(Family Features) If you're looking for a way to add flavor to your family meals without spending all afternoon in the kitchen, start by incorporating fresh and rich ingredients into simple-to-prepare dishes. For example, Peruvian avocados - which are in season through October - are creamy, buttery and incredibly versatile.
Grown in the central western region of Peru, these Hass avocados are watered from the Andes mountain range. Because of the slightly nutty flavor of Peruvian avocados, this fruit can be quickly added to boost the flavor in salads, sandwiches, soups and sauces.
But the flavor alone isn't the only benefit of eating avocados. In fact, avocados include monounsaturated fats, potassium (142 mg), fiber, vitamins E (0.5 mg) and C (2.5mg), folate (25 micrograms), as well as vitamin B-6 (0.08mg). And these nutrient-dense fruits are only 50 calories per serving (1/5 of an avocado), plus they are naturally cholesterol and sodium-free.
To help save precious time each evening and pump up your menu with big, trendy flavors, add a Peruvian twist to dishes your family will love. Try these recipes for Quinoa-Stuffed Peruvian Avocados and Peruvian Avocado Ceviche, which require only 20 minutes of prep before chilling for at least one hour, leaving you plenty of time to help out with homework or catch up on laundry.
To learn more about the benefits of avocados, and to try some flavorful recipes, visit www.avocadosfromperu.com.