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Creative Ways to Eat an Avocado

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Avocados are hands down my fave food! I can eat them by themselves, or put them on anything. When I was pregnant with Stella and Hattie I ate an avocado a day. They’re so good for you, and now both of my girls are equally obsessed with them. But seriously, who doesn’t love avocado? Not only are they delicious, but they’re super healthy for you too. Avocados have the “good kind of fat” in them (meaning that the fat in them can lower your cholesterol), which makes eating them a win-win. The rich, yet subtle flavor of the avocado is the perfect complement to sandwiches, salads and salsas – but did you know that the buttery fruit has much more to offer than these go-to pairings? You’d be amazed at all the different ways it can work, so to shake it up a bit, here are a few out-of-the-box ways to use the delicious green fruit:

Avocado Fries from Dine & Dish

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Ingredients

  • Canola oil for frying
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt, plus more to taste
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1 1/4 cups panko (Japanese breadcrumbs)
  • 2 firm-ripe avocados, cut into 1/2-inch wedges

Directions

  1. Pour oil to depth of 1 1/2 inches in a medium saucepan or Dutch oven. Heat to 375° over medium-high heat.
  2. Meanwhile, combine flour and salt in a shallow plate. Put eggs and panko in separate shallow plates. Dip avocado wedges in flour, shaking off excess. Dip in egg, and then dredge in panko to coat.
  3. Fry avocado wedges, in batches, 30 to 60 seconds or until golden brown, and drain on paper towels. Place on a baking sheet in a 200° oven to keep warm while frying remaining wedges. Sprinkle with additional salt to taste.

Eggs in Avocado Slices from Apron Strings

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Ingredients

  • 1 avocado, sliced and pitted but not peeled
  • 1 egg per each avocado slice
  • Butter or Olive Oil spray for skillet
  • Salt and pepper to season

Directions

  1. Heat a non-stick skillet to medium low heat. Lightly spray with oil.
  2. Slice an avocado with the skin ON lengthwise, forming one thick slice in the middle. Remove the seed and use a small cookie cutter to make a hole in the center of your thick slice.
  3. Place the avocado slice in the pan. Crack a medium-sized egg into the center of the hole. Cover and cook for a minute or two, until the egg is as you like it. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

Avocado Deviled Eggs from Eating Well Living Thin

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Ingredients

  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 medium avocado, diced small
  • 3 tablespoons mayonnaise
  • 2 teaspoons freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • Salt to taste

Directions

  1. Cut boiled eggs in half lengthwise and carefully scoop out yolks.
  2. Mash yolks with a fork. Stir in diced avocados, mayonnaise, lemon juice, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and salt to taste.
  3. Fill egg whites with yolk mixture and place on a serving plate. Sprinkle with cayenne or fresh, chopped parsley.

Tori’s Tip: Make this close to serving as avocado could brown!

Avocado Cheesecake Cookies from Angie’s Recipes

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Ingredients

  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ avocado, mashed
  • ½ cup cream cheese
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon poppy seeds
  • 1 cup All-Purpose flour
  • ½ teaspoon Baking soda

Directions

  1. Line 2-3 baking trays with paper. Cream butter, mashed avocado, cream cheese, and sugar together. Add lemon juice and poppy seeds, and beat until light and fluffy.
  2. Add in flour, baking soda and mix until incorporated. Fill a piping bag fitted with a star tip half full with cookie batter and pipe out cookies onto the prepared trays. Alternatively you can use a cookie gun to press any desired patterned cookies.
  3. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Bake for 12-15 minutes until the cookies are lightly golden. Transfer them on the wire rack to cool.

My mouth is watering just thinking about these delicious treats! And while all of these look beyond amazing, I have to admit that my favorite way to eat an avocado is to slice it in half, sprinkle salt on it, and eat it with a spoon right from the shell!

And before I go, one more quick tip: If you’re into making shakes, try throwing in some avocado – it’s a great way to add in some (good) fat while getting the thickness that you desire without using ice cream.

Now tell me… What’s your favorite (and most creative) way to eat an avocado?

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Sources: dineanddish.net, apronstringsblog.com, eatingwelllivingthin.com, angiesrecipes.com

  • JenK

    Pure & Naked……the avocado….but I suppose eating one while being naked would be creative….. :)

  • Susana

    @JenK~ Thanks for putting a smile on my face ;) I love Avocados as well and I have it with just salt and pepper. The deviled eggs will be great for my family’s Labor day party and the fries will be a great addition for finger foods or an after school snack. Absolutely Yum.

  • Kristine Glover

    Love the cookie idea…I can’t wait to make those for my kids! My kids dislike anything that is a green veggie so I’m always looking for ways to be a sneaky chef. I, on the other had, love avocados! Thanks so much for the great recipes!

  • Meredith B

    I’ve made those avocado fries before and they are divine! They are a great for alternative vegetarian tacos with a little pico de gallo.

    ::Helpful tip:: It’s easier to handle the avocados when they are a few days unripe. They stay intact and don’t get mushy!

