Chocolate Avocado Mousse

So I am just going to come out and say it…I am addicted to chocolate.

When I found this recipe for chocolate mousse I knew I had to try it with the healthy spin of adding avocado. I thought it was weird at first, but the avocado is really just the base and consistency for the mousse. To my surprise you only taste the chocolate! And you feel good eating it knowing you are getting some healthy fats from the avocado while indulging in some decadent chocolate! The best part, it is SO EASY to make!

Chocolate Avocado Mousse

chocolate avocado mousse

Ingredients
1/2 cup semisweet chocolate chips
4 very ripe (8 ounce) avocados, peeled and pitted
1/2 cup agave
1/2 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
1/3 cup almond milk
1 tablespoon pure vanilla extract
1/4 teaspoon fine salt
Kosher or rock salt, for garnish
Fresh raspberries, for garnish

Directions
Place the chocolate chips in a small bowl. Place over a small saucepan of barely simmering water. Stir until the chocolate is melted and smooth, about 3 minutes. Set aside to cool slightly.

Place the melted chocolate, avocados, agave, cocoa powder, almond milk, vanilla and salt in a food processor. Blend until smooth and creamy, scraping the sides of the bowl as needed. Spoon into glasses and refrigerate for at least 3 hours (can be prepared 1 day in advance). Garnish with fresh raspberries, sprinkle with the kosher salt, and serve.

Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/chocolate-avocado-mousse-recipe.html

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Fiesta Fish

Yes this fish looks fancy, it is also so delicious! Don’t let the long directions steer you away from this fabulous fish! It is so light and refreshing and I bet it would be even better if you grilled the fish!

Fiesta Fish

fiesta fish

Ingredients
1 lb whitefish of your choice (I used Sole)
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
paprika
Drizzle of olive oil

Onion and Jalapeño quick pickle:
1 cup fresh ruby red grapefruit juice
1/4 cup plus 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons olive oil
2 tablespoons honey
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 small Spanish onion, halved and thinly sliced
1 large jalapeno pepper, thinly sliced

Avocado and Mango Salsa
1 Hass avocado, halved, pitted, peeled and diced
1 small ripe mango, halved, pitted, peeled and diced
1/4 cup fresh parsley leaves, plus more for garnish
1/4 cup chives, chopped

Directions
Onion and Jalapeno quick-pickle:
Whisk together the juice, 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup olive oil, honey, and salt and pepper to taste. Add the onions and jalapeno, toss to coat and let sit at room temperature while you bake the fish.

Preheat the oven to 350. Sprinkle each side of the fish with salt, pepper, paprika, and a drizzle of olive oil. Bake until cooked through (about 20 minutes).

While the fish cooks, make the Avocado Mango Salsa:
Put the avocado and mango in a large bowl. Add the remaining 2 tablespoons olive oil, the remaining1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, the parsley, chives, and salt and pepper and toss gently to combine.

When the fish is done cooking, coat the fish in the pan with most of the onion and jalapeño mixture and let it marinade for 5 minutes. Save a little to add onto the plate before serving.

To assemble, add the fish to the plate, add some onion and jalapeño mixture on top of the fish, and finish with a scoop of avocado and mango salsa. If there is any juice left to the onion and jalapeño mixture, drizzle that on top as well.

Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/bobby-flay/tirado-de-mahi-mahi-recipe.html

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

I took my favorite healthy comfort food and turned it even more healthy! These lettuce wraps are the best way to add healthy to your diet while still getting the protein and yumminess you deserve.

Buffalo Chicken Quinoa Lettuce Wraps

buffalo chicken quinoa lettuce wraps

Ingredients

1 head of Boston, Bib, or Butter Lettuce
1 cup quinoa (measured uncooked)
2 cups water
3/4 lb boneless, skinless, chicken breast, cut into cubes or strips
1/2 cup Sambal (or any hot sauce)
1/2 cup olive oil
2 cups shredded carrots
2 Avocados
1 tsp salt
Chives-chopped (optional)

Directions

In a medium pot, combine quinoa and water. Bring to a boil, cover, and then turn heat to low. Cook until all the water is absorbed. It usually says on the quinoa package how long to cook it until.

While the quinoa is cooking, make the buffalo sauce. In a small bowl, combine the olive oil, hot sauce, and salt. I usually use Sambal chile sauce for my  “hot sauce,” so feel free to use any hot sauce you like. Whisk to combine and set aside.

Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add a tablespoon of olive oil and add chicken to saute until cooked through. Add half of sauce mix, saute for two minutes and cook the chicken for about 5 minutes or until cooked through. For me, its easier to cook the chicken breast whole first, then after its cooked cut it up.

