Clever and Delicious Ways to Use Avocado
Avocados are a powerhouse of nutrients that can help your long-term health. Apart from olives, avocado is the only fruit that contains ‘good’ monounsaturated fat, which protects against heart disease and helps lower blood pressure.
With just 22 percent total fat, much lower than butter or mayo, it’s a healthier toast topping or sandwich spread. The healthy fats in avocado help our body absorb the nutrients from other foods.
If the avocado yields to firm, gentle pressure, you know it's ripe and ready-to-eat!
Ripe, ready to eat avocados may have a darker color but color can vary so it is best to also gently feel it. It will feel lightly soft but it will not feel “mushy” to the touch. Ripe fruit is perfect for that day.
Here, we share 5 of the very best ways to incorporate this fruit bowl hero into your menu every day.
1. Add them to scrambled eggs
Perhaps the easiest way to use a ripe avocado is by simply mashing the flesh, whisking it with eggs and cooking up the mixture up in a frying pan.
2. Get Baking
Avocado is high in (good) fat and has a creamy, velvety texture. In baking, avocado can replace butter, and sometimes even eggs. It makes desserts incredibly moist and rich while contributing to their overall health benefits...
3. Salad Dressing
Combine equal parts mashed avocado flesh and plain yogurt, add a pinch of cumin, a pinch of chili powder, and salt to taste. Enjoy over greens.
4. Chocolate Pudding
5. Creamy Pasta
Sauté onions and garlic with your choice of herbs and spices; then stir in some chopped olives, fresh diced tomatoes, and ripe avocado. Simmer until flavours combine and sauce thickens, then top pasta.
HOW TO FREEZE AVOCADO
If you have more avocados than you know what to do with, freeze them.
There are two ways to freeze and store avocados: either halved or puréed.
- Wash the avocado, skin still on.
- Cut the fruit in half, and peel.
- If you decide to halve it, wrap the halves separately (sans pit) in plastic wrap, then put into a resealable bag that you've labelled dated. Simply freeze.
- If you decide to purée it, either mash the avocado with a fork or in a food processor with a little bit of lime or lemon juice or white vinegar. Then store in a resealable bag or an airtight container and freeze.
You can keep avocado frozen for up to five or six months. Once thawed, the fruit is a bit mushy but frozen avocado works perfectly well for making guacamole, dressings, spreads, and chocolate mousse!