When life gives you avocados

This morning, I found two neglected avocados in the fridge. Ripe and soft, calling out to me. So what did I do? Why, I made guacamole, of course!

I love guacamole and I used to associate it only with Mexican food or greasy Tex-Mex at fast food chains. And I suspect that stuff comes out of jars, that came out of a supermarket, that came from a factory far away…that didn’t use any avocados. But I recently made two important discoveries that changed my life. Melodramatic much? Read on.

Discovery number one: I can make guacamole at home. In five minutes or less.  Badabing badaboom! I know this sounds silly to some of you, but I was seriously blown away by this discovery. You don’t have to take classes to make decent guacamole! You don’t even need a fancy shmancy mortar and pestle. You don’t really need anything except a knife, a fork, a chopping board and a bowl. Don’t you just love simple recipes? The less dishes, the better.

Are you ready for the second discovery? Ok here goes: Guacamole IS NOT JUST A DIP OR TACO FILLING. Ha! You’re welcome. Guacamole makes an excellent sandwich spread, or omelette topping. Serve it inside a burger or make jars as gifts for a vegetarian friend.

There are tons of guacamole recipes out there, claiming that they are the one. Psht, I say. There is no such thing (I guess that would be discover number 2, part 2). Make the guacamole the way you like it. That’s precisely what I did this morning. But before I give you my recipe, I’m going to do a little product placement for avocados right now. Ok? Here goes. [Excuse me while I don a black blazer and a serious tone.]

Avocados are an excellent source of vitamins A, C and E, they’re full of antioxidants and  have 30% more potassium than a banana! BET’YA DIDN’T KNOW THAT. “Research has shown that certain compounds in avocados are able to seek out pre-cancerous…and destroy them without harming healthy cells… They are also high in beta-sitosterol, a compound that has been shown to lower cholesterol level.” In other words: avocados are like laser guns… zap-ZAP.

Was I losing you there? I’ll stop now. Here’s my recipe (6 ingredients, 6 basic steps!):

Ingredients

  1. Two ripe avocados (bought them hard and need them in two days? Wrap the avocados in newspapers and stuff them in the back of a kitchen cupboard. Just don’t forget about them!)
  2. 1  medium-sized tomato
  3. 1 small onion
  4. 2 small lemons (or 1 lemon and 1 lime)
  5. 1 tablespoon of olive oil
  6. Salt & pepper to taste

Recipe

  1. Peel and roughly chop the avocados
  2. Place avocados in a medium bowl and mash to desired consistency
  3. Chop tomatoes and onion and mix  those with the avocados
  4. Add lemon juice, olive oil and season to taste
  5. Place the guacamole in serving bowl and cover tightly with plastic wrap (avocados oxidize quickly)
  6. Let it chill in the refrigerator for at least 30 minutes, so the flavors can infuse.

I suggest you use this recipe as a starter – play with it, add some ingredients or write back and tell me how I got all wrong. Better yet, tell me how you make guacamole. I love to experiment. Remember, you can add garlic or you can skip the tomatoes. Want a more complex-tasting guacamole? Throw in some cilantro and a pinch of cayenne pepper. The opportunities are endless.

Go make guacamole now. Bye!

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