Avocados

Avocados can be enjoyed in a variety of ways, including mashed and spread on a sandwich in place of mayonnaise, or blending it with oil and vinegar to make a salad dressing.

Avocados are like the child you have who goes from sitting quietly in the back of the classroom making a “C” at best, to becoming the high-school valedictorian with a full-ride college scholarship to Harvard.

Avocados are loaded with nutrients such as dietary fiber, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, folate and 60% more potassium per ounce than bananas. To choose an avocado, squeeze it gently. It should be firm but give to slight pressure. Hard avocados are not yet ripe, but can ripen in a few days. Apples or bananas can be added to the bag to shorten the process, because the gas they give off helps ripen the avocados. Ripe avocados can be stored in the refrigerator for two to three days.

Lemon juice, lime juice or white vinegar can help prevent discoloring. You can also press plastic wrap directly on the surface and then wrap to store in the refrigerator for a few days.

AVOCADO FLATBREAD

This flatbreadrecipe that can be prepared in less than 30 minutes. Sprinkle the finished flatbreads with pre-packaged Everything Bagel seasoning mix for additional flavor and texture, if desired.

1 large avocado, or 2 to 3 small avocados, ripe, peeled and pitted

1 teaspoon lemon juice

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground black pepper

1 teaspoon curry powder or garam masala powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1 teaspoon garlic powder

3 tablespoons cilantro or parsley leaves, finely chopped

1 1/3 cups all-purpose flour

Water, as needed to moisten dough

3 tablespoons vegetable oil (to cook flatbread)

1. Using a large bowl and a fork, potato masher or a food processor, mash the avocado until smooth. Add the lemon juice, salt, pepper, curry or garam masala powder, onion powder, garlic powder, cilantro or parsley leaves, and mix well.

2. Add 1/3 cup of flour at a time to the avocado mixture and mix or process well after each addition. Lightly dust the counter or cutting board, and a rolling pin with flour. Knead the mixture on the counter or cutting board to form a soft, smooth dough. If the dough is too loose, add another 1/3 cup of flour. If the dough is too dry, add a tablespoon of water.

3. Cover the dough with a dish towel or plastic wrap, set aside for 15-30 minutes. Divide dough into 8 equal portions. Roll each portion into a circle or oval shape of even thickness (about 2 inches).

4. Place a heavy-bottom skillet or a griddle over medium-high heat until hot. Place one of the flatbread pieces in the dry skillet or a griddle. Press flatbread lightly with a spatula. After 5 to 7 seconds, when bubbles form on top of the flatbread and the bottom is light brown, spread a teaspoon of oil on top of the flatbread. Flip it over, cook it for another 5-7 seconds, then apply oil to the top of the flatbread, flip again, cook for the last 5-7 seconds. Transfer to a serving plate, cover to keep warm. Repeat process with remaining flatbread.

5. Freeze or store in an airtight container. Serves 8.

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