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Avocado Overload

Yesterday was a great day. Around 9 a.m. UPS delivered a big heavy box to my doorstep. I opened it to discover more avocados than I know what to do with. Heaven!

Chiquita is moving their global headquarters to Charlotte and I am lucky enough to have blog reader in the Chiquita Avocados division. Last week he left a comment asking if I’d like a shipment of avocados. Yes, yes, yes!

Little did I know that I would be receiving two giant bags full. I must have over 50 avocados. He told me that they will stay good for almost a month if I store them in the fridge but I’ll definitely be sharing with family and friends. I think this will also be a great time to experiment with some new avocado recipes and creative uses. Any good ones to share? Please?

I got right to work using my avocados last night. I like to start pulling things out of the fridge and figure out how I can use them together. Last night I heated some leftover refried beans and then sauteed chicken, onions, grape tomatoes and spinach. I layered the beans on a corn tortilla and then topped it with the chicken mixture and avocados. It was a good creation!

Breakfast this morning was a big bowl of oatmeal while I got my life organized. I was a woman on a mission and not only got a ton of work done but also got laundry done and the house completely picked up. There is not a misplaced item of clothing to be found. Now, we’ll see how long that lasts. I’m terrible about tossing things on the table or bed and leaving them there but it seriously stresses me out when I walk in the house and there’s stuff everywhere. The oatmeal featured bananas, blueberries and peaches.

I packed my lunch to take to work. It’s been a crazy busy day full of exciting work for our new location. My latest project is trying to get our website designed so I’m really enjoying that. I made a big salad with more avocados, goat cheese, local strawberries, broccoli slaw, mixed greens, almonds and tomatoes. I also had some Wholesome Goodness Multigrain & Flax Tortilla Chips and a pear with peanut butter later in the afternoon.

I want to share a cute new Lululemon tank with you.

It’s a new style called the Daily Tank. It’s basically a spinoff of the Cool Racerback but with straight straps and a scoop back.

I love the open back. It’s perfect for showcasing a cute sports bra. I bought it in the flash color. Several of the girls in the store were telling me that they have actually worn this tank out with white jeans. It’s super cute. One note about the fit, it’s long and the straps are pretty long too so try it on if you can.

Off to teach and practice some yoga. Have a good night!

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  • Bethany I. May 2, 2012, 7:10 pm

    I love Lululemon, but I have to be careful cause I could spend all the money in my bank account. However, I am using my upcoming yoga teacher training (and the fact I’m a Health and Physical Education major) as an excuse to buy a few tops from there since they will last longer than others. The fact that they’re cute is also a bonus.

    • Jen May 4, 2012, 11:40 am

      i think that makes perfect sense! 😉

      good luck with teacher training!

  • Holly May 2, 2012, 7:17 pm

    Avocado chocolate mousse!!

  • Holly @ Pink-Runner.com May 2, 2012, 7:23 pm

    Loveeeeee that tank top. You are really lucky to have so many avocados. I like to use them in pasta sauce, vegetable salads and guac!

  • branny May 2, 2012, 7:32 pm

    Wow, I had no idea they would keep in the fridge for a month! I have a few favorites in my blog:
    white bean avocado hummus
    chicken guacamole tostadas
    avocado cashew burritos
    I also recently made chicken and avocado quesadillas that were AWESOME but I haven’t blogged yet. Of course, you’ll probably still have a few fruits left when I update my blog next week.

    • Jen May 4, 2012, 11:41 am

      i will check these recipes out! thanks so much. and yes…i will still have some when you post the recipe next week 😉

  • Alyssa @ fit and fun in third May 2, 2012, 7:33 pm

    Yum!! Your in avocado heaven. I love to slice up avocado and throw it on egg sandwiches.

  • Kristin May 2, 2012, 7:33 pm

    Try a quinoa, lime, cumin, avocado salad. They’re super yummy! Plus, you can rarely go wrong with guac.

  • laura May 2, 2012, 7:51 pm

    Love the new top, I agree it would look cute with white jeans as well.

    I wish I could eat avocado. I enjoyed them up until a month ago when I realized my stomach pains and racing heartbeat were the result of an avocado allergy. :-/

    • Jen May 4, 2012, 11:43 am

      oh no! i’m sorry! 🙁

  • Lindsey @ Sound Eats May 2, 2012, 7:51 pm

    Oh man, I need that avocado-gifting friend, haha! I used to work at lululemon..man I miss it (and the discount). They have some cute stuff debuting lately – like the swimwear and a maxi dress today!

