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Can I bake avocado/guacamole into a taco-style "lasagna"?

Asked by poofandmook (17315points) June 5th, 2014
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I want to add it as a layer along with meat, cheese, onions, and possibly salsa. Most recipes call for beans and/or rice and I hate beans and can’t eat rice. I wanted a different texture so it wasn’t primarily just meat and cheese. But I’m not sure if the avocado gets nasty when you bake it; I’ve never tried.

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CWOTUS's avatar

It might be worth an experiment, but part of the goodness of avocado to me is its cool creaminess. You’d certainly lose that. It’s an experiment that I would see no point in making.

I’ve heard from at least one friend who tried cooked cauliflower, riced (through a ricer, not “converted to rice”, which isn’t even possible, of course) as a rice substitute. She liked it and will use it again. I like rice, so I don’t see the need, but that’s worth a try, too if you can’t eat rice.

livelaughlove21's avatar

Hot avocado? Blech. I’m not so sure about that.

Why can’t you eat rice?

ibstubro's avatar

I would not try baking the avocado. Best to use it as a cool after-baking addition.

Why can’t you eat rice? Another par-cooked grain might substitute well. Quinoa? Barley?

Or make it in a sheet tray with one layer each of the ingredients you list, then top with shredded lettuce, guac, sour cream, etc. like taco pizza.

poofandmook's avatar

I can’t eat rice because I had gastric bypass and it blows up in my stomach.

ibstubro's avatar

So are the other grains out, too, @poofandmook?

poofandmook's avatar

I’ve never looked into them, honestly. I don’t think I like barley… and does quinoa expand a lot in the stomach?

ibstubro's avatar

I found this:

Sticky Foods: The National Institutes of Health suggests avoiding foods with a sticky texture after gastric bypass surgery, including white rice and breads, over-cooked pasta, string cheese and peanut butter. These foods may cause pain or discomfort in some patients. White bread may be more tolerable if toasted first. Chewing gum, if swallowed, can block the opening of the small pouch. Symptoms of a blocked pouch include nausea, vomiting and pain.

Suggesting to me that it’s only white rice you need avoid.

zenvelo's avatar

Sounds like you are trying to make a tamale casserole! You can layer masa harina, ground beef, enchilada sauce, cheese, and canned tomatoes, and then use avocado slices on the cooked casserole as an accent before serving.

waiting to see what @Kardamom says

Kardamom's avatar

The only hot/warm avocado I’ve eaten was fried avocado at the county fair. It was fried so quickly that the avocado was only warm inside and it was very good, but I’m afraid if you tried to bake it, it will melt and get all liquidy and gross.

I’ve also tried to reheat burritos in the microwave, that had avocado inside of them, and they get super soggy, not very nice.

I would suggest adding sliced ripe olives, or sautéed mushrooms, or some type of roasted vegetable such as potato, cauliflower or broccoli, corn kernels or even parsnips.

Either that, or simply put fresh sliced avocado on top of the lasagna when you serve it.

marinelife's avatar

I have done it. It changes the texture a little, but it works.

ibstubro's avatar

Ripe olives and corn sounds really good, @Kardamom!

El_Cadejo's avatar

Hmmm, I actually love hot avocado. Last night I cooked a portobello topped with avocado and spinach and then melted cheese over it and threw it in a sammich. Delicious. I say go for it.

poofandmook's avatar

@ibstubro: It depends on your source, really. My experiences with rice, more than a bite or two, haven’t been good. For me, it’s not worth the risk. Because the pain from stuck food (which could happen easier with rice because it’s more difficult than you’d think to chew each grain enough so that it doesn’t stick) or a pouch that has become too full because whatever you ate expanded… it’s pretty bad… not to mention the vomiting that comes with it. There are some gastric bypass folks who can eat rice but can’t eat bread that isn’t toasted. I can eat untoasted bread all day and never have an issue. Rice is a gamble as to whether or not it will expand too much in my pouch… and I’m not a gamblin’ woman ;)

ibstubro's avatar

I understand, @poofandmook, and I agree. I was diagnosed as IBS, and I know the dietary restriction and re-introduction that involved. I now follow my own body signals.

But, I do not face dire consequences from experimenting as you might.

There are internet sites devoted to giving you better dietary advice and recipes than I can here.

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