By: Elizabeth Katsion, Student Nutritionist
Avocados grow from February to September, but have their peak over the summer months. To take advantage of the nutritional benefits and deliciousness of these fruits (yes they are indeed fruits because of their seed) try a few of these recipes that utilize avocados in unique ways.
1. Substituting avocados for mayo in your Chicken or Egg Salads: Mayonnaise is a condiment made of egg yolks, oil and vinegar and usually you either love it or hate it. For those that are not on Team Mayonnaise, substituting mashed avocado into your salad recipes can add numerous vitamins and minerals (like Vitamins K, E, and C) and fatty acids to your dish. Packing in a nutritional punch to your classic recipe, like this chicken one or this egg one!
2. Substituting avocados for butter in brownies: Avocados are very similar to butter in consistency and "melts" in the same fashion. Especially in baked goods, avocados can be substituted for butter and still maintains the desserts creamy texture. Here is a recipe for brownies that are made densely of avocados, honey, and cacao powder! A simpler and healthier version of the traditional brownie. You can make them even more decadent with this avocado chocolate frosting found here.
3. Using avocado slices instead of potato wedges as a "fried" side dish: French fries are undoubtedly my favorite food, however a baked avocado version can help lower your oil intake while boosting the fiber and potassium found in the avocados. This recipe coats avocado slices in breadcrumbs and baked in the oven. This can help satisfy your french fry obsession and lead to a new love. Try the recipe here!
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