In case you haven't noticed, it's summertime. For most places across these 50 states, that means higher temperatures and sorting out creative means to stay cool in these trying times. Even if you're not experiencing highs in the 100s like the South, that doesn't mean you should have to be left out from innovation.
If there's one tested and true staple to all things summer, it's the avocado. The beloved green avocado is at its prime in the summer, and the uses are endless. You may actually find yourself in an avocado slump from time to time after their constant appearance front and center at your local grocery store. You may ask yourself, "What can one possibly create with an avocado besides guacamole?"
Well, what can't you make with avocado? From margaritas to stuffed crab cakes in each half of an avocado, the list goes on and on. Plus, who can forget about the brunch staple that is smashed avocado toast? If you've never had it, now's the perfect time to give it a try. If avocados generally aren'y your cup of tea per se, there's still a bit of wiggle room for you to find an avocado toast you can enjoy!
Besides the creamy taste and texture that mashed avocado can add to any given dish, avocados are great for you, too! They are the only fruit that carries the necessary amounts of monounsaturated fats (total fats) that your body needs to run at its highest efficiency level. They also are high in dietary fiber, promoting digestive health.
Often referred to as a superfood, avocados boast high levels of vitamin K, which enable the good-for-you blood clots, and vitamin C, which helps your immune system do its thing. Not only do they carry numerous other minerals and vitamins your body craves on a daily basis, they also have more potassium per serving than a banana -- who knew!
As far as avocado toast goes, there's no need to stay plain Jane with it. By all means, spice up your run-of-the-mill toast with avocado and other toppings! If you prefer to kick it old school, mash avocado onto a thick slice of toast and add extra virgin olive oil, red pepper flakes, black pepper, a dash of lemon juice, and a sprinkle of sea salt. White bread or sourdough bread are two classic go-tos.
Want to mix it up a bit? Top your avocado toast with a fried egg, a dash of lime juice, red onion, and a good sprinkle of hot sauce. Feeling like you've been there, done that when it comes to the perfect avocado toast recipe?
No need to find the inspiration yourself; we've done the work for you. Long gone are the days of making a hearty meal by means of hot stove tops or toasted ovens, heating up your place even more than the blazing sun outside.
To kick of your mid-summer blues, here are five of our favorite ways to switch up your avocado intake without using any stovetop heat.
1. Avocado Stuffed with Bean Salad
If you're trying to twist your toast, why not take out the toast factor entirely and serve over tortilla chips? This turn on the classic will have you shouting from the rooftops. Get the recipe here.
2. Pineapple Black Bean Guacamole Dip
If it's got pineapple, count us in. This refreshing twist will let you escape to a tropical land without even leaving the couch. Get the recipe here.
3. Stuffed Garbanzo Bean and Chicken Wrap
Whoever said you can't enjoy toast in wrap-form was truly mistaken. This wrap lets you have it all and eat it, too. Get the recipe here.
4. Summer Salad With Homemade Dressing
Take the grains out of your morning toast ritual and swap it with some greens for an uplifting start to any morning. Get the recipe here.
5. Black Bean Guacamole
Alright, so it slightly resembles the pineapple dip, but honestly, can you have too many guacamole recipes? We didn't think so, either. Get the recipe here.