Holy Guacamole!

13 Mar

Around here we love our guacamole. It goes well with pretty much everything, and it’s actually made with ingredients that are generally good for you. Aside from the salt, of course.

But anyway, fresh avocados are full of healthy fats, the kind that keep you strong, give you good skin, and make your hair shiny. While being calorie and fat dense, the avocado is also full of vitamin K (among others), potassium, and several other minerals that are necessary for overall health.

In my kitchen we make guacamole as follows:

4 or 5 avocados
1/2 a red onion, finely chopped
2 tsp salt (sea salt is best)
juice of 1 lime
handful of fresh picked cilantro, chopped
optional – 2 diced Roma tomatoes

Cut the avocados, scoop out the green goodness with a large spoon and throw in a bowl. Mash with a fork or a potato masher, or whatever you have on hand that works. Throw in everything else and mix well. Add more salt and lime to taste, if need be. There are also packets of guacamole seasoning that you can buy, but I find these are much higher in salt content than when you make it yourself, and these packets like to hide a lot of the wonderful avocado flavor. So do yourself a favor and make it from scratch. It takes about 5 minutes all told.

Traditionally, we serve this with tortilla chips as a dip, but it is also phenomenal on tacos, hamburgers, sandwiches, salads, and it goes really well with bleu cheese. It can also be a great dip for carrot and celery sticks, if you want a healthier alternative to chips.

Tip! If your avocados aren’t quite ripe enough, place them in a paper bag with a banana. Fold the bag closed. The gases released by the ripening banana will quicken the ripening of your avocados. Leave these together overnight and your avocados should be ready to use by the next day!



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