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Monday, August 20, 2012

Avocados They Aren't Just for Guacamole Anymore!: Healthy Eating

Source photo: http://www.johnson-center.org/blog/entry/149#.UCusHEITvUs
What is up with avocados? They are showing up in ice creams, in baked goods... Alton Brown had a Good Eats episode in which he claimed avocados can be used as an egg substitute in most dishes. Avocados  have become the "Vegan Egg." And why not? They are rich in 

  • Monounsaturated fats which can lower your cholesterol. 
  • Folate which aids in healthy tissue development.
  • Potassium which is essential for all cell functions.
  • Vitamin E an antioxidant which helps rid your body of cancer causing free radicals.
The list goes on... avocados are an incredibly healthy fruit. Below are some new and interesting ways to add more to your diet. Along with the recipes below check out The California Avocado Commission's website for more recipes and lot and lots of info about avocados. 


Avocado Brioche

Avocado Fudgesicle


Chocolate Avocado Fudge or Pudding

Weekly Menu Plan:

Sunday: Sausage with Peppers & Onions

Meatless Monday: Zucchini Tagliatelle

Tuesday: Grilled Chicken with Cafe Style Grated Carrot Salad and Indian Spiced Potato Salad.

Wednesday: Shrimp Corn Salad with Green Beans and Hot Peppers

Thursday: Stuffed Shells and a Green Salad

Friday: Farmer's Market Find

Saturday: Spicy Crab Cakes with Brown Rice and Broccoli

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12 comments:

  1. Hi Diane
    What a wonderful surprise :) Thanks sooooooooooooo much for including my Avocado-Brioche in your post.
    I very honored :)

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  2. I love the idea of your weekly menu plan. I try to do this all the time but I end up changing my mind about what sounds good later in the week. It is always a good thought!

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    1. It's great you shop more efficiently and you can always switch meals around because you have all of the ingredients on hand.

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  3. Great info! Unfortunately, we don't have avocado here in Pakistan! These recipes look great!

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  4. I enjoy avacados. Some other ways that I like to prepare them are to use them in hot sandwiches and to make guacamole to use in place of salad dressings on a salad. When using them on a hot sandwich, I like to place a couple of slices of cheese, usually munster or swiss, of the bread and then add sliced avacados. I then drizzle either honey or honey mustard dressing on top of the avacados and then cook the sandwich on a griddle.

    Thanks for posting about avacados. Also, I changed the name of my blog this week. I am no longer Jam's Corner. I am now This Gal Cooks. I linked a few recipes to your party last week and the links might not work since I changed my domain name. Going forward, my new web address is www.thisgalcooks.com

    I hope you have a fabulous afternoon. I really enjoy reading your blog. :)

    Julie

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    1. Great suggestions for avocados... I really love eating them too. I don't recall having any problem getting to your website. I like the new name and I also enjoy your blog. thanks for stopping by.

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  5. Thank you Diane for including my chocolate avocado fudge! All of those recipes look fabulous! I will definitely have to try using them as an egg substitute sometime too.

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  6. If you do let me know how it works out.

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  7. Thank you for including my shrimp dish. While I enjoy avocados, I've never had the courage to branch out beyond typical uses. That fudge pop and fudge (see a theme?) have me interested.

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  8. I have done well with the avocado website and made some delicious dishes. You inspire me to make more.

    I will probably not be linking up until the Jewish holidays are over in mid October. I plan to return with some good dishes that I hope to make for the holidays.

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    1. So glad you were inspired. We I worked at a Yeshiva I loved eating outside during Sukkot. Enjoy the holidays. See you soon.

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