Fun Things to Do with Avocados on Cinco de Mayo

By Jessica Bivins, May 4, 2017, Events & Fun, Family, Recipes

On Cinco de Mayo, there’s plenty to celebrate in the versatile, creamy and nutritious avocado. Not only are avocados packed with unsaturated fats, they’re also a good source of potassium and vitamin B.

When you’re stocking up on avocados, be sure to store them at room temperature. Before you use it, give it a gentle squeeze. The flesh should give just a bit. Not rock hard, but not squishy like a sponge, either. If you want to be really sure it’s ready, remove the stem. If it’s bright green beneath the stem, it’s ready to eat.

You don’t need special tools to cut and slice an avocado, just a small sharp knife and a spoon, as you can see in this tutorial.

With that, here are some fun things to try with avocados.

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Entertaining made simple

Everywhere you look, there are fancy recipes for foods to serve at a party. But really, you can make entertaining a whole lot easier on yourself: just set out the tortilla chips and a bowl of guacamole, and everyone will be happy. As long as you can find ripe avocados, you’re good to go. Or, try this zesty and party-ready variation on classic guac, courtesy of California Avocados. The secret ingredient is a dash of tequila.

Breakfast to go

A ripe avocado mashed on whole-grain toast is a healthy start to any day. Just mash it up with salt and maybe a sprinkle of cumin and garlic powder. Transform it into an open-faced breakfast sandwich by adding a poached egg, tomato slices, cheese crumbles or all of the above.

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Taco toppings

Swap the shredded cheese with diced avocado for a healthy Tex-Mex upgrade. Slices arranged on top of Chicken Tinga and Avocado Tostadas add a colorful and creamy bite, recipe courtesy of Avocados from Mexico.

Dairy-free smoothies

An avocado can boost your smoothie’s nutritional profile, or stand in for dairy without sacrificing the full-bodied creaminess. This page of recipes from the Hass Avocado Board has a plethora of recipes to try, but the Avocado, Mango and Papaya Smoothie looks especially delicious.

Grilled avocados

When you fire up the grill, why not add some avocado halves? Just oil and season with salt and pepper and grill, flesh side down, for 2 minutes. Then, top with your favorite salsa, some cheese and chopped cilantro, or a black bean salad. Or, slice them up and use as a burger topping.

Of course, if you really love avocados, consider growing them. Many areas of Texas offer the perfect climate to cultivate an avocado tree or two right in your yard. When harvest time comes around, you’ll have plenty to share.

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