Cooktop Cove: Love avocados? Here are 5+ awesome recipes for you
By Holly Antoine
The best meals are easy to toss together and loaded with protein, fiber and vitamins. They're also delicious. The recipes below are all that and more. They combine creamy, rich ingredients, and all of them are loaded with avocado.
These amazingly healthy and vegetarian recipes will make you forget that you are eating a healthy dish. Instead, you can focus on enjoying the melding of flavors and textures.
Avocado deviled eggs
Deviled eggs are always the first thing to disappear from a picnic or party spread. It's guaranteed to happen every time you serve them. The recipe below adds a fresh new twist to the classic party dish. These are sure to disappear even faster than the traditional version.
Made with a whole, diced avocado and only a dollop of mayonnaise, these delicious little devils aren’t just good, but good for you because of that healthy monounsaturated fat from the avocado. Prepare them now by watching the video below.
Avocado chickpea lettuce wraps
This recipe combines creamy, rich avocado with hearty and healthy chickpeas for a wrap filling that will truly fill you up. If you want to make this both more “salady” and more filling, add diced bell peppers, carrots, cucumber or any other crunchy veggies.
It's delicious served in crisp lettuce leaves, but you could use kale or collard greens or a tortilla or other grain-based wrap instead. Follow along the video below to make these wraps.
Avocado quesadillas
Quesadillas can be a standard fall-back meal for any time you don’t have time or energy to actually cook anything. The recipe below is just as easy as traditional fillings for this old standby but becomes healthier and more delicious by adding just a few flavorful ingredients. Even the kids will love it.
The caramelized onions add a rich depth of flavor, as does the avocado. Serve these with sour cream and salsa for topping. Watch along the video below to prepare these.
Avocado three-bean salad
Three-bean salad is a popular potluck dish. Who can resist those plump, tender beans in vinegary dressing? The recipe below transforms the classic dish into something better by adding creamy avocado, corn, lime juice and cilantro for a slight Mexican twist. Serve it as a side dish or on top of salad for a filling, yet light main dish.
If you like a little kick with your beans, add a diced jalapeño pepper along with the other vegetables. You can make this recipe through step 3 up to 3 days ahead of time and store, covered, in the refrigerator. Dice the avocado and add it just before serving.
Zoodles with avocado sauce
This recipe takes full advantage of summer produce. This sauce tastes like pesto but is even more satisfying than the traditional version.
Use a perfectly ripe avocado and fresh basil and garlic, and this dish is like summer on a plate. You can substitute cilantro for the basil or use a combination of the two. Leave out the optional Parmesan cheese and the dish is vegan, too. Watch how it's done in the video below.
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