Friday Foodie Fix – Avocado

Friday Foodie Fix

Friday Foodie Fix

Last week I was very excited to find 11 new recipes for eggs contributed to the Friday Foodie Fix.  I hope  with a weeks’ notice that we will have even more ideas for Secret Ingredient, avocados.  I love avocados and I’m always looking for new ways to use them in recipes.   Remember, these can be past recipe posts you’ve made and you can post more than one recipe for each Secret Ingredient.  Why limit yourself to just one.

Avocados are a fruit native to the Caribbean, Mexico, South and Central America.   Each fruit contains 10 grams of fiber and is packed with potassium.  The creamy green fruit also provides Vitamin C, A, B6, copper, iron, magnesium and pantothenic acid, which helps your body convert food into energy.   There are many types of avocados on the market but my favorite is the Haas.   All Haas avocado trees are descended from a single  “mother tree” planted by Rudolph Haas in 1926 in La Habra Heights, California. avocado

When purchasing an avocado make sure it is ripe.  It should be soft when you squeeze it but not so soft one squeeze and you have just made guacamole.   If it is not ripe when you purchase it place it in a paper bag for a few days.  When you cut an avocado,  it will discolor fast.  It avoid this, squeeze it with a little lime juice.

To pit an avocado, use a sharp knife and cut around the avocado in half lengthwise creating a circle.  You will feel your knife run around the pit.  Twist the halves in opposite direction and they will part.  One side will be left with the pit.  Cleave your knife blade into the pit and twist the seed, it will pop out.  Be careful as you remove the pit from your knife.  While still gripping the knife with the pit I use my thumb holding the knife to slide it off.  You can also slide the blade on the edge of a bowl to knock it off.

To dice the avocado, make a crosshatch pattern through the avocado being careful to not penetrate the skin.  Then you can scoop out the cubes with a tablespoon.  To mash, use a fork or a potato masher.
You can also use my favorite guacamole tool.

My Friday Foodie Fix recipe is Pan Fried Bacon Wrapped Avocados and yes they are delicious.

Thank you for sharing your Friday Foodie Fix of avocados with us. It would very cool of you to link this back to your post on avocados too.  Here are the rules. Have a great weekend!

Next week’s Secret Ingredient is ……………. Asparagus!


My husband groaned and asked, “How many people really eat asparagus?”  Well, let’s show him!

26 Responses to Friday Foodie Fix – Avocado

  1. Jen Crippen April 17, 2009 at 2:39 am #

    I have a crazy avocado recipe. Sorry measurements aren't exact!
    1 whole ripe avocado
    Carob or coco powder
    Stevia
    fine shredded coconut, toasted would be fun!
    Real Salt (the brand)
    Peel, cut and smash up avocado. Add coco or carob powder until the avocado flavor doesn't come through. Sweeten w/ stevia to taste, add a pinch of Real Salt, and add a few teaspoons of coconut!
    It's like pudding!

  2. Jen Crippen April 17, 2009 at 6:39 am #

    I have a crazy avocado recipe. Sorry measurements aren’t exact!
    1 whole ripe avocado
    Carob or coco powder
    Stevia
    fine shredded coconut, toasted would be fun!
    Real Salt (the brand)
    Peel, cut and smash up avocado. Add coco or carob powder until the avocado flavor doesn’t come through. Sweeten w/ stevia to taste, add a pinch of Real Salt, and add a few teaspoons of coconut!
    It’s like pudding!

  3. Angela April 17, 2009 at 9:34 am #

    asparagus? I have NEVEr cooked with it!!! eeks…. better get creative eh?

  4. Diane Eblin April 17, 2009 at 10:07 am #

    Wow, how cool. I'm trying this for dessert! Don't have Stevia so I'll give my agave a try. Great unexpected us for an avocado. Thank you for sharing!

  5. Diane Eblin April 17, 2009 at 2:07 pm #

    Wow, how cool. I’m trying this for dessert! Don’t have Stevia so I’ll give my agave a try. Great unexpected us for an avocado. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Angela April 17, 2009 at 1:34 pm #

    asparagus? I have NEVEr cooked with it!!! eeks…. better get creative eh?

