Three Super Quick and Easy Avocado Recipes

I like my meals easy and done with in a matter of minutes so you’ll hardly ever find me in the kitchen for two long. That said, there’s something therapeutic about conjuring up a salad and doing some good ol’ cake baking. Today, I want to share with you three very basic avocado recipes for breakfast or lunch.

AVOCADO BASIL MASH UP

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Serves 2 people

Ingredients:

2 ripe avocados
1/2 cup basil leaves
1 juice of a lemon (freshly squeezed)
2 tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and pepper (to season)
4 slices of toast (to serve)

Directions:

Toast the slices of bread in a toaster. While that’s warming up, cut one avocado in half. Remove the seed and slice into cubes. This makes it easier to scoop out. Remember, the avocado is going to be mashed up so it does not need to look pretty. Just scoop up all the flesh and place it into a bowl. Repeat the same procedure with the other avocado. Using a fork, smash the avocados until fairly smooth. It’s fine if there are still lumps – you can make the avocados as smooth or as lumpy as you want! Now add the olive oil, seasoning and basil leaves. Mix it all together. Spread a generous amount of the filling onto your toast and garnish with a few basil leaves. Enjoy your tasty breakfast (or lunch) snack!

AVOCADO, PISTACHIO AND FETA SALAD

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Avocado and feta together?! I know what you’re thinking but trust me, this salad tastes absolutely delicious and the ingredients go really well together. Bonus benefits – you get your calcium, vitamin C, vitamin D and healthy fats all in one.

Serves 2 people

Ingredients:

2 avocados
1 cup of cherry tomatoes
1 cup of feta cheese (cut into cubes)
1 bowl of rocket leaves (or more if you like)
A handful of pistachios
1/4 red onion (thinly sliced)
1/2 juice of a lemon (freshly squeezed)
2 or 3 tablespoons of olive/sunflower oil (depending on preference)
Salt and pepper

Directions:

This time you’re going to peel the avocados and then slice them lengthwise, as you would an apple. In a bowl, pour in the olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon juice then mix well. Add the rest of the ingredients and toss together. That’s pretty much it! Bon appetito!

AVOCADO-TUNA SPREAD

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This makes a great sandwich filler and can even be eaten plain. It contains minimal ingredients so it’s great for those of us on a budget still looking to keep to a healthy yet flavoursome diet.

Serves 2 people

Ingredients:

2 avocados
1 can of tuna
1/4 red onion (thinly sliced)
Salt and pepper
3 tablespoons of olive oil/sunflower oil
A handful of your choice of herbs (I find parsley works best with tuna. Other good options are coriander, dill, spring onion or thyme. You can even throw in a mix of herbs.)

Directions:

Cut up the avocados and mash them with a fork. Drain the tuna and place into a bowl. Throw in the mashed up avocados and mix together. Add in the vinaigrette (consisting of the red onions, salt, pepper, lemon, oil and herbs) and stir. Spread onto a slice of toast or use as a sandwich filler, for your bread, to take to work or school.

I discovered the above first and second recipes simply through experimentation. The third recipe is adapted from one of my grandma’s dishes. I hope to include more recipes in future posts. I can’t wait for you to try out the above combinations. Let me know what you think. I hope you find them as tasty as I did! Feel free to add your own twist. If there are ingredients you don’t use, swap them out (although I have chosen these particular ones because I think they work best together).

Be good. Eat well. Don’t stress out.

XOXO. Nina.

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