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It’s finally arrived!! Avo season is here. This clean eating chunky Guacamole dip is so good you can eat it with a spoon, scoop it up with these easy Homemade tortillas or dollop it on top of pretty much anything including this ‘write home to Mamma-it’s so good’ Mexican Fried Rice.
I waited all year for this
Avocados are $3 for TWO at my local Supermarket!!! That’s a very big deal. It’s less than half the out of season cost so I’m freakin’ delighted!!!
If I am really lucky, the local grower will be selling his Avocado’s out the back of his van this weekend. I forgot to get his number last year, so I have no idea where he will be parked this time round – guess I’m stalking the neighborhood on Saturday.
I like ’em Chunky
I like my Guacamole chunky. Big pieces or creamy avocado with crunchy red onion bits, fresh cucumber and baby tomatoes – gently stirred and finished off with a little salt and pepper and a generous squeeze of fresh lemon. OMG!!!! Pure yummy perfection!!!
Avocado dip for fussy Eaters
Now don’t despair if you have a fussy eater in the house. Often fussy eating dilemmas can be solved simply by tweaking the texture of a recipe or presenting it in a different way.
If you know that your picky eater will turn their nose up at this recipe, then try these tips:
- Puree the Avocado, onion,salt and pepper in a blender until it forms a smooth dip.
- Serve the cucumber and tomatoes on the side and let your little one dip them into the smooth guacamole.
Exact same ingredients. Just served a little differently.
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How to tell if your Avocado is Ready to Eat
The best way to tell whether your Avo is ready to eat is to give it a gentle squeeze with the palm of your hand. Try not to use your fingertips as this might bruise the fruit. Avo Eaters everywhere know that a ripe Avocado is firm but a little softer when you give it the squeeze test.
The problem is, a hundred other shoppers could have potentially given that same little Avocado a squeeze too – resulting in a sadly bruised and battered, brown inside Avocado when you get it home.
How to Choose a Perfect Avocado
Isn’t it annoying to cut open your Avocado to find it all bruised and brown inside? Maybe it’s just me, but that ranks pretty high on my ‘things that disappoint me’ list. OK, so I don’t have an official list, but if I did – this would be up there.
It takes me a while to get over opening up an Avo to find it rotting on the inside. I’m not as resilient as I used to be. That’s $3 I’m throwing away – AND the chickens can’t eat it either. As a budget conscious grocery shopping Mom, the last thing I want to do is throw away food that I have just bought.
I genuinely treasure a good Avocado. And the key to guaranteeing a perfect Avocado every time is patience. Yup!
Purchasing your Avocados when they are hard and unripe means that your little Avocado has a better chance of ripening perfectly in the safety of your own kitchen.
How to Ripen an Avocado
Avocados naturally take around 2 – 5 days to ripen. The time they take will depend on when they were picked and the temperature in the room. Cold temperatures slow down and could possible stop the ripening process (so never put an Avo in the fridge to ripen).
- The easiest way to ripen your avocado is to pop it in your fruit bowl and let Mother Nature do her thing. Your hard, unripe Avo will soften and ripen on it’s own over a few days.
- If you are in a hurry, you can help your Avocados ripen a little faster by storing them in a paper bag on your kitchen benchtop. Popping an apple or kiwifruit in the bag with them will help speed up the ripening process. Apples, kiwifruit and avocados all naturally produce ethylene. Ethylene is a plant hormone that triggers the ripening process.
When I was a kid, my Mother would wrap her avocados in newspaper and leave them in the pantry. For years I thought that’s just how you stored Avocados :)
Clean Eating Guacamole Dip Recipe
Chunky Guacamole dip
- 2 ripe Avocados
- 1 small red onion finely diced (about 1/4 cup)
- ¼ cup finely chopped cucumber
- 8 cherry tomatoes quartered
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon or lime juice
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon black pepper
- Peel Avocados and remove the pip.
- Chop into pieces and pour the lemon juice over the top. Add diced onion, cucumber, tomatoes and salt and pepper
- Mix together until combined. Don't over mix or the Avocado will start to mash up.
- Cover and Refrigerate until ready to use.
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