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AVOCARE Featured on My Fox Austin!

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Any Texans out there heading to H-E-B tonight? Remember to look for AVOCARE Extra Virgin Avocado Oil on the shelves around the Cooking Connection area. This is the section of the store near the meat department where you often see chefs cooking tasty meals and dishes with products sold at H-E-B. We love picking up recipe cards from the chefs because they are always delicious. Click HERE to see if your H-E-B has a Cooking Connection section.

 

AVOCARE was also recently featured on My Fox Austin when Chef Emily Madden from H-E-B Cooking Connection shared a flavor-filled recipe for Creole Chicken with Red Beans and Rice using our natural flavor of avocado oil. Make sure to check out the video and recipe by clicking HERE.

 

Not in Texas but still want in on the AVOCARE action? Check out our Store Locator to find a store near you.

Recipe of the Week: Vanilla Roasted Carrots

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Basic veggie dishes can sometimes be a little boring. While we love the taste of vegetables with a little salt and pepper, it’s fun to add a twist to side dishes to make them more tasty and enticing. This week’s recipe is a delicious carrot side dish roasted with AVOCARE Extra Virgin Avocado Oil, pine nuts and vanilla bean. The vanilla flavor brings out the natural sweet taste of the carrots making them a great option for picky eaters. Whether you’re throwing a dinner party or having a family meal, we know you will love this recipe!

 

Ingredients:

1 ½ pounds carrots (preferably the colorful heirloom variety)

¼ cup pine nuts

3 tablespoons avocado oil

1 vanilla bean

salt and pepper

 

To make the carrots:

  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Cut a lengthwise slit down the vanilla pod using a pairing knife and scrape the pod halves by running the unsharpened side of your knife down the length of each of the pod halves, using firm pressure. Set the seeds aside. (Save the pod and put it in your sugar container!)
  3. Peel the carrots and cut then in half or quarters length wise, depending on the length, leaving the stem. Place them on a sheet pan lined with parchment or aluminum foil, toss with avocado oil, vanilla seeds, salt, pepper and pine nuts and roast 25 to 30 minutes, until crisp on the outside and tender on the inside. Shake the pan from the time to time to brown evenly. Remove from the oven and serve.

 

Serves 6

 

This recipe is from AVOCARE spokesperson, Maite Gomez-Rejón. Visit her website, ArtBites, here.

 

Cold-Pressed Goodness

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The way oil is extracted affects it’s nutritional value and how it tastes in your food. Here at AVOCARE, we extract our extra-virgin avocado oil using a cold pressing process because it allows us to get the most oil and flavor out of an avocado without removing it’s nutritional properties. Extracting avocado oil through the cold-pressing process involves crushing the fruit and forcing out the oil. The silky green pulp goes through one cold-press process with the temperature kept at a steady 45° C. That process gently grinds and separates the oil to preserve all of the fruit’s nutritional properties and retain its delicious avocado essence. We only press AVOCARE Extra Virgin Avocado Oil once to claim Extra Virgin status, meaning it is unrefined with no chemicals and is 100 percent natural.

A few of our favorite ways to cook with our delicious cold-pressed avocado oil is by making marinades, salad dressings and baked goods. Check out the recipes below to get inspiration for how you can be using AVOCARE Extra Virgin Avocado Oil.

Avocado Oil Marinade – This recipe from Bite is one of our favorites! It’s a great marinade for fish, chicken or pork. All you have to do is whip it up and marinate your protein for one hour before cooking. It has a delicious lemony-garlic flavor that your whole family will love!

Quinoa, Kale and Avocado Salad – If you’ve been searching for a salad loaded with flavor then look no further. This quinoa and kale salad has a light yet delicious dressing that will have you actually craving salad. Don’t believe us? Try it yourself!

Avocado Oil with Fresh Berry Compote – Are you a fan of berries and cake? If so, you will love this tasty treat. The cake is cooked with AVOCARE Extra Virgin Avocado Oil and is finished off with a tart berry sauce. It’s truly love at first bite.

What are some of your favorite ways to use our cold-pressed avocado oil? Leave us a comment below.

Recipe of the Week: Spiced Trail Mix with Mixed Nuts, Cherries and Dark Chocolate

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Everyone loves a good trail mix, especially when chocolate is in the mix. It is considered an ideal snack food for hikers because it is easy to store, doesn’t require cooking prior to consumption and is nutritious. Way before it was called trail mix, ancient nomadic tribes used to mix dried fruits, nuts and meats together for a high-energy snack during their breaks. Today, we aren’t much different from the ancient tribes. Many of us experience low-energy levels during the mid-afternoon slump and are searching for a way to stay alert throughout the day. This scrumptious trail mix is the pick-me-up you’ve been looking for. Our spokesperson, Maite Gomez-Rejon of ArtBites has created this delicious recipe. Enjoy!

 

Ingredients:

2 cups raw cashews

½ cup raw pistachios

¾ cup raw almonds

½ teaspoon ground ginger

½ teaspoon ground cardamom

1 teaspoon salt

6 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce

1 ½ tablespoons honey

1 tablespoon AVOCARE Extra Virgin Avocado Oil

1 cup dried sour cherries

½ cup dark chocolate chips

 

To make the trail mix:

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Line a baking sheets with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the nuts, ginger, cardamom and salt.
  3. In a small saucepan, warm the applesauce with the honey and AVOCARE Extra Virgin Avocado Oil until heated through. Mix the applesauce mixture into the dry ingredients until thoroughly dispersed, then spread the mixture evenly on the lined baking sheet. Bake, stirring several times, until just golden and it feels dry to the touch, about 25 minutes.
  4. Remove from the oven and let cool completely on the pan, then add the cherries and chocolate chips and toss to combine. Store cooled trail mix in an airtight container at room temperature.

 

Makes 3 cups

 

What do you like to see in your trail mix? Leave us a comment below.

 

Using Avocado Oil As A Moisturizer

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Choosing a facial moisturizer can be tough. When faced with the cosmetic aisle at the store, it’s easy to feel overwhelmed since each moisturizer claims to work some sort of magic on your skin. Here at AVOCARE, we just use a little of our natural avocado oil to hydrate our skin. We’re always happy to tell people that avocado oil is not just a wonderful cooking oil, but also an amazing beauty product.

 

We’ve been using avocado oil on our skin for years and we’ve seen many of its benefits, such as more hydrated skin. According to esthetician Renee Rouleau, avocado oil contains high amounts of vitamin E and antioxidants that rivals some of the other oils on the market Trust us when we say that adopting avocado oil as a part of your daily beauty regimen is a great choice that your skin will thank you for. Check out this blog post to find out more ways you can experience the beauty benefits of avocado oil.

 

Have you used avocado oil as a moisturizer? Tell us what you think below!