By Art Smith, author of Art Smith’s Healthy Comfort
Avocados are really good for you, although no one denies that their heart-healthy monounsaturated fat can add calories to your diet. So how to include these nutritious powerhouses? Eat them in small amounts, and what better way than as guacamole? This is one of my favorite recipes for the dip/condiment. Tomatillos, which grow in the same climate as avocados, have enough acid to keep the guac from oxidizing and turning brown. Make this up to a day ahead of time and store in the fridge, tightly covered.
2 tomatillos, husk removed, quartered
2 avocados, peeled, pit removed, and chopped
Juice of 2 limes
½ cup minced white onion
1 jalapeno, seeded and minced
¼ cup chopped cilantro, thick stalks discarded
METHOD Place the tomatillos, chopped avocado, and lime juice in a food processor and puree until smooth. Fold in the onion, jalapeno, and cilantro. Season with salt.
ASSEMBLY Transfer the guacamole to a serving bowl and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Per serving: 134 calories • 11 g fat • 1 g sat fat • 0 mg chol • 7 mg sodium • 11 g carb • 2 g sugar • 5 g fiber • 2 g protein • 18 mg calcium
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