For our first challenge Christy picked the Avocado.  The avocado is also known as the butter pear and is native to Mexico, South America and Central America.  It is also a fruit.  Avocado is a “good” fat and has been known to lower cholesterol levels only after a 7 day diet rich in avocado intake.   These subjects also showed a 22% decrease in both LDL (bad cholesterol) and triglyceride levels and 11% increase in HDL (good cholesterol) levels.  Avocados are a great super-food to add to your daily diet to help aid in weight loss and maintenance.

For the RSBC challenge Christy asked to to make a dessert with this super-food.  I have to say it took some time for me to figure out what I could possibly come up with using the avocado.  We eat them very often but never as a dessert.  I put a twitter out there asking my fellow foodies if they have any ideas – I got tons of them!  As well this dessert was going to be for a dinner party so I wanted something that would look like dessert!  Nicole from Pinch My Salt, sent over a recipe for an avocado pie, which looked fantastic.  The recipe is so easy especially when you pick up a premade graham cracker crust.  Basically you mix the avocado with condensed milk and lemon juice, I used fresh lime juice as I wanted to trick our diners into thinking it was key lime!  Instead of using whip cream as a garnish I made a slightly sweet meringue for the topping.  The result – it was fantastic!  No would have guessed what it was, if Lenny did not keep grinning and asking, what do you think it is?  Thanks Nicole!

With regards to rest of my challenge, I am sorry to say I was not that good.  Completed: 3 miles of running and 1 culinary challenge.  This week will be better.  Don’t forget to check out Balance for to see how everyone did with this challenge.

kale-0209The super-food this week with be the Kale and you need to use it as the main ingredient for dinner. Kale is considered to be a highly nutritious vegetable with powerful antioxidant properties and is anti-inflammatory.   It is high in beta carotene, vitamin K, vitamin C, lutein, zeaxanthin and rich in calcium.

Rules for the challenge

Post your entries some time this week on your blog, and send me an email at denise@chezus.com with the link to your post and a picture. I can’t wait to see what you come up with. Entries are due Saturday evening before midnight. Have fun!

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