4/28/13

Avocado, Pea & Watercress Puree with Spicy Shrimp. Plus, an Avocado Giveaway for Mother's Day!


Last year, my friend Rachael, aka La Fuji Mama, sent me a box of six avocados from California Avocados Direct.

I loved those avocados! They arrived completely unripe and bright green and turned ripe and black while sitting on my kitchen counter. Of course I ate some of them in salads and on sandwiches, but from the rest I made an avocado soup.

This year, I got lucky again ;) Mimi Holtz  whose son Ben started CaliforniaAvocadosDirect.com, sent me six of their avocados and also generously offered to give away one box of the avocados to one of you!!! Make sure to read this entire post to find out how you can win your own California Avocados!

This time around I decided to make another simple recipe that makes avocados shine. I combined the creamy avocados with slightly bitter watercress and sweet peas and topped that concoction with spicy shrimp.

Avocado, Pea & Watercress Puree with Spicy Shrimp. Plus, an Avocado Giveaway for Mother's Day!

Ingredients for 2

for the avocado, pea & watercress puree
1 avocado, cut into half, pit removed & flesh scooped out
1 cup frozen peas, defrosted
1 cup watercress {don't use the stems}
juice of 1/2 lemon
salt to taste
drizzle of olive oil 


for the spicy shrimp
10 large shrimp {I used the ones with tails attached}
salt & red pepper flakes to taste
2 teaspoons olive oil
a squeeze of lemon juice


Directions

1. In a food processor combine all the ingredients for the avocado, pea and watercress puree till smooth.


2. In a large skillet heat the oil and then cook shrimp seasoned with salt and red pepper flakes for 2-3 minutes on each side. Squirt the shrimp with lemon juice.

3. Serve the shrimp on top of the avocado, pea and watercress puree.



I loved the combination of green and pink. This dish is perfect if you are trying to cut down your carbs but still want something satisfying.


You can also use the components of this recipe to make little appetizers by spreading the puree on a cracker and topping it with the shrimp.


And now here's how YOU can win your own 6 avocados from CaliforniaAvocadosDirect.com.

1) You must sign up for CaliforniaAvocadosDirect newsletter. Sign up and then leave a comment below letting me know you did so.

For additional chances to win, do one of the following and leave a comment for each:

1) Like MangoTomato on FB 
2) Like California Avocados Direct on FB
3) Tweet about this giveaway with my @MangoTomato and a link to this post
4) Follow @MangoTomato
5) Follow @Avocados_Direct

A few rules:

1) You must have a US address
2) You must have your own food blog {I will disregard all of the professional contest commentators}

I will announce the winner using a random number generator on Monday May 6th at 10 am.

Disclaimer: I received six California Avocados Direct, but not monetary compensation for this recipe and post. All opinions are my own. California Avocados Direct is sponsoring this giveaway.