  • gloria ridgway

    wow im so stoked to try all of those recipes! im thinking i will start with the avocado and eggs for breaky! sweet thank you!

  • tessa lane

    My favorite is also a recipe discovered on Pinterest. It’s a pasta sauce made with avocados! Basically you just put the avocado in a blender with lemon juice, garlic, red pepper flakes, salt, pepper and fresh cilantro … blend it up and mix it into any pasta. Takes about 5 minutes and it’s amazing! My girls love it, even though my middle daughter always asks to eat the “super gross green stuff.” ??? ha!

  • Kiara Ramirez

    I love plain avocados! when I’m very busy and have no time for lunch, I eat an avocado with a tomato or tuna and it’s heavenly…… Nothing compares to the taste of an avocado.

  • Marcie Lynn Florance

    My mouth waters as I read this and now that I am writing!! Thanks for the alternative, delish. ideas!! I will try each one!

  • Manda Dieter

    I love avocados. And I think I love them more thanks to pinterest. I have a board just for them: http://pinterest.com/the1inplaid/avocado-yes-please/ Thanks for sharing yours. hope you enjoy mine. And btw the spinach avocado goat cheese grilled sandwhich is great w/regular cheese!

  • Ashley Taylor

    My four year-old recently developed a deep love for all things avocado so I am definitely looking into these recipes for her! Thank you! :)

    http://www.thedoseofreality.com/2012/05/31/the-dose-of-realitys-summer-reading-giveaway/

  • Lemon Meringue

    My favourite way to eat an avocado (besides the obvious Guacamole which I ADORE) is absolutely not creative but mouthwatering good, the French way: take a ripe and soft avocado, slice it in two and take the stone out, leave the skin on. Just drizzle some good quality olive oil on it, s&p to taste and than use some rustic, crusty bread to spoon the avocado out of its skin. Okay, you cannot even call this a recipe but it is sooooo gooood!

    Definitely gonna try the sliced avocado & egg and ofcourse the Cheesecake Cokkies (wouldn’t every mother with veggiefrightened and anti-green kids?)

  • Kathleen Doane

    I have a recipe for mixing mayo with shrimp and mandarin oranges and spooning it into the avocado halfs. Really yummy. But I have some ideas for things that can be added in to spice it up a bit. Choose from any of the following: Cajun seasoning, green onions, garlic, dill etc or just plain is really good. I even plan to cut up the avocados sometime and mix with the rest of the ingredients and put it on green leaf lettuce. Crab might be nice as well.

  • Lindsay

    Here is a fantastic way to eat chocolate and avocado! Sounds weird, I know but this can be eaten as a mousse, topped with fruit or frosting for cupcakes.

    Vegan Chocolate Mousse

    2 C ripe avocado (takes about two large)
    1/4 C raw honey, syrup, agave or date paste (dates pureed with a little water) or a mixture of them
    1-2 t vanilla extract
    1/8 t sea salt
    3/4 C cocoa powder


    In a food processor or blender, blend all ingredients until smooth and creamy.

    Top with fresh fruit if desired. Or chill and use as icing for cupcakes!

  • Angela Litterio

    Hi Tori,

    As a health nut, avocados are a staple at my house. A simple dinner of jasmine rice and black beans (with other added ingridents) topped with sliced avocado is delish. My next test will be switching the bananas in my banana bread to avocados. The recipe will be posted on my blog – Couture and Cannoli Cafe. Hope you’ll have a moment to check it out! Will let you know when it’s posted! And CONGRATS to Dean for the launch of his site!

  • Marta molla molto

    aqui en las Islas Canarias es muy utilizado, hay plantaciones de aguacate, y recetas hay muchas, desde un simple sandwich de aguacate y huevo duro, tomate en finas rodajas con aguacate y anchoas, aguacates rellenos de langostinos, pi

  • Freda DeOrellana

    I am lucky enough to live in Panama six months out of the year and due to the tropical weather the avacados can grow as large as a baby’s head! I cant wait to try the fried avacado. Thanks

  • Anna De Leon

    What fantastic recipes! I’m excited to try them all and if I can get my ‘anti-green’/veggiephoebic’ (thanks to Lemon Meringue for that excellent kid reference) grandchildren to try them, then I will have ‘climbed up and over the mountain’ of trying to get something healthy in their systems. On another note, please pass along my infinite gratitude to your wonder husband, Dean, for all of his support with Autism Speaks. My grandson, Joshua, had the wonderful opportunity of being able to take a picture with Dean at last year’s “Ride for Autism” which started off at Laidlaw’s Harley Davidson in Baldwin Park, CA.

    LOVE your new show, Craft Wars, and even though I am not always able to watch it I love being able to catch up on the episodes I missed through the internet.

  • Shannon L

    I love Avocados, I simply cut one in half, take out the pit, pour some of my favorite salsa in the “hole, sprinkle some salt and pepper, and eat with a spoon.

    Our family also loves ABC sandwiches, Avocado, bacon and cheese, of course I always add tomato and lettuce to mine as well.