There is nothing better than avocado season!

When that delicious, creamy, green flesh is ripe and ready to be thrown into all manner of tasty meals and snacks. And for an excellent price!

Avocados are highly nutritious. Rich in monounsaturated fats, dietary fibre and vitamin E, this powerhouse of a fruit wins itself the title of ‘superfood’ frequently. It’s a great alternative to butter on your bread or wrap and is highly versatile in its use from pasta sauce to green smoothies!

Although packed with nutrients, avocado is reasonably energy dense. So, if weight loss is your goal, do be mindful of your portion and pair it up with other nutritious foods that help you feel full and satisfied.

If you’re keen for some avocado goodness, now’s the time. When they’re less than $1 each, you really need to make the most of it!

Here are 5 delicious and nutritious ways with the humble Hass avocado.

Mexican Avocado Salsa

Ingredients:

  • 1 avocado, diced
  • 2 tomatoes, diced
  • ½ red onion, finely chopped
  • coriander, finely chopped
  • lime juice
  • corn kernels, drained and rinsed or chopped off the cob
  • salt and pepper

Method:

  • Combine all the ingredients in a bowl and toss together.
  • Season with salt and pepper.
  • Serve immediately with steak, chicken or fish or with your favourite Mexican dish.

Guacamole

Ingredients:

  • 2 avocados
  • ½ clove garlic, crushed
  • lemon juice
  • salt & pepper
  • optional: cherry tomatoes + red onion

Method:

  • Mash the avocado in a bowl with a fork.
  • Add the juice of ½ lemon and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • To spruce it up a little, crush the garlic, finely chop cherry tomatoes and red onion.
  • Stir these through the avocado and serve immediately with corn chips and vegetable sticks.

Smashed Avocado with Eggs & Feta

Ingredients:

  • 2 eggs
  • ¼ avocado
  • 20g feta
  • 2 slices grainy bread

Method:

  • Boil the eggs for 10 minutes until hard boiled.
  • Immediate drain under cold water, peel off the shell and roughly chop in a small bowl.
  • Add the avocado and feta to the bowl and mash together with a fork.
  • Generously spread the mixture over a slice of toasted grainy bread.

Avocado Steak Toppers

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 300g beef scotch fillet steak (2x 150g steaks)
  • ½ avocado, thinly sliced
  • 1 tbsp hollandaise sauce
  • lemon juice

Method:

  • Cook the steak until your liking. Set aside to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Top the steak with avocado, drizzled with lemon juice and a dollop of hollandaise sauce.
  • Serve with large side salad or steamed mixed vegetables.

Tomato, Garlic & Avocado Pasta

Ingredients (serves 2):

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1 punnet cherry tomatoes, halved
  • ½ bunch fresh basil, finely chopped
  • ½ avocado, diced
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese, grated
  • 100g high fibre pasta

Method:

  • Cook the pasta according to the packet directions. Drain and set aside.
  • Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat. Add the garlic and tomatoes and sauté until soft. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Remove from the heat and add the cooked pasta, basil and avocado. Stir until well combined.
  • Serve immediately and top with a sprinkle of parmesan cheese.

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