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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

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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

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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!


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Cinnamon Eggnog Coffee

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #MyMrCoffeeMoments #CollectiveBias

This Cinnamon Eggnog Coffee is the perfect way to warm up on Christmas morning! It’s also perfect if you’re going to be up all night wrapping Christmas gifts like me! In fact, I’m thinking about convincing my little man that we should definitely be leaving Cookies & Coffee for Santa instead of Cookies & Milk.

Mr. Coffee® Easy Measure Coffee Maker

Mr. Coffee® is America’s #1 coffee maker brand. They have the highest levels of brand awareness.

With the help of the Mr. Coffee® Easy Measure coffee maker making this Cinnamon Eggnog Coffee is a breeze. This coffeemaker features a color-coded measuring system! The color-coded measuring system makes it so easy to add just the right amount of coffee grounds and water every single time for consistency.

The scoop has the number of cups you want vs how many scoops you’ll need of ground coffee printed right on the handle! Those numbers are color coded and they match the same numbers on the side of the pot. That way you can easily decide how many cups of coffee you want to make and how many scoops of ground coffee you’ll need to place in the filter to accomplish this! It’s so easy!

Another one of my favorite features is that it also includes an advanced water filtration system that improves taste by removing impurities in water. First, it removes up to 97% of chlorine from water and then it targets calcium to reduce water hardness!

Brew Now, Brew Later

If you’re like us and you’re a “..But, first coffee!” family, then getting a fresh pot of coffee going Christmas morning will definitely be a top priority! This also has a handy brew now or brew later button so that you can set it up ahead of time. To set it simply add your ground coffee to the reusable filter. Next, make sure your brewing carafe is correctly under the brew spot. Touch the brew later button, then set your designated brew time! I love using this feature so that the coffee is already ready when I wake up and head down to the kitchen in the morning!

It even feautures an automatic 4-hour shut off, that way you don’t have to wonder if you cut it off or not!

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Cinnamon Eggnog Coffee

Today I’m sharing this recipe for Cinnamon Eggnog Coffee. It’s an easy way to add lots of winter vibes when making coffee this season! Plus, it will easily impress your guests.

You’ll need:

  1. Ground Coffee (any flavor you’d like)
  2. Eggnog (any variety – you can go traditional here, or flavored..but even an almond based eggnog works just fine!)
  3. Cinnamon & Nutmeg
  4. Whipped cream (again regular or almond based is perfect depending on your specific needs!).

Start by brewing your coffee. For this recipe brew one cup per each serving. For example, I’m brewing at the 10 cup mark , there are five of us and I want to have extra. This should give us about 2 cups each!

According to the color coded system, I’ll be adding 2 1/2 scoops of ground coffee to my filter. I will then add 10 cups of water to the reserve and hit brew now!

Once your coffee is brewed, fill each coffee mug or glass a 1/3 of the way full. You’ll want about two inches or so of room left in the cup!

Then, add the eggnog and a splash of vanilla extract. Next, top the drink with a generous dollop of whipped cream. Finally, sprinkle on the cinnamon/nutmeg and garnish with a cinnamon stick! Now you’re ready to sit back and enjoy, gather up the fam, and celebrate the Holidays!

Cinnamon Eggnog Coffee

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Serves: 5 Cooking Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 Scoops Ground Coffee
  • Whipped Cream (or Almond Milk Whipped Cream)
  • 1 1/2 Cups Eggnog (or Almond Milk Eggnog)
  • 2 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 2 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • Cinnamon Sticks (for garnish)

Instructions

1

Brew coffee.

2

Add coffee to mug 1/3 of the way full.

3

Pour in Eggnog leaving about and inch from top of glass. Add a dash of Vanilla Extract.

4

Add whipped cream and sprinkle with cinnamon/nutmeg.

5

Finally, garnish with a cinnamon stick!

This Mr. Coffee® Easy Measure coffee maker would even make a great gift this Holiday season! It came in at #10 on the Good Housekeeping Most Wanted Home & Kitchen Products of 2019 ! #NewellHomeRefresh

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Bibimbap Hatfield® Ham & Egg Breakfast Bowls

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #AD #CollectiveBias #HamUpTheHolidays #WhatsLeftForWhatsNext

Ham and eggs are perfect together right? Today I’m doing something a little different with them and throwing it back to my son’s Korean heritage! These Bibimbap Ham & Egg Breakfast Bowls are tasty and filling. The best part is they start with Hatfield® Ham.
If you’re like me and you cook a whole Hatfield® Classic Boneless Ham or even a Hatfield Original Hardwood Smoked Ham Steak for your holiday dinner – you now have the perfect dish to use your leftovers in the next day!

Hatfield Ham

I love Hatfield because they are a family owned company, and everything is ethically raised.

I also love that it’s all so versatile. The Ham is fully cooked and it’s perfect for entertaining. Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner, or just snack time they have the perfect variety just for you!

I easily found the Hatfield Original Hardwood Smoked Ham Steak in the Ham section of my local Acme!

“For a limited time this Holiday season, enjoy $2 off any (1) Hatfield Ham!”

Bibimbap Ham & Egg Breakfast Bowls

Bibimbap are bowls traditionally made with rice, a protein, and vegetables. Then they’re topped with an egg – over easy (of course, so that gorgeous yolk can run all over!), sesame seeds, & just a hint of gochujang!


