Monday, April 9, 2007

Tefi's Tasty Guacamole

Now, this is probably going to be the simplest guacamole recipe you'll ever see, but let me tell you - every time I serve this I get nothing but compliments. Brace yourself. It's going to be a smooooooth ride!

6 medium avocados
4 cloves garlic
1/2 white onion
1 small tomato
2 sprigs cilantro (optional)
1 small lime
salt and pepper

1. Cut open avocados and scoop out the good stuff into a medium serving bowl. Set aside three of the pits to use later.

2. Mash up the avocado goodness with a fork until somewhat smooth, but still with some lumps.
3. Chop garlic, onion, tomato, and cilantro. I like my onion and tomato chunky, but the consistency is up to you.

4. Add the garlic, onion, tomato, and cilantro to the mashed up avocados and mix well.

5. Cut the lime in half and squeeze the juice of both halves into the bowl and stir.

6. Add salt and pepper to taste.

7. Toss in the three pits. You can either arrange them for aesthetic purposes, or push them to the bottom of the bowl to hide them.

8. Garnish with a bit of chopped up tomtao and serve with tortilla chips. Enjoy!

*Serves 4-6 people.*

NOTE: The lime juice and avodaco pits are excellent natural perservatives, which keep your guacamole from turning icky brown.

Not only are avocados a rich source of monounsaturated fatty acids including oleic acid, which has recently been shown to offer significant protection against breast cancer, but it is also a very concentrated dietary source of the carotenoid lutein; it also contains measurable amounts of related carotenoids (zeaxanthin, alpha-carotene and beta-carotene) plus significant quantities of tocopherols (vitamin E). Avocados are a good source of potassium, a mineral that helps regulate blood pressure. Adequate intake of potassium can help to guard against circulatory diseases, like high blood pressure, heart disease or stroke. One cup of avocado has 23% of the Daily Value for folate, a nutrient important for heart health.


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