10 Deliciously Radical Avocado Recipes

Posted by on March 17, 2015 in Food, Drink & Nutrition, Health with 4 Comments

by Melissa Breyer | Treehugger.com

Few other fruits inspire such reverie as does the mighty avocado. The nutty flavor, that texture — avocados must surely be on the short list of nature's crowning achievements. And along with their gustatory gusto, avocados provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. They also enable the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients in food that they are eaten with, thereby boosting nutrients such as alpha and beta-carotene and lutein.

In their popular starring role as guacamole (try Jerry's grilled version) they are perfect, but avocados are also avid masters of disguise. The Peter Sellers of the produce aisle. Dressed up with other flavors, they can adeptly stand in for dairy and thus make a great base for vegan dishes or as a healthy swap in other recipes where their nutrients can replace nutritionally-vacant ingredients. They play so well with a wide variety of unexpected flavors, even sweets. With that in mind, here are 10 recipes, both sweet and savory, where avocado plays an unconventional part.

Avocado Cheesecake with Pistachio Shortbread Crust

radical avocado recipes

First up: Cheesecake! See the recipe for Avocado Cheesecake with Pistachio Shortbread Crust here. (Swap the gelatin for an equal amount of kosher vegan gelatin or agar-agar powder to make it vegetarian.) For a raw vegan version, see Sweetly Raw's Green Cheesecake.

Linguine with Smoky Avocado Sauce

linguine with smoky avocado

This recipe combines two of the best kept secrets about avocados: They are decidedly delicious when grilled and they can substitute for a creamy Alfredo-style pasta sauce like nobody's business. Weekday Vegetarian writer Kelly Rossiter got it right on with this recipe: Linguine with Smoky Avocado Sauce.

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  1. energy4522@gmail.com' Sherryl says:

    the avocado treat looked great! Look forward to more recipes with avocado’s

  2. dhighsmith@q.com' Doris Highsmith says:

    I hate avocados but I am supposed to eat them due to my health problems, and I am willing to try any recipes as they seem to look good

  3. GailHeine@hotmail.com' Michael Burka says:

    The recipes look great and I’ve been eating avocados everyday! I am gonna try this. Never thought of using avocados instead of cheese and this is a great recipe ! Thanks 🙂

  4. NaSilvan@yandex.com' Lita Ptaszynski says:

    These are such great, delicious, and simple ideas! You’re a life saver – thanks!!

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