Guess its time for some Avo-Cardio

Known as the Butter Nut, this mushy fruit is native to western hemisphere of Mexico. Avocados have a buttery and nutty texture which is best suited for a creamy dip or even for a salad. It probably is the only fruit that combines the proteins of a meat, fat of butter and vitamins and minerals of green vegetables but minus the cholesterol and fat. Isn’t that the best part?  Avocados help to prevent cancer, diabetes and also cardiovascular diseases. Ideal for weight loss, avocados will get you a flat tummy.

Here are some recipes using a very simple fruit which will create endless possibilities for plating out fancy dishes within minutes.

  Avocado Chocolate Cookies

Who said we can’t bring you the best of both worlds? The creamy texture of the avocadoes will add to the gooeyness of the luscious chocolate-y cookies.

                                                                                                                       Courtesy- Kate Morin

Ingredients

  • ½ cup mashed avocado
  • ½ cup refined sugar
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 2 tbsp unsweetened cocoa powder
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • ½ cup dark chocolate chips

Method

  • Preheat the oven to 350 degrees and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  • Combine avocado and sugar in a food processor until well incorporated.( one can also mix well in a bowl with a spoon.)
  • Add vanilla, cider vinegar, baking soda, cocoa powder and cinnamon.
  • Add flour and mix until batter is smooth and ingredients are evenly incorporated. Transfer batter to a mixing bowl and stir in chocolate chips.
  • Flatten the dough onto the baking sheet (dough will not spread when it bakes).
  • Bake it for 10 minutes, turning the tray around halfway through.
  • Allow cookies to breathe for 3-4 minutes before transferring to a cooling rack.

Voila. There you have a fusion to an all time classic!

Chicken Sandwich with an Avocado Spread

A flavorsome juicy chicken sandwiched between mushy avocado spread and chilli onions.

Cook Time: 20 minutes                              Total Cook Time: 20 minutes

Courtesy- Chef Rupa Gulati

Ingredients

  • 4 boneless chicken thighs
  • 2 tbsp tomato ketchup
  • 1 tbsp vinegar
  • 2 tbsp honey
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp chilli sauce
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp chopped garlic
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 red bell peppers
  • 8 slices of toasted white bread
  • 1 shredded lettuce
  • Avocado Spread
  • 1 Avocado- peeled and stoned
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp chilli sauce
  • 1 tbsp chopped coriander
  • For Chilli Onion
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 sliced onions
  • 1 tsp grated jaggery
  • 1 tsp chopped thyme
  • 1 red chilli- finely chopped

Method

  • Marinade chicken with ketchup, vinegar, honey and Worcestershire sauce, chilli sauce, oregano, garlic and seasoning. Mix well and chill overnight.
  • Grill the peppers until skin blackens and peel it away .
  • Drain the chicken from the marinade and cook on a medium high heat until tender.
  • Slice the chicken when cool.

For the Chilli Onion 

  • Heat the butter and oil and cook onions until soft.
  • Stir in the remaining ingredients and cook until browned.

For the Avocado Spread

  • Blend the ingredients until smooth. Spread generously over the bread.
  • Layer up with the chicken, peppers, chilli onions and lettuce.

Avocado Mac n Cheese

Sounds bizarre? Try it yourself this healthier version of our comfort food

Courtesy- Two peas and their pods- Maria and Josh

Ingredients

  • 300 gm elbow macaroni
  • 2 cloves minced garlic
  • 2 avocados, peeled and pitted
  • 2 tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro (optional)
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh avocados chunks to garnish

Method

  • Bring water to a boil in a large pot. Salt the water and add in macaroni. Stir and cook until Al Dente about 8-10 minutes. Drain and set aside.
  • While the pasta is cooking, make the avocado sauce by placing the garlic, avocados, lime juice, cilantro, salt and pepper into a food processor or blender. Process until smooth and creamy. Set aside.
  • To make the cheese sauce, add butter in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. When butter is melted, whisk in flour to create a paste. Whisk in milk until smooth. Stir until the sauce starts to thicken. Add in the cheese-y goodness and stir until it is melted and sauce is creamy.
  • Place macaroni in a large bowl. Pour the avocado sauce over the macaroni and stir until well coated. Add the cheese sauce and stir until macaroni is coated and creamy. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Serve warm with fresh chunks of avocado and enjoy!

Avocado Sorbet

Now that’s a calculated Whisk

Total Cook Time: 4 hours

                                                                                                             Courtesy- Coffee Mom

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 cup light corn syrup
  • 2 cups water
  • 1 tsp lime zest
  • 3 avocados, peeled and mashed
  • 2 tbsp lemon juice

Method

  • Bring sugar, corn syrup and water to boil in a large pan. Remove from the heat. Stir in the lime zest
  • Keep it aside and let it cool for 50 to 60 minutes
  • Blend avocados and lemon juice until smooth. Add the cooled sugar syrup; blend until thoroughly combined.
  • Pour into 2 small pans. Freeze for 1 hour.
  • Remove sorbet from the freezer; beat it for two to three minutes until it has a light and a creamy texture. Pour back into the pan. Cover with a plastic wrap and freeze until firm, about 4 hours.

What are you waiting for? Buckle up and whisk up some luscious yet nutritious meals using this “healthy” butter nut.

Happy Cooking Folks!