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Roses are Red, Avocados are Green: Valentine’s Day Dinner Ideas

Add some green to your red, heart-filled Valentine’s Day dinner this year, with the creamy, luscious presence of Avocados From Mexico. We’ve got an inspired menu all planned out for you, including accessible, delicious recipes to boot. You’ll have your partner saying “more, por favor” with these Valentine’s Day dinner ideas.

Spicy Apps

Wake up your taste buds with gourmet avocado deviled eggs. Avocados give the egg yolk filling a pale, green hue, and jalapeño peppers add a spicy hit. If that’s not enough spice for you, up the ante by topping your deviled eggs with crushed red pepper flakes.

It’s as easy as taking boiled, cooled egg yolks, avocado, and lime juice and mashing until smooth. Then, add your finely chopped jalapeño, salt, pepper, and cilantro before spooning onto each boiled egg white half. Top, chill, and serve for a spicy start to your Valentine’s Day dinner.

You’ll need to have some ripe avocados on hand to make this recipe and the ones that follow. If you’re in a rush, speed up the ripening process with a brown paper bag.

The Main Event

Woo your sweetheart by whipping up this easy and fabulous chicken Parmesan recipe, topped with a zesty avocado crema, for your Valentine’s Day dinner main course.

Start by pounding two, boneless chicken breasts to 1/4-inch thickness. Season both sides with salt and pepper and set aside. In a medium bowl, combine 1/4 cup of bread crumbs and 1/4 cup of grated Parmesan. In another bowl, beat two eggs with a tablespoon of milk. Dip each chicken piece into the egg wash and then coat with the bread crumb and cheese mixture.

Heat 2 tablespoons of avocado or olive oil on medium-high heat and fry in large skillet for 4-5 minutes on each side or until cooked through (the internal temperature should reach 165°F).

While your chicken cooks, combine one avocado, a pinch of salt, zest of half a lemon, 1/2 cup of sour cream and 1/4 cup of chopped parsley in a blender. Blend until smooth and pour over your chicken when you’re ready to serve.

Serve with a fresh, crisp green salad and a quick tomato and avocado salsa. Combine a diced large, ripe tomato, half an avocado (also diced) and half a finely chopped shallot with a squeeze of lemon juice and a good drizzle of olive oil. Toss in a pinch of salt and pepper, mix to combine, and pour over your washed, dried salad greens and enjoy.

Sweet Endings

End your Valentine’s Day dinner with a classic, rice cereal treat cut into the shape of a heart. This version features half a pureed avocado, which also reduces the butter without sacrificing taste.

Start by melting 4 cups of mini marshmallows with 2 tablespoons of butter. Add a teaspoonful of vanilla, a pinch of sea salt, your pureed avocado, and mix in your 6 cups of rice cereal until fully combined. Press into a buttered baking pan (9×13 inches works), with wet hands and smooth the cereal out. Cool, slice, and enjoy with a glass of bubbly, because, there’s no such thing as “too sweet” on Valentine’s Day!

And because we know you’ll want to make all of these sweetheart recipes, here are some handy tips to help you pick your avocados for the week, so that you get perfectly ripe avocados at home, every time.

By Avocados From Mexico February 11, 2019

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