Three Delicious and Quick Recipes Using the Good Fat Avocado

RECIPES


 Source |Foodie Factor

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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:

  • Plant-based protein

  • Oleic acid – the heart-healthy monounsaturated (good) fatty acid

  • Fiber

  • Vitamin K

  • Folate

  • Copper

  • Potassium

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 

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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!

INGREDIENTS

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.

DIRECTIONS

  • 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.

INGREDIENTS

  • 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

DIRECTIONS

  • 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.

INGREDIENTS

  • 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

DIRECTIONS

  • 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