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HEALTHY

HEALTHY MUSHROOM SOUP

This flavorful Healthy Mushroom Soup is full of vegetables with a light, earthy, full-flavored mushroom broth without all the fat.

WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE TYPE OF MUSHROOM?

Let’s talk Healthy Mushroom Soup.  Whoa.  You guys… seriously… Mushroom Soup meets light and healthy.  This broth-based soup has such an incredible depth of flavor.  You will love it!

It has an earthy mix of mushrooms, flavored with onions, leeks, carrots, celery and garlic simmered in a thyme seasoned, light chicken broth. The mix of vegetables adds incredible flavor and depth to the broth, but the two pounds of mushrooms are definitely the star. Good idea for Mushroom Soup, yes?

Thickly cut, the mushrooms are meaty. They’re sauteed in butter and simmered until soft, where they impart their unique, earthy flavor. A great vegetable and healthy soup.

You will love how prominent the mushroom flavor is!

I don’t know about you, but as I kid, I grew up loving the typical thick, rich and creamy Mushroom Soup. But, with this recipe, I didn’t miss the heavy cream at all!

What’s so great about this Healthy Mushroom Soup is, it actually allows you to taste the wonderful mushrooms! Do you love mushroom soup, too?

HEALTHY MUSHROOM SOUP
HEALTHY MUSHROOM SOUP

INGREDIENTS

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup carrots, peeled and diced
  • 1 cup onions, sliced
  • 1 cup sliced leeks, halved and sliced
  • ¾ cup sliced celery
  • 3 large garlic cloves, coarsely chopped (approx. 1 and ½ tablespoons)
  • 2 teaspoons fresh thyme leaves
  • 2 pounds mushrooms, rinsed and thickly sliced*
  • 6 cups chicken stock (or approx. 3 (14.5 ounce) cans)
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • ½ teaspoon cracked black pepper

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Melt butter in a large stock pot over medium heat. Add carrots, onions, leeks, celery and garlic. Cook and stir until tender, but not browned, approximately 10 minutes. Add thyme, mushrooms, chicken stock, salt and pepper. Heat until a soft boil, then turn down to low heat, cover and simmer on low heat for 30 minutes.

You can find complete recipes of this HEALTHY MUSHROOM SOUP in inspirationkitchen.com

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HEALTHY

Potato Salad with 7-Minute Eggs and Mustard Vinaigrette

Egg salad and potato salad: Unite! We like how the still-soft yolks dress the salad, but you can cook the eggs a minute or two longer if you like them more set.

Potato Salad with 7-Minute Eggs and Mustard Vinaigrette
Potato Salad with 7-Minute Eggs and Mustard Vinaigrette

Ingredients

  • 8 SERVINGS
  • 2½ pounds new or baby Yukon Gold potatoes, scrubbed
  • 4 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1 teaspoon mustard seeds
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • ⅓ cup olive oil
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 cup parsley leaves with tender stems
  • 3 tablespoons coarsely chopped dill pickles
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Preparation

  1. Steam potatoes, covered, in a metal steamer basket set in a large pot over boiling water until tender, 20–30 minutes, depending on size. Transfer to a plate and let cool.
  2. Meanwhile, cook eggs in a large saucepan of boiling water until whites are set and yolks are still slightly soft, 7 minutes. Drain; transfer eggs to a bowl of ice water and chill until cold. Drain and peel; set eggs aside.
  3. Toast mustard seeds in a dry small skillet over medium-low heat, tossing constantly, until seeds start to pop, about 1 minute. Transfer to a small bowl (be ready with bowl; once seeds get going, it’s chaos).
  4. Whisk vinegar, mustard, and honey in a large bowl. Whisking constantly, gradually add oil; whisk until emulsified. Season with salt and pepper. Set 3 Tbsp. vinaigrette aside for drizzling.

You can find complete recipes of this Potato Salad With 7-Minute Eggs And Mustard Vinaigrette in bonappetit.com

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HEALTHY

Spicy Mushroom Rice

Before you think this Spicy Mushroom Rice is just another average side dish, just give me a minute and let me explain how good it is.

It’s like the side dish that can turn into the whole dinner good. Just double the recipe when you make this because the leftovers are amazing.

You could add shredded chicken to the leftover rice, ground pork or beef and a little teriyaki sauce…or some black beans too keep it vegetarian.

You have to let the mushrooms get nice and browned, that’s definitely key to this recipe. As far as the “spicy” goes, I stuck to one jalapeno for this recipe but I definitely wouldn’t stop at one next time.

2 for sure, maybe even three.