  7. Diane Eblin April 17, 2009 at 2:37 pm #

    Angela- Shhh, don't tell my husband. Asparagus is in season so you'll be able to find lots of it around. Get creative and share no matter what happens! Thanks

  8. Diane Eblin April 17, 2009 at 6:37 pm #

    Angela- Shhh, don’t tell my husband. Asparagus is in season so you’ll be able to find lots of it around. Get creative and share no matter what happens! Thanks

  9. yummo April 17, 2009 at 4:29 pm #

    1 avocado
    krazy janes mixed up salt
    1 spoon
    1 knife
    cut avocado in half, sprinkle salt, eat :-)

  10. yummo April 17, 2009 at 8:29 pm #

    1 avocado
    krazy janes mixed up salt
    1 spoon
    1 knife
    cut avocado in half, sprinkle salt, eat :-)

  11. Linda April 17, 2009 at 11:48 pm #

    Thanks for the avocado instructions. If I get around to buying one, I'll know what to do with it! What's next week's ingredient?

  12. Linda April 18, 2009 at 3:48 am #

    Thanks for the avocado instructions. If I get around to buying one, I’ll know what to do with it! What’s next week’s ingredient?

  13. gfe-gluten free easi April 18, 2009 at 12:27 am #

    Okay, finally posted my avocado recipe! Better start thinking about the asparagus one. I'm sure it will be simple, because that's the way I like asparagus best. :-)
    Shirley

  14. gfe-gluten free easily April 18, 2009 at 4:27 am #

    Okay, finally posted my avocado recipe! Better start thinking about the asparagus one. I’m sure it will be simple, because that’s the way I like asparagus best. :-)
    Shirley

  15. Diane Eblin April 18, 2009 at 2:45 am #

    yummo- I love the recipe. I've not had krazy janes mixed up salt. Where can that be found?
    Linda- Let us know if you try an avocado and what you thought. Next week is asparagus. My husband thinks people won't share any recipes because hardly anyone eats it. I hope we show him differently.
    Shirley- I'm with you on the easy way to fix asparagus. That's the only way my husband will eat it. He doesn't think there is any other way to eat asparagus. Hope we get a lot of contributions next week so he might let me try a few out. He doesn't like vegetables so I usually have to hide them. It's hard to hide asparagus.
    Thanks for the great comments and recipes everyone!

  16. Diane Eblin April 18, 2009 at 12:45 pm #

    yummo- I love the recipe. I’ve not had krazy janes mixed up salt. Where can that be found?
    Linda- Let us know if you try an avocado and what you thought. Next week is asparagus. My husband thinks people won’t share any recipes because hardly anyone eats it. I hope we show him differently.
    Shirley- I’m with you on the easy way to fix asparagus. That’s the only way my husband will eat it. He doesn’t think there is any other way to eat asparagus. Hope we get a lot of contributions next week so he might let me try a few out. He doesn’t like vegetables so I usually have to hide them. It’s hard to hide asparagus.
    Thanks for the great comments and recipes everyone!

  17. Heather @CeliacFamil April 18, 2009 at 3:26 pm #

    Sorry I'm late to the party, but I wanted to share this new product I found at the store for making guacamole.

  18. Heather @CeliacFamily.com April 18, 2009 at 7:26 pm #

    Sorry I’m late to the party, but I wanted to share this new product I found at the store for making guacamole.

  19. Ali (Whole Life Nutr April 18, 2009 at 7:54 pm #

    Look at all of these great avocado recipes! How great! -Ali :)

  20. Ali (Whole Life Nutrition) April 18, 2009 at 11:54 pm #

    Look at all of these great avocado recipes! How great! -Ali :)

  21. gfe-gluten free easi April 24, 2009 at 9:16 pm #

    Jen–I'm very intrigued by your recipe! Avocado-based pudding–oh, my. :-)
    yummo–Your recipe is always a winner. Hard to go wrong there!
    Shirley

  22. gfe-gluten free easily April 25, 2009 at 1:16 am #

    Jen–I’m very intrigued by your recipe! Avocado-based pudding–oh, my. :-)
    yummo–Your recipe is always a winner. Hard to go wrong there!
    Shirley

  23. William Beverly May 15, 2009 at 9:00 am #

    Very nice blog. Lots of great info. Glad to hear there you are a Gluten-Free Food Coach. Sounds like a very interesting profession.
    Stop by my site sometime at http://www.gluten-freesimplicity.com if you wish.
    wb

  24. William Beverly May 15, 2009 at 2:00 pm #

    Very nice blog. Lots of great info. Glad to hear there you are a Gluten-Free Food Coach. Sounds like a very interesting profession.
    Stop by my site sometime at http://www.gluten-freesimplicity.com if you wish.
    wb

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