Avocado Recipes

Vegetarian Burritos with beans, avocado and vegetables

Ultimate Burritos

Ultimate Burritos were an easy staple vegetarian recipe during my college years.  It was just so easy to always keep a package of tortillas and some cans of beans on hand, and I always had a good supply of fresh vegetables to use in them.  My roommates would see me eating these and would be in awe at my gourmet dinner compared to the mac n’ cheese and ramen noodles they were eating.  I didn’t even spend much more time or money on my food.  Besides being inexpensive and easy, this is a fantastically fresh, delicious and balanced meal.  And a balanced meal is what I needed most to keep my body healthy and my mind active.

-Jessica

 

1 can black beans
1 can kidney beans
1 cup corn
whole wheat tortillas
Monterrey jack, Colby jack, cheddar, or vegan cheese, grated
lettuce, torn
tomatoes, diced
onions, finely diced
green bell pepper, diced
avocados, diced (or guacamole)
sour cream or plain yogurt
salsa or hot sauce

 

Directions for a crowd: Stir together the 2 cans of beans and corn in a medium bowl.  Microwave the mixture until hot.  Meanwhile, heat the tortillas, one at a time,  in a pan on the stove over medium-high heat.  Have each topping in a separate bowl and let each person create their own ultimate burrito.

Directions for the single college student: Stir together the 2 cans of beans and corn in a medium bowl with a lid that can be stored in the refrigerator (use this mixture all week long!)  Place a tortilla on a plate and line the center of it with a few spoonfuls of bean mixture.  Cook in the microwave for 30-60 seconds or until beans are warm.  Meanwhile, heat a medium fry pan over medium-high heat on the stove.  Remove the tortilla with beans from the microwave and place it in the fry pan.  Cook  until the tortilla has reached your desired level of crispiness.  This process combines the speed of cooking in a microwave with the improved crispiness of heating in a pan.  Place back on your plate and top with the rest of the toppings.  Roll up, and watch the envy on your roommates faces.  Or better yet, make them one too!

 

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Healthy Pasta Vert Stir Fry recipe with Avocado, Zucchini, Asparagus and snap peas

Pasta Vert

This healthy stir-fry type pasta recipe is a simple way to add more vegetables into the pasta-lovers diet without skimping on flavor.

-Jessica

1 box whole wheat pasta (any type works fine), cooked
1 Tbsp olive oil
2 cups asparagus, woody ends removed, and chopped in 2-inch segments
2 cups sugar snap peas or snow peas
1 cup zucchini, cut in half and sliced in 1/4” slices
½ cup pesto (or to taste) – see pesto recipe in the sauces/condiments section
1 large avocado, cut into bite-sized chunks
1/3 cup pine nuts (optional)

 

BOIL PASTA: Cook pasta according to manufacturers directions.
SAUTE VEGETABLES: Heat olive oil in a large pan over medium high heat for 1 minute.  Add asparagus, pea pods, and zucchini and sautee, stirring often for 4 minutes or until crisp-tender and bright green.
COMBINE: In a large bowl (or in the pasta pot), add the pesto to the cooked and drained pasta and stir until it is well-coated. Add sauteed vegetables.
FINISH: When plated, top with avocado chunks and pine nuts.

 

Vegetarian sandwich with avocado peppers cucumber tomatoes and sprouts

Avocado Veggie Sandwich

Avocado is truly the king of veggie sandwich recipes.  It is easy and outrageously delicious.  There are quite a few variations of this sandwich that I have sampled in different  natural foods cafe’s while on my travels.   I have made these for guests on many occasions and it always goes over in a very big way.   This is a fairly simple sandwich to make.  It starts with layering a whole wheat bread slice with a seasoned avocado spread.. then is topped with layers of cucumbers, green pepper, and tomatoes, monterey jack cheese and alfalfa sprouts… all on whole wheat bread. It’s totally outrageous!

-Curt

 

Whole wheat bread
Cucumbers (peeled & sliced)
Tomatoes (sliced)
Green and /or red peppers
Alfalfa Sprouts
Sliced Monterey Jack Cheese – (or vegan cheese)

 

PREPARE:  Scoop out avocado and mash in a bowl till smooth.  Season with garlic salt and chopped green onion to taste. Slice remaining veggies and cheese and set aside for the construction of sandwiches.
FINISH:  Layer a slice of whole wheat bread with avocado spread… then simply layer remaining veggies & cheese on whatever order captures your imagination.  Top with sprouts and last layer of bread and cut diagonally.  Pierce with a toothpick and serve!
OPTIONAL:  Spread a bit of low-fat mayo on top layer of bread. (watch out for the fat!)

