Simple Eating: Avocado

Every year, it seems the foodies of the world hone in on one type of food as their “super food.” 2014 was the year of Kale, 2015 was a time where coconut oil dominated, and 2016 was all about the açai berry. Now a quarter of the way through 2017, the beloved avocado has been making its way into every diet, and this is no exception for the minimalist diet.

Avocados, the vibrant green, egg shaped fruit with a creamy flesh bursting with more potassium than a banana and loads of heart healthy monounsaturated fatty acids! In addition to being so good for you, it is a simple ingredient that can go a long way in meal creation. As mentioned in a previous post, avocados can create a filling meals simply by smashing a portion onto whole grain toast for a quick and easy open faced sammie. Other recipes can get more complex, even using avocados for dessert. The Minimalist Baker is a clear fan of the nutrient dense super fruit, as it stars in a collection of her recipes.

Quick and Light Lunch: Avocado Boats

Avocado boats are a perfect way to create a portable lunch, the avocado rind serving as a small dish that easy and clean to hold. Simply cut an avocado in half, remove the pit, scoop out a little bit of the middle, and stuff with topping of choice. Dana’s recipe includes an Indian and Mediterranean inspired chickpea topping as well as a Mexican black bean one. The entire recipe can be found here.

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Tacos with a Twist: Panko Baked Avocado Tacos

Intended to be used as the base for the taco, Dana slices a ripe but firm avocado into slices, breads them in panko, and bakes for ten minutes until warm and crispy. She pairs hers with cilantro and radishes, all snug in a corn tortilla, but the topping possibilities are endless with tacos. The full recipe can be found here.

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Snacking on a Shake: Triple Chocolate Avocado Shake

Drinking…avocados?? Yes! This shake is creamy like a chocolate milkshake, but without all of the negative downfalls to your health. Like most of Dana’s minimalist recipes, this uses less than ten ingredients and only takes 5 minutes to blend up for a sweet, nutrient rich snack. See the full recipe here.

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Avocado for Dessert: Chocolate Peanut Butter Avocado Pudding!

Fruit is commonly found in a wide variety of desserts, and avocados aren’t the exception. Similar to the shake, this recipe blends banana and avocado, but this time neither is frozen. Dana adds in a healthy amount of peanut butter to create the most decadent avocado treat you’ve ever experienced. The full recipe can be found here

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