Avocados: Good for you inside and out….

Want to know more about avocados for the inside of you? Here are some facts from the California Avocado Commission:

Avocado nutrition fact #1: Avocados are naturally cholesterol free!
Avocado nutrition fact #2: When used instead of other fats, avocados can be a satisfying addition to a calorie-reduced diet.
Avocado nutrition fact #3: The avocado is virtually the only fruit that has heart-healthy monounsaturated fat.
Avocado nutrition fact #4: Avocados are included in dietary programs from some of the world’s leading nutrition organizations.
Avocado nutrition fact #5: California Avocados are a nutrient-dense fruit.

As you can see, avocados have more to offer than just great taste! Add California Avocados to your diet today.

So, here’s a great recipe to get some avocado greatness into your diet. The ingredient amounts look odd because the original recipe served 24, and I just did a simple recalculation to make it to serve four instead.

Enjoy!!

PASTA, CALIFORNIA AVOCADO AND BELL PEPPER WITH FETA CHEESE SALAD

Recipe Provided By the California Avocado Commission

Ingredients:
• 1⁄6 lbs. and 4 ounces penne (or other short, macaroni-style pasta)
• 1⁄6 cups vinaigrette
• 1⁄6 lb. diced red bell pepper
• 1⁄6 lb. diced green bell pepper
• 2 oz. Feta cheese
• 2 oz. chopped red onion
• 2 oz. black olives, pitted, coarsely chopped
• 1⁄4 Tbsp. chopped garlic
• 1⁄8 cup chopped parsley
• 1 1⁄6 California Avocados, cut in chunks

Instructions
1. Cook pasta in salted, boiling water until just tender, about 10 minutes; drain well.
2. While still warm, toss with vinaigrette; cool.
3. Fold in remaining ingredients.

Nutrition information per serving
Nutrition Information per Serving: 460 calories, 28g of fat, 15mg of cholesterol, 450mg of sodium, and 14g of protein.

© 2013, California Avocado Commission.

Category : News &Recipes Posted on March 4, 2013

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