    P.S. Haas avocado has a pinterest page…loads of recipe inspiration there!

    • Jen May 4, 2012, 11:46 am

      thanks for the tip on the pinterest page.

      i am loving the swimwear too!

  • Theresa @ a spoonful of sunshine May 2, 2012, 8:06 pm

    I HIGHLY suggest you make some eggs baked in avocados with a little sprinkle of salt and pepper. I saw the recipe originally on pinterest but its seems to have sprung up all around the blogging world recently 🙂

    • Jen May 4, 2012, 11:50 am

      oh i saw that on pinterest too. looks interesting!

  • wymberley May 2, 2012, 8:13 pm

    Avocado egg salad is my next experiment. Tell your blog reader to share that generosity! Wow, how nice.

  • Carrie May 2, 2012, 8:20 pm

    SO JEALOUS! Seriously! Those avocados are my idea of heaven!

  • LOVE that tank!!! I love my racerback, so I’ll definitely be putting this one on my list to get next!

    Haha that’s an insane amount of avocados! I’d definitely need help finishing those off too.

  • Katherine May 2, 2012, 8:45 pm

    Hi Jen,

    How fun to have a whole box of avocados! Just last week I made a chocolate mousse with them 🙂 Here’s the link if you want to give it a try.


    • Jen May 4, 2012, 11:54 am

      yum and creative! thanks!

  • Ally Roemer May 2, 2012, 9:13 pm

    You lucky duck! I’m so jealous. I love making raw versions of key lime pie and chocolate mouse/puddings. I also like to begin meals with sliced and plated avocado with a tiny bit of shoyu or tamari with sesame seeds and sometimes toasted sesame oil. It’ so simple, but feels special and elegant…like eating sashimi before your meal.

    • Jen May 4, 2012, 11:58 am

      awesome suggestions. thank you!

  • Wendy May 2, 2012, 9:37 pm

    Wow! That’s a LOT of avocado! We moved away from California this last year and I’ve been missing having available ripe avocados. They’re few and far between here, but when we get some I like to make open-face sandwiches on italian bread with mozzarella, tomato, basil and avocado, drizzled with olive oil and sprinkled with salt and pepper. So YUMMY. Tabbouleh with feta and kalamata olives and avocado tossed in is also wonderful!

  • Taylor May 2, 2012, 9:42 pm

    is there such a thing as too many avocados??? yummmm

  • Kerr May 2, 2012, 9:45 pm

    Oh my gosh what a great delivery! I love avocados!

  • Sherry May 2, 2012, 9:47 pm

    Cute tank, it’s the perfect color for summer!

    I love making tempeh bacon and I use mashed avocado instead of mayo to make a tempeh, spinach, tomato, and avocado sammie. So good!

    • Kamaile May 2, 2012, 10:16 pm

      Yum thanks for the reminder, I love this combo!

  • Danielle May 2, 2012, 10:16 pm

    Daily tank is super cute! I like using avocado in… salads, smoothies (so creamy), chocolate pudding, salad dressings. I’ve also seen a recipe for avocado granola! Haven’t made it but here it is: http://meghantelpnerblog.com/recipe-loving-2/?recipe_id=6014798

  • Lauren May 2, 2012, 10:29 pm

    Avacado margaritas!! Don’t have a specific recipe but they are delicious!

  • Henry May 2, 2012, 10:34 pm

    For more recipes you can visit our Facebook page of
    Chiquita Avocados.
    I’m glad you liked them.

  • Lauren May 2, 2012, 11:41 pm
  • Elisse May 3, 2012, 12:12 am

    Oh! i just made a great side dish with avocado tonight for dinner. I sauteed brussel sprouts in coconut oil until tender. Transferred to a large bowl and added sliced almonds, dried cranberries, crumbled goat cheese, salt&pepper, and sliced avocado! It was amazing and soooo easy. And served with broiled salmon, it was the perfect side!

    50 avocados is my dream!


  • I love Avocados! Have you ever tried them in a smoothie? They give it a really thick constancy, and I love my smoothies thick! I think my fav is greek yogurt, avo, mango, vanilla, and cinnamon! It reminds me of the Indian drink called Mango Lassi.

    I also love making Chocomole for a healthy avo pudding!

