Why is Avocado Good for Me?
Avocado is full of healthy fats and fibre. It is also nutrient-dense with more potassium than bananas. It helps to lower risk factors of heart disease. Pregnant women will be pleased to know that it contains high levels of folate which are needed for fetal brain development. These are only a few of the reasons why avocados are a superfood. Read about more health benefits to eating avocado.
How Do I Know When an Avocado is Ripe?
When a Hass avocado is ripe, it will give a bit when you press on it. It will also change colour from a vibrant green to a dark brown/purple. You don’t want to open it when it is hard because it will taste vegetal and slightly bitter. You can also check the stem to see if it is ripe as well. If the brown stem on the top of the avocado comes off easily and you see a vibrant green colour inside, the avocado is probably ripe. If it isn’t ripe yet, leave it next to some bananas to ripen faster.
How Do I Prepare and Eat and Avocado?
Once you know your avocado is ripe you can cut it down the middle around the stone. To pull the halves apart, twist and pull. To take the stone out of one of the halves, stick the blade of a knife in the stone, twist and pull the stone out. Be careful when taking the stone off the knife! For a visual explanation, watch this video.
You can eat avocado right out of its shell plain or with a bit of salt and pepper. It can also be eaten as a dessert by sprinkling some brown sugar on top.
If eating avocado from the shell isn’t appealing, peel off the shell gently making sure not to squeeze the ripe avocado. The shell should come off quite easily if the avocado is ripe. From there you can cut it into thin slices, mash it into a guacamole recipe, make it into a smoothie or cut it into pieces to throw in a salad. The choices are endless.
As not to overwhelm anyone with too many choices, here are three avocado recipes: one for breakfast, one for lunch and one for dinner. They are simple and easy to make.
Breakfast – Baked eggs in Avocado sprinkled with green onions and red peppers
Wellness Mama has done it best with her quick breakfast recipe that you can just throw into the oven while you get your kids ready or whatever task you need to get done before you head out the door.
Lunch – Grilled cheese with sharp Cheddar, Pepper Jack and avocado
Take a Bite blog has put together a mouth-watering grilled cheese and avocado toastie and has included step by step visual instructions for a fail-free and delicious lunch.
Dinner – Spaghetti with Avocado and Bottarga
This recipe was inspired by leftovers and about-to-expire products that my husband bought in an attempt to ‘try a new recipe.’
The result is a creamy, rich pasta balanced perfectly with the saltiness and fishy flavour of the bottarga (dried tuna roe). Cherry tomatoes were added in the end to round out the flavours.
- Single Serving:
- 80g of Spaghetti
- 1/2 of a small avocado
- 1/4 of lemon juice
- salt to taste
- 1/2 cup of cherry tomatoes
- Tuna Bottarga to taste
- Boil and then salt the water
- Add the Spaghetti
- While the pasta is cooking, mash avocado with a fork or blend it for a more consistent texture
- Add salt and lemon juice to mashed or blended avocado
- Drain the water from the Spaghetti
- Add the avocado to the spaghetti and mix
- Add grated Bottarga to taste and mix
- Serve in a pasta bowl
- Sprinkle some Bottarga on the top
- Add cherry tomatoes