Tag Archives: avocado

Breakfast Smoothies Vegan

Vitamin-Packed Green Smoothie

Monday night I came home from work and our apartment was HOT. I knew Travis wanted a “real” meal for dinner, but cooking was the last thing I felt like doing. I had just picked up lots of fresh produce at the grocery store, and the only thing that sounded appealing to me was a cold, fresh smoothie.

I know, that is so unlike me. I typically would consider a smoothie a pathetic dinner, but I really wanted something refreshing and my body could use the greens.

 

Vitamin-Packed Green Smoothie Recipe l www.littlechefbigappetite.com

I threw lots of leafy greens, part of an avocado for creaminess, and fresh fruit into the blender along with some almond milk to get things moving.

Vitamin-Packed Green Smoothie Recipe l www.littlechefbigappetite.com

You really don’t taste the kale and spinach in this smoothie because they’re masked by the sweetness of the banana and mango. If you feel the smoothie isn’t sweet enough for you, try adding two pitted dates – they add a delicious sweet flavor.

Vitamin-Packed Green Smoothie Recipe l www.littlechefbigappetite.com

This smoothie was SO good – I know I will be making it regularly throughout the summer. It’s healthy, vitamin-packed, filling, and so tasty.

Vitamin-Packed Green Smoothie

 

This “Easy as Breeze” post is sponsored by Almond Breeze Almondmilk. For more “Easy As Breeze” recipes made with five ingredients or less, visit Almond Breeze on Facebook. As always, I thank you for your support with sponsored posts.

 

Vitamin-Packed Green Smoothie
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Serves: 1-2
Ingredients
  • 1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • ½ cup fresh kale
  • ¼ cup fresh spinach (optional)
  • ¼ cup avocado
  • ½ frozen banana
  • ½ cup frozen mango
  • 2-3 dates (optional for added sweetness)
  • 2 ice cubes
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients in a blender and blend on high for 30 seconds, until desired consistency.
 

 

Delicious Vitamin-Packed Green Smoothie Recipe! ll Vegan, Gluten-Free and Refined-Sugar Free ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com

Breakfast Snacks Vegan

Avocado Toast with Strawberries

I almost feel silly writing an entire blog post about this Avocado Toast recipe, but the combination is so darn good I just had to share.

Avocado Toast with Strawberries Recipe

I’m not sure why it took so long for Avocado Toast to become the hot new trend. Avocados taste amazing and they’re loaded with nutrients (hello healthy fats!).

I love eating avocado toast for breakfast with an egg on top for added protein. Avocados + eggs = a power couple.

Avocado Toast with Strawberries Recipe

This weekend, I had a carton of organic strawberries in the fridge that were going to go bad, so I decided to experiment and add them to my toast.

BAM! Avocados and strawberries, what a combination!

Avocado Toast with Strawberries Recipe

If you love sweet and salty things like peanut butter and jelly, chocolate covered pretzels, and salted chocolate chip cookies, this recipe is for you!

Large grain sea salt, sprinkled at the end, really helps to enhance the flavor of this toast, so don’t skimp on that part!

Avocado Toast with Strawberries Recipe

I didn’t have any on hand this time, but I think burrata cheese would taste incredible on this avocado toast. If any of you guys try that, please report back!

 

Avocado Toast with Strawberries Recipe
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • 2 slices whole wheat bread (or bread of choice)
  • 1 medium hass avocado
  • 6-8 strawberries, stems removed and sliced thin
  • buratta (optional)
  • sea salt and ground black pepper
Instructions
  1. Toast the bread. Immediately remove from toaster and spread each slice with ¼ of the avocado. Lightly mash the avocado with the back of a fork.
  2. Place the sliced strawberries on top of the avocado and sprinkle with sea salt and black pepper to taste.
 

Gluten-Free Snacks Vegan

Strawberry and Avocado Salsa

In an effort to clean out my fridge this weekend, I created this INCREDIBLE strawberry and avocado salsa. Travis and I love making a mango-avocado salsa to serve on top of tilapia or halibut, but strawberries were the only fruit I had left in the fridge this time. In all honesty, the strawberries I had on hand were a little too ripe (borderline squishy), but I knew it wouldn’t matter for a salsa. Heck, you’re mashing up everything anyway, right!?

