An ode to avocados, plus some healthy avocado recipes

  I love avocados. I love them on sandwiches, I love them in salads (green or grain), I love them as soup toppers, I love them in sushi. Sliced avocado seems to make just about anything better, and guacamole... well. That just goes without saying. And while I don't typically use avocados in dessert or […]

avocadomango.jpg

 

I love avocados. I love them on sandwiches, I love them in salads (green or grain), I love them as soup toppers, I love them in sushi. Sliced avocado seems to make just about anything better, and guacamole… well. That just goes without saying. And while I don’t typically use avocados in dessert or sweet-themed recipes, the salad pictured at left, Avocado and Mango with Yogurt, Honey and Lime, is definitely tempting me.

The trouble with avocados, though, is timing. If you’ve ever wanted last-minute fresh avocado, you know what I mean. They’re a lot less desirable when everyone who visited the grocery store that week has already squeezed them to test for ripeness. So what I try to do is pick up a green avocado or two just about every time I’m buying groceries, so there’s always a steady stream of ripening avocados in my kitchen.

I think one of my favourite avocado recipes, which isn’t really one at all as I modified it to add the avocado, is a quinoa corn salad from the Rebar Cookbook. I don’t have it on hand, but I believe the ingredients include cooked quinoa, corn kernels, chopped bell peppers, chives and green onion and a dressing of lime and lemon juice—plus I mix in a chopped avocado. It’s a great summer side dish.

Here are a few more of our best healthy avocado recipes for you to try:

Avocado and Chicken Club Sandwich
Avocado and Shrimp Cups
Broiled Salmon with Avocado-Mango Salsa
Smoked Trout and Pasta Salad
Avocado Carpaccio with Wild Blueberry Cottage Cheese Mix

How do you like to serve avocados?

Image courtesy California Avocado Commission

Don’t miss a single Best Health Blog post—subscribe today via RSS or email!

Secrets to Staying Healthy & Happy

Booze and your breasts

A study presented over the weekend at the annual meeting of the American Association for Cancer Research is one of the largest of its kind of find a link between drinking and breast cancer. Based on data from more than 184,000 women, the study found that even moderate drinking – one or two drinks per […]

PMS_18

Premenstrual Syndrome (PMS)

If misery loves company, PMS sufferers are an empathetic crowd. But by taking a proactive approach to this recurring condition’starting with diet and exercise’you may be able to eliminate the physical and emotional toll it takes.

Are you making the most of your life?

A friend recently commented to me about his vision of an interesting life. He viewed life as your own personal essay, and that the things you do (or don’t do) add to it. He pointedly asked me if I was adding to my story. A very good question and it has stuck with me. It […]

eat_well_hero

Gifts for eating well

Need the perfect gift for the foodie or aspiring gourmet on your list? Spoil them with these gifts for the kitchen