Holy Moly, Guacamole — plus the first giveaway on Healthnut Foodie ever!!!

As much fun as I’ve been having getting involved in the Eat Local movement lately, there are a few things that I still miss about California.  When it comes to food, California avocados are at the top of my list.  When I heard that a company called California Avocados Direct was shipping fresh, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth, use-me-instead-of-mayo avocados throughout the U.S., I immediately contacted farmer Ben for more information.  As you know, I love talking with farmers, and Ben was no different.  His passion and knowledge of avocados blew me away!  When preparing his gift boxes, he personally goes out to the trees and hand selects the ones that look ready to ship.  He then snaps a photo of himself harvesting the avocados and includes it in your box as a personal touch.  Isn’t that a great gift idea?  As our conversation progressed, I shared my passion for healthy eating with Ben as well.  After mentioning my blog, Ben generously offered to not only send me a complimentary box of avocados, but to send a box to a lucky Healthnut Foodie reader as well!  (Instructions on how to enter at the end of this post.)

Are you wondering what makes California avocados better than the rest?  Well, according to avocados.org, it is the ideal growing conditions. “Southern California Hass Avocado groves are blessed with good soil, proper drainage, abundant sunshine and cool ocean breezes – everything an avocado needs to grow up creamy rich and velvety. And, since these conditions prevail year-round, there’s always an abundant supply of California Hass avocados.”   In addition to being to perfect first food for babies, avocados add an amazing creaminess to any dish.  They are rich in heart healthy monounsaturated fat and will help your body better absorb the fat-soluble nutrients contained in other types of produce.  They are also high in glutathione.  Glutathione can help slow aging and prevent cancer cells from multiplying.


Probably before Ben had even put my box of avocados in the mail, I was already getting excited to use them.  I’ve been wanting to share Darren’s fantabulous guacamole recipe for a while now, but whenever he makes it, no one is patient enough to let me photograph it before it disapeers!  (It’s that good.)  This time, I decided to make this guacamole at the end of naptime, take a photo, and then enjoy a generous portion all by myself before sharing the rest with the family that evening.  It worked!  For the remaining avocados, the girls and I enjoyed them throughout the week straight from the skin, adding just a squeeze of lime and a dusting of sea salt.  That is the beauty of quality avocados.  They can shine even with the most simple of preparations.  Now (as Annie likes to call this), here is our recipe for holy, moly guacamole!  (Directions to enter giveaway follows.)


Ingredients (makes about 2 cups):


Perfectly ripe California avocados, 3
Lime juice, from 2 – 3 limes, to taste


Diced and seeded tomatoes, 3/4 cup (1 large, 2 small)
Diced red onion, 1/2 cup
Chopped cilantro, 1/2 cup, leaves and tender stems only
Jalapeno, 1, diced and seeded


Sea salt, 3/4 tsp
Black pepper, 1/2 tsp


Instructions (10 minutes, all active):


Prepare your avocados:  Using a chef’s knife, cut avocados in half lengthwise.  Remove pit with knife.  Without piercing the skin, use your knife to cut avocados into cubes.  (Think tic-tac-toe board.)  Use a serving spoon to scoop fresh from skin, and place in a mixing bowl.  Repeat with remaining avocados.  Immediately squeeze the juice from two limes over avocados to prevent browning.  Stir to combine, lightly smashing the avocados with the back of your spoon, but still leaving avocados slightly chunky.  


Slicing and dicing:  Dice, seed, and chop tomatoes, red onion, cilantro, and jalapeno.  


Bringing it all together:  Stir prepared vegetables into avocados.  Season with salt and pepper.  If desired, add juice from remaining lime.  Serve with organic tortilla chips, sliced bell pepper, quesadillas, or anything else your heart desires.


Notes:  If you make this ahead of time (I don’t recommend more than a few hours), store tightly packed and covered with plastic wrap.  Avocados quickly brown when exposed to air.  If the top is brown when it is time to serve, simply spoon off the top layer.  The rest should still be a beautiful green.  This tasty snack or side is naturally vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, nut-free, and loved by children of all ages!


For a chance to win a box of hand-picked California avocados directly from farmer Ben, leave a comment on this post telling everyone your favorite way to eat avocados.

For an additional entry, and to help support farmer Ben (–>), you can also…    


1.  “Like” California Avocados Direct on Facebook
2.  Tweet the following message on Twitter …  Want to win a box of gourmet California Avocados?  Simply visit http://goo.gl/fb/Pg9Lm and share your favorite way to eat avocados!


Be sure to leave an additional comment letting me know what you did so I can give you an additional entry.  One comment will be selected at random on Father’s Day, June 19, 2011.


PS–I have no clue why there is so much space going on in this post.  It’s blogger, not me… 😉



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Comments

  1. Me! Me! Me! Don't tell, but we add tequila to ours which gives a tang and keeps the brown away. Just a dash (probably not enough to worry about little ones but I'm guessing if we had some, we wouldn't use it).

  2. Vanessa says:

    With a spoon! and possibly bacon 🙂 OR as “ice cream” made with lime juice, tequila, and a bit of sugar. Avocados are amazing… the simpler the better!

  3. Darren's recipe for guac is exactly my favorite way (except I leave out the onion because we're not big onion fans)! I ADORE avocados and hate how expensive they are, otherwise I'd eat them everyday!

