Tuesday, 16 August 2016

An Avo Recipe- but not as you know it!!

You either love it or you hate it.

It's one of those dividing foods.

Like mushrooms.

Or oysters.




Or, even, can't-even-believe-some-people-hate-this!, peanut butter.

Now I most definitely fell into the category of more-hate-than-love when it came to avo's as a kid growing up but, as with most things in life, this was probably a direct link to my upbringing. Avocados just aren't something we ate in my household, so on the odd occasion I did consume the miraculously creamy, delicious, satisfying stone fruit, my childish tastebuds immediately rejected the strange flavour and texture;

'like, if you're a stone fruit, why are you not sweet?'

Cutting into an avo and finding this sight of perfection... happy happy days :)
Thankfully, my tastebuds decided to grow up a little bit and I also started eating avocados on the slightly more regular side and one day, I happily ate a cube of raw chopped avocado and found myself sighing with happiness.

Yep, I was now an avo lover!

Which brings me to the topic of this post (yeah, I know, we got there in the end ok!?) a delightfully delicious creamy baked avocado recipe... like you've never seen before!

Behold my friends the mountainous bowl of veggie-filled creamy cheese-y avocado bake; Steph-style!
Avocado Veg Bake:
2 cups raw veg, chopped into similar sizes (the veg I chose to steam for this included pumpkin, parsnip, swede, potato and beetroot)
1/2 green beans (I just used frozen green beans)
1/2 cup peas
1 handful spinach
2 heaped tablespoons homes
1 teaspoon nutritional yeast
1/2 an avocado

1. pre-heat oven to 180 degrees celsius and lightly grease a loaf/bake tin with oil/ baking paper
2.Steam raw veggies until tender (add in peas and beans for last two mins of steaming)
3. Place the steamed veg, beans, peas and spinach in a mixing bowl
4. Mash/stir together the homes, nutritional yeast and avocado until smooth and creamy
5. Stir in the avocado/hommus cream sauce to the veggies until evenly coated
6. Transfer to greased/lined tin and bake in oven for 20-30 mins until slightly golden on top and heated through
7. Cool slightly and then enjoy!!!
Avo veg bake post-baking ^
Friends, I cannot express to you enough how much you need this dish in your life right now. Avocado was one thing that took me a while to get my head around. The prospect of cooking avocado took another good amount of time for me to come to terms with, but seriously- it brings out that avocado-y flavour sooooo much more! It's utterly epic!

And that combo of the warm, tender, sweet veg with that cheese-y, creamy sauce that thickens whilst cooking in the oven- it is the ultimate comfort food that still results in eating the rainbow and being completely satisfied with a nourishing and tasty meal!
Warm, nourishing, comforting, sweet, creamy, rich- I don't think I'd run out of describing words for this meal for a very long time because it literally had it all!

So, get to it guys; eat those avos and if you're keen; bake them up and enjoy that intensified, awesome avo flavour that a little heat brings to the magical food!

Your turn:
Are you an avo lover/ hater?
Fav way to use/ eat avocado? I'm quite the fan of whizzing frozen avo up into my smoothies to get that super creamy thick-shake consistency!
Baked avo- yay/ nay?

I hope you all have a truly splendid rest of your day, look after your body, be kind to others, smile lots and as always; EAT SOMETHING DELICIOUS!! Bye for now friendly friends!! :D

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