Superfood Guacamole

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Day 3 of Five Days of Appetizers for the Holidays!

Day One: Thai Peanut Vegetable Dip

Day Two: Brie, Pear, and Caramelized Onion Bruschetta

I know that health is often one thought that gets pushed to the back of our minds over the holidays, at least until it’s time for our New Year’s resolutions. With all those cookies and parties around, it can be hard to stick to a healthy diet! However, with recipes like this, you don’t have to sacrifice your health to the holidays. Forget the rich cheeses and dips- this superfood guacamole will provide you with a full dosage of antioxidants and vitamin c for the day and won’t leave you feeling guilty!

With pomegranate in season over the winter, there’s no better time than now to enjoy this delicious guacamole. With only 5 ingredients, four easy steps, and a delicious taste, this is definitely a treat you’ll want to make again and again. Happy Holidays, from my kitchen to yours.

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Ingredients:

  • 2 ripe avocados
  • 2 Tablespoons onion, finely chopped (I used purple onion!)
  • 1 Tablespoon fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 3 Tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • Seeds from one pomegranate (about 3/4 cup)*

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, mash the two avocados with the back of a large spoon.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, combine the mashed avocado with the onion, fresh cilantro, and lime juice. Stir until well mixed.
  3. Cut the pomegranate into quarters.
  4. Over a shallow bowl of water, begin pulling the seeds out of the pomegranate. You do this step over a bowl of water because the seeds will sink to the bottom, while the pulp will float on top. Separate the seeds from the pulp and gently mix the seeds into the guacamole.
  5. Serve with chips and enjoy!

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Notes and Tips!:

Thai Peanut Vegetable Dip

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Well, it is officially the holiday season! As of yesterday afternoon I had completed five exams, one college a cappella concert, and three loads of looong-overdue laundry. All of the sudden I am home with clean sheets, an evergreen tree, and it feels like Christmas.

With this beautiful holiday season comes invites, potlucks, holiday parties, and numerous family gatherings. As if there already wasn’t enough to do in the month of December, additional holiday parties means additional cooking! Thus, for the next five days I will be posting a new appetizer recipe- perfect for any holiday party or potluck!

To kick the week off- a delicious Thai Peanut Vegetable Dip! With fresh roasted peanuts, and the perfect combination of sweet and salty, this dip will be a crowd pleaser! Easy to make, healthy, and delicious, you’ve got nothing to lose!

Happy holidays! Be back tomorrow for another tempting appetizer recipe!

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Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fresh-tasting dry roasted peanuts, unsalted
  • 1/3 cup water
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoon brown sugar
  • 4 Tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/3 cup coconut milk

Directions:

  1. Combine all the ingredients in a blender or a food processor.* Blend or process until smooth.
  2. For a smoother consistency, add a few Tablespoons of coconut milk to the sauce.
  3. Do a taste test and add any flavors you desire more of. I added more cayenne pepper lime juice to the mix! If too salty for you, add more sugar, if not salty enough, add more soy sauce or cayenne pepper!
  4. Serve warm or at room temperature with raw vegetables such as sliced red pepper, baby carrots, and snow peas.

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Notes and Tips!:

  • Yield: 4-6 servings as a dip
  • Using a blender works perfectly well for this dip! However, if you want a perfectly creamy consistency I suggest a food processor. A blender creates a slightly grainier dip, although equally delicious.
  • The tendency for this sauce is to thicken as it sits. Add a little water or coconut milk to the dip to thin it out!
  • Store in a covered container in the refrigerator for up to two weeks, or freeze for a later date!
  • An alternate way to use this sauce is to serve warm over pasta noodles! It makes for a delicious Thai dish!
  • Adapted from: Darlene Schmidt
  • If you like this recipe, check out these!: Spring Rolls with Peanut Dipping Sauce, and Filo-Wrapped Asparagus (with two dipping sauces!)