Holy Guacamole!

In the early 70's there was a song titled "Walk a Mile In My Shoes" by Joe South and my dad thought it was hilarious to sing "Guacamole in my shoes" instead. Yep, pretty corny but it stuck with me, and now every time I see, eat or even hear the word guacamole, I can hear dad's singing that chorus :-).

Growing up in California guacamole was also a staple food and any party or gathering without guac was downright sacrilegious. Even during the low-fat fad of the early 90's the delicious avocado managed to remain a constant in California cuisine. Today we have a much better understanding of the role of fats in our diet, and people are starting to get past the belief that fat is the enemy.

We now know that getting enough healthy fats is crucial and that they play a starring role in nutrient absorption, metabolism, hormones, brain function, cardiovascular health, etc., etc., etc... So while avocados may be a little pricey, they pack a serious nutritional punch and are incredibly delicious and versatile (as in extra creamy smoothies and vegan chocolate pudding!). A medium-sized avocado has a whopping 11 grams of fiber, nearly half of the daily recommended minimum intake! They are also an excellent source of potassium (more than bananas), and are rich in vitamins K, B, C, and E. Studies have also shown that avocados may lower cholesterol, decrease the risk of diabetes, stroke, and coronary artery disease, and event prevent cancer. Yes please!

Makes about 4 servings

Ingredients: 

  • ·        2 avocados, very ripe, chopped loosely 
  • ·        Juice of 1 lime 
  • ·        3 Tbsp cilantro, chopped 
  • ·        ½ cup organic red bell pepper, diced 
  • ·        ½ cup red onion, finely chopped
  • ·        ¼ cup organic tomato, chopped fine 
  • ·        1-2 serrano chilies, stems and seeds removed, minced
  • ·        1 clove garlic, finely minced
  • ·        ¼ tsp sea salt (or to taste)

 Directions:

1.     In medium bowl, combine lime juice and avocado and blend, keeping mixture slightly chunky.

2.     Add red pepper, red onion and tomato.

3.     Stir and toss so ingredients are well blended and mash avocado to desired texture. I like mine a little chunky.

4.     Sprinkle small amount of sea salt; stir and taste.

5.     Place guacamole in a bowl and serve at room temperature.

Directions:

  1. In medium bowl, combine lime juice and avocado and blend, keeping mixture slightly chunky.
  2. Add red pepper, red onion and tomato.
  3. Stir and toss so ingredients are well blended and mash avocado to desired texture. I like mine a little chunky.
  4. Sprinkle small amount of sea salt; stir and taste.
  5. Place guacamole in a bowl and serve at room temperature.

Enjoy!