I am a huge believer in you are what you eat. I imprint this into my children’s minds from the moment a spoon hits their mouths. Yes, they still get junk food and can tell you what brand of soda they are drinking without looking at a label. But I moderate how much processed foods they eat.
Since I can remember, I have been a huge fan of avocados. The taste, texture, health benefits, there are so many reasons it’s a staple in my home. I can put avocado on just about everything we eat (even my hair). I have my Abuela, to thank for most recipes. Her avocado tree is magnificent, so good in fact that when just ripe the thin peel can even be eaten. Once is complained my hair wasn’t growing fast enough and she concocted a conditioner with her avocados and it did wonders (I will have to get that recipe for a future post). She lives in South Texas on the Mexican border and their soil, well it just does something to those avocados. While, I don’t live close enough to make the 5 hour drive for Abuelas Avocados, I do pick up the tastiest avocados I have ever found in the supermarket.
I have avocado recipes that could feed you for days and they are so amazing even my boys dig them. Enter my go to classic Parmesan ranch salad. I make this salad as it’s own dish mostly, but when my husband is craving meat it serves as the side dish.
Parmesan Ranch Salad – feeds 5
Romaine Lettuce Heavily Chopped (3/4 head)
Avocado bite size pieces (2 medium sized)
Tomato bite size pieces (2 medium sized)
Button Mushrooms sliced (3-4)
Parmesan Shavings or shredded
Shredded Cheese (we use Colby)
Butter Garlic Croutons
Toss and serve
I tweak each salad for each of my boys. One loves mushrooms and hates tomatoes the other is a big avocado fan but hates mushrooms. Of course, like their momma they love the avocado piled on and the chunkier the better.
My 17 month old is a huge fan of mamas Parmesan Ranch Salad.
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