By making these with your leftover Hatfield Dinner Ham the end result is a delicious, filling, and convenient dish!

Rice

Start by making your rice. The secret to perfect sticky rice is always to wash the rice (before cooking) until the water runs clear. This is usually 4-5 times. Next, boil and steam the rice according to the directions on the package. Set aside.

Ham

Take your leftover ham and chop it into cubes. Place it in a skillet to heat it up a little.

Make sure the carrots and zucchini are jullienned. Heat them with the snap peas in a skillet.

Assembling the Bowls

Place a couple of large scoops of cooked rice in the bowl. Next, add your cooked carrots, zucchini, snap peas, and ham.

Get ready to cook your eggs. We save this for the last minute because they do not take long to and you want them to stay warm!

In a medium skillet spray non-stick cooking spray. Turn to medium heat. add your egg to the pan. Let it cook for about 3-4 minutes. It’s ready when the white part of the egg is solid. Place it on top of your bowl.

Finally, add toasted sesame seeds & chopped green onions.

Serve with a side Gochujang sauce and chopsticks to tie it all together!

Bibimbap Hatfield Ham & Egg Breakfast Bowls

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Serves: 4 Cooking Time: 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 4 cups of white rice
  • 1 Tbsp Toasted Sesame Seeds
  • 1 cup julienned zucchini
  • 1 cup julienned carrots
  • 1 cup sugar snap peas
  • 2 Tbsp Green Onions
  • 1 Hatfield Original Hardwood Smoked Ham Steak
  • 1 Tbsp Gochujang (optional)

Instructions

1

Boil and steam the rice according to the directions on the package. Set aside.

2

Chop the ham into cubes. Place it in a skillet to heat it up a little. Set aside.

3

Next, heat your vegetables in the skillet as well.

4

Place a couple of large scoops of rice in the bowl. Next, add your carrots, zucchini, snap peas, and ham.

5

Cook your eggs, one at a time, to over easy.

6

Place one cooked egg directly in the center of the bowl.

7

Finally, add toasted sesame seeds & chopped green onions.

Culinary Tales/ Sweet Things

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie

The holidays are here. And I’m continuing my search for the best pie recipes, starting with this Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie. With warm gooey chocolate, notes of bourbon, and of course delicious pecans. It hits all the spots for traditional Pecan Pie enthusiasts and those wanting more.

We made this last year and it was big a hit. Honestly, I’d describe the flavors as a warm chocolate brownie meets a crisp pecan pie. You can eat this delicious pie as is, top this with ice cream of course, or my favorite way: add this creamy, dreamy Cold Brew Whipped Cream to the top!

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie

To make this pie you’ll need pecans, milk chocolate chips, bourbon, pie crust – store bought or homemade (see recipe below), vanilla extract, corn syrup, eggs, dark brown sugar, cream, and butter!

Perfect Pie Crust

This Crust can be used with any pie filling. It’s a basic flaky, buttery – perfect pie crust!
First, grease a 9-inch pie dish with nonstick spray. Set dish aside.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

Next, in a large bowl start whisking the flour, salt, and baking powder.


Then, add your wet ingredients, the oil and water. Mixing until combined. Form it into a ball.

Spread the ball of dough into the bottom of your greased pie dish, spreading it out. Until it fits perfectly in your dish with the sides covering the top of the dish’s rim. Trim where need be.

This is also the time where we can decorate the edges I opted to make small triangles. I overlapped them along the edge.

Filling

Next, in a saucepan combine the butter & chocolate. Remove from the heat to let it cool. In a large bowl mix the eggs until they’re frothy and blend the sugar in . Add your vanilla, bourbon, salt, and the chocolate butter mixture. Stir well until fully mixed.

Pour the mixture into your pie crust. Add the pecans. Carefully place the pie in the oven. Bake for about 40 minutes.

The pie is done when its set and the edges are golden brown. You can insert a toothpick or knife in the center to see if it comes out clean.

Also, if you find your crust getting too dark too soon, you can easily cover the edges with some foil to protect them from browning too fast while the rest of the pie cooks.

Bourbon Chocolate Pecan Pie

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Serves: 6-8 Cooking Time: 60 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Pie Crust
  • 2 Tbsp Bourbon
  • 1 Cup Chocolate Chips
  • 1 1/2 Cups Pecans
  • 1/3 Cup Butter
  • 3 Eggs
  • 1 Cup Corn Syrup
  • 1 Cup Dark Brown

Instructions

1

Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2

Spread pie crust into greased pie dish.

3

In a saucepan combine butter & chocolate.

4

Remove from heat, let it cool.

5

In a large bowl mix the eggs until they're frothy and blend the sugar in .

6

Add vanilla, bourbon, salt, and the chocolate butter mixture. Stir well until fully mixed.

7

Pour mixture into pie crust. Add the pecans.

8

Place the pie in the oven. Bake for about 40 minutes.

9

Pie is done when its set, edges are golden brown, and a toothpick or knife inserted in the center comes out clean.

This pie can even be made ahead of time and frozen! Try this at your next family gathering for rave reviews!

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Southern Style Chicken Nuggets

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My son loves chicken nuggets, he could eat them everyday. If I’m being honest, so could I! Today I’m making these Southern Style Chicken Nuggets. They are hands down the crispiest chicken nuggets you’ll ever bake! I’m soaking them in pickle juice over night and then I’m using a secret ingredient in the batter which really allows them to crisp up in the oven.

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