Avocado and White Bean Sandwich

Such a yummy lunch!!

2 medium avocados, pitted and peeled

1 15 oz can white beans, rinsed

2 tbsp lemon juice

1 tbsp olive oil

1 clove garlic

1/2 tsp chopped fresh thymw

1/2 tsp tarragon, minced

Salt and peoper

4 slices bread, toasted

2 roasted red peppers, halved

4 slices of sharp cheddar cheess

4 c baby lettuce leaves

Combine avocados, beans, lemon juice, olive oil, garlic, herbs and salt and pepper in a food processor and pulse till smooth.

Spread on 4 slices of bread. Top with roasted pepper, cheese and lettuce leaves.

Serves 4. 8 WW Pts

Green Goddess Sandwich

This is adapted from Bon Appetite. It’s so yummy!

  • ¼ c finely chopped chives
  • ¼ c mayonnaise
  • ¼ c basil
  • ¼ c Greek yogurt
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • ½ head of butter or Bibb lettuce leaves
  • ¼ English hothouse cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 1 avocado, thinly sliced
  • 4 slices bread
  • 8 ozs fresh mozzarella, sliced ¼ inch thick
  • 2 cups sprouts (such as broccoli sprouts or alfalfa)
  • Place chives, mayonnaise, tarragon, and yogurt in a blender. Add zest and juice of 1 lemon half; season with salt and pepper. Purée until smooth.
  • Divide and smash avocado between 2 slices of bread; season with salt and pepper. Arrange lettuce and cucumbers over. Top with mozzarella and sprouts. Spread remaining 2 slices of bread with ¼ cup green goddess dressing and close sandwiches.

Serves 2.

Bay Shrimp and Avocado Salad

This is a quick and easy salad for a busy weekend! The creamy avocado and citrusy shrimp are perfect together.

8 oz Bay shrimp
Juice and zest of 1 like
Zest of 1 orange
4 tbsp chives, snipped
1 avocado, sliced thin
Salt
Olive oil

Toss shrimp with zest, juice, chives and a pinch of salt. 

Spread Avocado across plate, top with shrimp and drizzle with a little olive oil.

Serves 2.

Crispy Potatoes with Avocado Salsa

This is so yummy! Thanks Food & Wine for the recipe!

1 1/2 pounds fingerling potatoes

6 tablespoons olive oil, divided

1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided

1/2 cup chopped yellow onion

1/3 cup cold water, plus more as needed

1 medium serrano chile, stemmed, seeded (if desired), and roughly chopped

3/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves and stems, divided

2 tablespoons fresh lime juice

1 small avocado, pitted

1/2 cup pickled hot jalapeño slices (such as Mezzetta) plus 1 1/2 tablespoons pickling liquid

2 ounces Cotija cheese, grated on smallest holes of a box grater (about 1/2 cup)

Preheat oven to 350°F. Toss together potatoes, 2 tablespoons oil, and 1 teaspoon salt on a rimmed baking sheet, and spread in a single layer. Bake in preheated oven until fork-tender, 30 to 40 minutes. Remove from oven.Step 2    

Increase oven temperature to 500°F. Using the bottom of a 1-cup dry measuring cup, smash potatoes to about 1/2-inch thickness. (Make sure smashed potatoes are still in a single layer.) Drizzle with 3 tablespoons oil; sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt. Bake at 500°F until bottoms of potatoes are golden brown, 15 to 20 minutes. Flip potatoes, drizzle with remaining 1 tablespoon oil, and sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Bake until edges of potatoes are crispy and golden, 8 to 12 minutes.Step 3    

While potatoes bake, process onion, 1/3 cup water, serrano, 3 tablespoons cilantro, lime juice, and remaining 11/4 teaspoons salt in a blender until smooth, about 20 seconds. Add avocado, and process until smooth, about 10 seconds. If needed, pulse in additional cold water, 1 tablespoon at a time, to reach a thick but pourable consistency.Step 4    

Transfer warm potatoes to a large bowl; add pickled jalapeño slices and pickling liquid, Cotija, and 1/2 cup cilantro; toss to coat. Spoon avocado salsa into 4 small bowls; top evenly with potato mixture, and sprinkle with remaining 1 tablespoon cilantro. Serve immediately.

Serves 4.

