It’s almost SuperBowl. And that means dips, nachos, chips, pizza, wings, and other generally unhealthy sportsy finger foods. But, not all your choices have to be bad for you. In fact, a real fan favourite is actually really good for you. I’m talking the goodness of avocados, and the delicious creaminess of guacamole.
We love guacamole at my house, and we do not reserve it for sporting events. Because it’s whips up so quickly, I’ll make some and set it out while we’re waiting for dinner to cook. And I gotta tell you, I just can’t keep it in stock. It’s crazy. Last night, the batch was gone within five minutes. It’s the perfect snack for virtuous nibbling. The best part? My kids don’t even realize how much nutrition they’re scarfing down. We dip chips in it, we dip carrots in it, we put it on top of salad, tacos, fajitas. You name it, we guac it.
It’s crazy is how easy it is to make. When I see people buying a tub of pre-made guacamole I just shake my head. It literally takes less than five minutes.
Here’s how to do it. And I dare you to put the timer on.
What You’ll Need:
2 medium sized ripe avocados (soft, but not brown inside), cut in half, pit removed *
2 large cloves of garlic, minced
2 small tomatoes (plum tomatoes work well, seeded and rough chopped )**
2 tbsp chopped cilantro (optional. If you hate cilantro, replace with parsley)***
Juice of 1/2 of a medium lemon or lime
A few dashes of your favourite hot sauce (heat to taste)
Freshly ground salt & pepper to taste
What You’ll Do:
Put everything in a bowl with a flat bottom.
How to make Guacamole: Step one, put everything in a bowl.
Using a potato masher, smush it all up. Give it a good mix. Serve as you like.
How to Make Guacamole: Step Two, mush it up
* To get the pit out of an avocado: use a sharp knife to cut around the avocado, lengthwise. Twist to pull it apart into 2 halves. Poke the tip of a sharp knife (like a steak knife) into the pit. Grip the avocado half by the skin, and with your other hand, wiggle the knife to loosen the pit. Then sorta pull / twist. Out it will come.
** To deseed a tomato: Cut the stem end of the tomato off. Over a bowl or your green bin, squeeze out the seeds.
*** To keep cilantro: wash the whole bunch, dry it, and freeze it in a bag. When you need some, just hack a hunk off.