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Avocado Deviled Eggs for the Win!


Alex, I’ll take “foods Sherri’s mother never cooked” for 400 please. Originating in Italy, this round food is often filled with a mixture of egg yolk, mustard, and hot sauce.* Alex… What are deviled eggs? That is correct!

If this was a real episode of Jeopardy I would be $400 richer right now. Aside from my opening little joke, I have no cute story to tell for these eggs. All I have to offer is a beautiful photo and delicious recipe. They were not part of my mother’s recipe box or mine for that matter. It was found quite accidentally sitting in a basket, next to the avocados at my local grocery with no name or website attached.

The minute I saw it, just knew I had to try it. I don’t like regular deviled eggs. I’m not a fan of the filling. This recipe seemed perfect and while I was supposed to add the egg yolk to the avocado and mash them together, I must have missed that step somehow. I’m glad I missed it; I think it would have been too rich and mellowed the flavor of the avocado. The original recipe called for a sprinkling of paprika on top. I love the flavor of Za’atar and thought the sesame seeds would add a nice texture. I was right! These are the perfect little bite.

They make a great quick breakfast, light snack, or very deserving as an appetizer. All that’s left my friends is to Enjoy! Let me know what you think.

3 hard-boiled eggs (I like to use extra-large)
1 large avocado
3 teaspoons lime juice (lemon will work as well)
¼ teaspoon garlic powder
Pinch of salt and pepper
dash of hot sauce (optional)
sliced scallions
Sprinkle with Za’atar (or other spice you like)

Boil the eggs using my method. Click here for the instructions. Cook, cool and carefully peel the eggs. Use a sharp knife and cut the eggs in half vertically. Remove the cooked yolk from the egg and put aside.**

Add the avocado into a wide flat bowl and mash. Add the lime juice, garlic powder, a drop of hot sauce, salt and pepper. Mix together and spoon into each half. You can sprinkle them with any seasoning but I really like the flavor Za’atar adds. Place a couple of scallions on top and that’s it!

*FYI… the hot sauce gives it heat, which is why deviled eggs are called “devil”ed
**Instead of discarding, you could put them aside and make my mom’s thumb cookies with them! Or, if you want, add them to the avocado.

 

 

Turkey Lettuce Wraps… Is it a Salad or a Sandwich!

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Turkey lettuce wraps are a great meal when you want to cut down on bread but not on flavor! Just like the next guy or girl, I love a good sandwich. I mean, really love a good sandwich! But sometimes, when the weather is warm, and I want something other than a sandwich or a salad, I’ll make turkey lettuce wraps. They are the best of both worlds and what I prepared for lunch today.

This deconstructed turkey sandwich or reconstructed Cobb salad, is super easy and really great. I had sliced turkey in my refrigerator, fresh baby heirloom tomatoes from the farmer’s market, avocados, and delicious bib lettuce already in my house. It’s very versatile and you can use leftovers like grilled chicken or salmon if you are a pescetarian (vegetarian who also eats fish).

Sliced turkey, chicken or salmon
Bib lettuce
Avocado slices
Russian dressing (find this recipe in my salad section)*
Hard boiled egg (optional)
Fried onions for a little crunch (optional)

Rinse and dry your lettuce well. Spread a little dressing on the inside of a larger leaf. Fill the lettuce with a slice of turkey, avocado, slice of hard-boiled egg, baby tomatoes and roll up like a burrito, or fold in half.

So… is it a salad or a sandwich? You decide! Enjoy!

*You can use any dressing you like. When I make the grilled chicken wraps, I’ll use honey mustard dressing. For salmon wraps I use homemade ranch dressing. Experiment and see what combinations you come up with. Let me know how it goes!

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I just had to post this photo of the heirloom tomatoes! They are really picture perfect and so sweet and delicious! My son is tired of hearing me say they are nature’s candy – but they truly are!