Contributed by: NAPSA
Fresh California Avocados Transform Ordinary Meals Into Gourmet (NAPSA) - Adding one well-chosen ingredient can turn an ordinary meal into an extraordinary one. So why not add a casual sense of elegance to your next meal by incorporating creamy, fresh California avocados? The nutty, creamy flavor of avocados is a delicious complement to many everyday foods, such as salads, sandwiches and pasta.
Avocados provide more than 25 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins and folic acid. When used instead of other fats, avocados can be a satisfying addition to a calorie-reduced diet.
So when planning your next meal, bring a satisfying addition to the table by incorporating delicious avocados in your dishes. Some easy ways to use this tasty fruit in your meals include:
In a large roasting pan sprayed with nonstick cooking spray, combine all vegetables.
In a small bowl, blend 2 Tbsp. balsamic vinegar, oil, garlic, salt and pepper.
Pour over vegetables and toss to coat.
Roast in preheated 375 degree oven for 45 minutes, stirring twice.
Remove vegetables from oven and pour on remaining 1 Tbsp. of balsamic vinegar.
In a large bowl, toss together cooked pasta, roasted vegetables, chicken and chicken broth.
Portion into 8 pasta bowls.
Place two avocado slices and fresh basil leaf on each plate. Serve.
For more delicious recipes, visit the California Avocado Commission Web site at www.avocado.org.
Serving Size: Makes 8 Servings
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