Yolie's Avocados & Gifts - Pm & Smoothies
Yolie's Avocados & Gifts - By Baha Rick

SOUPS

1.  Avocado and Bacon Soup

"Wonderful way to blend the tastes of avocado and bacon in a warm, hearty soup. Besides the bacon bits, this soup works with a dollop of sour cream and some lime zest. Eat with plenty of crusty bread."  
Prep Time:  15 Min.  Cook Time:  30 Min.  Ready In:  45 Min. Servings:  6 
Ingredients:
  • 1/2 pound bacon
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 stalks celery, chopped
  • 1 quart chicken stock
  • 2 avocados - peeled, pitted, and chopped
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1 cup heavy cream
  • salt and pepper to taste                              
Directions:
  1. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the bacon until evenly brown. Drain, reserving 1 tablespoon grease in the skillet, chop, and set aside. Place onion and celery in the skillet, and cook until tender.
  2. Transfer the onion and celery to a blender or food processor. Pour in 1/2 the chicken stock, add avocados, and blend until smooth.
  3. Transfer blender mixture to a large pot over medium heat. Whisk in remaining stock, wine, lime juice, and heavy cream. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring often, until heated through, but do not boil. Garnish with chopped bacon to serve.
Nutritional Information
Amount Per Serving
     Calories:  349            Total Fat:  30.2g         Cholesterol:  69mg     Sodium: 840mg
     Total Carbs: 11.5g     Dietary Fiber: 5.3g      Protein: 7.6g
 

SALADS

1.  Avocado and Tomato Salad

4 cups avocados, diced medium
2 cups grape tomatoes or 2 cups cherry tomatoes
2 cups cucumbers, peeled and diced medium
1 cup red onion, diced small
4 tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped
2 teaspoons fresh garlic, minced
2 tablespoons lime juice
1/4 cup olive oil
salt
fresh black pepper
Lettuce (if you want)

Toss all ingredients in a bowl and top on a bed of lettuce (if desired)
Makes 8 servings
Calories 201.9 Total Fat 17.9 g Sodium 10.2 mg Total Carbohydrate 11.6 g Dietary Fiber 5.8 g Sugars 1.8 g


SMOOTHIES


1.  Avocado Apple Smoothie

1 green apple
1/2 avocado
1 tbls lime juice
1/2 – 1 cup water
Cal: 233   Fat: 15g   Protein: 2.4g   Carbs: 27.6g   Calc: 2%   Vit. A: 4% | Vit. C: 28%

2.  Avocado-Banana Smoothie
1/2 avocado
1 banana
1 apple
1 stock of celery
1-2 cups fresh baby spinach (or other leafy green)
1/2 – 1 cup water
Calories: 365 | Fat: 15.7g (grams) | Protein: 5.2g | Carbs: 61.4g | Calcium: 9% | Vitamin A: 50% | Vitamin C: 69%

3.  Citrus Avocado Smoothie
1/4 cup orange/lemon juice
1 large avocado (or 2 medium)
1 tbsp natural honey
1 1/4 cup skim milk
Slice and add avocado, honey, orange juice and milk. Enjoy!
This easy, healthy smoothie is a common drink in Morocco. It makes a great pick-me-up, and is a perfect accompaniment to a Moroccan meal. Another benefit: ripe avocados are excellent sources of “good fats”—monounsaturated fats that can lower “bad” cholesterol levels.