Are you loving avocado week?
I am LOVING avocado week.
Perfect in season right now, I have been adding them to just about everything. Sandwiches with chunky avocado, guacamole spooned onto bean tacos, salads of fresh summer produce and avocado slices.
It’s been an incredible few days.
When I suggest avocados to my clients, many reject the option, thinking they are too high in calories or fat.Yup, it’s true that they are a high-fat food, but the type of fat in the avocado is so healthy for you!
Phytosterols account for a large portion of the fat content, helping to reduce inflammation in our tissues. Avocados also contain a high amount of oleic acid, similar to olives and olive oils. Oleic acid is helpful for absorbing fat soluble nutrients (like those found in fruits & vegetables) and has been shown to help lower the risk of heart disease.
All this for a few hundred calories, 30g fat and 10g fiber per avocado.
Filling & more nutritious than other more traditional fat sources, like oils.
Today I’m featuring a favorite new recipe, avocado wontons. Think spicy, creamy filling in crispy wonton skins, dipped in spicy sauce. Similar to a crab ragoon; creamy avocado replacing the cream cheese with vegetables in place of the crab.
I originally started off baking them, but halfway through decided to fry 1/2 the batch. And, let’s be honest- I liked the fried better. Baked wontons are great, but they don’t have the same flaky, crispy exterior of lightly frying them. If you do end of frying them, make sure your temperature is at the right heat (350-375°F) to absorb the least amount of oil possible. After removing them from the fryer, place on a paper-towel or paper grocery bag to absorb any excess.
- 30 wonton skins
- 1 lime, zested and juiced
- 2 medium sized avocados, diced
- 1/2 cup organic frozen corn, thawed
- ½ cup onion, minced
- 4 garlic cloves, minced
- ⅓ cup roasted bell pepper, diced
- 2 roma tomatoes, diced
- 1 scallion,chopped
- ½ – 1 tsp salt (adjust according to taste)
- 1/2 cups light soy sauce
- 1/4 cup rice wine vinegar
- 2 tbsp. mirin or simple syrup
- 1 tsp. sesame oil
- 1 tsp. grated fresh ginger
- 1 clove garlic, minced
- 2 scallions, white and green sliced very thin on the bias
- 1/4 tsp. chili garlic paste
- Whisk together all ingredients and set aside.
- Add the corn, onion, garlic, roasted bell pepper, tomatoes, scallions with lime juice in a medium bowl. Toss to combine.
- Gently fold in the diced avocado, being careful not to overmix.
- Place 1-2 tsp. onto each wonton wrapper.
- Gently fold over to close.
- Dip fingers in water and gently press along wrapper edge to seal.
- Continue to make all wontons.
- Preheat oven to 425.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes, until crisp
- Heat 1 cup oil to 375. If you don't have a thermometer, the oil is ready when a 1" cube of bread dropped into the oil browns in 60 seconds.
- Place the wontons, 2-3 at a time, in the oil and fry for 1-2 minutes until golden brown.
- Remove and place on paper towel to absorb the excess oil.
- Enjoy and serve with dipping sauce.
Per Wonton: 51 calories, 2g fat, 7g CHO, 1.5g fiber, 1.3g protein
I received free samples of California Avocado mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by California Avocado and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.