Monday, 28 December 2009

Do I Want to Help Promote the Goodness of Avocados? Um, Yes, Yes I Do.

Being from Canada and a foodie at the same time means choosing wisely. Of course in this day and age we are sensitive to eating locally but at the same time there are treats from around the world that we don't want to live without.
When I was asked if I wanted to sample some Mexican avocados in a new promotion I didn't have to think twice. Avocados are on our list of positive luxuries. True, they are imported, nobody has found an ice-loving avocado plant yet, but they are so worth the miles. Healthy and delicious they are great in so many applications.

I think everyone's go-to favourite is the classic guac..

Classic Guacamole

A classic guacamole recipe is a staple for any host. Once you make this one, you will be asked to make it over and over. To mix it up every time, play with the heat – turn it up by adding more peppers or for a milder taste cut back. Once you know the basics, it’s easy.

1 cup diced sweet onion 250 mL
1/4 cup minced, seeded jalapeño peppers (about two peppers) 50 mL
3 ripe avocados from Mexico, peeled, pitted and diced 3
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro 50 mL
3 tbsp fresh lime juice 45 mL
2 tsp minced garlic 10 mL
1 tsp coarse salt 5 mL
1/2 tsp fresh cracked pepper 2 mL

In medium bowl, combine onion, jalapeño peppers and avocados. Stir to combine. Add cilantro, lime juice, garlic, salt and pepper, mix thoroughly. Serve with crisp tortilla chips and extra lime wedges. Best if enjoyed within one day

Yield: Approximately 2 cups.

Tip: For extra kick, leave the seeds in the pepper.

Nutritional Information:

Per Serving (1/4 CUP/50 mL): about 131 cal, 2 g pro, 11 g total fat (2 g sat fat), 9 g carb, 5 g fibre, 0 mg chol, 292 mg sodium. %RDI: iron 4%, calcium 1%, vit A 0%, vit C 20%

For more nutritional information about avocados, click here.


Personally I love avocado sliced and gracing a great sammie, like the roast portobello sammie I made for the Clean Foods book review. I also love avocados in California-style maki (sushi) rolls.
Hubby likes his just with a spoon, he scoops the flesh right out of the skin. Sometimes with mayo - shhh, don't tell!
(Without the mayo) Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and nutrients and are just plain delish. What's not to love? Eat two avocados and call me in the morning.

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