Avocados are on for .96 cents this week at Superstore. I love avocados, but I now only buy them when they are on sale, in an effort to be a bit more money-aware and since they are not grown locally (tear, tear) I try to buy them all of the time. I use them in salads, in sandwiches, in smoothies, and most often, as guacamole. Here's my basic recipe, of which I change add to it with whatever else I have, like tomato, or peppers, etc.
Total Time from start to finish: 10 minutes
1 very ripe avocado (the softer the better for guacamole)
1 clove garlic, minced
juice of 1/4 lime
My usual add-ons: a pinch of cilantro and chilli flakes (shown here)
What to do:
1) Cut avocado in half. Scoop out avocado into a small dish one half at a time. If the avocado is soft enough, the seed easily falls out with a little nudge. If it's not a very ripe avocado - good luck! haha I do a horrible job of getting the avocado out of the skin.
2) Add garlic and juice.
3) Mash and mix together all ingredients until smooth with little bumps.
4) Eat right away!
Hints: Guacamole will turn brown very quickly and doesn't hold well overnight - however, I have found 2 things that help prolong it, overnight so I can pack it for my lunch - add extra lime juice and let the seed sit with it until ready to eat.
Total Time from start to finish: 2 minutes to make pesto! seriously!
2 cups coarsely chopped pea shoots
2 medium sizes cloves garlic
2/3 cup walnuts
dash or two sea salt/pepper
squeeze of half a lemon
drizzle of oil (I used Extra Virgin Olive Oil - start off with a little, then add more as you like while mixing)
What to do:
1) Place all ingredients in a food processor. Mix together until evenly smooth and slightly grainy. Should come to a thick, light green paste.
We enjoyed this tonight stirred into whole wheat rotini, panfried pork chop pieces, grape tomatoes, spinach, and green pepper.
Hummus is an amazing thing - so yummy, can be whipped up very quickly, versatile in ingredients, and can be used as a dip, a spread, a dressing, you name it! Here's a twist on my regular hummus, slightly spicier than normal.
Total Time from start to finish: 15 minutes? Not even?
1 can of chick peas (garbanzo beans) rinsed
1 tbsp. tahini (sesame butter)
3 cloves garlic
Drizzle of Olive Oil
Sprinkle of sea salt/pepper
Squeeze of a lemon or lime
half of a yellow pepper, cut into chunks
1-2 good shakes of chilli flakes
1-2 good shakes of chilli powder
1-2 good shakes of cumin
What to do:
1) Put all ingredients in food processor. Blend until smooth!