Monday, April 14, 2014

Meatless Monday Guacamole My Way



In my household, avocados are a staple! We all love them. We make it a point to have at least one avocado a day. My kids being vegetarian, this is a great source of nutrition, especially of protein and good fats for them. We generally just slice them and have it with as a snack with salt and pepper. But whenever I have avocados that are overripe and mushy and I fear that they will go bad, I make some kind of dip or guacamole. I always experiment with food and try matching different ingredients and see how they turn out. This time I had the avocado that was overripe, I decided to make guacamole but without tomatoes. I have used yogurt an cilantro in here. Here is the recipe for guacamole, my way!

Servings: 6


Ingredients:


Avocado : 1 , sliced into 4 pieces
Greek yogurt: 1/4 cup
Green chillies : 1 medium sized
Garlic cloves : 2 small
Hot sauce: 1/4 tsp
Cilantro: 10 sprigs, washed,leaves separated.
Lemon juice: 1 tsp
Olive oil : 3 tbsp
Rock salt : 1/2 tsp
Pepper freshly ground: 1/4 tsp


Method:


Put all the above ingredients in a food processor and pulse until combined but the avocados are small chunks.





Serve  chilled as dip with chips/ quesadillas/ tacos or even baby carrots!


Enjoy!

Cooking made easy:


When you choose avocados to use, make sure they are just ripe. They should not be green and hard and they should not be black and feel mushy to the touch. The right ripeness of the avocado is generally indicated by a nice bottle-green color of the exterior and just a little even softness to touch.

If the avocado is still green, leave it outside at room temperature and it will ripen in a couple of days.

If it is overripe than making a dip is one of the ways to salvage it.


Tip for Healthy living:


Avocados are super fruits which are extremely nutrient-dense. It has tremendous amounts of antioxidants and is rich in good fats which are the mono saturated fats like oleic acid  and are believed to reduce the levels of bad cholesterol in the body. Avocados are also a very good protein source amongst fruits and vegetables providing on average around 4 grams per avocado. It is low in sugar making it a great food for diabetics. It is s great source of potassium and vitamins B, K, C and E.  It also is a very rich source of dietary fiber. All this makes it great food for our good health.

References:
http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/270406.php

Food for thought:


Health is the greatest gift, contentment the greatest wealth, faithfulness the best relationship. Buddha