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A+ Avocados

March 28th, 2011

One of the food items I was most surprised to read as a suggestion for baby’s first food was avocado. I haven’t seen jarred avocado in the baby food aisle and have never seen another baby eat one so it was quite a surprise. But according to all the information I read, it is a great first introduction food because it is easy on the baby’s stomach and doesn’t tend to cause any type of adverse reactions. I was also really excited to put it in Rex’s rotation because both Forrest and I are avocado junkies (we even visited an avocado farm during a vacation to Central California and posed with the trees for pictures as if they were celebrities) and I thought it would be cool for him to indulge when we do.

Well unfortunately Rex hated the fatty fruit. He acted as if we were putting chunks of poison in his mouth and he gagged and coughed violently until we got the message and stopped shoveling the green goopey spoonfuls into his mouth. We were disappointed to say the least. How could he not take to our beloved avocado? We still aren’t sure, but we do know he wasn’t as excited to be eating it as we were to be serving it to him. We will try again though since we aren’t willing to accept the fact just yet that he doesn’t share our avocado affinity.

It wasn’t all dissapointment though in the avocado department that evening, because there was one positive outcome. Although Rex didn’t like his portion, we certianly did. Below is the recipe we made with our avocados that night and it was sinfully indulgent! The dressing doesn’t seem like much while you are making it especially since it is made up of mostly water, but it is perfection. And paired with the mono-seeded fruit, it is divine!

Avocados with Warm Bacon Parsley Vinaigrette
Adapted from Sunset April 2009

Ingredients

  • 1/3 pound thin-sliced bacon
  • 2 firm-ripe avocados, each pitted, peeled, and cut into 4 to 6 wedges
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • Kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 tablespoons chopped flat-leaf Italian parsley
Preparation

1. Cook bacon in a large frying pan over medium-low heat until crisp.

Drain on paper towels; let cool. Remove pan from heat and discard all but 2 tbsp. bacon fat. Divide avocado wedges among 4 plates.

2. Heat reserved bacon fat over medium heat. Add garlic, 1/4 cup water, the lemon juice, and sugar and simmer 1 minute, stirring.

Season with salt and pepper. Stir in parsley

and crumble in bacon.

Stir to incorporate.

Immediately pour over avocado wedges and serve.

Click Here for My Adapted Printable Recipe

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