How to Use Avocado in Every Meal

As San Diegans, we are lucky to live in the land of countless avocados. Here, we can indulge in the coveted fruit’s creamy, cool deliciousness all year round.

Celebrate National Avocado Day by treating yourself and your family to a diverse, avocado-centered menu. These recipes are so good, they might just become your daily default meals!

Breakfast

The king of avocado-themed breakfasts is avocado toast — a simple, scrumptious morning staple with endless variations. But there’s so much more avocados can do for breakfast!

Huevos Rancheros Casserole: Feed the whole family with this easy take on huevos rancheros. Fill a casserole dish with a double layer of corn tortillas, beans and cheese, and the recipe’s signature spicy-sweet tomato-chile sauce. Of course, top it liberally with sliced avocados.

Blueberry Avocado Muffins: Perhaps you really dig muffins, but aren’t keen on all the saturated fat from butter and lard. We hear you! You won’t even taste the avocado in these blueberry avocado muffins, a light and mouth-watering version of the local coffee shop’s version.

Avocado Smoothies: If you love the taste and convenience of smoothies for breakfast, check out these awesome avocado-based shakes. Their healthy fat and fiber will give your drink some serious staying power.

Lunch

No matter where you’re eating lunch, these easy, packable lunches will fill you up without a ton of unhealthy fats or simple carbs.

Avocado Watermelon Salad: This light, simple lunch mixes together watermelon, feta, and avocado for a home-run hit. Add a side of grilled chicken for extra protein.

Avocado Tuna Salad: For folks who love tuna but aren’t crazy about mayonnaise, here’s the solution. Mix your tuna with avocado instead and add cucumber, red onion, and cilantro for a satisfying lunch loaded with protein. If you’re not a fan of tuna, you can substitute chicken, or even garbanzo beans.

15-Minute Creamy Avocado Pasta: You won’t be weighed down by this light, creamy pasta dish for lunch. Combine whole wheat pasta with a homemade avocado sauce for a delightful meal that’s vegan, nut-free, refined sugar-free, and soy-free. Whew!

Dinner

The last thing anyone wants to do in the summer heat is crank up the oven and cook. Avocados provide the basis for some awesome no- or low-cook meals that are healthy, filling, and delicious.

Grilled Chili Lime Chicken Fajita Salad: Everything in this low-carb version of fajitas can be chopped or grilled — no indoor cooking necessary. The best part is the heaping helping of avocado atop the spicy chili lime marinated chicken and peppers.

Cucumber Tomato Avocado Salad: This filling, healthy summer classic only takes about 15 minutes to prepare. Throw some steak, chicken, or veggie burgers on the grill to go with and you have a complete meal.

Grilled Salmon With Avocado Salsa: Loaded with omega-3s, protein, and fiber, this flavorful meal will leave your belly satisfied and your tastebuds buzzing.

Dessert

Finish off your day with these delectable desserts, which substitute healthy avocado fats for the unhealthy ones found in full-fat dairy.

Avocado Lime Pops: Ditch all the processed sugar — but keep all the flavor — with this interesting, creamy take on traditional popsicles.

No-Bake Avocado Cheesecake: If you’ve got 30 minutes, then you’ve got time to whip up this this easy, no-bake cheesecake. Let it chill in the fridge for six hours, and voila!

Chocolate Avocado Pudding: Chocolate doesn’t have to be bad for you. In this delightful pudding recipe, avocados retain the creamy texture of traditional pudding while real cocoa packs an antioxidant-fueled punch.

Looking for more easy, awesome summer recipe ideas? Check out Scripps Affiliated Medical Groups’ articles that feature a variety of delicious and nutritious foods.

 

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