I hear it all the time.” Avocados are too expensive” “I can only eat them in the summer when they go on sale” the list goes on. I’m here to tell you that is not true. As a caregiver for my sister with heart disease our family had to make the change to a heart healthy diet. (Not to say we don’t eat JUNK sometimes) but our main diet is low fat/low cholesterol. Avocados are full of HEALTHY fats that are good for your heart. They are also filling,creamy, and to me the most amazing fruit on this planet (that’s right they aren’t a vegetable) BUT….They are also pretty pricey during certain spots of the year. Like now.
As a couponer I had to maximize my avocado purchase so I wouldn’t go over budget (my weekly budget is $20 for groceries) and I make it work, ontop of all the other healthy purchases we make. So lets us start with how you can buy avocados as much as you’d like::
- FREEZE THEM – Yes you can freeze them. I have a small freezer in my basement just for vegetables. Our local Stop and Shop at certain points always has a 10 for 10 or 6 for 5 sale. This is when I take advantage to stock up. Once they are ripe you can throw your whole avocados in the freezer. Then just take them out when you are ready and let them thaw in the fridge or on the counter. They will be as bright as if they were fresh. These are best for guacamole, but can be used for other things. (we will get to that later).
- DISCOUNT SUPERMARKETS- If you have an Aldi, Price Rite, Save a Lot they usually have avocados year round between $0.69-$0.80 each. This is perfect for someone who feels they need to eat at least one avocado a day or a few times a week (especially you smoothie drinkers! we will get to that later as well!)
- TAKE ADVANTAGE OF PRODUCE PROMOS- At my Stop and Shop we occasionally have “produce promos” where you by x amount of something and get x amount off of produce. These are my favorite because I get more bang for my buck. These tend to happen in the warmer seasons, but occasionally will happen out of season. This is where I take most advantage, so I basically get my avocados for free. It works out even better when the 10/10 sale coincides with the produce promo. Then you’ve hit the jackpot. Again If i get them for free, I will wait for them to ripen and throw them whole (in ziploc bags) in my freezer.
Now that you know you can get avocados for cheap, or sometimes even FREE I’m going to show you 5 recipes that we use in my house with fresh and frozen avocados. WE LOVE AVOCADOS IN MY HOUSE. I love them, my sister loves them, my 6 & 3 year old love them. I am perfectly okay with that because of the healthy heart rich fats and protein they have.
YES. ALTS. Don’t get me wrong we love BACON. But its not practical or healthy for us to have it. So we substitute with something way more filling.
You will need::
Whole Wheat bread (I always get mine on discount on the discount rack ) for about $1.24
Low fat Mayo (I only get this when its on sale, and hellmans usually throws out coupons for their healthier options) I wont pay more than $1
Romaine Lettuce ( This is full of vitamin k, and is more filling than iceberg) I buy the bagged salad because its usually cheaper than the whole heads of romaine $2
Tomatoes (I splurge and buy the hot house tomatoes, but one will feed our whole family) $2
Avocados (I use the ones in my freezer and slice in about 1/4 inch slices WHILE they are frozen) $0.60
(and look avocados are the cheapest thing on this list 😉 )
$6.84 for 4 people / multiple servings (you’d spend more just on the bacon)
or $1.71 per person
2. Avocado Fries
My personal favorite. I came across these when I was searching recipes after my sister got diagnosed with high cholesterol on Health.com
You will need:
1. Preheat oven to 200°. In a medium saucepan, heat 1 1/2 in. oil until it registers 375° on a deep-fry thermometer.
2. Meanwhile, mix flour with 1/4 tsp. salt in a shallow plate. Put eggs and panko in separate shallow plates. Dip avocado in flour, shaking off excess. Dip in egg, then panko to coat. Set on 2 plates in a single layer.
3. Fry a quarter of avocado slices at a time until deep golden, 30 to 60 seconds. Transfer slices to a plate lined with paper towels. Keep warm in oven while cooking remaining avocados. Sprinkle with salt to taste.
These are best used with Fresh Avocados, not frozen.
Assuming you have all the other ingredients in you cupboard (flour, eggs, salt, oil) This dish should cost you no more than $3.00 to make!
3. Avocado Dip
I love to have this all the time, summer , winter you name it. It is so easy and delicious and fresh.
You will need::
3 Avocados (frozen or fresh) pitted and diced $1.80
1 container of fresh salsa from your produce section $3.00 (sometimes there are managers specials on these and you can get them cheaper)
Mixed diced avocados and fresh salsa. DONE.
Serve with Salt Free Tortilla Chips, or eat it with a spoon like I do 🙂
It is so healthy and fresh, and is a hit at every party I make it for. Using the above recipe it lasted through a party of 20 people, and lasts for days in the fridge if sealed in a container.
Spend $3.80 for an awesome snack that will last for days, or an appetizer at a party
- Heat a large non-stick skillet over medium high heat. Add egg whites and cook until center of whites are nearly set and beginning to brown around the edges. Turn and cook for another 20 seconds. Remove from heat.
- Lay tortillas flat on a work surface. Arrange all ingredients down the center of the tortilla, leaving 2-inches of empty tortilla at the bottom. Fold up bottom 2-inches. Fold over sides. Serve immediately. Add a side of fruit salad for each breakfast wrap
Did you notice anything about those recipes? Avocados were the CHEAPEST thing in them, if bought the way I suggested. There is a way to eat healthy, and coupon at the same time. All these meals were under $5 and are definitely budget friendly 🙂 I hope you all enjoyed. -Krystyna