14 Avocado Recipes That Will Make These Dark Winter Days Seem A Little Bit Brighter

Avocado is primarily a summer food, which kind of sucks, since it has year-round appeal, and can add to any dish in the history of nomnom. But you know what they say — where there's a will, there's a way, and if you have a way to wrangle up a bunch of avocados during these cold winter months, here are 14 winter avocado recipes that'll instantly brighten your day. Another awesome bonus? Avocado serves as a healthier substitute to mayo, and can even be a rich stand in for cheese in a salad. So forget everything you've ever heard about avocados being a summer food, and get cooking.

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Cheesecake Factory Avocado Egg Rolls

The Cheesecake Factory is always a good time, especially if you’re looking to bulk up on junk food that tastes like salty heaven. These avocado egg rolls are spot-on copycats of the real CF version.

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Cheesy Guacamole Mini Quiche

So effing cute, I’m torn between Instagramming it and shoveling 10 more into my mouth. If you have any self control, these bite-sized quiches are utterly divine.

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Southwestern Pizza

Selecting any kind of pizza as your dinner choice is a decision you will never ever regret. This one from The Kitchn has the right amount of cheese, avocado, and spice to make your stomach growl with glee.

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Bacon Avocado Pasta

There aren’t too many dishes out there that can be served either hot or cold and taste just as amazing both ways. This is one of those rare gems.

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Green Bean Avocado Fried Rice

As much as we all love Chinese takeout, it can leave you feeling heavy and worn out after the fortune cookies are cracked open and the food cartons are emptied. Making this healthier version at home will give you instant gratification and make you feel like a BOSS because you ate fried rice and still have energy to get off the couch.

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Totchos Supreme Burgers with Avocado

I mean, it’s a burger. With tater tots. And avocado. Yessss.

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Grapefruit Avocado Toast

This could easily be a breakfast of champions, or a snack for ballers. Either way, total deliciousness.

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Creamy Avocado Curry

The only thing better than curry…. is avocado curry.

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Avocado Soup

This chilled, fridge-clearing soup from The Kitchn is perfect for when you want a taste of summer and desperately need to head to the grocery store, but just don’t feel like it.

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Big Time Jalapeno Lime Black Bean Texas Chili

Chili is notoriously hot and spicy, and the only way your tastebuds can handle it is with a cool, fresh topping like avocado and cilantro, as featured in this all-star recipe.

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Avocado Pasta

It’s creamy. It’s easy. It only takes 20 minutes to make. And it’s dying to be your next meal.

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Avocado and Crab Sliders

This little treat from Climbing Grier Mountain is ideal for any upcoming party you have, or if you’re just in the mood to nosh on incredible finger foods by yourself.

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Poke Avocado Bowl

Summer is several months away, so in the meantime, just eat this dish from A Cozy Kitchen and pretend that summer has already arrived.

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Avocado Fries with Cilantro Lemon Dipping Sauce

Take some avocado, add a breaded exterior, fry it up, and eat it as fries. Then try not to smile.

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