Thanksgiving is crazy enough with the turkey and appetizers – this Spicy Mushroom Rice recipe is an easy to make (and make-ahead) side dish you won’t have to think about on the big day.

Wash your mushrooms, or brush them with a wet paper towel as they say, I’m not gonna lie – I wash them. Have you ever seen how much dirt is on those things? I don’t think a damp paper towel really gets them clean.

Slice them up pretty thin and throw them in a skillet with a couple tablespoons of butter. Let them brown up really good, this will take about 10 minutes.

Spicy Mushroom Rice
Spicy Mushroom Rice

Ingredients

  • 4 c. of cooked white rice
  • 10 oz. white or button mushrooms
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 shallot, sliced
  • 1 jalapeno, diced
  • ¼ c. marsala wine
  • 1 T. soy sauce
  • 1 t. salt
  • ¼ t. fresh ground black pepper

Instructions

  1. Start by melting the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add in the sliced mushrooms and let brown, stirring, for 10 minutes.
  3. Next add the shallot, jalapeño, salt and pepper and let cook for another minute or two.

You can find complete recipes of this Spicy Mushroom Rice in mantitlement.com

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HEALTHY

Skillet Chicken with Creamy Spinach Artichoke Sauce

You can never have too many chicken recipes right? Especially when they are this good! I can’t get over how amazingly delicious this Skillet Chicken with Creamy Spinach Artichoke Chicken is! It is definitely one of my new favorite ways to make chicken! I made this over the weekend and my family enjoyed it so much so here I am again making it on again on Monday so we can have it again, and of course so I can share with you guys. You just can’t go wrong with skillet chicken and a good sauce!

You get this perfectly seared golden brown chicken covered in the most amazing, rich and creamy spinach artichoke sauce – which will likely remind you of a blend of your favorite spinach artichoke dip (my dip recipe is where I got the inspiration for this) and a lighter Alfredo sauce. It’s hearty, it’s filling, it’s comforting and it makes for the perfect dinner any day of the year! You’ll love that it is simple enough it passes for a quick weeknight dinner yet it’s fancy enough you could make it for guests on the weekend. I’ve already stocked up on ingredients (like canned artichoke hearts and Neufchatel cheese) for this so it can be a regular on my menu. I like that it’s a little bit lighter than the dip yet you still get all those delicious flavors – and I made it so there’s plenty of the sauce so you can have a some extra to serve over pasta. Winnah winnah chicken dinnah. This puts all those bland and boring chicken breasts recipes to shame! Make it soon! Then after you try this try my Spinach Artichoke Pizza – it’s one of my favorite and most popular pizza recipes!

Skillet Chicken with Creamy Spinach Artichoke Sauce
Skillet Chicken with Creamy Spinach Artichoke Sauce

Ingredients

  • 4 (6 oz) boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
  • 2 Tbsp butter
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 Tbsp flour
  • 5 oz fresh spinach, rinsed, drained and chopped (3 1/2 packed cups)
  • 1 (14 oz) can artichoke quarters, drained and chopped
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 4 oz Neufchatel cheese, diced into small cubes
  • 1/3 cup packed freshly, finely shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)

Directions

  1. Pound chicken to an even thickness using the flat side of a meat mallet. Season both sides with salt and pepper. Heat 1 Tbsp olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and cook until golden brown on bottom, about 4 – 5 minutes. Rotate chicken to opposite side, add remaining 1/2 Tbsp olive oil and continue to cook until chicken is golden brown on bottom and center registers 165 on an instant read thermometer, about 4 – 5 minutes longer. Transfer chicken to a plate, cover with foil to keep warm.

You can find complete recipes of this Skillet Chicken with Creamy Spinach Artichoke Sauce in cookingclassy.com

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HEALTHY

Maine Lobster Stew

It was the summer of 1992 and I had just graduated high school when my best friend asked me to go to Maine with her. She wanted to visit a guy she liked who had recently moved. I wasn’t all that excited about it, to be honest. I knew we would have a great time together, but I was really only going along so she could see her crush. As it turns out, my dad had a business trip planned to Boston for later in the summer, so we all went there for a few days of sight-seeing and Red Sox baseball before my friend and I took the short bus trip up to Portland, Maine.

When we got there we met up with her friend who took us to his fraternity house where we would be staying for a few days. It was summer so most of the guys weren’t there, and that’s probably why my parents let me go!! It was pretty quiet so my friend and I were just sitting out front when all of the sudden this little red car came screaming down the street and into the driveway – windows down, music blaring, and a cute guy driving. I soon found out that his name was Jon and he had a strong Maine accent and used words like “wicked” and “pissah.” I was immediately smitten. And get this – not even 24 hours later I told my friend that this guy was the guy I was going to marry.