  4. Oh, and I just tweeted the link!

  5. And I liked California Avocados Direct on FB. Can you tell I want these avocados? 😉

  6. with a spoon and a bit of salt! that's definitely my favorite way. Or on some great bread with some bacon and fresh tomato. YUM. Now I am hungry!

  7. My favorite way to eat avacados is a big bowl of guacamole & a great group of Friends!!! Darren's recipe looks perfect!! 😉

  8. I liked California Avacados Direct on FB! 🙂

  9. Anonymous says:

    I love them on any sandwich of any kind! They can also be used in the blender with cocoa powder and dates to make a healthy chocolate “pudding”. Yum! Going to go “like” Ben's business on Facebook now. Thanks!
    AJ Knapp (ajhart321@yahoo.com)

  10. oh YUM! Love, love guacamole. Hard to get great avocados here in the midwest though.

  11. On a salad with mangoes, feta, grilled salmon, and pecans. Yum!

  12. Diced with sea salt and a toothpick.

  13. I just love them sliced up with a little tomato and salt.. heck I could eat them plain, just chopped up. They are so delicious. I am prego and eat one avacado a day for the calories and also the many nutritional benefits.

  14. I love avocados sliced up in my eggs with mexican refried beans and queso with a little sea salt on the avos. Add some turkey bacon and there you have my normal Sunday morning breakfast.

  15. yum! i'd add some to a whole wheat wrap!

  16. oh! and i liked this on facebook 🙂

  17. Whitney J says:

    Great post! I like my avocados any way I can get them, but most often eat them mashed up with a dusting of garlic powder and S&P. 🙂

  18. Lee Finnegan says:

    Actually, we just had avacados sliced on top of my yummy crabcakes last night!! it was delicious……your Guac is exactly like I make! Super good!

  19. Terrilea says:

    California Avocados,bow tie pasta,fresh basil, bacon,lemon juice, garlic and olive oil sprinkled with pecorino romano cheese. Love this:) Think I'm going to make it again tonite!!

  20. Hey Katie,
    We love avocados around here too. My little one likes to scoop it directly out of the shell. I like it too b/c there is no prep & minimal clean-up!

    Can't wait to try this recipe for a side with a Mexican dish. I like to broil a rice tortilla & break it up for “chips” with guac. Hubby & daughter love this treat!

  21. Terrilea says:

    P.S. And I liked California Avocados Direct on FB

  22. I like creamy guacamole. My recipe has avocado, fresh lime juice, chunky mild salsa, garlic salt and black pepper. The creamy part is a spoonful of mayo! I like to eat it with On The Border tortilla chips because they have less salt than most. YUM-O!
    I've never thought to feed avocado to a baby. My son is just now getting to the age for solid food and I just might try it!

  23. When I was young, my mom would serve me avocado, smashed with a heaping spoonful of condensed milk. Mmmmm! It was how I learned to love avocados. Now I like them as guacamole and as an added ingredient to a healthy sandwich!

  24. I liked “California Avocados Direct” on FB.

  25. I have become a big fan of putting a quarter of an avocado in my protein shake smoothie in the am. Vanilla protein shake, coconut water and or milk, fiber boost powder and frozen pineapple bites. I sometimes put a drop or two of vanilla stevia in the mix as well! It makes it so smooth and creamy. I LOVE IT! I liked “California Avocados Direct” on FB and posted a tweet for you!

  26. I like them sliced on a whole grain bread with sprouts and cucumber slices. My favorite summer sandwich!

  27. my favorite way right now is to dice avocados and make a chunky salsa/salad with mangos, tomatoes, red onion, sea salt, pepper, and lime juice over grilled mahi mahi. But I will eat avocados any way! I love them!

  28. I tweeted “Want to win a box of gourmet California Avocados? Simply visit http://goo.gl/fb/Pg9Lm and share your favorite way to eat avocados!”

  29. Is with a spoon straight out of the peel the wrong answer 🙂

  30. I love avocados and especially guacamole. Although recently I tried avocado fries! Yum! I am trying to find a healthy version of the recipe. Thanks for the opportunity to win!

  31. I “liked” California Avocados direct on FB too!

  32. I could eat avacados every day! Just salt and pepper is delicious, but a good guac I can consume in no time flat! What a great give away. PS: Your pazole verde – A-MAZINGLY DELICIOUS!!!! On the Father's Day menu 🙂

  33. I love avocados just about anyway and anytime! One of my favorites it to use the halves as shells to hold chicken salad. http://newdaygrace.blogspot.com/2011/01/best-chicken-salad.html

  34. I “liked” California Avocados Direct on FB 😉

  35. Guacamole all the way…but my favorite is avocado shake!

  36. I love your guacamole recipe! My favorite avocado recipe these days is super simple: avocado, yogurt and lemon juice mixed in a blender, poured over steamed or grilled veggies or salads.

  37. I “liked” California avocado direct on Facebook

  38. And I twitted about this giveaway.
    Thanks for hosting it 🙂

  39. Awesome post Katie! We love us some fresh avocados, and guac is the BEST! One addition that is different to my wife's is fresh garlic. 🙂

  40. Cindy Martin says:

    Love to add them to sauces and chili recipes, just because! xx I have liked the CA Avocado Direct page. Here’s me tweet: https://twitter.com/tristansmadre/status/330420284404424704

  41. I love guacamole and can’t wait to try your recipe!

  42. Shanna says:

    My absolute favorite way to eat them is in guacamole, but we just discovered avocado egg salad….delish!!!!

  43. Shanna says:

    PS-I liked CA Avocados on FB also. 🙂

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