Shrimp Tacos

  • These tacos are the perfect weeknight dinner! They literally take less than 30 minutes.
    • 1 lb peeled with tails removed, shrimp
    • 8 tortillas made with coconut flour, or 8 large romaine lettuce leaves
    • 1/ 4 cup avocado oil mayonnaise
    • 2 limes
    • 1-2 avocados
    • Handful leaves of cilantro stripped from stems
    • 1 tsp of both cumin
    • 1 tsp paprika
    • 1/ 2 tsp of both garlic
    • 1/2 tsp onion powder
    • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil or melted coconut oil
    • 2-3 cups shredded romaine
    • Pepper and salt to taste
    To make sauce: Add the mayonnaise, finely chopped cilantro leaves, as well as the juice of only one lime to a food processor and pulse till smooth.
    Heat a non-stick pan on stove on medium-high. Add extra virgin olive oil or coconut oil to the pan. Once the oil is hot, add shrimps to the pan. Evenly sprinkle the cumin, paprika, garlic and onion powders over the shrimp. Add black pepper and salt to your taste. Toss the shrimp in the pan or use a spatula to mix and flip, evenly coating each shrimp with spices. Continue to cook for another 6-8 minutes flipping occasionally so the shrimps don’t burn.
    Pile shrimps, pieces of avocado and lettuce on tortillas or romaine lettuce leaves. Drizzle with cilantro lime sauce.
    Makes 8 tacos.

    Portobello Tacos

  • Vegan taco Tuesday never tasted so good! These marinated mushroom pack the flavor! You can use lettuce leaves or taco shells – do what works for you!
  • Mushrooms:
    • 1 lb portobello, sliced thin
      1/2 c olive oil
      4 tbsp liquid aminos
      1 tbsp lime juice
      2 cloves garlic, minced
      1 scallion, sliced thin
      2 tbsp chopped cilantro
      1/2 tsp red chili flakes
      1/2 tsp cumin

    For Serving:

    • Butter lettuce leaves or taco shells
    • Roasted pumpkin seeds
    • Avocado, sliced thin
    • Salsa

    In a bowl whisk together all the mushroom ingredients, add mushroom and marinate for 15 minutes.

    Preheat oven to 425. Roast mushroom on roasting pan. Bake for 20 minutes. Toss mushrooms with marinade again.

    Serve with lettuce leaves, avocado and salsa.

    Serves 4.

    Skillet Taco

    This is a quick and easy one skillet meal! I used vegan meat, but use beef or turkey if that’s your jam. This one is inspired by What Gaby’s Cooking with some vegan modifications.

    • 1 tbsp oil
    • 1 onion, sliced thin
    • 3 bell peppers, diced
    • 1 lb vegan or ground meat of choice
    • 1 packet Taco seasoning
    • 1 14oz can fire roasted tomatoes with chilies
    • 1 c frozen corn
    • 1 can black beans, rinsed
    • Vegan shredded cheese
    • 1 avocado, diced
    • 3 green onions, chopped
    • Black olives, sliced

    Combine onions, peppers and oil in a 12 inch skillet and cook over medium heat until soft, about 5 minutes. Stir in “meat” and seasoning and cook until brown or heated through. Add tomatoes, corn and beans and cook over medium heat for 19 minutes, stirring a few times.

    Scoop into bowls and top with cheese, avocado, green onions and olives.

    Serves 4 – 6.

    Cucumber Avocado Salad

    This salad is so good – cucumber and avocado play so well together!

    • 3 tbsp olive or avocado oil
    • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    • 2 cloves garlic, minced
    • Salt and pepper
    • 1 large avocado, chopped
    • 4 Persian cucumbers, sliced thin
    • 1 c arugula or spinach

    Combine oil, vinegar, garlic, salt and pepper in a small jar.

    Place remaining ingredients in a bowl, toss with dressing and serve.

    Serves 4.

    Black Bean Cakes with Salsa

    These little vegan patties are so wonderful!

    • 4 tbsp olive oil
    • 1 onion, chopped
    • 15 oz black beans, rinsed
    • 1/2 c diced carrots
    • 1/2 c cornmeal
    • 1/2 c bread crumbs
    • 1 tbsp chili powder
    • 1 tsp sea salt
    • 1/2 c cilantro, chopped
    • 1/4 c water
    • 1 head romaine, chopped
    • 1 avocado, chopped
    • Pineapple or salsa of your choice

    Heat oil in a medium skillet, cook onions and cook until softened, about 20 minutes.

    Add beans, carrots, cornmeal, bread crumbs, chili powder, cilantro, and water to a food processor, pulse to mash, add a little more water if too dry.

    Scoop 1/4 c mixture and form into patty, cook over medium heat for 5 minutes per side until lightly brown.

    Serve on romaine, with avocado and salsa.

    Serves 4 – 6.

    Spicy Chopped Raw Salad

    I’m trying some raw salads for lunch and loving them! This one is so good! And it keeps dressed without getting soggy! Perfect for lunch!

    Filling:

    • 1/2 c raw almonds
    • 1/2 c raw walnuts
    • 4 tbsp shredded carrot
    • 3 green onions, chopped
    • 2 tbsp ginger
    • 1 small zucchini
    • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
    • 1 clove garlic
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • Cayenne pepper
    • 2 tbsp cilantro

    Toss in a food processor and pulse till chopped.

    Serve on romaine lettuce topped with chopped avocado.

    Serves 2.