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.
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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.
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.
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(The Skinny Fork)
Baked Egg and Avocado Bowls
(Chew Out Loud)
Avocado Coconut Smoothie Shake
Black Bean, Mango and Avocado Salad
Zesty Avocado Salad Dressing
(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
(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.
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.