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Quick and Easy Creamy Guacamole Dip

Updated on January 22, 2014
Quick and Easy Creamy Guacamole
Quick and Easy Creamy Guacamole | Source
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If you have read any of my other recipe articles, you'll see that we are huge food lovers over here in the Van Ness household.

With cheese being our favorite food item, I've got to say that avocado come in a close second, and depending on how we're feeling on any given night, easily trump even cheese.

Two times a year we visit my husband's grandparents out in California. Although we love seeing family, and getting an amazing vacation, we are always the blessed recipients of grocery bags chock full of fresh avocados fresh off the tree.

By keeping them in the refrigerator, we can keep them from ripening until exactly when we want to use them, essentially keeping us stocked up on avocados all year long.

I've been promising everyone that I was going to start creating some recipes specifically for our avocados, and here's the first one.

Although avocados can be used to fill or top just about any dish to make it amazing, in this recipe, the avocado is the star of the show.

Health Benefits of Avocados

The ability of avocado to help prevent unwanted inflammation is absolutely unquestionable in the world of health research, especially it's well-known ability to help prevent osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis.

Avocado's support for heart and blood vessels might be surprising to some people who think about avocado as too high in fat for heart health. From a research standpoint, however, many metabolic aspects of heart health are improved by avocado.

At the same time, one cup of avocado provides about 7-8 grams of dietary fiber, making it an important dietary source of this blood sugar-regulating nutrient. (WHFoods)

This amazing food is even recommended for women in the first trimester of pregnancy to aide in the development of an infant's central nervous system.

Avocados contain more folate per ounce than any other fruit, and folic acid has been shown to lower the risk of birth defects. (Parenting)

If this amazing fruit is great for pregnant women, imagination what it can do for you!

Let's make some guacamole!!

Step One: Choose two ripe avocados
Step One: Choose two ripe avocados | Source
Step Two: Cut avocados in half and remove pits
Step Two: Cut avocados in half and remove pits | Source
Step Three: Peel your avocados, or scrape out the flesh, depending on the avocados you have
Step Three: Peel your avocados, or scrape out the flesh, depending on the avocados you have | Source
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Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Ready in: 10 min
Yields: Serves 4 people 1/4 cup of guacamole

Ingredients

  • 2 large ripe avocados
  • 1/2 cup salsa, (try out my Homemade Tomato Mango Salsa)
  • 1/2 medium lemon
  • pinch salt and pepper
  • (optional) handful of cherry tomatoes, chopped
  • (optional) 1/4 cup yellow onions, chopped

Instructions

  1. Start by choosing at least 2 avocados that are just a tad bit soft, but not squishy.
  2. If you use more avocados, you'll also want to adjust the amount of each other ingredient to taste.
  3. Cut each in half, and then remove the seed. To do this, I carefully embed a knife into the seed, twist, and throw away.
  4. This last summer, I discovered that there were two different kinds of avocados; one with hard skin allowing the avocado to be scraped out, and another with soft skin that has to be peeled.
  5. The typical ones you find in the grocery store hard the harder skin. However, at our grandparent's house in California, they have a tree that bears avocados with soft skin.
  6. They taste just as good, but I have to peel them.
  7. After peeling, place each half in a small bowl and mash together with a fork. You will want to try and get rid of any lumps.
  8. Squeeze most of half a lemon into your bowl to keep the avocado fresh and green while you are eating it.
  9. Pour your salsa into your bowl with your avocado and lemon.
  10. Mix everything together thoroughly.
  11. Finally, add in a pinch of salt and pepper to taste. Taste it first to determine how much of each is needed.
  12. Much to my husband's dismay, I also like to chop cherry tomatoes and half a yellow onion on the side while my husband is mixing the guacamole.
  13. As he's mixing it up, I just happen to accidentally spill my chopped veggies into the guacamole bowl and mix it all up together.
  14. The crunchy fresh veggies make the guacamole that much better.
  15. You see I didn't do that for these pictures. I was tired. lol
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Step Four: Place your avocado halves in a small bowlStep Five: Mash them together with a fork, removing any lumpsStep Six: Squeeze most of half a lemon into your avocado. This will keep it fresh and green for longer.Step Seven: Add your salsa to the bowlStep Eight: Mix it all togetherStep Nine: Add salt and pepper to tasteStep Ten: Mix everything togetherStep Eleven: Enjoy!!
Step Four: Place your avocado halves in a small bowl
Step Four: Place your avocado halves in a small bowl | Source
Step Five: Mash them together with a fork, removing any lumps
Step Five: Mash them together with a fork, removing any lumps | Source
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Step Six: Squeeze most of half a lemon into your avocado. This will keep it fresh and green for longer.
Step Six: Squeeze most of half a lemon into your avocado. This will keep it fresh and green for longer. | Source
Step Seven: Add your salsa to the bowl
Step Seven: Add your salsa to the bowl | Source
Step Eight: Mix it all together
Step Eight: Mix it all together | Source
Step Nine: Add salt and pepper to taste
Step Nine: Add salt and pepper to taste | Source
Step Ten: Mix everything together
Step Ten: Mix everything together | Source
Step Eleven: Enjoy!!
Step Eleven: Enjoy!! | Source

Nutritional Information

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1/4 cup of guacamole
Calories 262
Calories from Fat198
% Daily Value *
Fat 22 g34%
Carbohydrates 18 g6%
Fiber 11 g44%
Protein 4 g8%
Cholesterol 0 mg
Sodium 596 mg25%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.
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Although guacamole is basically avocados and salsa at it's simplest, there's no rule that says you can't make it your own.

Try my Fresh Homemade Tomato Salsa, or even my Amazing Mango Tomato Salsa for a kick with some fresh fruit and veggies.

Add in some extra chopped onions and tomatoes, or cilantro and jalapeno for another extra.

I try to make it a little bit different every time we serve it just to keep it interesting! Why not do the same in your home?!

Serve your guacamole with my Chicken Quesadillas, Easy Peasy Mexican Pizza, Chicken and Cheese Flautas, Asparagus Quiche, or even with some Homemade Tortilla Chips.

I hope you enjoy your guacamole as much as we did ours!

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Oh, man. We add them to just about everything! Chili, tacos, burritos, quesadillas, tortilla soup, taco soup, sliced on the side with any dinner, in salad, in soup, etc. Yum!

      As I've gotten used to the flavor it's been easier to eat it by itself, but there was a time in which I had never even tried one. :) Thanks for the comment!

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      kidscrafts 3 years ago from Ottawa, Canada

      I learned to appreciate the avocado only quite recently but I didn't experiment too much with them yet. I like to add them to the salad :-)

      Thank you for sharing!

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Thanks! It sounds like you have some recipes I need to check out as well!

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      Susan 3 years ago from India

      This sounds great. Thanks for sharing.

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      Victoria Van Ness 3 years ago from Prescott Valley

      Oh great! I'm glad you like it. Hopefully you'll really like my future avocado recipes!

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      Bill Holland 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I'm not a guacamole guy, but I'll pass this along to my wife. She will be quite pleased. :)