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Healthy Recipes of the Month

Eat More Healthy Fats

The seventh Healthy Habits challenge: Fear not these fats: learn how to add heart-healthy mono- and polyunsaturated fats to your diet. Avocado Recipes Creamy avocados are major players when it comes to providing healthy, good-for-you fats.

Avocados aren't made strictly for guacamole. During the warmer months, they can be paired with a variety of ingredients in salsas, salads, and as a delicious spread. Flip through our gallery to find original ideas for this delicious ingredient.

Roasted Corn and Radish Salad with Avocado-Herb Dressing

Every summer, fresh ears of corn pile on roadside uses this abundance of local produce to bring bright sweetness to this recipe. The cool creaminess of a Hass avocado is the perfect addition to temper the spicy bite from the radishes and add extra flavor and texture.

Yield: 4 servings (serving size: 1 lettuce leaf, 1 cup salad, and 2 tablespoons of low or no fat dressing).
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Combine first 10 ingredients in a food processor; process until smooth. With the processor running, pour water, vinegar, and hot sauce through food chute, processing until blended. Store the dressing in an airtight container in refrigerator.

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Quick Vegetarian Chili with Avocado Salsa

The southwestern ingredients in this recipe scream to be garnished with avocado. Skip the sour cream for an equally cooling condiment.

Yield: 6 servings (serving size: 1 cup chili, 1 tablespoon sour cream, 1 lime wedge, 3 chips, and and about 2 1/2 tablespoons avocado salsa).
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Heat the oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add onion and bell pepper; sauté 3 minutes. Add chili powder and next 4 ingredients (chili powder through green chiles); cook 1 minute. Stir in barley and next 4 ingredients (barley through broth); bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer for 20 minutes or until barley is tender. Stir in cilantro. Serve with sour cream, lime wedges, chips, and Avocado Salsa.
Note: Store chili in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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Easy Guacamole

The food processor makes quick work of this basic dip that's rich in heart-healthy monounsaturated fats. We like the heat from leaving the seeds in the jalapeño, but you can seed the pepper for a milder guac. Serve with tortilla chips or crudités.
Yield: 4 servings (serving size: about 1/4 cup)
Total:20 Minutes
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Source: Cooking Light MARCH 2002

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