Decadently Delicious Homemade Guacamole
Homemade guacamole is so fresh, delicious, and easy to make that there’s really no reason to buy it in a shop. Store bought guacamoles are convenient, but they don’t taste anything like the real deal. Once you learn how easy it is to make — trust me — you’ll never reach for supermarket guacamole again!
You may have noticed that this space has been stagnant for some time. Why? Unfortunately, I broke my ankle rather badly in late October and had to undergo surgery. So, I was — for the first time ever — out of the kitchen for over two months!
Being out of the kitchen was really tough, for me, and for my long-suffering husband and children. Nonetheless, I’m grateful for the experience. The obligatory downtime gave me time to read, study (yes, lots of recipes too), and reflect.
It also led my husband and me to make a huge change in our eating habits. The learning I did while I was stuck in bed made us both realise that eating meat and dairy wasn’t good for our health. It’s also not great for the planet. So, we took the leap, transitioned to a plant based diet, and haven’t looked back since.
For us, this was a huge change, because my husband is a devoted carnivore. However, it’s been a change that has been surprisingly delicious and easy.
If you haven’t broken your ankle — and I hope you haven’t — you probably don’t have all the time in the world to watch TV and read for hours on end. So, over time, I’ll try to share some of what I’ve learned with you in my blog posts.
For now, I’d like to introduce you to an event I learned about called Veganuary. It’s a terrific way to challenge yourself to experiment with plant based eating for a month. If you choose to try it, you’ll be amazed by how many delicious and nutritious food options are out there to try. Plus, you might be excited — as my husband and I have been — by how much healthier you feel at the end of the month!
Even if you limit your experience of veganism to a month, it’s likely to have a positive impact on your diet. Most of us don’t eat nearly enough fruits or vegetables. So, a month of veganism is a great way to develop new habits and discover a variety of healthy, plant based options you actually enjoy.
South Africa produces some of the world’s best avocados. Although our family never got into the avocado toast craze, we’ve always loved guacamole on a crusty slice of bread. So, we get our dose of avocados from delicious homemade guacamole! And, thankfully, this is one healthy indulgence.
Did you know that avocados are a great source of vitamin k? Half an avocado provides your body with 25% of its daily requirement of this important nutrient, which helps your body absorb calcium. So, avocados help your body combat osteoporosis.
In addition, they’re a terrific source of healthy fats, vitamins, and fibre. To name just a few of its known health benefits, avocados:
- can help with weight loss and metabolic health
- can reduce cholesterol levels significantly
- can increase antioxidant absorption
- can reduce your risk of macular degeneration and cataracts, and
- can reduce symptoms of arthritis.
About this recipe
Guacamole is one of those recipes that is actually sort of a non-recipe. Once you’ve mastered the simple process of making a tasty guacamole, you’ll find that it’s a formula with endless variations.
I usually start with the ingredients listed in the recipe. Then, I taste and adjust until I’m happy with the flavour balance — tart, spicy, and well-seasoned.
You will find that limes and jalapeño vary quite a bit. Some limes are juicier and tarter than others. While some jalapeños are very mild, others are spicier. So, you’ll need to adjust the quantities of both limes and jalapeños to suit your ingredients and your preferences.
Let your tastebuds be your guide. If the guacamole needs a little more tartness, add more lime juice. If it needs more heat, chop up another jalapeño and toss it in.
If even one jalapeño sets your world on fire, seed the jalapeño and scrape out the membranes with a small spoon. You’ll find the chile becomes much milder without its membranes and seeds.
Worried about handling slippery avocados? Never fear. They’re actually easier to handle than they look. Cut the avocado in half. Remove the seed. Then, score a crosshatch pattern into the flesh. Finally, use a spoon to scrape out the “diced” avocado pieces. It’s the simple!
Uses for homemade guacamole
Once you prepare your own tasty homemade guacamole, you’ll discover that it’s much more than just a dip for chips. For one, it’s a delicious topping for tacos, burritos enchiladas, nachos, quesadillas, and beans. It’s also scrumptious on toast, burgers, and sandwiches. Get creative and experiment. I’m sure you’ll find many other wonderful ways to incorporate a healthy dose of guacamole into your meal plan!
Can’t eat it at one go? Never fear. Guacamole keeps well. However, if it’s exposed to oxygen, the surface may discolour a little. It’s still perfectly edible, it just doesn’t look as pretty. If you want to keep your guacamole green for an extra day or two try these simple options:
- Substitute half a finely chopped red onion for the green onions in the recipe. The red onion will help keep the brown at bay.
- Coat the surface of the guacamole with a thin layer of lime juice before refrigerating.
- Press plastic wrap tightly against the surface of the guacamole before sealing and storing. This will keep the oxygen from getting to it.
Finally, I hope your family enjoys homemade guacamole every bit as much as mine does. Bon appétit!