might find it hard to think creatively about this intriguing fruit (yes, it’s a fruit).
The mild flavor of avocados pairs well with vegetables, beans, and just about any kind of meat, poultry or fish. For instance, if you froze leftover turkey from Thanksgiving, there is nothing better than a turkey, avocado and bacon Panini. Chopped avocado, tomato and onion are perfect when served over flank steak. And seafood is a natural pairing with avocados. I mean, fish tacos just wouldn’t be the same without their creamy goodness. I especially like to work with Hass avocados because they are easy to find, very economical, and really easy to use in cooking.
Additionally, avocados can be used at any meal…even breakfast. Avocado is delicious sliced or spread on toasted whole grain bread and topped with a sunny-side up egg. Yum!
But what I really love about avocados is their ability to serve as an alternative to butter, mayonnaise, and even oil. They are a nutritional powerhouse with nearly 20 vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients including potassium and vitamin C. Avocados contain carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin – a mouthful to say, but a real benefit to maintaining eye health as you age.
And most notably, avocados are a natural source of good fats, which can be a part of a heart-healthy diet and may help to reduce overall calories found in alternatives. Just what we all need this time of year! With all of the amazing benefits of avocado, how can you help but love one today?
This is why when I was asked about writing a promotional post about Hass avocados, I jumped at the chance. Any time I can promote something that I already believe in, it’s a no brainer that I spend some time spreading the word to you, my readers. The timing was perfect too, because I have been working on a post about appetizers for holiday parties and avocados are a stylish addition to any party menu.
When it comes to appetizers, you may have seen avocado deviled eggs on Pinterest recently, heard about seafood salad served in an avocado half, or possibly have tried an avocado, mango and shrimp skewer. All of these are completely yummy ideas. One appetizer that I have created pairing two hot food trends is my Avocado and Quinoa Endive Bites. I’m happy to share this simple recipe for your next party and hope that you’ll check back soon for more of my appetizer ideas.
Avocado and Quinoa Endive Bites
1 Hass avocado
½ cup cooked quinoa
½ teaspoon sriracha (hot chili sauce)
Pinch of salt
12 endive leaves
¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
In a small bowl, mash the avocado with a fork. Add quinoa and stir well to combine. Add sriracha and salt. Using a melon baller, place one small scoop of avocado quinoa mixture on the center of an endive leaf. Arrange leaves on a plate and sprinkle with smoked paprika. This recipe makes 12 bites, but is easily multiplied for a larger party.
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Although I did receive financial compensation for writing this post, all views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely and entirely my own and based on my own unique experiences. For nutrition information on avocados, please be sure to visit the LoveOneToday.com website.
Essentially, what is written here is what I believe in my head and heart – money keeps the lights on, but doesn’t control these fingers. I like to share what I know and what works for me, my clients, and my family so that you can live the life you crave!