I adore avocados. In fact, this love affair borders on addiction, but we won't talk about that.
I eat avocados every day. My husband laughs that between my, and now my mother-in-law's, love of the "alligator pear," our food budget consists, primarily, of avocados and figs.
It could be worse.
My adoration runs so deep that I experience avocado anxiety when we're down to our last one, fearing a deficit of perfectly ripe ones at the supermarket, or worse...
Avocado adoration can be difficult because you're always on the verge of disappointment, until you learn how to play the game.
The key is keeping some on hand ripening while you keep your perfectly ripe ones in the fridge to avoid spoiling. As you eat them, rotate in the ripe ones.
So, what do you do with all of these lovely avocados? Here are some ideas.
1. Avocado toast. Spread half of a ripe avocado onto a piece of multi grain toast. Salt and pepper to taste.
2. Add to a roll-up. Spread a wrap with 2 tablespoons of hummus and add 1/4 to 1/2 sliced avocado. Roll-up and enjoy!
3. Dice avocado onto your salad.
4. Top your scrambled eggs with salsa and diced avocado.
5. Guacamole...'nuff said. Mash with some fresh lime juice and salt and pepper. Consider adding some diced tomato or corn. Just about anything goes. Make it yours.
6. Grill it. Rub with olive oil and place on the grill, cut side down, about 5 minutes.
7. Bake it with an egg in the middle. Preheat your oven to 425. Scoop out just enough avocado to let the raw egg fit nicely. Add your egg in each half and bake 15-18 minutes, depending on size and desired level of done.
8. Mix diced avocado with black beans, corn, and diced mango for a cool summer salad. Add balsamic vinaigrette table-side.
9. Add to your smoothie with yogurt and fruit.
10. Grab a spoon and enjoy.
Avocados are good for you. Yes, they have fat, but it is heart-healthy mono-unsaturated fat. And it will keep you feeling full longer.
They are one of the safer conventionally grown foods because of their thick skin. They have anti-inflammatory properties and twice the potassium of a banana. Add fiber, vitamin E and B vitamins and you have yourself a super food.
If you haven't tried one lately, try one again. Worst case scenario, you still don't like it. But what if you do? Your heart will thank you.
Are you an avocado fan? What are your favorite ways to enjoy it?