Avocados are one of the healthiest foods on the planet, but if you went a teeny bit overboard while purchasing them and have more avocados than you need, you probably already know that you need to act fast! Ripe avocados can get overripe and indelible pretty dang quick. So here’s a little help, coming your direction. Read on to discover some super effective ways to put those extra avocados to some good use.
Avocados are one of the world's most popular fruits. They’re also one of the more expensive things at the grocery store, and it’s a terrible shame to let them go to waste. It's no wonder so many people are trying to grow them in their own backyard nowadays. Avocados are a nutritional powerhouse, packed with nutrients that can help your body function more efficiently. These healthy fats can also help you maintain lean muscle mass, lower blood pressure and cholesterol, and improve cardiovascular health. Don’t let them spoil! Use our suggestions below to incorporate them into a tasty meal.
Put Them in Brownies
You’ll be surprised at how delicious and creamy (not to mention healthy) your homemade brownies can turn out to be when you swap butter or shortening in the recipe for some mashed, ripe avocados. The fruit lends your brownies a delicious, rich flavor and the perfect texture! The rich, dark chocolate totally covers up the avocado taste. Your family won’t even know that they’re eating something nutritious AND delicious.
Use as a Soup Thickener
It’s time to ditch the old school thickeners, folks! You can actually add mashed or blended avocados to any basic soup to lend it a creamy and rich texture. In fact, mashed avocados can also be an excellent replacement for heavy cream in many dishes apart from soup.
Make Them into Fritters
If you’re trying to make use of some ridiculously horrible looking overripe avocados, this is the way to go! Fritters can turn out to be super delicious when you team them up with some oats, onions, garlic and walnuts. Don’t be surprised if you love them so much that you keep making them again and again.
Add Them to Scrambled Eggs
One of the simplest ways to make use of extra, overripe avocados is to add them to your plate of scrambled eggs. Mash them up and add them into the egg mixture, then give it a nice mix and make scrambled eggs as you usually would. Who says avocados are just about guacamole!?
Turn Them into Fries
Of course, nobody can get enough of fries! You can actually make yourself a batch of healthy ones by chopping avocados up like regular fries, dipping them in a mixture of flour and water, and then coating them with some crushed corn flakes for a crispy outer. Bake them instead of frying if you’re looking to make these “fries” even healthier.
Make a Creamy Pasta Sauce
Another simple and easy way to utilize some extra avocados that you might have purchased is to add them to your homemade pasta sauce to make it more creamy and thick. Making pesto? Add some chopped avocados into the mix to make it healthier. Looking for some extra creaminess in your basic tomato sauce? Mash up some ripe avocados and add it toward the end. Avocados are the secret to many rich and creamy dishes.
Stick them in Smoothies
Struggling to get your kids to eat enough greens? Sneak an avocado into their morning smoothie in place of milk! A rich berry like blackberries or blueberries will conceal the taste, and you’ll be pleased as punch knowing that they’re getting a diverse treat.
This is one of the easiest, healthiest breakfast options around. Make toast as you regularly would, but instead of butter and jam, smash an avocado on the surface and coat it with some sliced tomatoes, fresh herbs, olive oil and maybe even some goat cheese. Yum!
From adding it to your morning toast to sneaking it into your homemade chocolate pudding or wrapping it up with bacon and mustard, there’s so much you can do with the versatile, humble avocado. Here are a few more of my favorite avocado recipe ideas:
- Avocado gelato
- Avocado hummus
- Cold avocado corn soup
- Cobb salad with avocado
- Avocado sandwiches
- Avocado pasta with cilantro
- Taco bowls
- Lentil salad with avocado
- Avocado burgers
- Creamy avocado salad dressing
What to Know when Buying Avocados
Look for firm avocados that are uniform in color, with no visible soft spots or bruising. You may want to press your thumb into them gently to check – they should give ever-so-slightly, but not cave in. The stem should still be present, but loose and ready to pop off. If it pops off with just a little bit of wiggling, it’s ready to eat! I like to buy several avocados in different stages of ripeness so I can enjoy them for longer. Avocados are primarily grown in California from spring through summer, supplying the world with the dark-green or black-colored Haas avocados that are treasured worldwide. Florida also has a steady supply of larger, bright green avocados. Smaller, blackish avocados are typically imports from other countries.
Avocados are an awesome way to stick to a diet if you’re known to cave to cheese. Avocados are a fantastic replacement for creamy dairy during an epic craving, and even for many meats if you’re trying to do Meatless Monday.
No matter how tasty avocados are, most people have trouble eating them on a regular basis. This is because they're a high-fat food, so they fill you up quickly! That makes them challenging to have as a simple snack (no wonder guacamole is served in addition to dinner, or even as a replacement for proteins in many heavy meals). If you play your cards right with their timing, though, you can have perfectly-ripe avocados as a filling addition to breakfast, lunch or dinner – stretching their use beyond guacamole, stretching your budget and finding creative ways to incorporate less meat in your diet.