We are all guilty of it — adding a dash of hot sauce, sprinkling extra salt, or stirring in fresh herbs to help give our dishes some much needed zest. But avocados are a hidden culinary secret that can bring loads of flavor to dishes. Sliced, mashed, and diced, avocados make these dishes better.
Guacamole is a party dip staple, but it might sell the green-skinned fruit a bit short. Avocado’s culinary uses go far beyond the common condiment. Try adding some warm avocado to roasted Brussels sprouts with toasted pecans. The creamy avocado gets more bitter when warmed, which pairs perfectly with the crisp and sweet Brussels sprouts.
Not only do avocados pack a punch of flavor and texture, but they are a healthy addition to any dish. The key to maintaining a healthy weight is portion control. And since avocados are high in fat (the good kind), they keep you fuller for a longer period of time. Add some avocado slices to a vegetable pizza or a chipotle chicken taco. Keep in mind that one serving is one-fifth of the whole avocado.
So, give some of these recipes a try and make sure you add some avocado to your meals. Easy, creamy, and healthy, avocados can help dress up any dish.
Emily Jacobs is the Recipe editor at The Daily Meal. Follow her on Twitter @EmilyRecipes.