Perfect Guacamole

Jessica made guacamole the other day, and I haven’t been able to think about much else since them (well, except for making cookie dough truffles, but that’s being saved for another day).  Seriously, everything she makes looks good, doesn’t it?

I bought some guacamole, the premade kind.  It kind of sucked.  It just didn’t do it for me or Solomon, and I was determined to fix this situation and have good guac.  Imagine my surprise when avocados were on sale and priced decently, rather than the cost of a year of college a piece!  I decided 2 should be enough (duh, it wasn’t), did a quick mental inventory of the contents of my fridge, picked up cilantro and headed home to make guacamole.

DSC03481Unfortunately, once I cam home, I realized the tomato I had was a little yucky.  Bummer, because I really love tomato in my guacamole, but can’t win them all.  I decided to just go ahead and make guac without tomato, because like I said, I was fully determined to have guacamole!  First, I cut each avocado in half and removed the pit.  I like to cut into the flesh and turn the avocadoes in on themselves to release all of the meat inside.  I totally got this idea from Bobby Flay.  I love him!

DSC03482I throw this into my bowl first, and mash it all up.  If I am making a big batch of guac, I’ll use a potato masher.  I wasn’t this time.

DSC03483 I threw in a little bit of chopped red onion next.  I love red onion in my guacamole because of it’s flavor, and I like the nice bit of color it adds, as opposed to white onions.  Foods should be colorful!

DSC03484 A few sprigs of cilantro went in next.  I know some people can’t stand cilantro because it tastes like soap to them.  I feel so fortunate not to be one of those people, because I adore the taste!

DSC03485 Like I said, I normally like tomatoes in my guacamole, and much more texture, but hey, can’t win them all, right?  Now was time to flavor it!  First came salt and pepper.  I decided instead of regular salt, to use one of my fun artisinal salts from Savannah!

DSC03486 DSC03504 You can’t tell, but this salt has an orange color to it!  It’s suggested uses are on fruits, raw vegetables and salads, so I figured why the heck not?

Next came my guacamole secret weapon (when I don’t feel like chopping up jalapenos!)

DSC03492 A little garlic powder, lime juice, some chili powder and of course, cumin!  I always like to let guacamole sit in the fridge for about an hour before serving it, just to let the flavors come together.

DSC03493 Not my favorite batch ever, but it did the trick!

While this was going on, Solomon decided to have some fun with our label maker, at poor Rufio’s expense.

DSC03503 It says Rufio.  Of course.

While this was being done, I made myself a green monster because I knew I couldn’t wait until dinner!  Joel at YouBar sent me a whole bunch of fun products to sample.  YouBar is a company that allows you to customize bars, shakes, trail mix, cookies and chocolate! It’s such a great idea because you can make your creation in any flavor you can imagine, you can control the nutritional content, and make sure there isn’t anything in there you don’t want!

DSC03326 DSC03324 DSC03325 Even though it was the afternoon, I decided to give the Breakfast Shake a try.

DSC03334 It contains whey protein, egg white powder, organic cane juice, cocoa powder and organic bananas. It has 100 calories, 1 gram of fat and 15 grams of protein. Not bad for an afternoon snack!  I threw in some spinach, almond milk and a little almond butter for the perfect afternoon snack!

DSC03335I love the idea of customizing ANYTHING, and think this makes for the perfect gift!  I especially love that you can create cookies and customize them to your specific nutritional needs and wants.

If you want to try anything from YouBar, they have provided a coupon code to Live, Love, Eat and Play readers for 5% off.  Just enter  liveloveeat&play at checkout and start customizing!

Oh yeah, and the guacamole?  I’m basically an animal for any kind of dip known to man.  Bad idea!  Despite the shake, I did save room for dinner, and I’ll be posting that tomorrow!

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11 Responses

  1. I also bought store bought guac – and HATED it. I will never buy it again!!

  2. Guacamole!! Practically a daily staple of mine.

    New Year’s = big party at my home, as always.

  3. Okay, I knew I hated cilantro… but I never realized it tastes like soap. It really DOES!!
    <3 <3

  4. I LOVE guacamole. It’s so good and easy to make!

    New Years – we may be at my husband’s parents house ,but we’re not sure yet. I’ll be watching football at 7:30, though! :)

  5. That guac looks awesome. I have only gotten into it recently and I really want to make some from scratch. Otehrwise the only one we have at the commissary comes frozen and is just so-so. Your dog is so precious.

  6. Oh gawsh. I thought those avocadas were balls of chocolate donuts.

    Sorry my mind is in the foodie gutter.

  7. I LOVE guac! That looks great!

    OMG! Rufio is the cutest schnauzer…shh don’t tell my pups! ;)

  8. Wow, Youbar sounds really cool. I like the idea of being able to create your own bars and stuff.

  9. What’s up, I recently found your blog – thanks for writing. I wanted to inform you that it’s not displaying correctly on the BlackBerry Browser (I have a Pearl). Anyway, I’m now on your RSS feed on my PC, so thank you!

  10. [...] things to eat before it was waffle time!  Homemade pita chips with homemade hummus (recipe soon!), guacamole (chock full of flavor and including tomatoes!) and chips.  Did you know that putting the avocado [...]

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