Wednesday, October 14, 2009

PowerFood#2 - Avocado: Effortless Guacamole With Cucumber Chips

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Nutrition facts of Avocado from sent to me by my uncle many moons ago:
  • Avocados provide more than 25 essential nutrients, including fiber, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins, and folic acid.
  • One-fifth of a medium avocado or about one ounce is 55 calories, but contributes beneficial nutrients such as fiber, potassium, Vitamin E and lutein to the diet.
  • One-fifth of a medium avocado provides beneficial phytochemicals such as glutathione, beta-sitosterol, and lutein. Phytonutrients are thought to help prevent many chronic diseases.
  • Avocados act as a "nutrient booster" by enabling the body to absorb more fat-soluble nutrients, such as alpha- and beta-carotene as well as lutein, in foods that are eaten with the fruit.
  • The avocado is virtually the only fruit that has monounsaturated fat.
  • Avocados are a good source of fiber and fiber may help maintain heart health. 
Avocados can be eaten by itself, with a squeeze of lime/lemon, in a salad or as a dip called Guacamole. Guacamole is a thick, avocado-based dip typically served with tortilla chips. Guacamole boasts an infinite number of recipes, with ingredients depending on the cultural surroundings and taste preferences. This is my mom's version of Guacamole.I love the dip the best due to its ease of making and certainly its delish factor.
Here goes the recipe:Ingredients:
 For the Dip:
  • Avocado - 1 ripe, preferably Hass
  • Red onion - 2 tbsp, diced
  • Tomato - 2 tbsp, diced
  • Black Olives - 3#s,pitted,  thinly sliced (optional)
  • Lemon/Lime Juice - 1 tbsp
  • Salt
  • Pepper - 1/2 tsp
For the Chip:
  • Cucumber - 1, skinned and thinly sliced like chips
  • Remove the skin and the stone of the avocado.
  • Smash it with a fork or a mortar-pestle in a bowl.
  • Add the red onion,tomato, sliced olives(if using) and give it a gentle mix.
  • Sprinkle the salt and pepper. 
  • Pour in the juice of lemon/lime and give it a final mix.
  • Refrigerate until serving.
  • Serve with cucumber chips.
Makes 2 Servings.

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  1. Wow.. so many recipes posted in so few days! Great going gal!

    Love anything with cheese. These look so inviting.
    OMG..every time I stop by your blog, I feel so hungry :)
    - U


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