 

Vegetarian Cobb Salad recipe full of protein and veggies

Vegetarian Cobb Salad

Have you ever had a salad for dinner that didn’t leave you feeling healthy, only hungry afterwards?  This vegetarian cobb salad recipe is the answer.  Besides having lots of yummy fresh vegetables, it also has protein-rich beans, eggs, and cheese to help fill you up and satisfy your cravings for a real meal.  Make just enough for yourself or for a crowd.  Put on more of the toppings you love, dont include the toppings you dont love.  Make this your favorite entree salad!

-Jessica

 

Lettuce
Spinach
Green onion
Carrot
Cucumber
Tomato
Bell Pepper

Corn
Olives
Avocado
Kidney Beans
Hard Boiled Eggs
Cheese (cheddar or bleu)
Dressing

 

MIX:  Mix lettuce and spinach.  Top with the rest!  Try dipping your fork into a side of dressing before stabbing your bite of salad.  It gives you the flavor without too much dressing

 

 

 

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Creamy Waldorf salad with Avocado Citrus Dressing

Creamy Waldorf Salad

Here it is!  A creamy and wonderfully delicious Waldorf salad without marshmallows!  Its creaminess comes from the avocado citrus dressing. Yum.

-Jessica

 

1 large granny smith apple, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 large fuji apple, cut into bite-sized pieces
1 large stalk celery, diced small
¼ cup dried cranberries, dried cherries, or raisins

 

DRESSING
1 medium avocado
¼ cup fresh orange juice
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
½ cup plain yogurt
1 Tbsp honey
salt to taste

 

DRESSING: In a small mixing bowl, mash up the avocado well.  Add remaining dressing ingredients and whisk until smooth.
COMBINE: Place the cut-up apples, celery, and cranberries into a medium sized serving bowl.   Stir in the dressing until everything is well coated.
FINISH: Top with walnuts and serve!

 

Note: This salad does not keep well.  Eat within an hour or two of preparation.

 

 

 

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vegetarian chivito burger with egg

Chivito Veggie-Burgers

This easy chivito veggie burger recipe is a wonderful exception to a common complaint with veggie burgers that they lack flavor.  A Chivito is a hamburger-type sandwich found in Uruguay.  Besides the regular ground beef patty, bun, and condiments they are piled high with ham, cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, a variety of pickled vegetables, and a fried egg.  They are huge, greasy, and admittedly a delicious occasional treat.  The chivito veggie-burger is a spin-off that is much less greasy, has just as many toppings, and is just as delicious.   Best of all, it is easy.  The veggie burger patties and whole wheat buns can be stored in the freezer, and when you need a quick meal they can be pulled out and topped with whatever veggies you happen to have.   And don’t be scared of the egg!  It is actually quite good and helps to keep you full longer!

-Jessica

 

frozen veggie burger patties
whole wheat buns
eggs (1 per burger)
cheese
lettuce
tomato
bell pepper
avocado
red onion
pickles
dijon mustard
ranch dressing

 

Grill veggie-patties according to package directions (a George Forman-style grill works well and is easy to use all year round).  While patties are cooking, the toppings can be prepared.  Fry one egg per burger, slice the cheese and vegetables, and toast the buns.  When the veggie-patties and eggs are done, spread the buns with dijon mustard and/or ranch dressing and pile on the toppings!

 

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Summer Sprouted Bean Salad with Avocado

Summer Sprouted Bean Salad

We found this great new product at Costco “Organic Sprouted Bean Trio”  by tru Roots. It’s a quick – cooking and nutritious blend of lentils, adzuki and mung beans. Perfect for soup, salad or side dishes.

These are very easy to cook.  Combine 1 cup sprouted bean trio with 3 cups water or broth. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Remove from heat, cover and let stand for 10 minutes or until desired tenderness is achieved. Drain excess water and serve. If you like lentils and beans, you will love this trio!

Here is a quick summer salad using this bean trio. Enjoy!

 

 

Cook 1 cup of beans according to package directions. Cool.

 

Add:

1 cup cherry tomatoes, cut in half

1 medium avocado, cut into 1/2″ pieces

1/2 cup orange or yellow sweet peppers

fresh cilantro, rosemary or basil chopped

*You can use any fresh veggies and herbs in this salad

 

Dressing

Whisk together:

3 T. olive oil

1 T. balsamic vinaigrette

1/8 t. dry mustard

1 t. agave nectar or honey

salt and pepper to taste

 

Pour dressing over salad and enjoy!

