Baked Avocado Salsa

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by Chris on May 7, 2012

cotto al forno/oven baked
It’s that time of year again!  It’s time to think about cancer-fighting foods. After making the decision last year to host Cooking to Combat Cancer as long as I have Mele Cotte, I am actually a little later getting this event out than in past years.  Being in Denver last week threw me off a bit, but better late than never, right?  Even if I am the only one participating, it is important to me to host this event every spring.  Why?  If you’ve been a reader over the last several years, you may remember reading that I lost my grandmother to pancreatic cancer in November 1993. Then, I was diagnosed with Thyroid Cancer on April 29, 2001.  Cooking to Combat Cancer stemmed from the importance of incorporating healthy, cancer-fighting foods into my diet to help discourage any unwavering cancer cells that want to hang out.

So, for the 2012 round up, will you help me put together another fantastic compilation of foods?

It’s easy.  Here is what you need to do:

Create an edible creation that includes something that will help the body fight cancer. In short? Healthy recipes, regardless of course.  Meal, snack, drink…it’s all good!

You must post your cancer combating culinary creation, with a link back to this posting, no later than Thursday, May 31, 2012. 11:59 EST. (Feel free to pick up the above logo for your post.)

After you post, please send an email to me at melecotte (at) gmail (dot) com, with Cooking to Combat Cancer in the subject time. Then, in the body of your email, include

  • your name (as you go by on your blog/twitter)
  • the name of your blog (if applicable)
  • the name of your recipe
  • a permalink to your post (if applicable)
  • a picture 500  – 600 pixels

***You do not need a blog to participate! Feel free to send me the above information, and even the recipe (if you want). It’s all about spreading the word. ***

Need help finding healthy recipes or information? Mayo Clinic Recipes is a great place to look, as well as the places online. Kalyn has a ton of recipes that work, and at one point, let us know about this list of Cancer Fighting Foods and Spices, and this list of 11 Cancer Fighting Foods. Kate Flaherty had an informative guest post on Ask Amy last summer, The Cancer Dietician is a wonderful resource for lifestyle tips for prevention and survivorship, as is All Cancer Fighting Foods.  And, I find this theThyCa (Thyroid Cancer Survivors’ Association, Inc.) Thyroid Cookbooka great resource, as I became intimately familiar with its offerings when I had to follow a low-iodine diet throughout my recovery. There are also the previous Round Ups (‘11, ‘10, ‘09, ‘08, ‘07.), so feel free to check them out, too!

To start off this round of Cooking to Combat Cancer, I thought I would offer a delicious snack or appetizer.  Every component includes a cancer-fighting ingredient.

(1) Avocados are rich in antioxidants. (2) Tomatoes contain lycopene, an antioxidant studied for its part in fighting cancer. (3) Garlic has “immune-enhancing allium compounds (dialyl sultides) that appear to increase the activity of immune cells that fight cancer and indirectly help break down cancer causing substances.”

The whole idea is brilliant, really.  Eric Ripert knows what he’s talking about. Avocado, bread crumbs, herbs, and Parmesan?  Of course!

I had to make this baked avocado when I saw this tweet, but, I added my own little twist to Ripert’s “Provençale”. Next time, I am all about adding crab.

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Eat Love and Be Merry May 7, 2012 at 4:23 PM

Love what you added to the avocado! It’s such a good base, possibilities are endless!

Kate May 8, 2012 at 11:53 AM

I should really get on this!

Kristen May 11, 2012 at 10:20 PM

I am totally going to try to do this. Such a great event – thanks for hosting!

Alessandra May 20, 2012 at 8:12 PM

Great blogging event, have just posted you a recipe from my Vegan blog, where I published a very healthy recipe with tomatoes and tofu.


Nicole July 17, 2012 at 1:32 AM

This really isn’t a dish, but certain fruits such as strawberries and Mangos help fight cancer. Thanks for your post!

Tanja September 20, 2012 at 11:33 AM

It’s fantastic! Absolutely delicious!

jen @ diet tips September 22, 2012 at 3:03 PM

I love avocados and this recipes looks amazing. And avocados are not only nutritious they are also high in fiber the perfect diet food because fiber fills you up helping to cut down on those junk food cravings and binges.

marla October 4, 2012 at 8:47 PM

LOVE everything about this ~ so creative :)

Caron October 22, 2012 at 6:37 PM

It’s not often that I leave a review on a recipe, but these were too amazing not to! Absolutely delicious!

Adidas Js Wings November 9, 2012 at 10:06 PM

Wow!! These are absolutely gorgeous! I have never printed a recipe so fast. Thank you for sharing your talents! Love the ruby red glam! ~ the Pig and Rabbit

Courtenay Gueta December 2, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I used this pic and referred to this recipe on my blog. I originally saw it on Pinterest but wanted to track it back. If you have a photo credit please let me know and I will edit the post.

Rebecca @ cakeinacrockpot December 22, 2012 at 7:35 PM

I’m totally trying this! Sounds amazing :-)

Helana Brigman December 28, 2012 at 12:21 PM

I just made these avocados for a second time, and they’re insanely good. My friend from El Salvador said it reminded her of a dish they also have (I can’t remember the name), but that the texture with these is way better. Thanks for sharing!

K&B January 5, 2013 at 1:34 AM

Stuffed avocados are super yummy! What a great recipe!

MelissaT January 11, 2013 at 11:58 AM

Have you read the China Study? A lot of good nutritional research about how to fight cancer with food!

Kavitha January 25, 2013 at 10:49 AM

This recipe is great! Sometimes when I’ve had a big lunch, I just eat this for dinner and its pretty filling! The only thing I add are diced up jalapenos because I like everything I eat to have some spiciness to it :)

Love making this recipe, and I do it often!

Pamela March 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

I put these together but the avocado doesn’t cook in 5 minutes. Did I do something wrong. It seems like it would take a half hour or so.

Chris March 20, 2013 at 11:42 PM

Pamela, I am not sure where the differences happened. Maybe the ripeness of the avocado? The premise is to warm warm the fruit, not cook it. Depending on preference, ripeness, heat, altitude…could be any number of variables. But, even with the longer cooking time, hope you enjoyed!

Bianca April 12, 2013 at 4:29 AM

Be sure to use organic ingredients ONLY!! :)

Pam December 2, 2013 at 5:22 PM

I am definitely going to try these! Anyone have any ideas for a main dish to go with this appetizer?! Thanks!

Kelly January 11, 2014 at 7:28 PM

This is one of my all-time favorite recipes! I also email this link to my patients all the time.
Thanks for sharing,

Chris January 11, 2014 at 10:17 PM

Thanks so much, Kelly!

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