Avocado, Potato and Queso Cotija Taquitos with Avocado Sauce

Miss Mevi shares this Avocado Taquitos RecipeHello everyone!

Ready to enjoy this weekend? Are going to have your kids at home? If you will, you might want to prepare a funny meal, something that kids can eat with their bare hands. These crunchy taquitos filled with creamy and cheesy goodness are a perfect finger food for kids.

Here’s the recipe

Yields 12 taquitos

Prep Time: 25 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
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Serves:
Ingredients
For taquitos
3 medium russet potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. Pepper
1/2 medium ripe, Fresh Avocado, pitted, peeled and diced
1/2 cup crumbled cotija cheese
1 egg
12 corn tortillas
1/2 cup vegetable oil
Toothpicks
For sauce
3 tomatillos, rinsed and skinned
1/2 medium ripe, Fresh Avocado, pitted and peeled
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
Salt and pepper to taste
Instructions:
For taquitos:

Place potatoes in a medium stock pot with cold water, cover and bring to a simmer over medium heat. Cook until fork-tender. Drain water and mash with fork or potato masher. Add garlic powder, salt, pepper, cotija cheese and egg. Stir until combined. Fold in avocado and set aside.
Wrap tortillas in a kitchen towel and place in the microwave for 1 minute until soft. Carefully remove from towel and allow to cool until easy to handle.
Place two tablespoons of potato mash in the center of each tortilla. Fold one end of tortilla over filling and roll into a snug taquito, making sure not to roll too tightly, as tortilla can break apart. Secure taquito with toothpick.
In a medium skillet, heat oil over medium high heat. With tongs, carefully place each taquito into hot oil and fry; turning over until all sides are cooked and golden brown, about 4 minutes. Drain in a plate lined with paper towels. Remove toothpicks.

For the sauce (this can be done in advance):

In a saucepan, place tomatillos and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Lower heat and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat.
Place cooked tomatillos into blender with avocado and cilantro. Blend on high until smooth; season with salt and pepper. If sauce is too thick, add some of the leftover tomatillo broth to loosen. Pour sauce into four individual bowls.

To serve:

On four plates, place three taquitos and a small bowl with sauce. Dip taquitos into sauce and enjoy!

Have a great weekend!

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Original Source: avocadocentral.com

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Avocado oil, even better than olive oil!

Meet the Mevi Oil benefitsLike olive oil, avocado oil is one of the few cooking oils extracted directly from the fruit, rather than chemically extracted from seeds. Avocado fruit contains around 30% oil and it is extracted in a similar way to extra virgin olive oil.
Avocado oil is a very healthy cooking oil, with an extremely beneficial fatty acid profile, good levels of antioxidants and other interesting compounds, and a high smoke point that makes it great for frying with. Actually, in all of these ways it’s superior to the much more commonly used olive oil. Here’s why.

Frying with Avocado Oil instead of Olive Oil
Along with healthy coconut oil, avocado oil is one of the best possible oils to have your kitchen for cooking with. The refined oil has a very high smoke point, usually listed as between 480 Fahrenheit and 520 Fahrenheit (270 Celsius). This makes it a great choice for stir-frys and other high-temperature cooking.
Olive oil’s smoke point, by comparison, can vary greatly depending on the grade of the olive oil and its processing. Low quality ‘light’ olive oil is generally cited at a highest smoke point of around 430 Fahrenheit (210 Celsius), which may be ok for medium frying.

However, extra virgin olive oil, the type we’re told is the healthiest and best to get, can have a smoke point as low as 220 Fahrenheit (105 Celsius), which is definitely not suitable for high temperature cooking or pretty much any kind of frying.
Virgin avocado oil is also usually advertised with a similarly high smoke point to refined avocado oil. However some independent testing has shown that these figure may be exaggerated. To be on the safe side it would be best to keep virgin avocado oil under 375-400 degrees Fahrenheit when cooking.
This is still significantly higher than virgin olive oil, but the important thing is to avoid is having whatever cooking oil you are using smoking heavily in the pan. At that point, any health benefits the oil used to have are gone and there’s a good chance dangerous compounds have been created. Read more about the problem with the smoke point of oils on the next page.

