This yummy guacamole recipe is a great way to add a little avocado to your diet. Avocado has gained popularity over the past few years in pace with the acceptance that healthy fats are part of a healthy diet. The avocado is a great way to get plant-based healthy fats into your diet even for those who are carbohydrate conscious. The high fiber content puts it quite low in the net-carb category as far as fruits go. It is also loaded with healthy vitamins such as vitamin K, vitamin C and folate and has more potassium than a banana. They are among the fattiest of plant-based foods loaded with heart-healthy monounsaturated fatty acids and a host of other good for you ingredients.
We love fresh food served simply, it highlights the natural goodness in whole food, which is why we love this recipe. All you need are 6 simple whole ingredients, a little salt and pepper and you have a delight to spice up a multitude of dishes.
Guacamole Recipe – the Ingredients:
- 2 avocados
- 2 Roma tomatoes
- 1 shallot
- 1 lime
- 1 jalapeno
- Cilantro (a fresh bunch enough to make 2 tablespoons)
- Pinch of kosher salt and black pepper to taste
- Cut the avocado in half, remove the pit and scoop out the tender flesh into a bowl. Mash with a fork to a chunky consistency. Squeeze half of the lemon juice over the avocado. Season lightly with salt and pepper.
- Cut the tomatoes in half. Use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and squishy middle of the tomato and toss that away, as the center part of the tomato makes the guacamole consistency a little too runny. Dice the remaining firm outer flesh.
- Dice the shallot and the jalapeño. Here’s a pro tip make sure to cover your hands with something like rubber gloves, or use ziplock bags in a pinch, when chopping the jalapeño. You don’t want to have jalapeño on your hands and then rub your face!
- Finely chop the cilantro.
- Toss all of the ingredients in with avocado. Squeeze the remaining lemon juice and add any additional salt and pepper if needed to taste.
Guacamole makes a great substitute for other fatty or creamy sauces in your dishes. Try this over baked fish, grilled chicken, on turkey burgers or added to salad or protein bowls and reduce the dressing. Enjoy!
- Live Science, Avocados: Health Benefits, Risks & Nutrition Facts, Jessie Szalay, October 23, 2014, http://www.livescience.com/45209-avocado-nutrition-facts.html