Who has some yummy ways to eat avocado? I don't particularly love it. I want to include it in my diet as well as my family's. Any good ones out there?
Avocado has some good nutrition, but it is not a magic food. Plus its expensive, tends to rot quickly and we don't get really good ones in Virginia.
I personally love avocado, but if you don't, there is no requirement for eating one. In other words, you can be plenty paleo and healthy without eating a single one.
If you can find a way to like it, kudos to you! But if paleo required me to eat foods that I don't like... I would be a total faileo! This is not to discourage all the great avocado ideas in this thread - I just thought you shouldn't feel like you HAVE to eat avocado, if you don't like it.
Eggs are fantastic nutrition, but some people just don't like them (like my older daughter). Fortunately, no single food is required on paleo - not even liver!
To me, the key to avocado tasting good is salt. I'm slowly getting used to it plain, but it always tastes "like it needs salt". My favorite recipe is a type of guacamole made at a local mexican restaurant. Mash up 2 avocados, add chopped onion, chopped tomato, cilantro, lime juice, chopped jalapeno and sea salt. So good. Play with the ratios until you get it the way you like it. You can also mix salsa into avocado for quick guac. My mom prefers to smush up her avocado with some lime juice, mayo and salt to make a type of guacamole salad dressing. Usually when I make guacamole, I spread it over grilled chicken, or just eat it plain. Of course, if you have a cheat meal it's always good with sour cream and tortillas; and a margarita :)
I like to make a fresh guacamole and pair it with fresh veggie dippers: red bell pepper, cucumber, carrots, etc. I like to garnish my eggs with it. I like it in a smoothie; I'll use it instead of banana.
We grill chicken with cumin, garlic salt and pepper on it and then slice up avocado and salsa (Green Gringo Mountain is paleo).
We also make homemade guac...it's easy to make:
2 avocados half of a small to medium onion jalapeno pepper(s) with as little or as much membrane left for heat, but de-seeded cilantro, about a third of a cup salt to taste
mix it all up with a pressing spatula to incorporate it all together
Was at a party the other night and somebody had made avocado ice cream with a coconut milk base. I didn't get the recipe, but it was great. I was able to glean that it doesn't require an ice cream maker to get the proper texture. Definitely worth tracking down.
You can make soup out of almost anything, even celery. There are recipes out there for avocado velvet, which is basically whipped avocado with cream. (smoothie) The difference is you warm it slightly and serve it in a bowl. Great summer soup.
Its amazing how just the texture or change of temperature can trick us with food and turn the same old into something new.
I also use stuffers... celery or cucumber boats or cherry tomatoes.
I've seen recipes for things like chocolate pudding, using avocados to make it creamy instead of milk:
It's certainly paleo.
Paleo avocado ice cream - http://www.livestrong.com/recipes/avocado-banana-ice-cream-paleo/
The recipes at the bottom look good too, all paleo.
Before you decide you don't like them, sprinkle a fresh, ripe avocado with some salt and pepper and a little squeeze of lime juice before adding it to your meal. I don't like avocado without at least a little bit of salt on it. It's just too weird and flavorless without it.