Saturday, February 5, 2011


Superbowl Time!  A great anytime, or game-time, snack or appetizer is guacamole.  Guacamole is loaded with healthy fats and nutrients.  The primary ingredient are avocados, which contain healthy fats, dietary fiber, potassium, and vitamins K, B6, and C. Eating them has been shown to reduce your risk of breast and prostate cancer, heart disease and high cholesterol, and improve your eye health.  And of course, we can't forget the health benefits of tomatoes and the other ingredients in this quick and easy recipe.  I served it with multi grain tortilla chips and some red and green bell pepper strips.  Yum.

3 Ripe Avocados, Peeled and Pitted (I used Organic Haas Avocados)
4 tsp. Lime Juice
1/4 Cup Onion (Fresh Red Onion is best, but I used Dried Minced--given my personal fresh onion aversion)
1 1/2 tsp. Garlic Powder
4 Tbsp. Fresh Cilantro (or 4 tsp. Dried Cilantro)
1 tsp. Black Pepper
1 tsp. Sea Salt
Optional: 7 shakes/dashes of Tabasco or other Hot Sauce for extra flavor and just a bit of spice (I definitely used it)
2 Roma Tomatoes, Diced

1.  In large bowl, place Avocados and lime juice.  Combine well using a masher.
2.  Add in the onion, garlic, cilantro, pepper, salt (and Tabasco if you prefer).  Continue to combine with the masher.
3.  Fold in the diced tomatoes and stir well.
4.  Let sit for 45 minutes to an hour and serve!


Storing Tip:  If you want, you can make this dip a day ahead of time and store in the refrigerator.  The acidic lime juice in the guacamole should keep the avocados from browning.  This way, it can be a make-ahead dip to relieve you of doing all your cooking in one day.

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