Monday, July 25, 2011

Guacamollie Guacamole

Do they sell t-shirts that say "I heart Avocados"?  Because they should.  I love avocado in salads, a top a gluten free sandwich, and my top favorite is grilled shrimp with guacamole.  Back when my friends and I started bringing food to each other's houses (remember when that started- so adult!) I would make this simple guacamole and we entitled it "guacamollie" after yours truly.  For better or worse, it stuck. 

Avocados, also called the "butter pear", contain almost 30 grams of monounsaturated fat per dark green globe.  If you're familiar with low carb, low sugar diets that promote traditional foods, then you're not scared away by a little, actually a lot, of fat.  Take a look at the benefits and uses of our smooth, green friend:

The beauty of this guacamole is the simplicity.  Traditional guacamole calles for lime and cilantro.  But I often buy limes and then sadly see them turn hard before I use them, so I've turned to lemons for this recipe.  The same goes for cilantro.  When I do remember to buy a bunch at the store, I hate to use a little and see the rest go to waste.  I've come to prefer this guacamole recipe for it's clean and slightly sweet taste.   

Guacamollie Guacamole

1 avocado
1-2 tsp lemon juice (half a lemon)
1 T diced red onion (one 1/4 inch thick slice of half a red onion)
2 T diced grape tomatoes (about 4 grape tomatoes)
1/2 tsp olive oil
dash of salt and pepper

Using a fork, mix the avocado, lemon juice, diced red onion, diced grape tomatoes, olive oil, and salt and pepper. 
Taste and adjust salt, pepper and lemon juice to taste. 
Serve immediately.   

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