Guacamole, Guacamole

Okay, so back in the day when I used to babysit the little girls that lived across the street from me I was forced to watch The Wiggles. It could have been much worse, I suppose. The Wiggles aren’t baaaaaad exactly. They may weird me out as a young adult, but I admire the fact that they educate young children and such. Howeverrrrr…the songs they sing are so insanelyyyyy irritating and catchy that they have stuck with me even to today.

Anyone know the Hot Potato song???  Well, from time to time any word (or words) with four syllables will be sung to the tune of the Hot Potato song in my head. Thus the post title, Guacamole, Guacamole. (Sometime, I catch myself at work singing “Cappuccino, Cappuccino.” Sigh. I have issues.)

ANYWHO! Whether or not it’s to the tune of another song, I think guacamole is totally deserving of it!

… a song that is…

Why, you ask? Because it’s fan-freakin-tastic, that’s why!  Aside from being delicious and exceptionally versatile, guacamole is an outstanding source of nutrients thanks, of course, to the delicious AVOCADO.

Avocados have a bad reputation among most people.

“But there’s so much fat in it! How can it be good for me?!”

The majority of the fat in that delicious fruit  (because yes, an avocado is a fruit, not a vegetable!) is monounsaturated. Monounsaturated fats are actually good for you and they aid in lowering bad cholesterol! This healthy fat can also be found in most nuts and olive oil, too!  Avocados are also an excellent source of potassium, folate, and vitamins B, C, and E.

My recipe for guacamole is pretty simple, and can be altered to your liking. Personally, I am a CILANTRO FREAK! I can’t get enough of the stuff…so I use a TON. If ya don’t like it, leave it out, but just know that I think you’re a freak for not liking it . Hehehehehe.

Simple Guacamole

  • 2 avocados (I use Hass Avocados. You can tell it’s ripe when you gently squeeze the avocado and it gives a little. If it’s too hard, you won’t be able to use it right away.)
  • 1/2 of a small red onion, diced
  • 1 small bunch or 1/2 a large bunch of cilantro (rinsed, dried and chopped as small as you can get it)
  • The juice of 2 small or 1 large lime
  • Salt to taste

Begin by pitting and peeling your avocados.
(Rather than me try and describe how to do this in words,
which could get kind of complicated if you’ve never done it before, check out that video!
)

Scoop the flesh of the avocado into a medium-sized bowl. Mash it with a fork or spoon until few large chunks remain. Add the lime juice right away, to prevent the avocado from turning brown. Add the salt, onion, and cilantro. Mix well until all of the ingredients are combined.

Chill, covered, in the refrigerator for about 30 minutes before serving. Serve with chips or veggies or just eat it with a spoon because it’s that good!!

*Remember, feel free to alter this recipe to your liking. If you like smoother guacamole and you have a food processor, feel free to pop all the ingredients in there and whir it around a few times. I prefer chunky guacamole…and I don’t have a food processor.*

** In case anyone is curious, 1 tablespoon of this delicious guacamole is equivalent to 2 Weight Watchers Points**

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