Now its time to assemble! Take 1 piece of lettuce, add the quinoa to the center, and a couple pieces of buffalo chicken on top of that. Then add a little shredded carrots and a couple pieces of avocado. Top with chopped chives if desired, roll up and serve!

Recipe source: http://natashaskitchen.com/2014/08/02/chicken-quinoa-lettuce-wraps-with-peanut-sauce

Avocado-Pesto Stuffed Peppers

I made this finger food at my last girl’s night for a healthy twist on our typical wine and cheese night. The mix of avocado and pesto might be my new favorite combo!

Avocado-Pesto Stuffed Peppers

avocado pesto stuffed peppers

Ingredients

  • mini sweet bell peppers
  • ripe avocados
  • tablespoons of your favorite pesto
  • pinch of salt

Directions

  1. Cut the stems off of the peppers and use a spoon to remove the seeds.
  2. In a bowl with a fork (or in a food processor) mash up the avocados and pesto until creamy. Add a pinch of salt.
  3. Using a big ziplock bag with the corner snipped off (the stronger freezer bags work the best), pipe the mixture into mini sweet bell peppers and enjoy!

Recipe source: http://food52.com/recipes/22340-avocado-pesto-stuffed-peppers

Linguine with Avocado-Arugula Pesto

My love for avocado continues with this avocado pesto combination! Adding avocado to pasta is my all-time favorite thing. Adding pesto to that mix just makes this dish heavenly!

Linguine with Avocado-Arugula Pesto

linguine with avocado arugula pesto

Ingredients

1 pound linguine pasta
2 medium avocados, halved, peeled, and seeded
3 cups baby arugula leaves (3 ounces)
1 packed cup fresh basil leaves
3 tablespoons fresh lime juice (from 2 large limes)
2 cloves garlic, peeled and smashed
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 cup grated Parmesan (4 ounces)
1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted (see Cook’s Note)

Directions

Cook’s Note: To toast the almonds, arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven for 6 to 8 minutes until lightly toasted. Cool completely before using.

Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil over high heat. Add the pasta and cook until tender but still firm to the bite, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes. Drain and reserve about 1 cup of the pasta water. Place in a serving bowl.

Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh from the avocados and place in a food processor. Add the arugula, basil, lime juice, garlic, salt, and pepper. Blend until smooth.

Pour the pesto over the pasta and toss together. Add the cheese and almonds and toss together until coated, adding the pasta water, as needed, to loosen the sauce.

Recipe source: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/giada-de-laurentiis/linguine-with-avocado-and-arugula-pesto-recipe.html

Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip

This recipe is such a great alternative to hummus. It contains minimal and simple ingredients to create such a healthy dip. The best part about this dip is that it doesn’t brown. Most avocado dishes will brown the next day, but this dip stayed green! If it does brown a tiny bit, your best bet is to add a little lime juice and mix.

Creamy Avocado Yogurt Dip

creamy-avocado-yogurt-dip

Ingredients
1/2 cup plain fat-free Greek yogurt
2 ripe avocados, peeled and seeded
1 clove garlic, minced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional)
1 tablespoon finely chopped seeded jalapeño pepper
2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin (optional)
Salt and ground black pepper, to taste
Pita chips, tortilla chips, cut up veggies-for serving

Directions

1. Place the yogurt, avocados, garlic, cilantro, jalapeño, lime juice, and cumin in a blender or food processor. Mix until smooth. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

2. Scrape dip into a serving bowl and serve with pita chips, tortilla chips, or cut up veggies.

Recipe Source: http://www.twopeasandtheirpod.com/creamy-avocado-yogurt-dip/

Creamy Avocado Pasta

I look forward to this dish every summer. It is my all-time favorite pasta! It combines my love for avocados and pasta into one fabulous dish. The summery freshness of this recipe gets me every time.

Creamy Avocado Pasta

creamy avocado pasta

Ingredients

  • 1 medium sized ripe Avocado, pitted
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced + lemon zest to garnish
  • 1-3 garlic cloves, to taste
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • ~1/4 cup Fresh Basil
  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 servings/6 oz of your choice of pasta
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Directions

1. Bring several cups of water to a boil in a medium sized pot. Add in your pasta, reduce heat to medium, and cook until Al Dente, about 8-10 minutes.

2. Meanwhile, make the sauce by placing the garlic cloves, lemon juice, and olive oil into a food processor. Process until smooth. Now add in the pitted avocado, basil, and salt. Process until smooth and creamy.

3. When pasta is done cooking, drain and rinse in a strainer and place pasta into a large bowl. Pour on sauce and toss until fully combined. Garnish with lemon zest and black pepper. Serve immediately.

TIP: This dish does not reheat well (due to the avocado) and it may brown after a day in the fridge. However, this is a great dish to eat cold the next day.

