Three Delicious and Quick Recipes Using the Good Fat Avocado
Regarded as the good fat, Avocados are a delicious, healthy treat for those guacamole, spicy tacos, chili nachos, rice bowls, and so much more. If you ever need more monounsaturated goodness, consider the oily berry fruit as an accessory to the best dressed entrée, in moderation. About 1 to 2 slices of a medium sized avocado should be sufficient for a daily intake!
The beloved avocado is an astounding superfood loaded with the following:
Oleic acid – the heart-healthy monounsaturated (good) fatty acid
This type of unprocessed fat derived from a plant source is a great addition to well-rounded, balanced diet because they assist with absorption of the vitamins like A, D, K, E and fat-soluble antioxidant nutrients.
There are so many ways to use avocados so eat them as regularly as you can. Add them to your salad with a bit of sea salt and lemon juice for taste. In addition, you can add them in a green smoothie for a creamier base and a boost of nutrients.
Great for the summer months, avocado is part of the pitta dosha foods according to the Ayurvedic practice. To learn more on how to incorporate eating for the summer months for better digestion, check out my previous post!
Jam packed with taste, nutrition and easy preparation, here are my favorite avocado lunches or dinner recipes for you to try:
Zucchini Noodles & Avocado Sauce
One of most favorite recipes to whip up because it literally takes ten minutes to do. Plus it's so filling and flavorful, you'll forget it is actually very healthy!
For the sauce:
1 Hass Avocado, ripened
4-5 small grape tomatoes
1 tbsp minced garlic
1/4 cup white onion, chopped
1 tbsp lime juice
Salt and pepper, to taste
For the noodles- just 2 zucchinis! Use a spiralizer to create the noodles. Use 1 zucchini for one person.
Combine all the sauce ingredients in a bowl
Transfer the ingredients to a blender and blend
Set mixture aside
Spiralize the zucchini to create the noodles
You can steam the noodles or serve it raw
Place the noodles into a bowl and pour half of the sauce mixture over the noodles
Stir and well combine
Top with some more grape tomatoes or fresh basil. Enjoy!
Cool Avocado Summer Salad
This salad is low in calories yet filling on the flavors. It has five fresh, plant-based ingredients and delivers the perfect combo of heart-healthy fats, proteins and complex carbs.
1/2 Hass Avocado
1 ½ cup quinoa, cooked
¼ small Serrano pepper (for some taste but totally optional)
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
¼ cup of sesame or sunflower seeds for garnish
Sea salt and pepper, for taste
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
For ten minutes, simmer the quinoa with olive oil and sea salt
Set aside the quinoa. As it cools, chop up the avocado and sprinkle a bit of lemon juice
Chop up the Serrano pepper (optional step) and add to the quinoa in addition to the chopped avocado
Sprinkle on some sesame or sunflower seeds and you got a nutrient-filled lunchbox meal on the go!
Mediterranean Avocado Salad with Chickpeas
This is another great recipe for your lunchbox. This dish is bright with cool, ultra yummy and deliciously fresh, kind of hard not to take a bite! Served hot or cold, depending on your preference.
2 cups chickpeas, cooked
½ Fresh Hass Avocado
½ Cucumbers, chopped and raw
1 or 2 Scallions, chopped
1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
Juice of a half of lemon
Fresh cilantro, chopped (about a ¼ cup)
Sea salt and pepper for taste
Gather and mix all the ingredients in a bowl
If you are serving it fresh, serve it immediately or if you desired a cooler taste, refrigerate for an hour before serving