Avocado Pasta

I promise that I am going to pin some recipes that don’t use avocados, but they are so delicious and it’s that time of year. My best friend, Olga, came to visit for the weekend and it’s the first time we spent a few days together in about 3 years! We had a wonderful weekend of eating & crafting. She had the idea that we make some avocado pasta that she saw on Pinterest, and naturally I agreed! We used a recipe from Avocado.org and it didn’t take 10 minutes to make the whole meal.

I started with olive oil, lime juice (of course I didn’t have lemons), 2 cloves of garlic, and some coarse salt. I added 2 avocados, some oregano & basil, and black pepper and pulsed it in the food processor until it was creamy.

I tossed mine with some cappellini and topped it with some Parmesan cheese.

There isn’t a single thing I would change about the way I made this, except use fresh herbs. I didn’t have any and we weren’t going to the store so I used dried herbs.

This is by far one of the most amazing recipes I’ve found on Pinterest. I was so surprised at how well it came out and I will be making this for years to come! The avocados take on the taste of the garlic and olive oil very well and it tastes so wonderful you wouldn’t expect it to be green. It was a lot like pesto, only with avocados. Amazing!!

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Avocado “Mayo” Spread

One of the most disappointing things about Pinterest is when a pin doesn’t link to anything! How obnoxious is it to see something “crafty” and there isn’t a tutorial? And how frustrating is it to find something that looks DELICIOUS, but there’s no recipe? This doesn’t happen to me often, but I found what I thought would be a delicious recipe for avocado “mayo” spread WITHOUT mayonnaise (I hate the stuff!) only to have my stomach’s dreams ripped away. The link is broken! I even Googled the spread and couldn’t find it with the specific ingredient list. Now, I realize you can just whip up some avocados in the food processor and they would be tasty alone, but I like to know what was so amazing about someone’s recipe that they felt the need to post it, you know?

At the very least, the pin’s comment has a list of what should be in this, but I didn’t have everything so I had to make some substitutions. I always have to make substitutions. Anyway, the original pin says this spread is an avocado, whipping cream, lemon juice, mustard, & Tabasco sauce. I rarely purchase lemons so I used a lime instead, and I also prefer Louisiana Hot Sauce over Tabasco Sauce. Use what you love!

I chopped the avocado up a bit, squeezed a lime, used about a teaspoon of yellow mustard, and some hot sauce as the recipe called for, and then I added sour cream & a touch of milk, and whipped it up in the food processor.

I didn’t take any pictures of the finished product, but it looks like the original pin and it was delicious! When I make it again, I will use spicy brown mustard instead of yellow mustard. I ate it as a baked potato topping and it would be delicious on a grilled cheese or a sprout-y sandwich. Another win for avocados!

Broiled Avocadoes with Parmesan and Hot Sauce

As my first post at Pin-spired, I am going to share this wonderful vegetarian recipe that I re-pinned. I absolutely love avocados and I’ve only recently developed a taste for them. Five years ago I wouldn’t have touched one, but one day I got a craving for them and it hasn’t stopped since. They are filling and full of healthy fats – and I love healthy fat!

I found the recipe at Morsels and Musings. She made hers with chipotle sauce but I used Frank’s Buffalo Wing Sauce on mine. First, I didn’t realize I had Louisiana Hot Sauce but I made it once with Frank’s and once with Louisiana and I loved it most with the buffalo sauce. You can scoop it out with a fork and it is wonderfully delicious! I am so glad I found this quick little snack because it is a new favorite. Hope you enjoy as much as I do! 🙂

– Miranda