Strawberry and Avocado Salsa Recipe

I tried to utilize every flavor of summer I had left in my fridge, mixing in cilantro, lime, and scallions. I took one bite of the final product and LOVED it. I served it to Travis (who was engrossed with Sunday afternoon football) with a big bowl of multi-grain tortilla chips and by the time I came back at least half of the salsa was gone! So yeah…it’s THAT good. He told me it was almost a waste to eat it with chips because it tastes so “fancy,” so next time I am going to make it with grilled chicken for the perfect weeknight dinner.

Strawberry and Avocado Salsa Recipe

This is one recipe you gotta try!

 

Strawberry and Avocado Salsa
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Serves: 4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries (I chopped each strawberry into about 6-8 pieces)
  • ½ medium avocado, diced into ¼ inch cubes
  • 2 Tablespoons green onion, thinly sliced, green parts only
  • 2 Tablespoons cilantro, chopped
  • 1 teaspoons finely chopped jalapeno, seeds removed (or more to taste)
  • 1 teaspoon grated lime rind
  • 1.5 Tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon sugar
  • Salt and Pepper
Instructions
  1. Mix all ingredients besides the salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve with chips or with grilled chicken.
 

Snacks Vegan

Avocado Hummus

Whoever decided avocado and hummus should go together is a genius.

Avocado Hummus Recipe

Travis has been buying spicy avocado hummus from Whole Foods for the last few weeks and he is hooked on the stuff. I glanced at the ingredients on the package and thought, “Heck, I could just make this.” Since I am away for the next few weeks, I decided to try and make it for him before I left. He always loves to snack on this type of thing when he comes home from work.

Avocado Hummus Recipe

I read everywhere that to get the smoothest hummus, you should peel the skins off of the chickpeas. Well, remember when I mentioned that none of my recipes from last weekend turned out well? One of those failed recipes was spicy roasted chickpeas. Per the instructions, I spent a good 30 minutes peeling off every.single.stupid.skin off each chickpea. I ended up throwing those chickpeas right into the trash as soon as they came out of the oven, and I was frustrated that I had wasted so much time with the skins.

Avocado Hummus Recipe

So this time, I was barely 10 minutes into peeling off the skins before I said, “Screw it!” I just couldn’t be bothered. Call me lazy, but I was just being practical! Who has time for that?

Avocado Hummus Recipe

In the end it didn’t even matter. This hummus was still VERY smooth! I think the creaminess from the avocado really helps, though. For this recipe I used reed avocados as opposed to hass, because reeds are super creamy (we also use them to make guacamole!)

Avocado Hummus Recipe

We loved this avocado hummus. I added a bit of cumin and hot sauce to amp up the flavor, and I highly recommend you do the same. This recipe makes a LOT, so it is great for a group. Football is going to be here before we know it and this hummus would be a delicious (and healthy!) option to throw on the coffee table during a game.

Avocado Hummus Recipe

 

Avocado Hummus
 
Prep time
Total time
 
Serves: 8-10
Ingredients
  • 15 oz. can chickpeas, rinsed and dried
  • 1 Tablespoon tahini
  • 1.5 Tablespoons olive oil, plus more if desired
  • 2 Tablespoons lemon juice, plus more to taste
  • 1 large clove garlic
  • 1 medium reed avocado
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce, plus more to taste
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
Instructions
  1. Rinse and dry the chickpeas. For extra smooth hummus, peel the skins off the chickpeas and discard (optional). In the bowl of a food processor, combine the chickpeas, tahini, 1.5 Tablespoons of olive oil, lemon juice and garlic. Pulse until smooth (about 2 minutes).
  2. Add the avocado, cumin, hot sauce, salt and pepper. Pulse again until smooth, about 1-2 minutes. Serve with additional olive oil. Store the hummus in an airtight container in the fridge. For minimal browning, squeeze a bit of lemon juice on the top of the hummus before storing.
 

Avocado Hummus: A delicious snack served with veggies or whole wheat pita. This recipe is vegan and gluten-free, so it's perfect for everyone at the party! ll www.littlechefbigappetite.com