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Organic Baby Mashed Avocado

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado

Directions

  • Cut avocado in half
  • Remove seed
  • Scoop out meat and discard peel
  • Mash the avocado with a potato masher until smooth
  • If consistency is too thick add a small amount of filtered water

Ingredients (refer to picture above)

  • Top Left – Cilantro Lime Brown Rice Quinoa: We used a prepackaged brown rice and quinoa made by a brand called Seeds of Change (available at Costco).  I just heated it on the stove and added some fresh lime juice and cilantro to it.  You can also make your own brown rice or quinoa or combination and add the cilantro, lime juice (2 tsp), sea salt and garlic powder to it.
  • Top Right – Black Beans: Take 1 can black beans, heat in a small sauce pan add some garlic powder, ground cumin (1/4 tsp), ground red chili powder (1/4 tsp) and sea salt
  • Bottom Left – Guacamole (click here to see my recipe)
  • Bottom Right – 4-5 chopped romaine lettuce leaves
  • Center – Fresh Salsa (click here to see my recipe).  We just used Jacks’s Fresh Salsa from Costco since I was pressed for time last night.

Directions

  • Take a cereal bowl – Add rice, black beans, guacamole, salsa and then top with romaine lettuce
  • Enjoy!

courtesy of http://musingsbylightofthemoon.blogspot.com/2011/02/valentines-day-special-recipe-for-love.html

Avocados are a staple in our household.  We eat them atleast 4-5 times a week. We have already featured it in four recipes on our blog.  Its in our Asian Spice soup under the side section, the Guacamole under the side section, and in two salads.

Health Benefits

  • Avocados have a bad reputation since they are high in monounsaturated fat.  Although the fat in avocados is quite beneficial to your health.  It is anti-inflammatory and it is great at reducing your risk for cardiovascular disease.
  • The dark green outermost flesh of the avocado is packed with the most antioxidants so make sure you include that part in your recipes
  • Avocados help to stabilize and regulate blood sugars since they are high in fiber (fiber helps to regulate blood sugars)
  • They have anti-cancer properties and can help prevent mouth, skin and prostate cancers

How to Select and Store

  • Choose avocados that are slightly soft with no dark sunken spots or cracks
  • A firmer avocado can be ripened at home
  • A firm avocado will ripen in a brown paper bag or in a fruit basket within a few days
  • If you want to store an unused portion of an avocado, store in the refrigerator. Store in a plastic bag, wrap with plastic wrap, or place on a plate and cover with plastic wrap. Sprinkle the exposed surface with lemon juice will help to prevent the browning that can occur when the flesh comes in contact with oxygen in the air

some content courtesty of whfoods.org

 

Sun dried tomatoes are high in lycopene which is an excellent antioxidant and has great cancer preventing properties!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup sundried tomatoes sliced
  • 1 avocado peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cucumber diced
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • sea salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  • Combine all ingredients in a medium sized bowl
  • Chill and serve

Simple Baby Finger Foods

Simple Suggestions for Finger Foods for Babies

1. Diced avocadoes

2. Peeled seedless organic grapes

3. Ripe mango cubed

4. Steamed broccoli – small stems

5. Soft boiled peas

6. Steamed green beans

7. Steamed & cubed soft sweet potato

8. Steamed & cubed butternut squash

9. Steamed & sliced carrots

10. Cubed tofu

11. Small shreds or cubes of chicken, fish

12. Diced soft steamed organic peach

13. Diced melon

14. Squished blueberries

15. Diced ripe banana

16. Diced ripe pear

17. Scrambled egg yolks

18. Soft cooked brown rice pasta

19. Diced kiwi

20. Soft cubes of steamed apple

Yellow peppers are very high in lutein and zeaxanthin which are great for healthy eyes and are both powerful antioxidants! Red peppers are very rich in Vitamin C and contain 11 times more beta-carotene than green peppers.  Beta-carotene is a form of Vitamin A and is great for your eyes.  They promote a healthy heart and healthy lungs.

This soup has an amazing creamy texture, its quite filling, and sooooo fast to make!

Ingredients

  • 1 large red pepper
  • 1/2 cup tomatillos (if available) or 1 tomato
  • juice of 1 lime or lemon
  • 1 small avocado
  • 1/4  small  jalepeno
  • 3/4 cup unchopped cilantro
  • 1 large yellow pepper
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper

Directions

  • Remove seeds from peppers and quarter peppers
  • Peel and remove seed from avocado
  • Throw all ingredients in Blendtec or Vitamix blender
  • Blend on “soup setting”
  • Garnish with cilantro

Courtesy of Victoria Boutenko, with adjustments by me!

Avocados contain heart healthy monosaturated fats.  They are good for the heart because they are high in folic acid and vitamin B6.  They are a good source of vitamin K, which plays a role in blood and bone function.  Adding avocados to salads increases the absorption of cartenoids (an excellent antioxidant) in the blood stream.  They are a good source of fiber and therefore lower cholesterol levels as well and increase your HDL (good cholesterol). To prevent avocados from turning brown, coat them with lemon juice.

Ingredients

  • 1 tomato diced
  • 1 avocado peeled and diced
  • 1/2 of a medium cucumber diced
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 lime or lemon juiced
  • sea salt and black pepper to taste
  • 3 sprigs cilantro chopped finely

Directions

  • Mix all ingredients in a bowl and serve

Guacamole is great on tacos, awesome on a bed of greens as a salad dressing or with corn chips or as a vegetable dip.  It is quick and easy and it tastes amazing.  It is loaded with healthy fats and about 12 grams of fiber per avocado! Keep the seed in the guacamole to prevent it from browning.

Ingredients

  • 2 large avocado
  • 1 clove garlic finely grated or pressed
  • 1/2 a tomato grated (no skin) with a fine grater
  • 2 tablespoons of fresh lemon juice
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • chopped cilantro to garnish
  • optional – you can add some finely diced red onion and jalapeno pepper

Directions

  1. Scoop out flesh of avocado and place in bowl
  2. Combine all the ingredients into a bowl and mash with a potato masher

Prep Time: 10 min

Serves: 2-4

What you will need:

  • Blendtec or Vitamix blender
  • 1/2 an Avocado
  • 2 tsp ginger root
  • 1 – 2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 cups of turnip greens (can also use kale or collard greens)
  • 1 medium sized cucumber
  • 1/2 tsp turmeric
  • 1.5 cups of hot water
  • juice of 1 lime
  • chopped cilantro as a garnish

Add the contents to your blender and let it rip!  Should be ready in 2 mins.  Add chopped cilantro on top

This soup is a great pick me up. It clears the sinuses and is loaded with fiber and powerful spices that promote regularity