Thursday, July 19, 2012

Avocado 2 Ways: Creamy Avocado Sauce & Chocolate Avocado Mousse


One word can always make my mouth water. That word is AVOCADO!! You will never find my house without avocado in it! You will never find the husband not asking me to make guacamole for him. In fact avocado is so big around here, it was even Mr. P's first baby food!! I happen to have two avocado recipes I've tried out that got some attention on the ole' Instagram, so I decided to share. Creamy Avocado Sauce and Chocolate Avocado Pudding.... Mousse if you're fancy. Let's be fancy!

chocolate avocado pudding

So a few weeks ago when we were chatting, I had come across my new favorite blog That's So Michelle. I mean what's not to love? Her recipes are amazing... AND she has a WHOLE section dedicated to Jello Shots. Oh and she just got married. Congrats Michelle! I had to take some time off from stalking her blog solely to make sure that this blog didn't just become a replica of hers! (I do have one more recipe of her's that I HAVE to post... because it's THAT good, and because the story with it is AMAZING.) Ha. She makes what I wanna make, and she eats what I want to eat. So these are two Michelle based recipes. The Creamy Avocado Sauce is from her site as well as the inspiration for the Chocolate Avocado Mousse.

So let's start with the Creamy Avocado Sauce! It's simple, it's fresh, and it's delish!

Gather up your ingredients: avocado, lemon, garlic, olive oil, flat leaf parsley, salt, pepper, and pasta. I used a locally made Gourmet Texas Pasta from our farmers market. It's a roasted garlic & jalapeƱo linguine. Yum. Start boiling your water and through your pasta in.

While the pasta is a'cooking, put your olive oil, lemon juice, and garlic cloves in food processor. Blend until smooth. Then add avocado, parsley, and salt. Go easy on the parsley. First time I made this, I put in to much for my taste. You can always add more!

Consistency should be smooth and well, creamy. How did i ever cook/bake/live without a food processor??

Strain cooked pasta, and combine with avocado sauce!

 Top with fresh cracked pepper, and some lemon zest. I also added some grated parmesan cheese because, well, why not!!!

Next is my new favorite decadent guilt free dessert!!! I saw something similar to this on Michelle's blog, then took to my own devices of searching for something that might use dark chocolate (you know, because it's good for you) and maybe a little less calories so I didn't have to feel much guilt indulging since I WILL win the battle against this baby weight. Then here it was on Peanut Butter Fingers  blog. 
I was ready to dive into it's simplicity.  

Three simple ingredients = so much taste! Just put it all in you food processor.... then ENJOY!!

I've been enjoying mine with oven toasted almonds and raspberries. But feel free to decorate yours according to your palate. Or eat it as it. It truly need no enhancement!!
Sorry there aren't more pics of the process, but i just wanted this in my mouth as soon as possible!!

(makes 2 servings)

1/2 a good sized lemon (for juice and zest)
2 tablespoons Olive Oil
2-3 garlic cloves
1 ripe avocado
flat leave parsley (to taste)
1/2 tsp (pinch) salt 
fresh grated parmesan (optional)

Cook pasta according to box instructions.
In bowl of your food processor, combine juice of half a lemon, olive oil, and garlic cloves until smooth.
Next add in pitted avocado, salt,  and parsley. Remember, a little can go a long ways. 
Process until creamy.
Mix with cooked pasta. Top with pepper and lemon zest, as well as parmesan cheese if desired!

(makes 2 servings)

1 large ripe avocado
3-4 Tbls Hersey's Dark Chocolate Cocoa Powder
3-4 Tbls Honey
1/2 tsp vanilla

Put all ingredients in the food processor for about a minute and enjoy! 
You may need to scrap down the sides a couple of time. 
Top with nothing, or anything! 
(NOTE: I only used the vanilla when I was using an especially strong honey and I wanted to balance out the honey taste.)

Til next time!!

1 comment:

  1. Finally made it for dinner tonight! It was great!! The parsley and olive oil really gave the avocado a smooth refreshing taste. Even Laylah, who's never really cared for avocado ate it all up. I served it with a spicy cilantro flat pasta (found at the la mesa farmers market) and topped it cherry tomatoes. Also I don't have a food processor so I had to get creative with a few of my blenders but I still got the sauce nice and creamy. Thanks Jenni