Thursday, June 18, 2009

Avocados...more than just guacamole

Don't get me wrong, I love guacamole (even posted my recipe below, which is the best I've had - not that I'm biased!), but sometimes an avocado is worth more than a tasty dip. Thus, I set out on a trek to find alternate uses for this creamy fruit, and was pleasantly surprised by what I came across.

If these recipes don't strike your fancy check out the California Avocado Commission for additional recipes. Also, Women's Health Magazine has a great article on the best fitness foods for women and guess what's number one on the list....avocado!

Grilled Chicken with Avocado Corn Salsa

1 ear corn, roasted (or 2 cups canned)
1 large avocado, diced
1/4 cup minced red onion
1/4 cup minced red or orange bell pepper
1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
2 dashes hot pepper sauce
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
3 tablespoons fresh chopped cilantro
1 tablespoon lime juice

Cut the kernels off the cob and mix together with all the remaining ingredients. Keep covered and refrigerated. I put the avocado pit in the salsa to keep it from turning brown.

4 boneless chicken breasts
1 cup lemon juice
Olive oil as needed
Salt and pepper

Preheat grill or a grill pan.
Season chicken with olive oil, salt and pepper. Brush with lemon juice. Grill 10 to 15 minutes total on a hot grill, turning 3 times. Top with Avocado Corn Salsa.

I served this with steamed white rice and black beans with some fresh cilantro mixed in.

Recipe courtsey of Food Network.

3 ripe Avocados, peeled & pitted
1 medium sweet onion, finely chopped
1 medium tomato, seeded & finely chopped
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
Garlic salt to taste

Mash avocado, add onions, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Beat until creamy. Gently fold in tomato. Add garlic salt to taste. Cover and refrigerate until served.

1 comment:

  1. Oh yum. Now I'm hungry, but need to go to bed ;P