The avocado is a lot like a typecast actor. It's talented at lots of different things, but it rarely plays anything other than its most famous role: the main character in a bowl of guacamole.
But avocados are capable of lending their creamy character and healthy presence to wide range of roles, from a supporting player at breakfast to a leading part at dessert. People simply have to be willing to see the avocado in a different light.
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Below are 10 great ways to work avocados into your next meal without resorting to guac. There's something here to please everyone at the dinner table.
(The Skinny Fork)
Baked Egg and Avocado Bowls
Start your day with an avocado breakfast bowl — literally inside an avocado "bowl." Amanda from The Skinny Fork uses egg whites, cheese and bacon to stuff each creamy avocado half in this savory recipe.
(Chew Out Loud)
Avocado Coconut Smoothie Shake
Black Bean, Mango and Avocado Salad
Try an avocado salad for lunch, like this one from Márcia at Compassionate Cuisine. It's loaded with mango chunks and black beans, making this filling recipe a nutritious option for an entree or appetizer.
Zesty Avocado Salad Dressing
Not into black beans or mangoes? Just drizzle a bit of avocado-based dressing on your favorite salad. Kary Osmond of the CBC program "Best Recipes Ever" suggests her zesty recipe for avocado dressing on everything from lettuce to cheese to eggs.
(Green Kitchen Stories)
Cold Avocado Soup
Cold like gazpacho but creamy like bisque, this recipe for avocado soup from David and Luise at Green Kitchen Stories is a perfect choice for a light lunch or a starter. It comes together in just a few minutes, too.
(O.C. Mom Blog)
Kid-Friendly Avocado Soup
This version of avocado soup comes from Shelby at O.C. Mom Blog. The kids might like it warmed up on the stove, but Shelby insists her recipe is even better cold, served alongside a toasty chunk of Italian bread.
(How Sweet It Is)
Avocado BLT With Spicy Mayo and Fried Egg
Speaking of toasty bread, a few slices of avocado go a long way on a sandwich. Jessica at How Sweet It Is likes to bolster her BLT sandwiches with avocado, fried egg and spicy mayo. Check out the recipe here.
(Two Peas and Their Pod)
Creamy Avocado Pasta
Alfredo sauces can be loaded with saturated fats, but an avocado-based pasta sauce can be just as satisfying while keeping things healthier. Try this recipe from Maria and Josh at Two Peas and Their Pod, complete with lime, garlic and cilantro.
(Two Peas and Their Pod)
Avocado Mac and Cheese
If you'd rather your pasta have cheese and soft 90-degree angles, Maria and Josh also have an excellent avocado mac and cheese recipe to try. It's sure to be a hit with the whole family at dinnertime.
No-Bake Avocado Pie
No, that's not a Key lime pie pictured above. Kirbie from Kirbie's Cravings makes a no-bake avocado pie that'll impress every guest at the dinner table. Click here to see how she makes her recipe.
(Stuff I Make My Husband)
Avocado Ice Cream
What's pie without ice cream? Grab an ice cream maker and try this recipe from Erica at Stuff I Make My Husband. This rich and smooth treat is made without dairy (and can be made without sugar, too), so it's a great option for vegans and the lactose-intolerant alike.
(Veggie and the Beast)
Vegan Peanut Butter Chocolate Chip Avocado Cookies
They may not be green, but these chocolatey cookies from Katie and Ryan (aka Veggie and the Beast) are loaded with avocado. It's used in place of butter, and it lends a fluffier, cakier vibe to these vegan treats. See the recipe here.