Last night I was grilling up a burger to help make an up-all-night editing and writing session a little less painful and I thought, “I need something different.” I find myself doing this quite often. Falling into a routine when it comes to diet is pretty normal and, honestly, makes for some dull culinary experiences. If the time is already being spent to cook, why not put in a little more effort to elevate the ordinary meals you’ve grown accustomed to?
I happened to have avocados, as well as an assortment of ingredients that usually cannot be found in my kitchen. A tomato, limes, cilantro…a good bit of guacamole was the only way to move my burger from satisfying to electrifying (blame the editor for adding this cheesy line).
Avocados, the main ingredient in guacamole, are packed with monounsaturated fats. These fats are healthy and can help lower your cholester—did you check out? Sorry about that. If you’re anything like me, you don’t care about the nutritional information in most food. I care that it tastes good. If meals happen to taste good AND in some way benefit my body (as guac does) then that is just a happy little accident.
Don’t let the fact that you don’t cook often intimidate you, that’s just what the avocados want. Guac, aside from being heavenly in flavor, is easy to make. Here’s how I put it together:
– 2 avocados
– Half a clove of garlic
– Half a lime
– Tomato (amount depending on how much you like)
– 1 tablespoon cilantro (Eyeball it. This isn’t baking, precision is overrated)
Execution (As explained to a 6 year old)
Cut open avocados, remove pits, and scoop out the inside. Place in blender/food processor. Mince (cut into tiny pieces) garlic and add into blender. Chop tomato into small pieces (even pieces, well, to the best you can) and add to the blender. Chop cilantro and add to mixture. Juice the lime half into blender with a firm squeeze (lime not only gives a distinct flavor, but will also keep the guac from turning brown over time). Put on the lid (don’t forget!) and turn on the blender. Blend until guac is to the texture you prefer. Taste, and add salt if needed.
That’s it! Pretty simple. Now next time you need to bring a snack to a party, impress a date, or just spice up your plain ol’ dinner, you can. And, if you’re asking me, guacamole can’t be beat. By the way, yes. The burger was delicious.
What do you put your guac on? Tell us in the comments below!