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A is for Avocados!!

Avocados are on the 3 times a week list. This time a year it seems that all the grocery stores have them on sale: 5 for $3, 10 for $5, etc. That is good for Eating Like Alton. I like avocado. Some people are allergic, or find it slimy, but I’m a fan. I like it sliced up on sandwiches or salads (especially a chopped or Cobb, or a taco salad). Its a good addition to tacos and nachos and if you do a search on MyRecipes.com, you’ll find 995+ recipes using avocados.

But here is my favorite way to have them:

Guacamole!!

I’m sure I had it before my husband and I traveled to San Francisco, but that is the first time I remember having guacamole. I remember our friend Eric made it for us and it blew me away. It was so fresh and bright-tasting, it was amazing. Eric used a store-bought mix for his, but I have developed this really simple recipe for my own. Don’t measure, it’s all based on what taste good for you.

Take 1 avocado. Slice it down the middle and divide into 2 halves. Take the pit out by putting a knife blade into it and twisting (this is not me in this video, but this does illustrate what I’m describing). Scoop out the avocado into a bowl and roughly mash it with a fork (I like to leave some chunky). Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the top of the avocado. If I had to guess I’d say I usually squeeze about 1/2 a teaspoon on. Add some salt and pepper, garlic powder, cumin and either a few red pepper flakes or some hot pepper sauce. Mix and eat. I’m sure it’s better if you let the flavors blend together while chilling in the fridge, but I often don’t plan out my snacks that far ahead.

Delicious. You avoid all the salt and other ingredients you ad unknowingly when you use a mix (maltodextrin, nonfat dried milk, modified tapioca starch, corn syrup solids, lactic acid, etc), can adjust the flavors to your specific taste and create a quick, healthy snack that meets one of the 3 times a week requirements. I’ve recently found these Tostitos Multigrain Tortilla Chips, which while not being the most nutritious thing you can eat, is a healthier alternative.

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