Last year, a parent of one of my students surprised me with a complete dinner for my family and me. I wasn’t a vegan yet, so a white bean chicken chill soup was fine with me. She included sour cream, shredded cheese, graham crackers for dessert and AVOCADOS! I guess I should have had an idea that I was headed toward a life of veganism, because when I saw those avocados, I couldn’t see anything else. I became totally unaware of my surroundings, and what anyone was saying around me sounded like Charlie Brown’s teacher! “Wonk, wonk, wonk, wonk, wonk!”
Needless to say, I LOVE avocados! In fact, they’re my favorite food. Well, they didn’t become my favorite until after I finally gave up French fries. Anyway, avocado is one of those foods that I didn’t taste until I was well into adulthood. Why? Growing up on Hilton Head Island with a great-grandmother who grew whatever she could, we primarily ate the produce she grew, including collard greens, green beans, lima beans and watermelon. We also ate from peach, pear, plum, orange, banana and pecan trees and topped all that off with blackberries that grew wild!
About the avocados – did I mention that I love them – so much so that I eat them EVERY day! There are all sorts of avocado recipes, including those for sauces and smoothies. Maybe I’m a little greedy, but I’m not mentally prepared to drink avocados yet. I want to EAT them, and I do, typically on bread as avocado toast. Here’s a couple of ways I make mine:
The Huffington Post offers additional ideas for avocado toast. They’re not all vegan.