All About Avocados + 9 Avocado Recipes

All About Avocados + 9 Avocado Recipes

One of our favorite summer ingredients is the avocado! Flavorful, creamy, and full of healthy fats, avocados are perfect for desserts, dips, salsas, salads, sandwiches, and more! Get some great avocado tips and recipes in this article; we’ll answer all your burning questions about this fun ingredient!

How do I pick a good avocado? 
If you’re looking for a ripe, ready-to-use avocado, squeeze the avocado and see if the flesh yields slightly.  You don’t want an avocado that feels mushy, but you want to be soft.  Generally, the darker the avocado, the more ripe it is.  Bright green avocados probably need time to ripen, while dark green avocados are usually ripe or almost ripe.  Avoid ones with a dark brownish coloring, as they may be overripe.  Also avoid avocados that have cracked or sunken spots.  If you pick a firm, unripe avocado, it may take about 3 to 5 days for it to ripen.  You can slow the ripening process by placing avocados in the refrigerator, if desired.

How can I stop avocado from browning?

If you only use a portion of an avocado and you’d like to save the rest for later use, there are several ways you can prevent the avocado from browning.  First, you can wrap the avocado tightly in plastic wrap or aluminum foil before storing it.  You can also try placing the avocado in a small dish of lemon juice to avoid browning.  If you want to prevent homemade guacamole from browning, store it with an avocado pit. 

What are the health benefits of avocados?
While avocados contain a great deal of fat, it is primarily monounsaturated fat, which actually lowers your bad cholesterol and raises your good cholesterol.  Avocados are also a great source of fiber and potassium.   

What are some avocado recipes I should try?
Try avocados in everything from salsas and sauces to main courses!  Here are some of our favorite avocado recipes:

Avocado Burritos
: This great quick no cook summer dinner is so yummy. My husband and 2 teen aged boys love it. Great to make for lunches too!
Avocado & Orange Salad: This summer salad is amazing. The mixture of orange and avocados is splendid!
Avocado Basil Chicken Breasts: Easy and delicious, a perfect choice for your family dinner.
Avocado Toast: These avocado toasts make a great appetizer! You can use any bread you enjoy but this is especially good on whole or cracked wheat bread. The celery salt is a must!

Guacamole Dip: This classic dip is always a winner – you can't go wrong!
Avocado Mango Salsa: This refreshing salsa screams summer - bring it to the family picnic or just enjoy it on the front porch.
Avocado and Tomato Cream Sauce: Try this yummy cream sauce over your favorite pasta!

Avocado Bean Cups: This fun appetizer is healthy and delicious!
Bacon Avocado-Grilled Cheese Sandwiches: My go-to meal for summer. Quick, easy and delicious!

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