Guacamole is a big favorite in many Hispanic dishes. The rub comes when you each too much – you know, the sound of your thighs rubbing together! That’s because guacamole is made from avocados, and this fruit is chock full of tasty fat, but, you can make a skinny version of guacamole with only a little adjustment.
It might sound like some sort of heresy to change how guacamole is made, but you really won’t taste the difference, neither will your family or friends. Besides, many people hate the green dip, so if you love this skinny guacamole you can eat it all yourself, without the guilt, and without the extra fat from the traditional Latino recipe.
Here’s what you will need to make your own skinny version of guacamole:
1 1/2 avocados
Juice of 1 lime
2 tablespoons chopped cilantro
2 small diced tomatoes
1/2 cup diced onion
1 teaspoon minced garlic
1 cup frozen peas, thawed
Peel and dice the avocado. Place into a bowl with all of the other ingredients. Stir well to coat the ingredients with lime juice. Pour the entire bowl into a food processor or blender. Pulse until all of the ingredients have come together. Place into the refrigerator so the tastes can meld, about one hour is the minimum time to sit. The taste will develop more if allowed to sit overnight.
The secret to the skinny guacamole is the substitution of peas for avocado. According to some sources (like Kathy Lee and Hoda), you can’t taste the difference at all. For the skinny recipe, substitute one half of the avocado for peas. Skinny guacamole will develop flavor just like the regular all avocado recipe.
To make sure you have the right amount of each ingredient, go ahead and chop the avocado first. Only peel and chop one of the fruits at a time so you do not waste any. Once you have half of what the recipe calls for, place your thawed, frozen peas into another measuring cup, and make up for the half of missing avocado. If you do notice that the taste is a little different, try adding a little more lime juice or a teaspoon of lemon juice. Some other ingredients will add a twist: cayenne pepper, dash of cumin, or fresh minced jalapeno. Go easy on the peppers, as you don’t want to overpower your taste-buds.
Try this new skinny guacamole on your family, or when you have guests over, they’ll love the taste, and they’ll never know you’re doing them a favor by saving them extra calories!