Monounsaturated Fats and Avocado Oil
Cold pressing produces a high quality and great tasting avocado oil, with very low levels of acidity and oxidization and many benefits for your health. Foremost of these is the extremely high levels of monounsaturated fats.
Extra virgin avocado oil has a monounsaturated fatty acid level of around 72% to 76%, which is even higher than olive oil’s at approximately 67%. It also has less saturated fat, at close to 13%, whereas olive oil is usually in the vicinity of 17%.
Oil of avocadoResearch has shown monounsaturated fatty acids to be one of the healthiest kinds of fats we can consume. They are known to help reduce our LDL cholesterol levels, which can lead to a lower risk of heart disease – still the biggest killer in America.
Monounsaturated fats also help maintain good moisture levels in your epidermis, leading to a healthier skin tone. If your skin is feeling dry and looking tired, switching to using avocado oil in your kitchen could help improve your complexion.

Vitamin E and Other Antioxidants
Cold pressed avocado oil retains its high levels of vitamin E, which is well known to aid in improving skin tone and appearance. Vitamin E has also being shown in some research studies to potentially lower our risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, Alzheimer’s and certain cancers.
Alongside vitamin E’s antioxidant potential, unrefined avocado oil contains the antioxidant lutein. A yellow pigmented xanthophyll carotenoid, lutein is concentrated in our bodies in the macula region of our eyes. It is believed to help protect our vision from damage by UV and high-energy blue light.
Getting good levels of lutein in your diet may help prevent age-related macular degeneration (ARMD) later in life – the leading cause of blindness in the Western world.

Cold Pressed Avocado Oil Versus Olive Oil
There’s a lot of reasons to recommend switching from olive oil to avocado oil. It has more monounsaturated fatty acids, high levels of the antioxidants like vitamins E and lutein, more than twice the beta-sitosterol of olive oil and a higher smoke point for cooking with. Finally and importantly, extra virgin avocado oil tastes great too with a rich, buttery avocado flavor.

Don’t be affraid to get all these benefits, start cooking with Avocado Oil! My favorite Avocado Oil is Mevi Oil.

Until the next time!

#MissMevi #AvocaTips #MeviOil

Original Source: superfoodprofiles.com

Myths and truths about Avocado

Miss Mevi clarifies some avocado mythsHello everyone! Thanks for coming by again!

When we talk about avocados there are some myths that aren’t necessarily truth. Today I’ll mention the most common and the truth of them.

  1. Avocados are fattening. Really? Who said that? If that was right, I should be really big by now. I have included avocados in my meals almost four or five times a week. I drink avocado smoothies very often too.
  2. Avocados are a healthier replacement for cheese and even meat. Avocado offers not merely a “substitute,” but a food which is much superior in value for human maintenance. It is rich in protein and fat and comparatively higher than any other fruits in these elements. The fat is more digestible than animal fats.
  3. Avocado produces Glutathion, an important antioxidant needed to prevent ageing, alzheimer, heart diseases and cancer.
  4. Avocados promote weight loss, thanks to the slow burning energy and satiety feeling you get from eating them.
  5. Avocados are good for combating arthritis due to the high levels of monosaturated fats and antioxidants they have.

Interesting, huh?

I hope you find these facts useful.

Until the next one!

#MissMevi #AvocaTips

Original source: yetundedaramola.com

Avocado and Aloe Bodywrap

Miss Mevi bodywrap recipeHello again!

I’m sure you all know now that I love avocado. Not only it’s delicious and nutritious, but also its benefits can help when you apply on your skin.

I already recommended you a face mask, today I want to share a recipe of a bodywrap, ideal for your skin because it calms and soothes it. A cooling mask is used on sun burnt skin and a warm mask for a moisturizing and relaxing effect. It’s also helpful on dry skin.

It’s very easy to prepare and apply.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 very ripe avocado
  • 1 cup of heavy cream
  • 1/4 cup of aloe vera gel
  • Lots of towels
  • Plastic wrap

DIRECTIONS

Blend avocado pulp, cream and aloe vera gel to a thick paste. Place lots of old towels down where you will nap later. Apply paste to body. Wash hands and loosely wrap over masked areas. Lay down and relax for one hour. Rinse.

Share with all of us how did you like it, and if it helped your skin.

Until the next one!

#MissMevi #AvocaTips

Original source: thriftyfun.com

Benefits of running in the night

Miss Mevi invites you to run afterdarkHello everyone! As you all might already know, I love a lot my family and spending time with them, then I love eating healthy and specially avocado dishes, and after that I love my work. But of course, I love working out, I practice yoga and running. Running is a simple and flexible form of exercise that requires little in the way of special equipment or facilities. In comparison to running, jogging is gentler on your knees, hips and ankles. You can lose weight practicing any of them.

Running late at night has certain distinct benefits from running in the evening. In terms of scheduling, running late at night allows you unrestricted time between the end of a typical work day and your bedtime.

