Avocados are one of my favorite things to eat! Rich, creamy and loaded with good fats that provide your mind and body with energy and make your skin glow!
If you are afraid of the calories, don’t be! Recent research indicates that a diet that contains 20-30% calories from “good fat” like the oils found in avocados, not only supports good health but aids weight loss and maintenance. Good fats help keep you feeling full even hours after you eat! Avocados can also be used in recipes instead of cream, milk etc.. to add a creamy texture to dishes, this makes my lactose intolerant son very happy.
How to Slice an Avocado
Start by finding a ripe avocado. Avocados should feel firm, but not hard. When you press on them there should be a little ‘give’ but not much. A soft avocado is good for guacamole, dips or smoothies, but not much else.
To ripen an avocado quickly:
Place it in a paper bag and then fold down the top of the bag. A day on the counter is usually enough. To speed up the process even more, put a ripe banana in the bag as well!
Use a sharp knife (mine is an 8″ Wusthof Chef’s knife) to cut around the seed, then twist each half of the avocado in opposite directions to separate. Gently but firmly “tap” the seed with your knife, making sure the knife goes into the seed at least a 1/4 inch. Then twist the knife and lift the seed out. Like so….
Place the avocado skin side up) onto a cutting board and slice through the skin and meat of the avocado. Then gently peel off the skin.
You can keep it sliced as I do in this appetizer from my cookbook, “Seasonal Favorites from The Organic Kitchen: Autumn / Winter Menus”…
…or cut it crossways to make cubes like I do in this amazing little mango treat (coming soon in my Spring / Summer Cookbook!) Please take a look around my website! I offer cooking classes, video tutorials, sell gourmet products and a fabulous (if I do say so myself) cookbook available in hardcover and eBook!
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