HOW-TO
5 Avocado Recipes

Avocado is a creamy, heart-healthy choice for salads, sandwiches and the ever-popular Mexican dip guacamole – but have you ever thought about having this luscious green fruit for dessert? Avocado’s natural smooth texture and mild taste makes it a perfect match for your meal’s final course. From smoothies to pudding and more, this fruit can be used to create uber-tasty and protein-packed concoctions for dessert or a sweet afternoon snack any time of year.

Start each recipe with ripe avocados that give to the touch but are not mushy. Wash, peel and pit each one so that you’re only left with the yellow-green flesh from the inside before you proceed with each recipe. Don’t forget to buy organic avocadosand other ingredients whenever you can.

DAILY BITES
December 18th: National Roast Suckling Pig Day

Did you know Roast Suckling Pig has its very own national holiday? This December 18th, celebrate the swine with some good ‘ol fashion pork! Technically, the holiday should take place over the span of two days, since that’s how long the average pig takes to be prepared and roasted. The main ingredient involves a four to six week old piglet, ranging between nine to twenty pounds. For those couple of weeks, the pig is bred solely on its mother’s milk. Although younger pigs are preferred for their tender meat, larger pigs are not uncommon.

A wide variety of roast suckling pig recipes have been created for the holiday season. For a Mexican flavor, add Mexican cinnamon, dried avocado leaves and guajillo chiles. For a more Asian roast, use vinegar, five-spice powder, and red miso. For a Cuban-inspired recipe drench your tender pig in oranges and limes and place it in La Caja China. This ritual was passed down from family to family, specifically Roberto Guerra’s family. One day in winter of 1985, Guerra’s father, who had immigrated to Miami, told his son about the way they cooked for large amounts people in Cuba. Using a large wooden hot box, the pig would lay roasting slowly under a charcoal fire. Young Roberto Guerra asked his father to show him and thus La Caja China was born. The improved ovens are built with local materials for up to 100 pounds of juicy pork meat!

HOW-TO
A Vegan Dish That's Perfect for Summer

Who isn't thinking about avocados these days? When the sun is out and the temperatures are high, an avocado can find its way onto any table and in so much more than guacamole.

This recipe is just as healthy as it is insanely good. Avocados are used here instead of cream, and what you get is a creamy, rich and filling dish, that's still light and perfect for an upcoming summer. The garlicky flavor and zing from the lemon juice work wonders alongside avocados. While this dish is perfect for vegans, it will make anyone happy. It's quick and easy, so you can whip it up and enjoy it in the sun.

CHEAP EATS
San Francisco Best Breakfast Burritos

Everyone should start his or her day off right with a hearty breakfast. Put down that tired bowl of cereal for a change and try something that will warm you from the inside out. Healthy breakfast burritos will fill you up and won’t slow you down. Here are two places in San Francisco where you can get your breakfast on the run.

Velo Rouge Café is just a hop, skip and a jump away from the beautiful Golden Gate Park. Velo Rouge offers breakfast every day until 4:30 p.m. There can be quite the line in the morning, but the wait is surely worth it. You can get their Leipheimer Breakfast Burrito, filled with two eggs scrambled, black beans, potatoes, cheddar cheese, avocado, salsa, sour cream, with an option of adding bacon or sausage to the scramble. This hearty burrito only costs $6.95 and is served with chips and salsa.

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