Fast forward almost 24 years and here we are… married almost 13 years with this adorable little five and a half year old who has so much energy, personality, will try anything, and has no fear. And as for my husband, he still has that awesome Maine accent.

So it should come as no surprise that my husband loves lobster. I love hearing his stories of having lobster races with his brother when they were kids before his mom would drop the lobsters into a pot of boiling water. Lobster was a part of life, not a luxury purchase, so to this day, he can’t believe how expensive lobsters can get down here in PA. He was so used to getting cheap, fresh lobster whenever he wanted.

Several times when my father-in-law would come for a visit, he would bring us cooked lobster meat packed in dry ice. We made things like lobster rolls, lobster omelets and pasta with lobster. But for years my husband talked about his desire to make lobster stew. One night we were talking about our Christmas dinner menu ideas and he immediately said he wanted to make lobster stew.

I quickly learned that lobster stew doesn’t have any meat or veggies – it is simply lobster meat in a warm cream base. But the way the stew base is created is what makes it so special. The word “stew” in lobster stew is more like a verb than a noun.

For weeks he researched recipes, analyzed them, pointed out what he liked and didn’t like, until he found the most authentic recipe that reminded him of the lobster stew he used to eat in Maine. Then came the search for the perfect Maine lobsters. He visited a few seafood stores before deciding on one and placing his order.

Maine Lobster Stew
Maine Lobster Stew

Ingredients

  • 5 each 1.5lb Maine lobsters
  • As needed, salt
  • 12 Tbsp butter (separated, 8 Tbsp and 4 Tbsp)
  • 1 cup medium or dry sherry
  • 6 cups milk
  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 1 pinch cayenne
  • 1-2 pinches paprika
  • To taste, salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 2 sprigs parsley, leaves only, cut into strips

Directions, Day 1

  1. Bring a very large pot of salted water to a boil
  2. Plunge the lobsters into the boiling water and boil until just cooked through, about 4 minutes. Transfer to a bowl of ice-water to prevent them from cooking any longer, keeping them submerged until completely cool.
  3. Drain the lobsters and separate the tails from the bodies, setting the bodies aside. Crack the shells and remove all of the meat from the tails and claws (keep the ripper claw meat whole for beautiful presentation!!). Chop the meat into large chunks (again, except that ripper claw); cover and store in the fridge until day 2.
  4. Melt 8 Tbsp butter in a large heavy bottomed pot (he used our Dutch Oven) over medium-high heat. Add the lobster bodies and tail shells and cook, stirring often, until the shells turn a deep red, 5-8 minutes.
  5. Add sherry and boil for 2 minutes, and then add the milk and cream and return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, stirring often, until milk and cream reduce by one-quarter and thickens slightly, 20-25 minutes. Add cayenne, paprika, and season to taste with salt and pepper. Remove pot from the heat and set aside to cool. Once cool, cover and refrigerate overnight.

You can find complete recipes of this Maine Lobster Stew in maryellenscookingcreations.com

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DESSERT

HEALTHY NO BAKE BANANA BREAD BREAKFAST BARS

These healthy no bake banana bread breakfast bars are thick, chewy and packed with protein, they’ll keep you satisfied for hours! Made without any butter, oil, grains or granulated sugar, they can easily be enjoyed as a snack or light dessert! They are suitable for those following a vegan, gluten free, paleo, dairy free and refined sugar free diet!

I cringe over some of the breakfast television shows I watched as a kid growing up.

Are you guys familiar with the term ‘breakfast television’? During my childhood, it was a select number of shows shown during the morning period, usually just before school. These hours were often between 6.30am-8am and often were filled with 5-6 short cartoons or shows.

While us Aussies were fortunate to have some international gems sent our way (Babar, Rugrats, Arthur, and Madeline), we had to also endure some home grown ‘talent.’ Many of them seemed to be poor rip-offs of American classics. Some, however, were simply cringe-worthy. The biggest offender was the show, ‘Bananas in Pyjamas‘.

