Easy & Healthy

If you’re like me, a busy parent consistently pulled in 10 different directions at once, its sometimes so much easier to go for what is convenient versus healthy. But with a little focus in the grocery store and just a few extra minutes to prepare, we can bring nutritious, tasty food to the table without sacrificing a lot of time!

Do your kids go crazy for ranch dressing or ketchup? Boy, I can relate! How about taking a raincheck on the ketchup furry and introduce your kids to something wonderfully healthy and delicious! Next time your tempted to grab that big bottle of ranch dressing or ketchup, (typically filled with high fructose corn syrup, additives, preservatives and chemically-based colors and flavors) take a 2 minute walk over to the produce aisle and pick up a couple avocados, a red onion, a few chilies and a lime! Enjoy!

Simple Guacamole

  • 2-3 ripe avocados
  • 1/2 red onion, minced (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1-2 serrano chiles, stems and seeds removed, minced
  • 2 tablespoons cilantro leaves, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon of fresh lime or lemon juice
  • Dash of cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse sea salt

Cut avocados in half. Remove seed. Scoop out avacado from the peel, put in a mixing bowl. If you would like to know How to Cut and Peel an Avocado, click here.

Using a fork, mash the avocado. Add chopped onion, cilantro, lime or lemon, salt and pepper and mash some more.  Start with a half of one chili pepper and add to the guacamole to your desired degree of hotness.  Be careful handling the peppers; wash your hands thoroughly after handling and do not touch your eyes or the area near your eyes with your hands for several hours.

Cover with plastic wrap directly on the surface of the guacamole to prevent oxidation from the air reaching it. Refrigerate until ready.

Serve with sliced cucumber, radishes, carrots and any other vegetable desired!  Of course you can also serve with corn chips or baked tortilla wedges.

Serves 2-4

Shopping Tips: Check for ripeness by gently pressing the outside of the avocado. If there is no give, the avocado is not ripe yet and will not taste good. If there is a little give, the avocado is ripe. If there is a lot of give, the avocado may be past ripe and not good. In this case, taste test first before using.

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