December 22, 2011

"Healthy" Guacamole

There is a housewife... you know from one of those reality shows I don't watch. She has books where she teaches people how to be skinny or stay skinny or get skinny. I'm on board. I like people who eat healthy, and have tips for staying healthy and motivated. I thought she might have something good to say, instead she tells women to "Eat nothing, but TASTE everything". Let me tell you, I was no longer on board.

That being said... There is the guacamole recipe looming out there that contains peas as a way to make it healthier. Personally, I don't think there is anything unhealthy about guacamole. Avocados are so insanely good for you, high in omegas, low in fat, etc. that I have been known to sit down with a bowl of guac for dinner. As my mother always told me "It's not to guac that will kill you - it's the chips!" BTW mom, to me this means put more guac on each chip. Ha! I love the way I can justify just about anything in my head.

Back to that recipe - you use equal WEIGHT of cooked peas, and avocado. You mash them together and prepare your guacamole the way you normally would. I love guac. I love peas. So, it's always been on my list to try. I will note that I added way more ingredients than I normally do, I think I was trying to distract myself from the peas.

Avocados - I used two
Peas - equal weight, yes you need a food scale for this
1 tomato, diced
1/3 red onion, minced
1 jalapeno, minced
1/4 cup cilantro, minced
2 cloves of garlic
Worcestershire - a few dashes
Lime juice - one section will do
Salt and Pepper
Your favorite chips

Gut the avocados, and weigh them. Write down the weight! Then weigh the peas to the matching amount. Cook the peas, and mash them with a fork. Add the remaining ingredients using a fork to further break down the peas. Serve it chilled with chips or tacos or fajitas, or in a bowl on the couch with the bag of chips next to you.

I'm sure you're thinking what I was thinking, so here I'll rattle off the answer - Yes, you can taste the peas. I would make it again, but I would cut the pea content down to half the weight of the avocados.



Rachel @ Not Rachael Ray said... [Reply to comment]

I think I saw recipe this on a certain Housewife's website too, I think. And I do the same thing as you--MORE GUAC on the chip! Haha! I'm lazy when it comes to guacamole, I just do avocado, salt, and some fresh salsa.

Also: "Eat nothing, taste everything?" HUH? How does that even make sense?

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