Like every other millennial, I am crazy about Avocados! They have changed the way I cook and what I cook. At first, I was quiet apprehensive about using avocado because I didn’t know how to use them. The first time I bought an avocado was disastrous. My first avocado was unripe and hard as a stone and I had to ultimately throw it out. Then, as every other person would do, I googled how to ripen them and how to know when they were perfect to use. Following advice from several blogs, I placed the avocado in a box full of rice and waited for a day. Little did I know, that this is not the way to ripen avocados. By the time I removed my second avocado from the box of rice, it was completely black and rotting inside. Had to throw that one out as well.
I didn’t buy an avocado for the next 6 months because let’s face it, they are expensive, and I didn’t know how to use them. After watching countless YouTube videos on how to say if the avocado is ripe or not and how to un-pit it, I encouraged myself to try another one and third time was my lucky charm!! Haven’t looked back since and it’s been a staple ever since.
You would ask why millennials are so crazy about avocados. Well, they taste great, they are easy no-fuss to cook and they are healthy. What more do you need? For me avocado are all-rounders! I reach out for them for easy to make lazy dinners or even as a healthy substitute to saturated fats. Here are some of my favourite avocado recipes. Me being me, I don’t stick to the recipes but use them as a base to create my dish.
- Avocado Toast: I know, I know! This is the most basic recipe and you will find it on every food blog but as I said earlier, it’s my go to for the days when I am too tired to cook or for the days when my pantry has nothing but avocado and bread. It takes 10 minutes to make and it is so delicious! Now if I would want to make this recipe fancier, I would simple add diced cherry tomatoes and feta cheese on top! I can’t even believe how simple it is to make this.
- PC: Lovingitvegan.com
- Vegan Buddha bowl with Avocado: Now, for me a Buddha bowl cannot be complete without a fresh, finely sliced avocado! What I love the most of about Buddha bowls is that you can use absolutely anything that you have in your pantry. To the recipe below I made small changes like cooking quinoa or brown rice in vegetable stock instead of fresh water. I, often, substitute chickpeas for red kidney beans and I often swap the red pepper sauce for a lighter olive oil and lemon vinaigrette.
- PC: Wellandfull.com
- Mushroom, Spinach and Avocado Quesadillas: It is no secret that I love mushrooms and what better way to combine mushrooms and avocados than a quesadillas? These are easy to make & scrumptious. I like to serve these with some tangy salsa but I encourage those who would much rather prefer melted cheese sauce!
- PC: Cookieandkate.com
- Avocado Parathas: Last but not the least, the Indian in me could not resist this fusion food dish. Avocado Parathas are divine but probably I am biased because I am a big fan of parathas in general! Credits are due to my sister who tried the recipe first and introduced me to this creamy recipe. I would normally serve the parathas with fresh yogurt or mango pickle. It is a light, healthy and unlike any other recipe.
- PC: Cookwithmanali.com
My list could go on but I guess these 4 are the most common recipes that I cook. The wonders of cooking with avocado, once you have figured how to de-seed them and how to tell if they are ripe, is inexplicable. What are your favourite avocado recipes? Do you guys like them just as much as I do or is it just me obsessed with them? Share your favourite avocado recipes and I will cook it!