Vegan Raw Chocolate Pudding recipe with avocado, bananas & cocoa

Raw Chocolate Pudding

This delicious healthy Raw Chocolate Pudding recipe made with avocados, cocoa and bananas will amaze you! The recipe is not only quick and easy but vegan too. My co-worker Jodi brought this pudding to a party at my home and we LOVED it! Give it a try, I bet you won’t be disappointed.   – Curt

1 avocado

1 banana

1 T + 1 tsp honey or agave nectar (for vegan friendly)

1/4 cup cocoa powder

1/4 tsp fresh lemon juice

1/3 cup vanilla soy milk

3 strawberries or 3 T shredded coconut for topping (optional)

Blend avocado, banana, honey, cocoa powder, lemon juice and soy milk in food processor. Chill 1 hour. Serve topped with strawberries & bananas or shredded coconut. serves 3-4

Note: For a tropical taste, you can substitute soy milk with coconut milk.

Southwestern easy salad recipe with avocado & cilantro lime dressing

Southwest Salad with Cilantro Lime Dressing

The colors, flavors, textures are perfectly pleasing in this southwestern-style entree salad recipe.  But the Cilantro Lime Dressing is really what makes it special.  It is a sweet, tangy blend of cilantro, lime, honey, and jalapeno.  The corn, beans, and avocado provide enough substance to make this salad a meal in itself, but it also goes well with a quesadilla.
– Jessica

1-2 heads lettuce (I like to mix romaine with spinach or red leaf)
1 cup diced tomatoes
1 cup diced avocados
1 15 oz can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 cup white corn (fresh or frozen and thawed)
1 cup grated Monterrey Jack cheese
1 red onion, cut in half and sliced thin (so pieces look like half circles)
1 bunch cilantro, (coarsely chopped and most of the stems removed)

Dressing:
1 large jalapeno, seeds and rinds removed
2 cloves garlic
2 tsp fresh ginger
1/4 cup packed cilantro leaves
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup honey
2 tsp balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 tsp salt

  1. SALAD:  Combine all salad ingredients and toss lightly.
  2. DRESSING:  Place all dressing ingredients into a food processor or blender and blend until smooth.  If you have a high powered blender, you can put the ingredients in whole.  Otherwise, it may be wise to mince the jalapeno, garlic, and ginger first.  If you plan on eating all the salad in one sitting, pour on just enough dressing to coat as you lightly toss the salad.  You probably won’t use it all.  If you plan on having left over salad, serve the dressing on the side.

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Vegan sandwich with hummus avocado cucumber red pepper and lettuce: Easy Avocado Recipe

Yum Hummus Sandwich

This is a simple, mellow, easy, comfort-food type hummus avocado sandwich recipe.  Mashed avocado and hummus make this vegan sandwich filling and satisfying.  ~ Jessica

 

whole grain bread  (try our English muffin bread)

hummus (try our simple hummus)

1/2 avocado, mashed

cucumber slices

red pepper slices

lettuce

 

Spread hummus on one piece of bread and the mashed avocado on the other.  Compile the rest of the ingredients into a sandwich.  It’s that easy.

Black Bean Burger recipe with Mushrooms and Swiss Cheese

Black Bean Burger Melt

This is a very quick and healthy black bean burger recipe that can be whipped up in minutes flat. You can make your own black bean burgers, but for sheer convenience and speed, you can use any store brand black bean or veggie burger which makes this a snap (see notes below). The avocado adds a freshness to the meal and the sauteed mushrooms add a nice dimension. Without the hassle and extra calories of a bun, this makes a real fun quick tasty meal. – Curt

 

1 Black Bean Burger

Swiss Cheese (or your favorite cheese)

Sliced Mushrooms

Sliced Avocado

 

  1.  Thaw the frozen burger, or quickly microwave where it isn’t frozen.
  2.  Heat a cast iron skillet (or any skillet) to medium high temp.
  3.  Add a dab of olive oil on skillet and spread around. Brown the one side of the burger.
  4.  In another skillet, or if there is room in the skillet you are cooking with, add sliced mushrooms and saute till just soft and browned.  Remove mushrooms when done.
  5. Flip burger, and top with sliced cheese. Continue to cook. I usually top the skillet with a lid to assist the cheese in melting. When done, remove the burger and place on plate. Smother with mushrooms and top with fresh sliced avocado. Enjoy!

 

NOTE:  You can really use any veggie burger for this recipe. But my favorite is the Chipotle Black Bean Burger from Morningstar Farms. I buy them at Costco. They are 1/4 pound and really are great. Again, you can create your own veggie burgers at home but I have found it is a lifesaver to have some alternatives for when you are on the run, or don’t have a lot of time. This is why I love this recipe. It cooks up super fast, and is filling and nutritious. You can also add salsa to this dish for another nice twist.

