My grocery store recently had avocados on sale, 10 for $10, plus buy 10 & get 1 free. So, yes, I stocked up on avocados! I have learned that the trick to buying avocados is to buy them hard and green. Let them ripen on your kitchen counter (it usually only takes a day or two) and then store them in the refrigerator, until ready to use. It's been nearly two weeks since I bought these and the ones that are left are still perfectly good.
Avocados are consistently on the lists of "healthiest foods" and for lots of good reasons! Some people stay away from them because of the fat content. But it's important to know that the fat in avocados is GOOD fat! They are made up of monounsaturated fatty acids, which means that the fat doesn't solidify in your body, but instead stays soft and pliable in your arteries. Then it can easily be used by the body, rather than hardening & clogging the arteries the way that saturated fats do. In addition to being good for your heart, they are good for you in so many other ways. Here's an interesting graphic from Dr. Axe:
There are many ways of using avocados: chopping it and adding to salads, slicing it and adding to sandwiches or hamburgers, dicing it and topping soups or chili, and of course the classic, guacamole. My very favorite is for salad dressing. Most people know that eating salads are a healthy way of getting more vegetables into your diet, but honestly salads can get boring after awhile! And I stayed away from salads for a long time because I didn't care for store-bought salad dressings. Here is some more interesting information from Dr. Axe's website.
So here is a jar of my favorite salad dressing. I have adapted it from a recipe I found in Kimberly Snyder's book, Beauty Detox Solution.
- 1 avocado, chopped
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1/4 cup water
- 1 Tbsp chopped cilantro
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 Tbsp lime juice
Simply mix well in a blender. It can be used as a dip or a dressing. I make at least one jar of this every week! It reminds me of ranch dressing, but without all of the bad fat and preservatives. Also, it is good as a substitute for mayonaise, especially on a BLT.
If you're wondering how I've used 11 avocados . . . . I chopped a couple of them to go on chili, I've made three jars of salad dressing, one bowl of guacamole, and made this recipe for chocolate mousse. I know, that may sound like a strange combination, but it was delicious! I made it for Pete, Caitlin, and the girls. I told Caitlin that it was made with avocados, but the others didn't question me about it. We ate the bowl in one sitting, thoroughly savoring every bite! I still have four avocados left and I plan to make guacamole to take to a game night at our church tomorrow night.
What is your favorite way to use avocados?