HEALTHY NO BAKE BANANA BREAD BREAKFAST BARS
HEALTHY NO BAKE BANANA BREAD BREAKFAST BARS

For the bars

  • 3 cups gluten free oat flour OR 2 cup coconut flour (Paleo option)
  • 1 cup vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • pinch sea salt
  • Cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup granulated sweetener of choice
  • 1/2 cup overripe mashed banana (about 2 small)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup (can sub for brown rice or honey if no diet restrictions)
  • 1/2 cup drippy cashew butter (can sub for any nut or seed butter)
  • pinch vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup + milk of choice*

For the high protein frosting

  • 2 scoops vanilla protein powder (see tested recommendations under ‘shop’)
  • 1-2 T granulated sweetener of choice (optional)
  • 1-2 T nut butter of choice (optional)
  • Milk to form batter

For the coconut butter frosting

  • 1/2 cup coconut butter, melted
  • 2 T coconut oil, melted
  • 1 tsp maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Line a 9 x 9 baking dish with parchment paper or aluminium foil and set aside.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine flour, protein powder, cinnamon, sea salt, granulated sweetener of choice and mix well. Add in the mashed banana- Mixture should be very crumbly.
  3. In a microwave safe bowl or stovetop, melt your cashew butter with maple syrup. Whisk in the vanilla extract and pour into the dry mixture. Mix very well until fully incorporated.
  4. For a more soft and fudgy banana bread bar, add milk of choice until a relatively thick batter is formed. For a firm and chewy bar, add milk of choice only if needed to desired thickness. Transfer to lined baking tray and press firmly in place.
  5. Refrigerate for at least 10 minutes, or until firm. Once firm, add frosting of choice and refrigerate for another 30 minutes to firm up before slicing.

You can find complete recipes of this HEALTHY NO BAKE BANANA BREAD BREAKFAST BARS in thebigmansworld.com

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HEALTHY

HONEY LEMON CHICKEN WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA

Lemon and honey are so good together.

The dish is bright, tangy-and-sweet, and feels perfect for warmer weather.

It’s a fast, easy recipe that the whole family will love and it’s ready in less than 20 minutes.

I used angel hair pasta because it cooks so quickly and the chicken is cut into bite-sized pieces so it also cooks fast.

After cooking the pasta, it’s transferred into the skillet the chicken cooks in, and everything is tossed together in the honey lemon sauce the chicken simmers in.

The sauce helps keep the chicken perfectly moist and tender. It’s tart yet sweet enough and coats the pasta perfectly.

I love the pronounced lemon flavor that’s achieved from both lemon juice and lemon pepper seasoning.

If you’re a lemon lover or a fan of easy dinners that taste like a million bucks but that are really so simple, you’ll love this healthy recipe for those busy nights.

HONEY LEMON CHICKEN WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA
HONEY LEMON CHICKEN WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA

INGREDIENTS:

Pasta

  • 8 ounces angel hair pasta, cooked according to package directions (half of a 1-pound box)

Chicken

  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil for sauce + 1 tablespoon for cooking chicken
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning blend for sauce + more for sprinkling over chicken
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, or to taste
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper, or to taste
  • leaves from 2 or 3 sprigs of thyme, optional and to taste
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts, diced into bite-sized pieces (about 1 1/2 pounds)

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Pasta – Cook according to directions on box, drain, and set aside.
  2. Chicken – To a medium bowl or large measuring cup, add the honey, lemon juice, 2 tablespoons olive oil, apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon lemon pepper seasoning, salt, pepper, optional thyme, and stir to combine; set sauce aside.
  3. To a large skillet, add 1 tablespoon olive oil, add chicken, generously sprinkle with lemon pepper seasoning, and cook chicken over medium-high heat for about 5 minutes, flipping intermittently so all sides cook evenly. Cooking time will vary based on thickness of chicken breasts and sizes of pieces. Chicken should be about 90% cooked through.

You can find complete recipes of this HONEY LEMON CHICKEN WITH ANGEL HAIR PASTA in averiecooks.com

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HEALTHY

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Crab-stuffed mushrooms are festive and tasty. They make a great appetizer, or you can serve two per person as a main course. Obviously, the fresher the crabmeat you use, the less fishy this dish will taste – the supermarket lump crabmeat that comes in small plastic containers tends to be quite fishy. If you have Whole Foods in your area, try the crabmeat sold at their seafood counter.

Another challenge in this dish is that stuffed and baked portobello mushrooms can become soggy. To avoid sogginess:
1. Wipe clean, don’t wash them (they absorb water).
2. Pre-broil to release some of the water.
3. In the final stage of baking or broiling, broil or bake briefly, just until topping is browned. Baking too long will result in mushy mushrooms that have released their liquid into your filling. If that happens, the only thing you can do is to carefully drain the liquid, and place the mushrooms on paper towels to soak as much of the liquid as you can.

