7 Recipes That Prove You Can Eat Avocado For Every Meal


By Cooking Panda

Avocados!!! Seriously, what tastes better than a nice, creamy dreamy green slice of your favorite “fruit”? Not much, right? Not only are avocados healthy, but they also make just about everything taste better. If you don’t do dairy, or you’re cutting back, no problem! Just substitute that cheese or cream for the green stuff, and you’re good to go. Here are some of our favorite avocado-y dinners:

1. Quinoa Salad with Asparagus, Peas, Avocado & Lemon Basil Dressing

This is super healthy and would be delicious as a side or main course. Pro-tip: make a big batch of the dressing in advance and keep it in the fridge for salads, marinades and whatever else. Oh, and cook your well-rinsed quinoa in broth. Always in broth.

2. Chicken Avocado Burgers

This is a particularly awesome way to eat a fairly healthy burger if you are cutting down on cheese but want a reasonably nutritious burger that doesn’t taste like cardboard. Of course, you can load it the heck up with gooey cheese, corn salsa and maybe even some crispy onions if you want.

3. Deep Fried Guacamole

Avocado certainly doesn’t have to be healthy! If you want something a little different and totally shameless, go ahead and mix up your favorite spicy guac and deep fry the whole thing! Bonus: Nov. 14 is National Spicy Guacamole Day, and we think it’s the perfect excuse to eat these heavenly appetizers for dinner.

4. Charred Corn and Avocado Pizza

If you’ve never had avocado on pizza, now is the time to start! You’ll just adore the extra creamy richness it adds, that goes so perfectly with the sweet, charred corn, salty cheese and hot sauce. Give it a try!

5. Stovetop Avocado Mac and Cheese

Can’t get enough avocado? Try loading up your mac and cheese with it and mix it with some pepper jack, white cheddar or your favorite other kind of cheese. You can use something orange like cheddar, but the color won’t be as cute. It’ll still taste delicious though!

6. Tuna Poke Bowl with Avocado

If you love the poke trend, you’ll be delighted to know that you can pretty easily replicate your favorite sushi bowl at home. You can totally swap around your favorite ingredients. For example, feel free to use imitation crab and/or tomato tuna if you can’t access or don’t want to eat fresh raw fish.

7. Avocado Margarita

In case you need something green to accompany your main course, try blending a little avocado into your margarita. It might sound a little weird, but we think you’ll like the richness of this savory dessert of a cocktail.

Featured Photo Credit: Two Peas and Their Pod

Tags: avocado recipe, fried guacamole, guacamole recipe, National Spicy Guacamole Day, weeknight dinners
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13 Easy-To-Make Taco Condiments That Will Transport You Straight To Heaven


By Cooking Panda

We love tacos here at Cooking Panda. Like, we love them. But if you are ever making any of our taco recipes and don’t know what to drizzle on top, here are some of our favorite condiments that you should absolutely bookmark for upcoming Taco Tuesdays:

Creamy Things

All things avocado, crema, and non-dairy.

1. Copycat Chipotle Guacamole

Everyone knows that the best guac is chunky and simple, with just a few ingredients (really all you need is salt, lime and Tapatio, but you do you). If you want to go above and beyond, here’s how to replicate the stuff from Chipotle.

2. Fully Loaded Guacamole

Sacrilege! We know! But it’s so delicious, and sometimes you just have to go wild. We can’t deny that the smoky, nutty and slightly sweet flavors bring something delectable and exciting to our favorite dish. You’ll love this, even if you just add a couple of the ingredients.

3. Avocado Tomatillo Salsa

No cooking needed. Just throw everything in a food processor (or strong blender), and you’ll have the perfect topping.

4. Avocado Crema

Avocado and yogurt for the win.

5. Zesty Chipotle Lime Crema

You can use sour cream, crema, Greek yogurt, cashew cream or even pureed (and watered down) avocado here. Anything goes.

6. Cilantro Lime Garlic Cashew Cream

No dairy, no problem. This stuff tastes just as good as crema, if not better. Plain cashew cream also makes an excellent base for cream-based sauces. Alternately, feel free to swap out the cashew cream for dairy crema or sour cream.

7. Rajas con Crema

Roasted poblanos (or other green chilies if you must) with caramelized onions and cream. Delicious! We recommend serving this with shrimp tacos, but it will go great with just about anything.

Salsa Things

If you must buy salsa from the store, don’t be afraid to doctor it up a little. Add fresh lime juice, cilantro, and maybe a little diced jalapeno, and your guests will never know you didn’t make it yourself. Here are some more tips on faking it.

But really, making the good stuff from scratch is really not that hard. Most of these recipes require little more than dicing everything or throwing it into a food processor. If you have the time and ingredients, you should totally make some of these:

8. Fresh Pico de Gallo

The classic. Chop a bunch of stuff up and mix it together.

9. Homemade Salsa Verde

Why buy it when the fresh stuff is so tasty and simple to make?

10. Classic Roasted Salsa

It’s easier than you’d think – pretty much just broil your ingredients and pulse them in a food processor with minimal effort. Serve to your guests and tell them it took you a few hours to make. Hide said food processor and act tired.

11. Charred Tomato Salsa

If you want to keep it simple, you can simply char the tomatoes and smash them a little for an easy, satisfying taco topping. Pro tip: grilled fruit (pineapple, etc.) makes for an incredible topping.

12. Watermelon Pico De Gallo

It’s pretty odd, but this salsa is delicious for the summer, served with chips or over grilled chicken or fish.

13. Mango Salsa

This sweet, chunky salsa is sensational with chicken or fish, or just on the side with chips.

Featured Photo Credit: Guisados/Instagram

Tags: crema recipe, guacamole recipe, salsa, taco toppings, Taco Tuesday
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