Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, which means the pressure is on to find the perfect gift for your significant other. Would a box of chocolates show them just how much you love them? Or flowers? Why not get creative this year and treat them with a homemade meal using avocados? If they love avocados as much as we think they do, your surprise just might make your other half fall in love with you all over again! Avocados are a tasty, versatile fruit that are also nutrient dense and a source of “good fats” like monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats, so you’ll be giving them something that is both delicious AND nutritious. It’s a win-win!
Before you decide what to make, it’s important to know how to pick a ripe avocado. The good news is that it couldn’t be easier! This video from Avocados From Mexico shows you that a simple squeeze is all you need to find the perfect avocado for your meal. If you can’t find ripe avocados, no problem — you can ripen it at home using a paper bag and a banana.
Now that you know how to get a ripe avocado, what should you make? If breakfast is what you’re looking for, you can make your significant other an edible Valentine’s Day card with this heart-shaped avocado toast. All you need is some bread, a ripe avocado, and a heart-shaped cookie cutter. You can even get creative with the finishing touches: Drizzle lemon juice and olive oil, with a dash of crushed chile flakes, on top or opt for a sprinkle of garam masala with some mint chutney. If you typically get your loved one flowers, try making these avocado roses and serving them with bacon hearts. Avocado roses look gorgeous and are a fun twist on a traditional Valentine’s Day gift. If your Valentine prefers a sweet breakfast, check out these blueberry avocado pancakes. Top them with a little butter, a sprinkle of cinnamon, and your favorite maple syrup or jam, and breakfast is served!
If dinner is the meal you’re after, the possibilities are endless. Start the meal off with a delicious winter avocado salad, or maybe this warming avocado soup with chicken and lime. For the entree, shrimp avocado tacos are sure to please. The sweetness of the shrimp and avocados make a perfect pair, and the finished dish is bright and colorful. If you’re looking for a more complicated entree to display your love, this poached halibut with roasted potatoes and avocado cream sauce is sure to impress, and you can easily substitute your favorite seafood for the halibut.
Believe it or not, avocados are perfect in desserts, too. They’re sweet, creamy, and go well with chocolate, which makes them perfect for a Valentine’s Day treat. Check out these salted chocolate avocado pudding bowls or go fancy with this avocado panna cotta with berry salad to show your love on Valentine’s Day. If all out decadent is more your vibe, check out this intense Mexican chocolate avocado cake with chocolate avocado buttercream. No matter which recipe you choose, your loved one is sure to feel spoiled with your multi-course avo-centric meal this Valentine’s Day!