9/13/13

Let's Celebrate Guacamole!


Did you know avocados are climacteric, which means they don’t ripen on the tree. They ripen about seven days after they have been harvested! Avocados can be used in both sweet & savory dishes & turns a simple meal into a unique one.

In anticipation of Guacamole Day on Monday, September 16th, I made a delicious & refreshing pineapple cucumber guacamole. It is an excellent side for any meal or dip for chips or vegetables. Also, since avocados are available year round, it can be made any time of year.

Here is the recipe:

Ingredients
1 (10 - 12 oz) cucumber, peeled, seeded & diced 
½ c finely diced red onion
2 fresh Serrano or jalapeno chiles, minced, including seeds to taste
2 T freshly squeezed lime juice or more to taste
¾ tsp fine slat, or 1 ½ tsp coarse salt
2 large or 3 small, ripe avocados, halved & pitted
½ pineapple, peeled, cored & diced
Fresh cilantro (optional)

Fresh ingredients for guacamole

You will need:
- a knife
- a cutting board
- bowls
- a spoon
- a mixing spoon


Ingredients: avocado, peppers, onion, pineapple, & cucumber

Stir together the cucumber, onion, chiles, lime juice and salt in a large bowl. Score the flesh in the avocado halves in a cross-hatch pattern (not through the skin) with a knife & then scoop it with a spoon into the bowl & gently stir together (do no mash). Stir in the pineapple last so the fresh acidity is a distinct counterpart to the avocado. Season to taste with additional chile, lime juice & salt. Transfer the guacamole to a wide side dish. Sprinkle cilantro on top.
Serves 12. 62 calories/serving
Total cost: $8.70
Cost per person: 0.72 c

Let's Celebrate Guacamole!

There is nothing more exciting to me than pretty, colorful, & healthy food.
Needless to say, the salad turned out even better than I thought & I strongly recommend you give it a try!

Remember, all forms of fruits and veggies count.


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