Jogging for weight loss works best when worked into your daily routine at a consistent time, and you may have more availability to jog at night than in the mornings before the day’s commitments.

In hot climates, night-time temperatures are more favorable for jogging, and you will avoid the risks of sunburn or heatstroke associated with running during daylight.

While running in the night you won’t be thinking about the daily activities waiting for you at work, so you might feel much more relaxed.

Besides, you will burn out all the energy gathered from all your daily meals. Burning out all that energy will help you to sleep better and deeply, so say good bye to insomnia!

Runners training at night should also adhere to other common sense guidelines:

  • Run against traffic. It’s easier to avoid traffic if you can see it and they can see you.
  • Wear light colors at night. White running attire is the easiest to see at night, but orange and yellow are also appropriate. Black, brown, dark blue or green are not recommended.
  • Run behind vehicles at intersections. Even if a car or truck has stopped at a stop sign, there’s no guarantee the driver has seen you.
  • Don’t wear headphones. Wearing headphones diminishes a runner’s ability to hear a car horn, a voice or a potential attacker.
  • Wear a billed cap and clear glasses. The bill of a cap will hit an unseen tree branch or another obstacle before the obstacle hits your head. Clear glasses will protect your eyes from bugs and other unseen obstacles.
  • Vary your routes. A potential attacker can watch for runners’ patterns and loom in a particularly dark or isolated area.
  • Run with a partner. There’s strength in numbers. If you don’t know runners who enjoy working out at night, you have one more excuse to meet new friends!
  • Try to make eye contact and acknowledge a driver. The interaction, however brief, could save your life.

Please be safe while practicing any exercise. I hope you enjoy running afterdark, if you do tell me how do you like it!

Until the next time!

#MissMevi #AvocaTips #LifeStyle

Original Source: LiveStrong.com

Spicy Avocado Wedge

Miss Mevi recommends you: Spicy Avocado WedgeGood morning!

When we have very busy days we always want to eat healthy food, yet we don’t always have much time to spend in the kitchen; not when we want to spend it with our children or working. This recipe is both very simple to prepare but really delicious and healthy.

INGREDIENTS: 

  • 2 8-inch flour tortillas
  • 2 large avocados
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup pico de gallo (or chunky salsa)
  • 1 cup green cabbage or lettuce, shredded
  • 3/4 cup shredded pepper jack cheese

DIRECTIONS:

  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Mash avocado with lime juice and salt. Keep it chunky.
  • Cut tortillas in half and warm in oven to soften them.
  • Spread an even layer of avocado across the tortilla halves.
  • Spoon 1/4 cup salsa each piece.
  • Scatter 1/4 cup cabbage or lettuce on each, then add some pieces of cheese on each.
  • Carefully fold one side of the tortilla toward the center to make a triangle, then fold the other side over. Invert and place on a cookie sheet.
  • Warm in the oven melt the cheese, 6 to 8 minutes.

If you are not vegan or vegetarian, you can add some bacon pieces, it tastes great with all the ingredients.

Enjoy!

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Original source: theamazingavocado.com

Avocado and Strawberries with Honey Vinaigrette

MissMevi recipe of Avocados and Strawberries for Saint Valentine'sHello everyone!

If you are still looking for a great recipe for a romantic dinner for Saint Valentine’s day, here is a delightful idea, great for an appetizer or as alongside grilled chicken or fish.

Strawberries and creamy avocado mingle in a honeyed lemon dressing to create this simple and elegant salad. Serve it as a light first course or alongside grilled chicken or fish.

Nutritional Information (per serving)

  • Calories 190
  • Total Fat 2g
  • Saturated Fat —
  • Cholesterol —
  • Sodium 50mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 16g
  • Dietary Fiber 3g
  • Sugars —
  • Protein 2g
  • Calcium —

Yields: 6 first-course or side dish servings. Prep Time: 15 min

Ingredients

  • 2 1/2 tablespoon(s) lemon juice
  • 3 tablespoon(s) honey
  • 3 tablespoon(s) olive oil
  • 1/8 sea salt teaspoon(s) ground black pepper
  • 2 avocados , peeled, pitted and cut into wedges
  • 8 ounce(s) strawberries, halved

Directions
Whisk the lemon juice, honey, olive oil, salt, and pepper together. Arrange the avocados and strawberries on 6 salad plates. Drizzle the vinaigrette over the fruit salad. Serve immediately.

Hope you have a happy and lovely Valentine’s Day.

Until the next time!

#MissMevi #AvocaTips #Recipe

Original source: countryliving.com