Yes. That's it. Just avocado. And no, I'm not being lazy with today's recipe! Let me explain_

Every week at our local farmer's market, without fail our favorite avocado farmers split an avocado, drizzle each half with lime juice, add a pinch of salt and give them to Kenya and Chloe to eat in their stroller. Five minutes later, all that's left are the paper plates and the avocado shells. This ritual has been going on for over two years and I think it's the most satisfying and complete meal either of my kids have all week. It's always the simple pleasures in life that make us the happiest, and since weelicious is all about fast, fresh and easy, what could be a better recipe to post today than just....avocado.

I'm not exactly sure how many avocados my family goes through each week, but suffice to say it's a lot. We use them in tons of recipes like guacamole, (yes, shakes!), sandwiches, dips, quesadillas, sushi, salads and more. Avocados are a superfood that should be an essential addition to your kid's diet as they provide nearly 20 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-Vitamins and folic acid. They're also one of the best sources of monounsaturated fats of any food. And don't forget, avocado is actually a fruit and its creamy, smooth texture and mild taste not only make it a perfect ingredient for both sweet and savory dishes but are also food qualities kids tend to love.

No matter how you decide to eat your avocado, one thing I can assure you of is that you'll be happy!

Avocado Tip_ If you want to know how to pick and when serve avocados, check out these two links that feature great tips_
How to pick a ripe avocado
How to pick ripe avocados

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Avocado (Serves 2)

Prep Time: 0 mins Cook Time: 0 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

gluten free

Ingredients

  • 1 avocado
  • 1 Small Lemon or Lime
  • 1/4 Tsp Salt

Preparation

1. Using a sharp knife, cut the avocado lengthwise around the seed.
2. Hold the knife in one hand and the avocado half in the other and gently tap the knife into the pit with just enough force that the blade of the knife goes into the avocado pit.
3. Gently twist the knife until the pit comes out.
* At this point I like to cut through the avocado into a checkerboard pattern like the picture above, but you can also leave it as is.
4. Squeeze a bit of the lemon juice onto the avocado halves and sprinkle with a bit of salt.
5. Serve with a spoon.
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Hi, I’m Catherine. Mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. My passion is creating simple, healthy recipes that can be enjoyed by the whole family.

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20 comments

  • Gwen

    I think it was a perfect choice! Just last night at dinner, my 8 year old son was digging his way through his salad (that I topped with your recipe for ranch dressing) and complained that he could not find the avacado. How come I didn't get any? In my stunned state I told him we were out of avacados and he huffed and started to eat his salad anyway. HA! I had no idea he liked them THAT much :).

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  • Rachel

    I wish my almost 3 year old would like avocado. The only way I can get him to eat it is in a smoothie. Any suggestions would be welcome.

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  • Mbjb

    In Brazil it is common to eat avocados as a fruit/dessert. Along those lines, a couple more easy (if not completely obvious) options:
    1. Same as the recipe above (avocado, lime) but sprinkled with sugar instead of salt.
    2. Avocado pudin: avocado, milk or cream, lime juice, and sugar in a blender. You can skip the milk/cream and pretty much add each ingredient to taste. Just serve immediatelly so it doesn't turn brown.

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  • Catherine

    The avocado pudding sounds yummy! You can also add some cocoa powder, tofu and a little milk to avocado to make another type of pudding.
    Rachel, Have you tried mixing it with cream cheese and spreading it on a sandwich? Placing it in a quesadilla with chicken and cheese?

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  • Leanne

    Our son LOVES them. We skip the lemon juice or salt though and just give him chunks of it on his tray. He's been chowing down on them since he was around 8ish months. Before then he really wasn't interested/didn't like the texture.

    He's almost a year now and wants to feed himself everything which is making meals a little harder since some things are better eaten from a spoon. Sometimes he won't eat at all unless he can feed himself... so we've resorted to a lot more avocados. This morning he had half of one for breakfast along with some cheerios and milk.

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  • Elita Blacktating

    My toddler son never got into avocado, but we love them and eat them every week. I love Ina Garten's recipe for Guacamole salad. It's basically a can of beans, a yellow pepper, a pint of grape tomatoes, half a red onion all chopped up together with two avocadoes and lightly dressed with a homemade lime vinaigrette. You can also make a quick and easy avocado salad by chopping up an avocado and a tomato, sprinkle salt, and drizzle with extra virgin olive oil and a squeeze of fresh lemon juice. Delicious as a side for any meal!

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  • Maranda

    We also go through a TON of avocados. I've never tried them with salt and lemon before, we'll have to give that a try. We eat them on sandwiches and salads, etc. and they also make a great dip, mashes coarsely with a few tablespoons of salsa. Very quick and easy.

    My kids are all on the lighter side and avocados are a great way to get calories and nutrition into the. Love them!

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  • Namoweno

    I'm so glad you made this a post! Ever since my daughter could eat solids we gave her avocado, and till this day (she's now 16 months old) it's the one thing I can always count on! She devours them! I slice it around the center, keep it together and take along a spoon! It's the easiest, yummiest, cleanest, healthiest, fastest snack ever!

    She's my little CADO!

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  • Leslie

    So wait, do you use lemon or limes? Your picture and description says lime but the recipe says lemon- does it matter?

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    • Catherine

      It doesn't matter at all, you can use limes or lemons, either one is fine :)

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  • Amy

    I had never thought of eating avacado this way. Hubby loves them, but can do with the fat.

    I'll try some of these suggestions with my kiddos, though.

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  • Dannie

    I love avocados with a little salt and some black pepper. They taste great with a breakfast of scrambled eggs and tomatoes.

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  • Zpmom

    I have made this like 6 times since finding this post 2 weeks ago!!! Love it!!!!

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  • Kristy

    My son LOVES avocado. We mix about 1/4 of an avocado with half a banana, and he eats the whole thing and clamors for more. He's only 8 months old now. We've been feeding him banana-cado since he started solids. He's a skinny little guy (10% for weight @6 months, 50% for height) and we fed him that twice a day (in addition to nursing and formula and other fruits and veggies and good stuff) and he's packing on the pounds. Made it all the way to 15%ile in a month!

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  • Lou

    in UK we are specifically told NOT to add any salt whatsoever to any of our babies recipes and to use low salt boullion, the few american webistes i have been on all add salt to recipes, do you guys have different guidelines?

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  • Dena

    In the Vietnamese culture, we make them into a shake. Add milk, avocado, and sugar into a cup. Take a spoon and mush into small chunks (if you want it blended well, throw it in the blender). Then, add some crushed ice.

    If you are lazy, cut the avocado in half, pit it, sprinkle some sugar on each halves. Spoon it to eat. :)

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    • Catherine

      We love Avocado Shakes! http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2009/06/17/avocado-shake/

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  • Rebecca Selway

    Got a tip from UTube. If u cut a avocado and only use half. Put the other half in a custard cup on top of cut up red onions. It helps so it doesn't turn brown.. I fix it for my twin grandsons in am then give them the other half at lunch.

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  • Pregnancy Awareness » » We All Scream For Avocados!

    [...] We say introduce it to them the earlier the better!  And then keep it in their diet as they mature.  Catherine continues on the topic and provides some great tips on how to pick a ripe avocado at the market.  Click here to read the rest of her post. [...]

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  • Laura

    I'm not sure about our guidelines, but I don't add salt to my kid's food. Their taste buds aren't tainted yet, so I'm not going to mess up their pallet by adding salt, just because it tastes better to me. I don't think salt is necessary for them.

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