Guacamole for a friend..

A very special friend has asked for my guacamole recipe.  She enjoyed the picture I posted on Facebook a few weeks back.  Now this friend is expecting her first child next year and cravings are her middle name at the moment.  And rightfully so.  You’ll find more about avocados below the recipe. But without further delay,  my dear Melissa, here is the recipe for Guacamole – my style.

Christine’s Guacamole

Christine’s Guacamole
Photo credit: Words Etc.

1 large or 2 medium or 3 Haas avocados

1 slice red onion

1 1/2 tsp – 1 tbsp of freshly squeezed lemon juice

1 – 2 cloves of garlic

salt to taste

Put avocado, onion, lemon juice and garlic into a food processor and blend until smooth.  If you prefer you can process only half the avocado and mash the other half  to create a chunkier guacamole.  I suggest that you salt after you’ve processed.  Too much salt or lemon juice can ruin the guacamole.

Optional: you may also add finely chopped, peeled and seeded Roma tomato for more texture, flavor and color!

So what about avocados?

You couldn’t ask for a simpler way to satisfy your appetite for a healthy yet tasty treat. Avocados, although high in fats, contain mostly monounsaturated fats.  A diet high in monounsaturated or polyunsaturated fats is preferred over one that favors saturated fats as it is these fats that may lead to heart disease and other health problems.  Try replacing things like butter, red meats (especially high fat choices) and other dairy products with monounsaturated fats, like avocados, some nuts and plants-based oils – like olive oil and grape seed oil (two of my favorites).  Some studies  have also shown that avocados contain cholesterol-lowering sterols.

You know they’re good for you, and more importantly, you know they taste wonderful, so indulge in avocados.  I live in Florida and our native-grown variety is plentiful right now, but you can usually find  the smaller Haas variety anytime of the year.  California avocados are also excellent.
A large Florida avocado makes about a cup and half of guacamole, so use your judgment on how many to use for the amount of the finished product you want.  Of course, you’ll have to adjust the other ingredients to the taste and consistency you prefer.  No matter what avocado variety is available in your area, they all make a delicious guacamole and are also terrific sliced onto a salad.  And, of course, they are a standard accompaniment to any Mexican dish.
Enjoy your avocados and add a little color to your cooking!

2 responses to “Guacamole for a friend..

  1. My family likes avocado but we prepare it very simply – with milk and sugar. I would definitely try your Guacamole. thank you and have a great day ahead.

  2. I love guqcamole – but I cheat and use the spice pkg from the grocery store – I bet yours tastes much better!
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