1 large, ripe avocado
14 oz chickpeas, drained and rinsed
1-2 garlic cloves, peeled
2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 tablespoon tahini
1 tablesppon olive oil
Pinch of sumac or paprika
Place the avocado, 90% of the chickpeas, garlic, lemon juice and tahini in a food processor and blend until smooth and creamy, scraping down the sides if you need to.
Serve in a bowl with some oil drizzled on top, chickpeas for garnish, and the sumac or paprika sprinkled on top. Serve with crackers, pretzels, or sliced veggies.
* Recipe adapted from NotQuiteNigella.com
Are you still under the influence of the 1980s When big hair, rolled jeans and those little blue characters were on Saturday morning television We ditched those trends (thankfully) but one trend from the eighties continues — low-fat diets.
Is this such a bad thing Well, it can be because it makes us afraid of trying foods that are higher in healthy fat. As your nutrition expert, I am here to tell you that healthy fat is where it’s at.
And healthy fat can come from a little fruit in the produce aisle.
Avocados are a great source of healthy fat and other nutrients. Here is just a peek at what a serving (one-fifth) of an avocado provides: — Monounsaturated fats to help lower your blood cholesterol…
Read the full article from the Austin Daily Herald HERE
1 piece of broccoli (if you have a stalk of broccoli you can use)
1 handful of oak leaves lettuce
2 carrots (juice)
2 sprigs of parsley
1 pinch of ginger or cinnamon
Wash all vegetables. Place carrots, broccoli and apple in the juicer. Start the juicer and keep the juice. Peel the avocado.
In a blender, put the avocado, oak leaves and parsley. Mix. Add vegetable juice. Stop the blender to mix the salad that may sometimes stick against the side of blender. The smoothie is ready when the mixture is smooth.
Sprinkle with cinnamon or ginger.
The smoothie like juices, is served immediately. Indeed, its properties will quickly oxidize in contact with air.
*Recipe adapted from TastingGoodNaturally.com
1 cup sweetened condensed milk
2 medium-firm ripe Hass avocados, peeled, pitted and cut into chunks
2 to 3 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup sugar, for topping
Place the condensed milk and avocados into a food processor and process until the mixture is velvety smooth, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the lemon juice 1 tablespoon at a time, and pulse for a few more seconds after each addition.
At this point, taste the avocado cream to check if the lemon juice is giving the right balance. I usually use 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice and add a drop or two more, if necessary.
Using a rubber spatula, scrape the mixture into four ramekins, making sure it is nice and flat inside the ramekin. Chill for 4 hours in the refrigerator.
Right before serving, spread a thin layer of sugar evenly over the top of each custard.
Ignite the torch to medium. Melt the sugar by moving the flame back and forth across the custard while maintaining a distance of 2 inches between the flame and the surface. The sugar will melt, bubble, then turn into a golden caramel. In less than a minute, it will harden to a delicious crust. Allow to cool for 3 to 5 minutes before serving. Do not brûlée the dessert more than 20 minutes in advance of serving.
*Recipe adapted from Food Republic
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 tbsp. cornmeal
1 tsp. baking soda
1 tsp. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
3 eggs, separated
1/2 cup mashed avocado (about one small avocado)
1 cup buttermilk
1 tbsp. honey
Combine dry ingredients in a bowl. Set aside.
Combine egg yolks, avocado, buttermilk, and honey in a blender, and puree until smooth. Set aside.
Beat egg whites until stiff peaks form. Combine avocado mixture with dry ingredients, mixing until just combined, then add one-quarter of the egg whites to the mix. Fold batter into remaining egg whites until what results is a fluffy pale green batter cloud.
Cook in waffle maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.
Serve with maple syrup and fresh fruit if desired.
*Recipe adapted from EmVandee.wordpress.com
On May 5, 1862, the Mexican Army, against all odds, defeated French forces in the Battle of Puebla. On Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for the 5th of May), many Mexicans around the world celebrate their Mexican ancestry and people of all backgrounds can take the time to appreciate Mexican culture. Here’s how to enjoy the festivities
Learn about the significance of Cinco de Mayo. Lots of people think it’s Mexico’s Independence Day, but that’s on September 16. The Battle of Puebla wasn’t a turning point in the Mexican and French conflict, as the French invasion succeeded the following year. The significance of the Battle of Puebla is that Mexico was the underdog; at that time, the French Army was considered the greatest military force on the globe, having remained undefeated for 50 years. The Mexican forces were outnumbered (4,500 vs. 6,040) yet after being attacked, they suffered far fewer losses (83 Mexicans died, 462 French died). Talk about beating the odds!
Indulge in Mexican cuisine. For a more authentic experience, steer clear of Mexican fast food chains like Taco Bell and Pollo Loco. Go for an authentic Mexican meal, rather than Tex Mex (“Texas Mexican,” or Americanized Mexican food). For example, did you know that nachos are rarely eaten in Mexico? And that no one puts cheddar cheese in their tacos or tostadas? Here are a few ideas to get you started:
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Paradise Grove Avocados also has lots of recipe suggestions at their site for those who may need new ideas of how to incorporate avocados into your diet. Chocolate Avocado Mousse! Yes, please!!! Who knew how sweet and versatile avocados could be??!!
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About 14 million pounds of avocados are consumed each year on May 5th during Cinco de Mayo festivities.
Cinco de Mayo (Spanish for “fifth of May”) is a celebration held on May 5. It is celebrated in the United States and regionally in Mexico, primarily in the state of Puebla,where the holiday is called El Día de la Batalla de Puebla (English: The Day of the Battle of Puebla).It originated with Mexican-American communities in the American West as a way to commemorate the cause of freedom and democracy during the first years of the American Civil War, and today the date is observed in the United States as a celebration of Mexican heritage and pride.
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