Posts Tagged ‘avocado cream’

Easy Menu for a Hot Evening

August 1, 2013

Last week, I had a lot of house guests, and not a lot of time. The temperatures were in the high 90’s and humid, making using the oven for a prolonged period of time unappealing.

When I get time crunched, I tend to  rely on our old standby “unrecipes”.

I created this easy menu, which was served as a buffet for 14 people.  All the food shopping and cooking was done the day of the event, except for the desserts, which were made the night before. I’d say it was a hit!

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My battle with hors ‘doeurves is well documented, so I kept it super simple.

We started with an array of hummus, served with pita chips and baby carrots, and a big bowl of cold, steamed shrimp. All were purchased, and devoured.

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For the main meal, we had balsamic marinated chicken, “tarted up” with lemon zest and parsley. We broiled salmon and served it with a low fat avocado cream on the side.

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Rice with shallots, corn and mint, a watermelon and feta salad, and a cool celery salad with walnuts and parmesan were nice make-ahead side dishes that can be served at room temperature.

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We finished the meal with cold desserts: a flour-less chocolate cake with white chocolate bourbon cream,( I owe you the recipe), fresh strawberries and a cheesecake.

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Everyone seemed happy with the selection, and took home leftovers, a sure sign of a good meal!

photos: indigo jones

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Unrecipe of the Week: Avocado Cream

March 18, 2013

This rich, creamy topping is so delicious, it’s hard to believe that it is healthy and low in saturated fat. I’ve served it on simple broiled fish, but it is equally good with chicken, or as a dip for fresh vegetables. Try it on a toasted baguette with a little smoked salmon as an hors’doeuvres,or instead of mayonnaise in a sandwich.The options are endless!

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Avocado Cream:

Blend together 1 ripe avocado, a large dollop of fat free Greek yogurt,the juice of a small lemon, salt, and a few squirts of Sriracha, or Tabasco sauce until smooth. Serve with fish, chicken or vegetables, and enjoy!

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