 

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Quick and easy Fish Tacos with cabbage slaw and cilantro lime dressing

Flying Fish Tacos

I love fish tacos. They are so quick and easy to make, EXCEPT for the fish part, right? They have the cleanest feel to them- No surprise, as they contain fish and a crisp cabbage slaw.    My brother in-law, Eric, is a wonderful cook and occasionally passes on brilliant cooking ideas to the rest of the family.  He solves the time-consuming-fish-problem by using a high quality fish stick in his fish tacos.  You just throw the frozen sticks onto a pan and cook them while preparing the rest of the meal and setting the table.  And voila! – fish tacos that are so fast to prepare they are FLYING!   – Jessica

8 all-natural high quality fish sticks (I used Trident Food’s “Ultimate Fish Sticks” from Costco)

DRESSING:
1 cup sour cream
1/4 cup chopped cilantro, without stems
1 tomatillo, unwrapped, washed and quartered
1 green onion, sliced
1/2 jalapeno, seeded and chopped coarsely
3 Tbsp fresh lime juice

SLAW:
3 cups shredded cabbage
1 cup diced bell peppers (I like a combination of red, orange, and yellow ones)
1/2 cup cilantro, stems removed and coarsely chopped

8  6-inch corn tortillas
1 avocado, sliced (optional)
1-2 limes, sliced into wedges (optional)
FISH:  Cook the fish sticks according to package directions.
DRESSING:  Blend all dressing ingredients in a food processor or in a bowl with an immersion blender until completely blended.
SLAW:  While the fish sticks are baking, assemble the slaw.  Mix the cabbage, bell peppers, cilantro and just enough dressing to lightly coat in a medium sized bowl.
TORTILLAS:  Warm the tortillas in either in the microwave with a little bit of water spread between each one, or individually in a pan on the stove with a little bit of olive oil.  On the stove tastes a little better, but the microwave is obviously faster.
ASSEMBLE:  When the fish sticks are done cooking, place one inside of each tortilla.  Top with about 1/2 cup of slaw and avocado slices.  Squeeze fresh lime on top for an extra zing!  Fish tacos are also delicious topped with some fresh mango or pineapple salsa.

Whole wheat toast with avocado easy healthy lunch snack

Whole Grain Toast with Avocado

Avocados are full of creamy deliciousness.  Why?  They are full of healthy monounsaturated fats.  It is for this reason that avocados make great spreads.  I like to use avocado in place of butter on my toast.  Perhaps not for breakfast, but as a snack or part of a lunch.  This recipe is super simple.  But many of the best recipes are!

~ Jessica

 

1 slice whole grain bread

1/2 avocado

salt or garlic salt, to taste (optional)

 

1.  Toast the bread.

2.  While the bread is toasting, put the avocado and a tiny amount of salt or garlic salt (if using) in a small bowl.  Mash it up with a fork to your desired consistency.  I like to leave it a little bit chunky.

3.  After the bread is toasted, spread the avocado on it.  Yum!

Raw vegetarian wrap sandwich recipe with avocado bean sprouts and carrots

Raw Veggie Wrap

These raw vegetable wraps with avocado are super easy to make on a hot summer day.  Light and refreshing they are also very nutritious.  Very handy when you don’t have much time or are on the run.

-Curt

2 large tortillas
4 leaves romaine lettuce
1/2 ripe avocado, sliced
2 green onions, sliced
mung bean sprouts
1/2 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup grated zucchini
1/2 cup grated raw sweet potato
6-8 leaves fresh basil
Juice of 1 lime
garlic salt to taste

 

PREPARE: Microwave tortillas for around 15 – 30 seconds, until soft.
FINISH: Remove tortillas from microwave and cover each tortilla with lettuce leaves.  Place equal portions of avocado, grated veggies, sprouts across each tortilla. Sprinkle with garlic salt, Lime Juice and top with basil.

Guacamole Perfection easy avocado recipe

Guacamole Perfection

Avocados made into this Guacamole recipe are just amazing. I believe a good easy guacamole recipe with some hearty tortilla chips can be a meal in itself. Or, the perfect compliment to a good healthy well made Mexican main course. We make ours with fresh avocado mashed just enough, but leaving nice chucks of raw avocado. The additional flavors of cilantro, tomato, green onion and lime juice achieve guacamole perfection!  Adjust the following ingredients to make your own excellence in guacamole creation!

-Curt

 

4 medium avocados
few tablespoons of fresh minced cilantro
1 tomato finely chopped
1 stalk of green onion finely minced
lime juice from one lime
garlic salt to taste

 

PREPARE: Cut avocados and spoon out into a mixing bowl.  Mash just enough, but leaving some nice chunks of avocado.
MIX: Chop remaining veggies and gently stir in along with lime juice and garlic salt. Mix in the amount of ingredients to your tastes. There is no right or wrong – just variations!

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