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If you’ve ever found yourself staring down the perfectly ripe avocado in your kitchen willing yourself not to make yet another batch of guac, meet your new favorite cookbook. Cook and blogger Elizabeth Nyland has 75 recipes for the star of the produce bin, starting with your new favorite meatball: avocado-stuffed.

Meatballs are a favorite in our house, simply because they are a simple, quick meal to make that the kids love. They are perfect for little hands to pick up without the need for utensils and also delicious in many kinds of sauces. My kids will even eat them cold the next day for lunch! You may think stuffing them would be difficult, but the secret is to use a very small amount. Be careful when folding over the edges to seal up the meatball, as the filling can seep out a bit. For an exotic flair, try using a tablespoon of minced preserved lemon rind in place of the lemon zest and juice.

Reprinted with permission from Cooking With Avocados