The avocado is one of the most valuable foods which nature has given man. Livingfoods.com informs us, for those concerned about eliminating meat from their diet, the avocado is not merely a ‘substitute’, but a food which is much superior in value for human maintenance. It is rich in protein and fat and comparatively higher than any other fruits in these elements. The fat is more digestible than animal fats.
Avocados have 60% more potassium than bananas and are a good source of monounsaturated fat. Rich in B vitamins, vitamin E and vitamins A and C, they also have the highest fiber content of any fruit. Avocados are cholesterol free.
A ripe avocado will yield to gentle pressure when held in the palm of the hand and squeezed.
1 large avocado
1 small garlic clove, crushed
2 tablespoon mayonnaise
1 tablespoon lemon juice
Raw vegetables, such as broccoli, bell pepper strips, celery, cucumber, cauliflower
4 large avocados, peeled and pitted
2 lemons, juiced
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 tomato, diced
1/2 cup diced onion
1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
4 jalapeno chilles, minced
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
chili powder to taste
In a large bowl, mash avocados. Add the lemon juice.
Add remaining ingredients to the avocado mixture. Stir until well combined.
Refrigerate for an hour or more.
Serve with tortilla chips.
AVOCADO QUICHE (Yankee Magazine)
1 cup sour cream
3 eggs, beaten
3 cups shredded cheddar cheese
8 scallions, chopped
2 ripe medium-sized tomatoes, chopped
dash of salt and pepper to taste
2 ripe avocados, sliced about 1/4-inch thick
2 9-inch deep pie shells
Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
In large bowl, mix sour cream, eggs and cheese.
Stir in scallions, tomatoes, salt and pepper.
Lay avocados on bottom of pie shells. (There should be just enough slices to cover the bottom)
Pour cheese mixture over avocado slices and spread out evenly.
Bake until set, golden and puffy; about 40 to 45 minutes.
Let stand 10 minutes before serving.
Top with a spoonful of fresh avocado, tomatoes and scallions.
Add a dollop of sour cream on top.
Yield: 16 (makes 2 quiches)
Save those avocado pits for house plants. Stick toothpicks in the sides of avocado pits and set them (toothpicks) on the top of a water-filled glass. A plant will sprout forth which can be transplanted into a pot after a few weeks.