Main Dishes — 28 August 2014

Two unusual recipes with avocado by Veet.

I don’t think I really need to rave about avocados as I don’t know anyone in my life who doesn’t like them. They also don’t really need any advertising nor recipe ideas as they are just perfectly perfect cut up in a salad or spread on toast or of course made into their native home’s famous dip – guacamole.

However these two recipes I choose to share with you below are wonderful ways of using avocado that you may not have thought of. As most people know, avocados are a fruit and actually classified as a berry; they are related to the cinnamon, camphor and bay laurel family. They contain good oils, have no cholesterol, are packed with vitamin C, contain a small amount of iron and have a good quantity of calcium. In addition they contain a good amount of folate which supposedly prevents heart disease, and a small amount of protein (approx. 2 per 100 g of avocado). In Paul Pitchford’s Healing with Whole Foods he suggests that avocado is rich in copper which is good for red blood cells and that it can be used in a remedy for healing ulcers, and as I am sure many of you know is wonderful for the skin. So maybe we could say an avocado a day could keep the doctor away, two avocados a day is pure luxury indeed and 3 avocados a day is just plain greedy!

I suggest only eating avocado in season and obtain organic avocados from local growers where possible.

Kale and Avocado

Marinated Kale Salad and Avocado

Ingredients
1 bunch kale (cavolo nero – don’t use the curly variety for this recipe as raw it is not so easily digested)
1 avocado
1/2 to 1 tsp salt
1 tomato finely diced
2 tbsp hemp seeds

Preparation
Wash and finely chop the kale – removing the hard stem. Pour on the lime or lemon juice and mix in the salt, mash the avocado and mix with the kale. Let sit for an hour then mix in the tomato just before serving and garnish with hemp seeds.

Another option to enjoy:

Mashed Sweet Potato with Avocado

Ingredients
Sweet potatoes boiled
Avocado
Olive or avocado oil

Preparation
Add a splash of olive or avocado oil to your sweet potato and mash in 1/2 to 1 avocado as you mash the sweet potato – this gives it a nice smooth flavour and texture.

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