Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Fabulous Guacamole - Two Ways

Here's a healthy recipe that's a snap to make, either the fast way or the faster way. I've developed the faster way because I know that it's often saving a few minutes that makes all the difference in today's busy world. Come home from work, and everyone wants a quick snack before dinner, so here's a quick (and even quicker) way with guacamole.


2 avocados
1/4 cup chopped tomato
2 Tbs. chopped onion
2 Tbs. soft low fat cream cheese
1 chopped jalapeno pepper (optional)
1 Tbs. lemon juice
1/4 tsp chopped garlic
salt and pepper to taste
hot sauce, like tabasco, to taste


Halve avocados, remove pit, and scoop out flesh. Put avocado, onion, cream cheese, jalapeno, lemon juice and garlic in a food processor. Pulse several times to combine. Add salt, pepper, and hot sauce to taste. Here's a note about jalapeno peppers. The heat is mostly in the ribs and seeds. If you'd like some heat, but not a lot, cut the pepper in half, remove the white ribs and seeds, and then chop the pepper.

Here's the easier version - still healthy, but much, much quicker to prepare.

EASY Ingredients:

2 avocados
2 Tbs. soft low fat cream cheese
1/4 cup tomato salsa, plus 1-2 Tbs. more if needed
1 Tbs. lemon juice

EASY Directions:

Combine all ingredients in a food processor. Pulse to combine. Add additional tomato salsa, if the guacamole is too thick. If you don't have a food processor, mash the avocados in a large bowl. Add remaining ingredients, and mix well to combine. Again, you can adjust the consistency by adding more salsa if needed.

Stealthy Cooking Tip: Avocados sometimes get a bad rap because they're 20% fat, but they're an excellent source of good fats, health-promoting monounsaturated fats. The oils provided include oleic acid and linoleic acid, both of which may help to lower cholesterol. Avocados also are a great source of potassium, vitamin E, B vitamins, and fiber.

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