Easy to make, easy to customize, easy to put on everything.

Zesty Guacamole

Continuing with our healthy series of recipes for healthy readers in healthy January…here’s something… DELICIOUS!

Boom.  Did you see that coming?  If you know us at all, you should’ve.  This is our favorite guacamole recipe, and it’s one of those things we make over.  And over.  And over.  And…yeah.

You know why I love this recipe?  I actually have a whole menu of reasons:

  1. Tacos.
  2. Hint of Lime chips.
  3. Nachos.
  4. Tacos.
  5. Omelettes.
  6. Toast.
  7. Tacos.
  8. BLT Sandwiches.
  9. Bacon cheeseburgers.
  10. Tacos.

And that’s just my top ten.

Zesty Guacamole

But to go with our January theme, here’s something helpful to note about guacamole: not only is it stuffed full of fresh veggies and fruit (fun fact: while writing this post I JUST learned avocado is a fruit), which is great for pretty much anyone’s new year’s resolutions, but it also makes other healthy foods taste better.  I mean, it’s probably the best thing in the world on tacos, but it also makes a taco salad infinitely better.  And I don’t care what you put in your protein-packed breakfast, guacamole will top it off like a boss.  Unless your protein of choice is Greek yogurt.  But eggs? Chicken?  Sausage?  YES.  Guac it up.

Also, in line with our blog’s theme of delicious-and-possibly-healthy-but-the-healthy-thing-is-clearly-secondary-to-delicious, this guac is zesty, buttery, and totally customizable to suit your own tastes.

My extensive experimentation led me to include a number of basic ingredients: avocado, green onion, tomato, jalapeno, lime juice, garlic, cilantro, salt, and pepper.  Simple, right?  In the recipe below, I use more lime, garlic, and cilantro than most, and if that sounds crazy to you, or you’re one of those people who thinks cilantro tastes like soap, I recommend either (1) try it, or (2) don’t.  Because when I say customizable, I mean, chop everything up and mix it together and taste it and add some more of this and little more of that and taste it again and think about it for a bit and maybe open up a bag of chips and taste it with those chips and finally add just another squeeze of lime and call it perfect.  And all yours.

But my version is pretty tasty too.  And just remember, no one ever said, “Gee, I wish this guacamole had less flavor.”

Zesty Guacamole

The other key to truly excellent guac?  Keep it chunky.  Yes, January means a fit you and a chunky sidekick. Start with nice big pieces of avocado and stir enough to combine, but don’t smash it all together.  Texture makes everything better.

Oh one more thing. To keep it fresh, don’t worry about leaving in the pit or anything like that. The real answer to prevent browning is so easy it’s stupid.  After you put the guacamole in your storage container of preference, press a piece of plastic wrap directly onto the surface of the guac. Smooth it down so you have no air bubbles between the guac and the plastic wrap, and that’s it!  No air means no browning.  Plastic wrap means no air.  This trick will keep everything fresh for a couple days.

Aaaaaand that’s pretty much everything to tell you about this recipe.  Yup.  Simple.

I feel like you don’t even need me.  I’m going to write some super-complicated recipes soon to justify my blogging.

Kidding.  Simple is great.

Zesty Guacamole

Zesty Guacamole
 
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Easy to make, easy to customize, easy to put on everything.
Serves: About 6 snack-size servings
Ingredients
  • 3 large avocado, chopped
  • 3-4 green onions, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • Good-sized handful of cilantro, chopped
  • Juice of 3 small limes
  • ¼ cup diced tomato
  • 1 jalapeno, minced
  • Salt to taste
  • Pepper to taste
Instructions
  1. Place all ingredients together in a medium sized bowl. Combine with a fork, mashing the avocado slightly but leaving a good amount of chunky texture.
  2. Taste and adjust ingredients and seasonings.
  3. Serve with pretty much anything you want.
Notes
To prevent leftovers from browning, press a piece of plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole, smoothing out to eliminate air bubbles.

 

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