easy guacamole

guacamole

We have officially entered avocado season! I just found them on sale for as little as 79¢ each. I repeat, 79¢ each! 

Usually, the avocado is quite pricey where I’m from. So at 79¢, I stock up like a mad woman and make everyone eat guacamole until they’re blue in the face (no wait, that would be green in the face…) Buying pre-made guac is always an option, but those scary preservatives are not my thing.

smashed avocado

For this recipe, I like to use haas avocados and vidalia onions. Haas avocados have a nice buttery texture and vidalia’s are great for their sweet, mild flavor. Although these onions are sweet, make sure to chop them up real fine. To do this, give them a quick dice and sprinkle with a pinch of salt. Gently smash with the flat side of your knife and they’ll break down into a paste. Little onions = good breath.

When you’re ready to assemble, grab a bowl and mash everything together. Don’t forget to add lots of cilantro and fresh lime juice! I like my guacamole slightly chunky, but feel free to make it creamy, chunky- however you’d like.

guacamole and chips

You’ll be happy to know that guacamole can be made in advance too. Squeeze some lime juice over the top, cover it in place plastic wrap, and chill in the fridge. Make sure that the plastic wrap is actually touching the avocados. Guacamole can go brown fast so getting this right is really important. I’d suggest making this in advance only on the day that you are going to eat it. You don’t want to take any chances!

avocado shells

And there you have it- my favorite recipe for homemade guacamole. Now if you’ll excuse me, I have a big bowl with my name on it!

What’s your favorite avocado recipe?

easy guacamole
 
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Author:
Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 2 haas avocados
  • 2 heaped tbsp. vidalia onions, finely chopped
  • 1 bunch of cilantro
  • 4-5 limes
  • 1 jalapeno (optional) ribs & seeds removed
  • flaky sea salt, such as maldon
Instructions
  1. Run your knife around the avocados. Remove the pit and score the flesh into medium size chunks. Scoop out into a large bowl and squeeze over some lime juice (prevents browning).
  2. Finely chop up your onions. To do this, ddd a pinch of salt and smash with the flat side of your knife. This will break them down into a paste.
  3. Roughly chop up some cilantro. The amount is up to you.
  4. Add the onion, cilantro, and diced jalapeno (if using) to the bowl.
  5. Gently mix the ingredients together. You can make it chunky or smooth.
  6. Give it a taste. Adjust the flavor with extra lime juice and salt.
  7. Serve with your favorite chips.
Notes
* Buy yourself extra limes as some can be juicier than others.

carrot and leek soup

carrot and leek soup, lentils, creme fraiche*Very first post entry!

Cliché, I know. The clever carrot…carrot soup? No, no my friend. This blog is not about my love for carrots or 1,001 new carrot recipes. You see, when I joined the world of blogging the very first entry had to be this recipe. It’s a creamy and colorful soup chock full of carrots, leeks and even red lentils. It’s something that I make often, thus inspiring the name. More on that here.

When I made this the other day, I was all excited to start writing about it. I would talk about how easy it is to prepare, and that you should make a double batch to freeze, and that even the kids will like it. I had it all planned out. Yet when I sat down with my laptop I had nothing to say. Not one word. Tic. Tock. Tic. Tock.

Really? A radiant orange soup beaming me in the face and I had nothing to say? Clearly I’m not cut out for this blogging stuff. I just wanted to eat the soup! So that’s what I did. I slammed my laptop shut, got myself a spoon and dove in.

I might have succumbed to writer’s block this time, but for those of you who don’t know- I’m the girl who’s in love with all things food and can’t wait to tell the world what I made for dinner last night…in detail. Who needs words anyways. Sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words, right?

red lentils, herbs

 

 

Carrot and Leek soup
 
Author:
Serves: about 2 quarts
Ingredients
  • 3 cups of sliced leeks (about 3 leeks, white and light green part only)
  • 5 cups of sliced carrots (about 10 medium carrots)
  • ⅓ cup red lentils, rinsed and picked over
  • 2x 1 liter cartons of low sodium organic chicken stock or veg. stock
  • 2 tb. unsalted butter
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 bunch of scallions
  • creme fraiche
Instructions
  1. In a large pot, heat the butter and a splash of olive oil. Medium heat is good.
  2. Wash, peel and slice your carrots. The thinner you slice them the faster they’ll cook. Saute the carrots until tender, about 7-10 minutes. Meanwhile, slice your leeks vertically and then cut into half moon shapes. Submerge the sliced leeks into a large bowl of water. Use your hands to separate and remove the dirt. This step is very important as leeks can be very sandy. Dry thoroughly with a salad spinner or a clean kitchen towel, and then add to the pot. Season with salt and pepper. Saute until soft, not brown.
  3. Add your red lentils, 1½ cartons of stock and bring to a boil. Reduce to a simmer and let cook away with the lid on for about 30 minutes or so. You want everything to be nice and tender and the lentils to be completely soft and broken down. While the soup is cooking, chop up some scallions for your topping.
  4. When the soup is finished, puree in batches in a food processor or blender. You can also use an immersion blender for this. If your soup seems too thick, add more chicken stock.
  5. Return your pureed soup back to it’s original pot and adjust seasoning to your liking. Top with chopped scallions and a dollop of creme fraiche.
Notes
* Soup can be frozen for up to 3 months.