Plus the secret to keep guacamole from turning brown.
I was once invited to one of those awesome personal development conferences. It was going to be a great evening of networking, socializing and of course self-development.
Being that the speaker was just getting his name out there, the host decided to have the event at her house with a little over 70 people. We were asked to bring our favorite appetizer or side dish, which made it so much more exciting.
After going through my messy recipe book with dozens of notes and different sized papers…
I finally find my mom’s old guacamole recipe and my light bulb went on– Guacamole Picante it is!
For those of you unfamiliar with the term picante. What that means is “hot or spicy” in Spanish- as in hot pepper. This guacamole picante is the reason why I always get a phone call or text message after the party, asking for the recipe, and now you can send your guests here or bookmark, or pint it for later. See, when you go to a gathering, pot-luck or party and within a few minutes your dish is surrounded by half the party —where they are literally inhaling your creation, that is when you know you have made some good shhstuff! 🙂
That is why today I am sharing my Mom’s 40 + year old recipe– with my own spin. Ya know, I like to experiment in the kitchen, creating and re-creating recipes, especially by adding ingredients that will heal in some way.
So, not only am I sharing something scrumptiously-finger-licking-good but at the same time I will tell you a little bit about the ways this side dish will also nourish your body; especially the heart.
[box title=”Featured Ingredient: Avocado ” style=”noise” box_color=”#e9e9e9″ title_color=”#2d5d20″ radius=”12″] Avocado is one of the best sources to increase HDL cholesterol or “good cholesterol”. Heart health is improved by intake of oleic acid (the primary fatty acid in avocado) and by intake of omega-3 fatty acids (provided by avocado in the form of alpha-linolenic acid and in the amount of 160 milligrams per cup). Since elevated levels of homocysteine form a key risk factor for heart disease, and since B vitamins are very important for healthy regulation of homocysteine levels, avocado’s significant amounts of vitamin B-6 and folic acid provide another channel of heart support. (source).
Additionally, avocados contain over 700 mgs of potassium, which recent studies have shown potassium is almost always very low in most patients with high blood pressure or heart disease. Additionally, cayenne pepper stimulates circulation and aids in digestion. That is the reason I use it in this and other recipes who call for pepper. Now here’s where the magic happens. I like to use three certain types of spices which give this guacamole picante the right amount of spiciness and flavor without making where all you feel is burning hot sauce.[/box]
This guacamole is so addictive that you better make two batches, one for home and one for the party. You have been forewarned. (grin)
So there you have it, this is my go to recipe when I’m in the mood for a healthy snack, movie night, or when I need to come up with something easy and quick for a get-together. By the way, if you don’t like spicy food all you have to do is omit the spices. As always thanks for reading and sharing my posts.
Now it is your turn. What is your favorite Guacamole recipe? Do you like it plain or SPICY like me? 😉
To your best health,