I’m no stranger to modifying recipes to try and create healthy alternatives that still taste great. Modifying your favorite fat filled foods is not always the easiest thing to execute. I’ve had many a failed carob cupcake, and applesauce muffin. My recent focus has been using avocado as a substitute for just about everything. They’re versatile little suckers!
In Aztec culture the women were not permitted to leave their homes during avocado harvest because of this fruit’s striking resemblance to male anatomy. Maybe Aztec men did the ladies of their villages a favor by keeping them away from nature’s fattiest fruit. Although avocados are packed full of Vitamin A, Potassium, and contain a compound that helps lower cholesterol, they are also very high in fat. On average guacamole has approximately 4.5 grams of fat per OUNCE! Here’s a quick and satisfying summer guacamole recipe with about half the fat:
- 10-ounce pack of frozen peas or fresh if it’s available
- 1/2 small ripe avocado
- 1/2 cup cilantro, stems removed
- 1/2 ripe tomato, deseeded and chopped
- 1/3 cup chopped red onion (optional)
- Squeeze of fresh lime juice
- 1 tsp fennel seeds (optional)
- 1 tsp cumin (optional)
Cook peas according to package instructions. Empty into a colander, drain and rinse with cold water. Place peas, avocado and cilantro in a blender or food processor and blend to desired consistency. Spoon into a bowl with chopped tomato and onion. Add a squeeze of lime juice and spices, stir and serve.
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