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Meet Chef Ace Champion

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Here at AVOCARE, we are passionate about avocado oil. We strive to create the highest quality of oil possible because we think you deserve the best. That’s why we appreciate people who are equally as passionate about their craft. When we heard about Chef Ace Champion, we knew that he was one of us – a passionate foodie with an intense drive to be the best. Welcome to the AVOCARE family Ace, we’re excited to watch you transform the culinary scene.

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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.

 

Avocado Oil Flavor Pairings

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Lately, we have found that many of our customers are looking for some guidance on cooking with our flavored oils. First off, we are thrilled that so many of you are experimenting with avocado oil. Secondly, we are excited that you’ve come to us for ideas and advice. We’re always glad to help – here are a few ways you can incorporate AVOCARE’s Extra Virgin Avocado Oil into your meals:

 

AVOCARE’s Extra Virgin Garlic Avocado Oil– On pasta nights, we find ourselves reaching for AVOCARE’s Extra Virgin Garlic Avocado Oil. It’s a fantastic substitute that adds tons of flavor. One of our favorite pasta recipes to use it in is this Cherry Tomato and Basil Angel Hair Pasta from Oh Sweet Basil. Just substitute our garlic avocado oil for the olive oil, and voila!

 

AVOCARE’s Chipotle Extra Virgin Avocado Oil – When people come to us wondering how to use this flavor, we always recommend using it in Mexican dishes. AVOCARE’s Extra Virgin Chipotle Avocado Oil is perfect on fajita night. Bypass the canola oil and use it in this Skirt Steak Fajita marinade from Apples and Sparkle –we loved the result! We also love using it to sauté veggies such as onion and peppers.

 

AVOCARE’s Basil Extra Virgin Avocado Oil – Tomato basil soup, pesto, basil chicken pasta – these are just a few dishes that our AVOCARE’s Extra Virgin Basil Avocado Oil is the perfect match for. It is an easy flavor to have fun experimenting with! Next time you’re feeling adventurous, try using our basil avocado oil in this Thai Basil Fried Rice recipe from Wine And Glue. You’re going to love it!

 

What are your favorite ways to use AVOCARE’s flavored oils? Leave us a comment below.

Take On Dinner with Avocado Oil

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Dinner is one of our favorite parts of the day, and not just because of the food. It’s a time where we gather around the table with our family to catch up on how everyone is doing. Plus, it’s a great way to experiment with the many ways you can incorporate avocado oil into your meals. For some fantastic avocado oil inspiration, check out a few of our favorite recipes below!

 

Avocado Oil Marinade – An easy way to add flavor to your meats is by slathering them in a marinade. This recipe is perfect for chicken breasts, but we imagine it would go great with anything. We suggest using AVOCARE’S Basil Extra Virgin Avocado Oil for extra flavor.

 

Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa – We love this recipe because of the fresh avocado salsa that pairs perfectly with the seasoned salmon. If you aren’t a fish eater, this salsa is worth topping off any of your dishes with! Try substituting the olive oil for AVOCARE’s Garlic Extra Virgin Avocado Oil instead, making it even more scrumptious.

 

Chicken Avocado Soup – This soup is oh so delicious! Using AVOCARE’s Chipotle Extra Virgin Avocado Oil in place of olive oil adds an extra bite of flavor that everyone can appreciate. A little bit of spice always goes a long way!

 

Check out AVOCARE’s Pinterest page for more of our favorite avocado oil recipes!