    • Jen May 4, 2012, 12:01 pm

      i haven’t tried them in a smoothie. i will give it a go! 🙂

  • Mattie @ Comfy and Confident May 3, 2012, 8:55 am

    Oh Wow! So many avocados! I have one right now, and was worried about it going bad! Ha. I am excited to see what recipes you come up with!

  • Jonna Green May 3, 2012, 9:03 am

    Hi Jen,

    Love your blog. Thought I would share an awesome avocado recipe.
    It uses 4 avocados at a time:

    Avocado Pate with Parsley and Pistachios

    4 ripe avocados/ peeled and pitted
    2, 8oz cream cheese blocks at room temp
    2T minced shallot
    1T lemon juice
    2t minced garlic
    1t chili powder
    1/2t salt
    1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
    2T chopped unsalted pistachios
    lettuce, chopped black olives, and chopped cherry tomatoes to garnish
    tostito chips

    Line a 6 cup rectangular glass loaf pan or ceramic dish with 3 layers of waxed paper, extending over long sides of pan only. Brush top sheet of paper generously with oil.

    Puree avocados and cream cheese in processor. Add shallots, lemon juice, garlic, chili powder and salt and blend until smooth and creamy. Transfer into prepared pan, smooth top. Press plastic wrap onto surface of pate and refrigerate at least 6 hours or overnight.

    Remove plastic wrap and unmold onto platter and remove waxed paper. Mix parsley and pistachios in small bowl. Sprinkle over top of pate. Garnish around all sides with lettuce, chopped black olives and cherry tomatoes. I usually do lettuce first and put olives and tomatoes on top of lettuce.

    Serve with tortilla chips.


    • Jen May 4, 2012, 12:00 pm

      this sounds great. what a nice party dish!

  • Cate May 3, 2012, 12:09 pm

    Ohh man I would LOVE to get a huge box of avocados! Lately I’ve been cutting them in half and sprinkling sea salt on top, then eating with a spoon. Not healthy to do all the time, but SO GOOD.

  • Whitney @ Whit Likes Fit May 3, 2012, 2:08 pm

    That tank is so stinking adorable.

  • Sierra @ Posh Meets Pavement May 3, 2012, 2:47 pm

    Avocado with eggs are my favorite combo. Also smashed avocado on toast with salt and pepper…heavenly.

    I need that new Lulu top..I have racerbacks in almost every color and I love the fit. Cannot wait to get some.

    • Jen May 4, 2012, 11:16 am

      i love that combo too!

      this is a nice twist on the cool racerback!

  • Liaa May 3, 2012, 3:22 pm

    Holy avocados! That is so sweet that they sent you so many! You can also freeze them when they are ripe and put them into smoothies for extra creaminess! Its so good that way. Love that top, I’ll have to checkout lulu soon for that one.

    • Jen May 4, 2012, 11:16 am

      oh – thanks for the freezer tip!

  • Nancy May 3, 2012, 3:33 pm

    How kind! That recipe looks amazing! Please share!

  • Katie (Sweet Tater) May 4, 2012, 12:39 am

    helllllllo. i need to know this giver of avocados. i’m trying to weasel my way into chiquita corporate…

  • Rhona @ Redwinerunner.co.uk May 4, 2012, 7:50 am

    Gosh – echoing everyone’s sentiments that you are a lucky duck with all those avocados!
    I like to mash them on a toasted brown pitta bread, with cracked black pepper and sriracha sauce over the top.
    Alternatively (and this is not very healthy, but is DELICIOUS for a treat) avocado tempura with sweet and sour sauce…highly recommended!

  • Lindsay May 4, 2012, 11:40 am

    Whoa that’s a lot of avocados! If you like quick and easy dips, I make a normal guacamole and then add a bit of your favorite salsa and a bunch of feta cheese. Sounds weird, but it’s absolutely delicious and guests are always impressed – and you really don’t have to do much work at all! Just some mixing and some chip-picking.

    P.S. you’re inspiring me to get back to the gym – I’ve been seriously slacking since our wedding and I’m feeling squishy. ugh.

  • Heidi May 4, 2012, 8:04 pm

    holy lululemon tank awesomeness. NEED. ASAP.

    (the blogosphere is sometimes a very dangerous place when it comes to finding new products 😉 )

  • Zoey May 8, 2012, 10:51 am

    The tank is super cute – but I am curious where did you get that sports bra? I love the criss cross as opposed to racerback.

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