For Love of an Avocado

Avocado

Oh dear sweet avocado. I love this little fruit. Stephen and I have a baby avocado plant at home (Avi). Avi is 2 years old and grown from seed by Stephen’s grandmother. We’re hoping by next summer Avi will start producing delicious fruit for us to enjoy! So, allow me to go on a little about this beautiful fruit.

Besides its subtle, sweet flavor and silky texture, one virtue of the avocado is that only one-sixth of it’s fat is saturated, which is a much smaller portion than in meats, butter, cheese or even sour cream. The texture of a ripe avocado is actually a lot like butter. If you have a ripe avocado hanging around and you’re guacamole’d out, try using it instead of butter on your morning toast or bagel with a slice of tomato! You can also try avocado instead of cheese on your lunch sandwich. Try sprouted grains bread with tomato, watercress and avocado (add some turkey if you roll with the animal protein).
Avocado is also fabulous in salads!! My friend Missy (who is raw and fabulous) gave me this kale and avocado salad recipe when I was on the 21 day Vegan challenge. It blew my taste buds away. Try it!!
Kale Salad
a head kale (any variety), shredded
1 cup tomato, diced
1 cup avocado, chopped
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 tablespoons lemon juice
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cayenneIn a mixing bowl toss all ingredients together, squeezing as you mix to wilt the kale and cream the avocado. Dig in and squeeze it with your hands…I think food tastes so much better when you play with it first. ;-)
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6 thoughts on “For Love of an Avocado

  1. Love avacados! I grew one 2 summers ago from the seed center, I put it in a bag with water in the sun and it sprouted, then I planted it and it grew to like 3 ft..then I put my sister in charge of it when I was out of town and she killed it, I was so upset. Ill have to try again. That recipe looks great!

  2. I LOVE that you named your avocado plant! Hehe. I am a big fan of avocados too – I’m from the Caribbean and growing up we would always play under huge avocado trees in the gardens, and they would grow to the size of my head! Now when I go to the supermarket in Canada I’m like “they’re so tiny!” but they’re still just as yummy :)

    • Avi is my pal! I talk to him all the time, he’s exploding this spring! I hope we get fruit this year :)

      It must have been bliss to be able to pick avocados in your back yard! I dream of that…and pineapples and grapefruit!! :)

      Thanks for stopping by!

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