Recipe Source: http://ohsheglows.com/2011/01/31/15-minute-creamy-avocado-pasta/

Zesty Shrimp Ceviche

This curbs any fancy ceviche craving with the simplicity of this recipe! I made this recipe at Christmas for my huge family and everyone LOVED it! I am not keen on cilantro, but if you are, this recipe will work great with some extra cilantro! What is great about this recipe too is that you can customize it. If you don’t like as much tomato, don’t add as much. If you’d like it a little spicier, keep the seeds in the jalapeño. I am sure you can fancy it up by adding lobster, or scallops! Mmmmm

Zesty Shrimp Ceviche

shrimp ceviche

Ingredients

  • 1 lb jumbo cooked shrimp, peeled, deveined, tails off, chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • 1 hass avocado, diced
  • 1 jalapeno, seeds removed, finely diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 2 limes, juiced
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt and fresh pepper to taste

Directions

Dice your onion. In a small bowl combine red onion, lime juice, olive oil, pinch of salt and pepper. Let the onions marinate for at least 5 minutes to mellow the flavor.

In the meantime, chop up the rest of your ingredients. In a large bowl combine chopped shrimp, avocado, tomato, and jalapeño. Combine all the ingredients together and gently toss. Adjust the taste with salt and pepper.

Recipe source: http://www.skinnytaste.com/2011/05/zesty-lime-shrimp-and-avocado-salad.html

Egg Avocado Toast

This recipe combines my love of avocados with my favorite breakfast go-to, eggs. I started making this as something cool I stumbled upon online, and it soon became my morning staple on the days I workout (aka the days I am up early).

What I love about this toast is that it takes minutes to make and is so healthy for you! I usually eat this before a workout so only 1 piece of toast works for me. You can easily eat this as a sandwich and add another piece of toast on top, or make 2 open face sandwiches.

Egg Avocado Toast

egg avocado toast

Ingredients

1 piece of sliced bread (any kind you like)
1 egg
1/2-1 avocado (I usually use 1/2 per slice of bread)
1 tsp butter or oil
Kosher salt

Directions

1. Toast your bread
2. Spread on your avocado
3. Add salt
4. Cook your egg and add it on top

Place your bread in the toaster oven (or however you like to toast your bread). Toast bread to your liking.

Heat a small pan with olive oil or butter and wait until the butter melts and starts to sizzle. Crack your egg into the pan to fry it. Flip the egg once the sides get a little brown and the white part starts to solidify. Cook the egg to your liking.

Meanwhile, slice open your avocado and take out the pit if that’s the half you choose to use. I usually choose the “un-pitted” half first, and drizzle the half with the pit with lime juice, wrap it tightly in tin foil, and put it in the fridge to use for the next day.

**Avocado tip: The easiest way to get the avocado flesh out of the skin is to run a knife horizontally through the flesh until your knife hits the skin (do not pierce the skin). Create these slits throughout the whole half making parallel horizontal cuts. (You can run your knife the opposite way making your way down the avocado creating squares and it comes out even easier). Then take your knife and run it along the outside of the flesh where the flesh meets the skin. Run your knife all the way around and under the flesh and the pieces you just cut should fall out easily. **

Once your bread is toasted place it on a plate, and add your cut avocado on top of the bread. Mash the avocado into the bread creating more of a spread than pieces of avocado. Sprinkle kosher salt on top of the avocado (trust me this makes a HUGE difference! Salt on avocado and salt on eggs is a necessity to greatness!). Once your egg is cooked to your liking place it on top of the avocado, and vuala!

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Recipe source: http://thecornerkitchenblog.com/avocado-toast/

Avocado Crostini

I love a good guac but I wanted to amp it up for Valentine’s Day last year. I found this recipe and I haven’t made guac the same since.

Avocado Crostini

Avocado Crostini

Ingredients

  • 1 french bread baguette, cut into 1/4-inch thick rounds
  • 1 avocado, peeled and pitted
  • 2 teaspoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 jalapeño pepper, seeded and minced
  • 1 1/2  tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 scallion, finely chopped
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 2 ounces fresh goat cheese (secret weapon!!)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4  teaspoon salt
  • 1/8  teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2  cup grape tomatoes, finely chopped
Directions
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake until toasted, but not browned, 2 to 3 minutes. Set aside.
2. Using a fork, mash avocado, lime, jalapeño, cilantro, scallion, garlic, goat cheese, oil, salt, and pepper in a small bowl.
3. Spread 1 to 2 teaspoons avocado mixture on each crostini and top with tomatoes.
Tip: Make these up to 1 hour ahead of time and keep covered at room temperature.

The source of this recipe:
http://www.recipe.com/avocado-crostini/?socsrc=recpin08912avocadocrostini