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January 2020

Culinary Tales/ Savory Vegetables

The 21 Best Avocado Recipes

Avocados are super fruits! They are nutrient rich, power houses. Did you know eating more of them every day can benefit your health and your taste buds?!

They have a subtle nutty taste, with a rich creamy texture. Basically, they pair well with a large variety of flavors and ingredients!

So, today on the blog I’ve compiled a list of The 21 Best Avocado Recipes! Here are my favorite, beyond delicious ways to help you incorporate more avocados into your daily routine!

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Culinary Tales/ Meats

Air Fryer Herb Crusted Pork Chops

I finally purchased an Air Fryer before Christmas. I’ve been so so excited to start cooking with it! Plus, I found these Hatfield Frenched Bone In Pork Chops on sale at my local Acme so, I really felt inspired to make these Air Fryer Herb Crusted Pork Chops.

And I’m so glad I was because these were the most tender pork chops ever, with a crunchy delicious crust at that! This pork is coated with a crunchy herb crust and cooked to perfection in the air fryer!

I started eating Hatfield a few years ago after working on a project with them and ever since they’ve been my go to when buying pork products! Everything I purchase from them ALWAYS turns out so juicy and tender!

I’ve been Air Fryer converted and I’m not going back! I can’t wait for you to try these Air Fryer Herb Crusted Pork Chops for yourself!

Air Fryer Herb Crusted Pork Chops

First, turn on the Air Fryer, I’m using the Instant Pot Vortex Air Fryer so be sure to adjust times or temps to your specific brand of air fryer if need be!

You want it to pre heat to 380 degrees on air fry.

Next, In a large bowl mix the eggs, milk, and mayonaise together. Set aside.


In a separate bowl mix your dry ingredients and herbs (panko, rosemary, sage, thyme, parsley, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, onion powder, and garlic powder). Set aside.

First, dredge your Pork Chops in the egg mixture, next dip them in the panko herb mixture.


Set each pork chop on your air fryer pan. You can either do all 4 at once by using two pans (you may have to up the cooking time a little) or you can do two pork chops at a time, which is what I did.

Once your Air Fryer is pre heated place your pork chops inside. Set the timer for 28 minutes. Be sure to turn the Pork Chops half way through the timer (flip them and turn pan).

Pork should be cooked to at least 145 degrees, personally I like mine at 160 degrees. You can use a thermometer to see what temperature yours has reached.
Once they are golden brown and cooked thoroughly, they are ready to serve! This time I served these with some easy fries, and zucchini coins but these would also be really fantastic with my Loaded Twice Baked Potatoes & Lemon Garlic Asparagus Spears !

Air Fryer Herb Crusted Pork Chops

Print Recipe
Serves: 4 Cooking Time: about 45 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 Bone In Hatfield Pork Chops
  • 3 1/2 Cups of Panko Bread Crumbs
  • 1 Tbsp Chopped Rosemary
  • 1 Tsp Chopped Sage
  • 1 Tsp Chopped Thyme
  • 1 Tsp Parsley
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 2 Tbsp Grated Parmesan Cheese
  • 1 Tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 Tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 Tbsp Garlic Powder
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1/2 Cup of Milk
  • 2 Tbsp Mayonaise

Instructions

1

Turn on Air Fryer, so that it preheats (Temp - 380 degrees on air fry)

2

Mix eggs, milk, and mayonaise together in a large bowl.

3

In a separate bowl mix your dry ingredients and herbs (panko, rosemary, sage, thyme, parsley, salt, pepper, parmesan cheese, onion powder, and garlic powder).

4

First, dredge Pork Chops in egg mixture, next dip in panko herb mixture.

5

Set each pork chop on air fryer pan.

6

Place pan inside air fryer once it's preheated.

7

Set timer for 25 minutes.

8

Turn Pork Chops half way through timer (flip them and turn pan).

9

Once they are golden brown and cooked thoroughly, they are ready to serve!

Culinary Tales/ Sweet Things

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

This Avocado Chocolate Mousse is decadent, rich, and sweet but you don’t have to feel guilty because it’s made with 4 simple ingredients! Avocados, sugar, almond milk, and cocoa powder.

I’ve been wanting to try this for sometime now and I’m so glad I did. Because, this came out really well.
One thing I want to note is that you can fully customize this recipe. You can use any kind of milk and any kind of sweetener. It will not effect your texture since the avocados are what make this so perfectly creamy!

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Start by cutting the avocados in half (vertically). Using a spoon remove the avocado from the skin. Add it to your blender or food processor. Next, add your cocoa powder, cinnamon, and vanilla extract.

Finally, add in the sugar and almond milk. Place lid on securely and blend.

Blend until its fully mixed and there are no clumps or avocado chunks. Divide into saucers or bowls and eat right then or feel free to refrigerate for up to 48 hours.

I also had some mint in my garden and decided to use that as garnish, adding a little sprig to each.

Avocado Chocolate Mousse

Print Recipe
Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 large ripe avocados
  • 1/2 cup of unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 6 Tbsp of Almond Milk
  • 1/2 cup of Raw Sugar (or sweetener of choice)
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla Extract (optional)
  • Dash of Cinnamon (optional)

Instructions

1

Using a spoon remove the avocado from the skin. Add avocado to blender.

2

Add cocoa powder, cinnamon, and vanilla extract. Finally, add in the sugar and almond milk.

3

Blend well. Divide into serving dishes and enjoy!

Satisfy that chocolate craving while giving your body the nutrients it needs! Did you know avocados are super high in rich antioxidants and there’s a million reasons to eat more of them every day! Check out my article ‘7 reasons you should eat an avocado a day’ to read more about it!