I had a fun opportunity to interview Chef Pati Jinich, host of a highly popular PBS series called Pati’s Mexican Table. She answered some of my questions about healthy breakfast tips and avocado recipes. If you’re looking for new tips to jump start your day and boost your metabolism, then I think you will enjoy this video interview with Chef Pati Jinich. Thanks to Avocados From Mexico for providing me with the opportunity to ask Chef Pati Jinich questions.
Avocado Q&A With Chef Pati Jinich:
I was very curious about substituting avocados for dairy so many of my questions for Chef Pati centered around that.
Substituting Avocados For Dairy
I have heard that you can substitute avocados for dairy when making pancakes for a fluffy and tasty alternative. Does it change the flavor or color of the pancakes? Is it better for you?
Yes, it does change the flavor, color, and texture. It makes the pancakes creamy, fluffy, smooth, delicious. Yes, it will change the color as well.
Avocado has a good fat that your body needs and is packed with nutrients. They are sodium and cholesterol free. Avocados can be used in recipes
to replace dairy and address lactose allergy or vegan lifestyle.
Easy Avocado Recipes For Breakfasts
From eggs and pancakes, to parfaits and smoothies, fresh avocados from Mexico can be incorporated into any of your morning go-to meals. They’re an extremely versatile fruit that adds creamy, rich texture and nearly 20 good-for you nutrients taking your morning favorites to the next level.
I especially love to incorporate fresh avocados from Mexico into my breakfast meals, because it’s a great way to jump start your day. One of my favorite uses is avocado in sandwiches. They are creamy so it is like adding a sauce or a condiment. I also love avocados rolled in tortillas, like in the Melted Cheese Scramble & Avocado Breakfast Burrito-> recipe.
Could you share a fun avocado pancake recipe that kids will love?
Avocado, banana pancakes-> recipe
What is your favorite smoothie recipe that uses avocados?
Avocado, mango and berry smoothie recipe:
- 1 ripe avocado, peeled and pitted
- 1 mango, peeled and pitted
- 1 ripe banana
- 1/2 cup mixed berries
- 1 cup orange juice
Puree and enjoy.
More Avocado Questions and Answers With Chef Pati Jinich:
Q: How do I know when an avocado is ripe?
A: You can spot a ripe avocado from Mexico by its green-black pebbly textured skin. When you hold the avocado, it should feel heavy for its size and have no mushy spots. Avocados mature on the tree, but they soften and develop their fullest flavor after picking. You can count on a firm green avocado to ripen within three to four days. If the skin is a mottled color – green with black patches – it will be ready to use in a shorter time, two to three days.
Q: How can I store an avocado?
A: Whole avocados can be stored at room temperature in an area with good circulation to continue their ripening. For speedier ripening, keep avocados in a closed paper bag. To slow down ripening, refrigerate them until a few days before use. When saving part of an avocado for later use, cover the exposed flesh with plastic wrap to slow oxidation.
Q: Are avocados good for you?
A: Avocados are nutritious and contribute good fats to your diet. One ounce or 3 slices of an avocado has 50 calories and contributes nearly 20 vitamins and minerals, making it a good choice to help meet nutrient needs. Avocados are also sodium and cholesterol free and using them in place of common “bread spreads” may help reduce your intake of saturated fat, sodium and calories.
Q: How can I encourage my kids to eat healthfully and incorporate avocados into their diet?
A: There’s nothing better than setting an example for your children – if your children see you eating and enjoying nutritious ingredients that you want them to eat, they are more likely to want to delve into the experience. Another tip I have to encourage kids to eat healthily is to make dishes that they can help assemble in a fun way so they feel that it is their choice to add those elements into a dish. Kids also love rolling, stacking, and dipping while cooking, so with that in mind, I love to use avocado in those formats. An avocado smoothie is a great way to give your children something that tastes delicious and is good for them.
Q: Can you share your favorite recipe for guacamole?
I personally love adding avocados to salads. What are some of your favorite avocado recipes?