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Sarah: Guac with Flair (3 Versions) May 3, 2014

Filed under: Eat-In May,Food & Cooking — suburbanpioneers @ 3:40 am
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Make any night suddenly gourmet!

Are y’all hungry yet?

 

I love avocados.  I could eat avocados by themselves with just a little salt and pepper.  But I really, really, really love guacamole.  I’m not talking about the green glop that they serve at Qdoba or Chipotle that’s mostly sour cream and flavoring.  I mean guacamole that retains its avocado-ness.

But sometimes I like to mix things up (I’m like that–I get bored easily), especially if I make it two or three weeks in a row.  So below are my regular guac recipes plus a fun variation that is inspired by the “Exotic Guac” at our local Oaxacan Mexican food place (yes, of previous Suburban Pioneering fame–read about it here).

I wouldn’t call the following “recipes” exactly.  As Captain Barbosa says in Pirates of the Caribbean, “They’re more like guidelines.”  You can make this in less than 8 minutes.  Start by mashing the avocado with the half and half, then mix in the spices until you like the base flavor.  Finally, add the chopped items, tasting as you go (oh, yes, tasting as you go is VERY important).

 

Guac with Flare

  • 2 avocados
  • splash of half & half or milk (not enough to hide the avocado taste, just enough to help you mash–you could sub soy milk or almond milk for dairy-free)
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • green or purple onion chopped small (not too many–experiment to find the right onion : avocado ratio)
  • mango or strawberry (yes, really) to taste
  • goat cheese (to taste)

Sounds weird, I know.  But it is actually really, really good and a great way to get in some extra healthy fruits (particularly when the tomatoes I usually use in guacamole aren’t in season).  Even better?  Little Bear LOVES it, and avocados are full of good fats that she needs for brain development.  Also, because this recipe doesn’t have a load of sour cream drowning the avocado, there’s fewer unnecessary calories and less saturated fat, which is the problem with most fast-food-type guac.

And in case anyone’s wondering about my regular guac recipe, here’s the list for the regular version:

The Genuine Guac Article

  • 2 avocados
  • splash of half & half or milk
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 1-2 cloves garlic, minced
  • green or regular onion chopped small
  • jalapeño, chopped small
  • cilantro, chopped
  • tomato chopped
  • squeeze of lime

And, yes, there’s a very, very fast version for weeknights when Keith and I are really tired:

Speedy Guac

  • 2 avocados
  • splash of half & half or milk
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • hot pepper flakes or spoonful of salsa

This post brought to you by: Eat-In May–let’s think of fast, no stress ways to eat healthier and at home!

Leave that restaurant table empty!  You've got a date with some fruits and veggies.

Leave that restaurant table empty! You’ve got a date with some fruits and veggies.

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