Crab Stuffed Mushrooms
Crab Stuffed Mushrooms

Ingredients

  • 2 portobello mushroom caps, wiped clean, stem removed
  • Olive oil cooking spray
  • 8oz fresh lump crabmeat
  • ¼ cup chopped scallions
  • 6 tablespoons sour cream
  • ¼ cup grated Parmesan
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • ⅛ teaspoon paprika

Instructions

  1. Preheat the broiler, setting temperature to high. Set oven rack in the middle of the oven. Line a baking sheet with foil.
  2. Spray the mushroom caps with olive oil cooking spray on both sides. Broil 5 minutes on each side, or until just tender.
  3. Meanwhile, transfer the crab to a medium bowl, feeling through the meat to make sure no shell pieces remain.
  4. Add the remaining ingredients except for the paprika and mix well, with a fork or a spatula, to combine.

You can find complete recipes of this Crab Stuffed Mushrooms in healthyrecipesblogs.com

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HEALTHY

Greek Grilled Chicken & Hummus Wrap

Lately I’ve been thinking, I need more wraps in my life! I rarely make them and that needs to change. They are basically a big giant taco and I’m obsessed with tacos so they should be a regular on my menu. This Greek Chicken and Hummus Wrap is so easy to make yet it’s so incredibly flavorful and delicious! I opted to go with a homemade hummus because I always have everything on hand to make hummus, but if you are looking to make these quicker you can definitely just go with your favorite store-bought hummus. Then if you are wanting to go the other route and do everything from scratch you could make a homemade Greek vinaigrette to toss with the chicken. You could also make these into more of a gyro style wrap by swapping out the hummus for tzatziki, I did however love the hummus on these so try it this way at least once. I love Greek and Mediterranean food because of all it’s bright fresh flavors and these wraps are no exception to that. I loved everything about them and I’ll definitely make them again and again for an easy weeknight meal!

Greek Grilled Chicken & Hummus Wrap
Greek Grilled Chicken & Hummus Wrap

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs bonless skinless chicken breasts
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 Tbsp Greek vinaigrette dressing
  • 4 (10-inch, burrito size) flour tortillas (wheat, low carb or spinach is fine)
  • 3/4 cup hummus, store-bought or homemade (homemade recipe in notes below)
  • 3 cups chopped romaine lettuce
  • 2 medium roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled and diced
  • 1/2 cup (2.5 oz) feta cheese, crumbled

Directions

  1. Preheat a grilled over medium-high heat to 425 degrees. Pound chicken to an even thickness using the flat side of a meat mallet. Brush chicken breasts lightly with about 1 Tbsp olive oil, season with salt and pepper. Brush grilled grates lightly with oil, and grill chicken, rotating once halfway through cooking, until it registers 165 in center on an instant read thermometer, about 6 – 8 minutes. Transfer to a plate, cover with foil, let rest 10 minutes then dice into cubes. Transfer chicken to a bowl, pour vinaigrette over chicken and toss to evenly coat.

You can find complete recipes of this Greek Grilled Chicken & Hummus Wrap in cookingclassy.com

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AVOCADO

Crispy Baked Avocado Fries & Chipotle Dipping Sauce

Fresh sliced avocado, coated in crispy panko breadcrumbs and baked to perfection. These avocado fries are incredibly tasty and easy to make and are sure to impress the pickiest eaters.

There’s one thing I never get tired of making and that’s baked veggies. Especially when they replace unhealthy alternatives and taste just as yummy, even not 100x better. Broccoli tots, cauliflower tots, cauliflower pizza crust, are just a few of my favorite healthy dishes to make.

These avocado fries are something else. If you’ve never had them before, this is the perfect time to try them out. They are crispy on the outside and buttery soft on the inside. Dip them in your favorite tangy or spicy dipping sauce and call it a meal!

Crispy Baked Avocado Fries & Chipotle Dipping Sauce
Crispy Baked Avocado Fries & Chipotle Dipping Sauce

Ingredients

  • 2 large avocados, sliced
  • Juice of ½ lime (optional)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • Chipotle dipping sauce

Instructions

  1. Pre-heat oven to 400 Degrees F. Pour 1 tablespoon oil in sheet tray or baking dish; set aside.
  2. Squeeze fresh lime juice on avocado slices to preserve their color while baking (this step is optional). Season with salt, pepper. Dredge in flour then dip in egg and coat in panko breadcrumbs. Be sure the avocado slices are coated very well in the panko.
  3. Place in a single layer on the greased sheet pan. Drizzle with the remaining oil or spray with cooking spray. This will help the avocado slices crisp in the oven.

You can find complete recipes of this Crispy Baked Avocado Fries & Chipotle Dipping Sauce in gimmedelicious.com