I try very hard to not play favorites with foods, but that’s a lot easier than it sounds. I will always have favorites, not just from a a flavor standpoint, of course there are foods that hold emotional attachments, memories and traditions and as a Holistic Nutritionist, there is a great long list foods I also really love from a functional perspective.
Avocados are one of my favorites that cross all three. There is not a week that goes by that we don’t have avocados available in our home. Besides being totally obsessed with how they taste and how versatile they are, they can go from savory to sweet, with ease, I also love what a functional and healthful food avocados are.
With nearly 20 essential vitamins and nutrients avocado are also a good source of fiber and folate, potassium, vitamin E and B vitamins. As well, as a source of healthy fats, avocados they play a vital role in a balanced, nutrient-dense diet and health fats essentially work as a nutrient-booster enabling fat soluble nutrients in foods eaten alongside the avocado, to become more assimilated and absorbed, nutrients like vitamins A, D, E and K.
I had the pleasure, a couple years back, of visiting a California Avocado grove not too far from my own home and I was so honored to see these beautiful fruits growing in their natural habitat, being cared for and tended to by a family of growers right here in my own state. The lab of love for this fruit, picked by hand by families who have been growing to and tending these trees for years, gave me a new appreciation for one of my favorite foods. Walking the groves I got to, first hand, see the patience, the love, care and craftsmanship and taste the difference and my love grew deeper.
I have a long list of ways that I love to enjoy avocados, but I especially love a delicious sauce like this one, to highlight the flavor of this delicious fruit. These crispy, flavor packed bacon and chive spaghetti squash fritters are taken up a notch thanks to this flavorful, creamy sauce that you are absolutely going to want to put on anything and everything.
With the addition of the lime and a tangy yogurt, besides flavor and a little punch, the acidity also works to prevent the avocado from browning, keeping this delicious dipping sauce, vibrant and fresh.
This California Avocado Lime Dipping sauce is also great as a creamy salad dressing, it’s amazing drizzled over roasted veggies. Use it as a marinade for chicken or as a sauce a top your favorite fish or other protein. It also makes a great veggie dip or a dip for your favorite crackers or chips.
These simple Bacon and Chive Spaghetti Squash Fritters with California Avocado Lime Dipping Sauce is a quick recipe to make and a great option for leftover spaghetti squash. They make a delicious side dish or a super fun starter / appetizer. I think you are really gonna love these.
I like to make the dipping sauce first and place into the fridge to chill while making the fritters.
- 2 California avocados
- 4 tablespoons lime juice (from 2 limes)
- ¼ cup fresh cilantro
- ¼ cup yogurt (non-dairy yogurt works just fine here)
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt (more to taste, as needed)
- black pepper or red pepper flakes, to taste
- Add all of the ingredients to a high powered blender or food processor and blend until well combined. An immersion blender will also work.
- Season with salt and pepper to taste (just a little at a time), then blend again and taste. Add more salt and pepper, if necessary. Store the sauce in the fridge in an airtight container and give it a good stir before serving. It will keep and stay fresh for upwards of 3 to 4 days.
- 4 cups cooked spaghetti squash threads
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- ½ teaspoon sea salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- ¼ cup coconut flour
- 2 large eggs, whisked
- 4-5 slices bacon, cooked, drained of fat, and finely chopped (1/4 cup)
- 2 tablespoon chives, finely minced
- 1-3 tbsp ghee, refined organic coconut oil or preferred cooking fat for frying
- ¼ cup parmesan cheese, freshly grated
- ¼ teaspoon chipotle powder
- Cook in bacon fat for extra flavor
- Remove the "spaghetti" from your spaghetti squash with a fork and place in a large mixing bowl.
- Add the mound of squash to a clean kitchen towel (or a few paper towels) and squeeze out any excess moisture. Really give it some good squeezes. Don’t skip this step, it’s worth it for finished product - you will be surprised how much excess liquid comes out. Add the garlic and onion, power salt, pepper, and coconut flour. Add in the whisked eggs, the bacon and the chives.
- Mix really well with fork until all ingredients are fully combined.
- Using your hands, form into 12 equally sized patties, made with approximately ¼ cup of the mixture each.
- Flatten and place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Continue forming until all are ready to be cooked.
- Heat a large skillet over medium high heat and add your ghee or coconut oil. Once the pan is hot, please the fritters in.
- Once they'e browned on one side, flip and brown on the second side.
- Drain on paper towels and continue to fry in batches, as necessary, adding more cooking oil as needed.
- Serve right away with the avocado lime dipping sauce and enjoy!
This post is sponsored by the California Avocado Commission but all opinions are my own.