Easy Avocado Spread

by Sara Sullivan on April 12th, 2012

I’ve been a little avocado crazy lately.
Since cutting dairy out of my diet, I find that avocados provide that creaminess that cheese would on sandwiches and such.
I created this avocado spread on a whim and it was so good I could have bathed in it.   Instead, I made a big batch and found  three delicious ways in which to enjoy it.

Easy Avocado Spread
1/2 ripe avocado
juice of 1/2 a lemon
1 small clove garlic
1 tsp. Braggs liquid aminos
1 tsp. minced fresh ginger
1 tbsp. olive oil

Place all ingredients in a small blender, food processor or Vitamix and blend until smooth and creamy.
Kimchi Quesadilla with Easy Avocado Spread
(pictured above, all photos courtesy of taste spotting)
If you have never had Kimchi, I strongly recommend you try it. It can be purchased at Whole Foods or your local health food store. See the end of this post for further details on the benefits.

sprouted or whole wheat flour tortillas, 7 to 8 in. in diameter 
1 jar (14 oz.) kimchi, drained and chopped
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
Cilantro leaves 

Top 4 tortillas evenly with kimchi and remaining tortillas.
Mix oil, vinegar, and sesame seeds in a small bowl; set aside.
Heat a 12-in. frying pan over medium heat. Toast each quesadilla until lightly browned, 1 to 2 minutes per side. Slice each quesadilla into wedges, sprinkle with cilantro, and serve topped with a dollop of easy avocado spread. YUM!!
Raw Kale Salad Massaged with Easy Avocado Spread
Ok, I admit it. The first time I ever heard of massaged kale salad, my initial reaction was what the heck? But I gave it a try, because massaging kale sounded kind of fun. Since that day, this salad has become a standard favorite. Massaging the kale with ingredients like lemon juice & olive oil helps break down the cell walls of the kale leaves and makes it easier to digest. 

1 head of kale
1 batch easy avocado spread
1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
1/4 cup toasted sunflower seeds

Wash the kale leaves and shake them dry.  Remove the leaves from the thick stalks and cut leaves into thin pieces. Place kale in a large salad bowl and get massage dressing into the leaves. Toss with tomatoes and sunflower seeds and salt and pepper to taste. Enjoy!

For all you pasta lovers out there, here is a quick easy dinner!

Pasta with Easy Avocado Spread
I recommend using Ezekiel sprouted pasta but any pasta will work fine with this recipe.

8 ounces dry pasta
cherry tomatoes, halved
kalamata olives, pitted & halved

Cook pasta according to package directions. Drain and toss well with easy avocado spread. Add in cherry tomatoes and olives and watch it disappear!
*Kimchi is a traditional fermented Korean dish made of vegetables with a variety of seasonings. Kimchi was originally developed as a way to preserve the vitamins and minerals in vegetables over the long winter since the cold winters of Northern Korea and the mountainous areas meant that brining and pickling foods was the best way to achieve this. One serving also provides over 50% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin C and carotene. Most types of kimchi contain onions, garlic, and chilli peppers. The vegetables being made into kimchi also contribute to the overall nutritional value. Kimchi is rich in vitamin A, thiamine (B1), riboflavin (B2), calcium, and iron, and contains a number of lactic acid bacteria, among those the typical species Lactobacillus kimchii. Health magazine named kimchi in its list of top five "World's Healthiest Foods" for being rich in vitamins, aiding digestion, and even possibly reducing cancer growth. Wikipedia

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