Friday, January 21, 2011

Guacamole and Avocados

I just thought you'd like to know.  Avocado is good for you.
  • It has been shown to inhibit prostate cancer.  I don't have one, but a love people who do.
  • It has been shown to prevent breast cancer.  That's a good thing.
  • There are some benefits for heart health, lower cholestrol, reduction of stroke risk.

  • It has antioxidants.  That's good for you, although I can't tell you why.
Are you ready to eat Avocados yet?

As I've mentioned, I come from farmers.  My Grandparents actively worked a farm during my childhood in the central Willamette Valley, Oregon.  They don't grow avocados where I grew up.  I remember a vacation when I was a kid with my parents and Grandparents in California.  I think this was a trip to Disneyland. 
We were driving around looking at things and came upon avocado trees.  We stopped, of course.  The farmer offered for us to pick up the fallen fruits for some very low cost.  My family loved a bargain.  They got a paper sack and picked up a bunch of them.  We took them back to the motel room and ate them. 

My grandmother salted avocados, along with tomatoes, and watermelon.  I remember her standing there with a spoon and a salt shaker shoveling avocado into her mouth.  It's just a wonder we aren't completely fat!  I come from a family of eaters.  

So here is how I make Guacamole.

2 avocados, peel and pit removed, mashed well with a fork 

1 t. salt

The juice of 1/2 lemon for 2 small avocados or the juice of 1 lemon for 2 large avocados

about 1/4 of a Japapeno pepper, seeds removed, finely chopped (That's not much.  You probably want more, so go ahead and add more.)

1 T. Olive oil

Mix well.  Get out the chips.

Makes me happy!  How about you?

Darn!  Now I want a Margarita.  Remember to check back later, if you dare.


  1. YUM, love love love avocados. It doesn't matter how they are served, but your way looks like a real winner! (Margarita or no)

  2. Avocados are indeed a miracle. I can't get enough of them. Great recipe! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  3. GREAT post. I grew up in San Diego and we always had homegrown avocados. They are wonderful and lucky me, low carb too. I eat them daily :)


  4. Avocado's and Guacamole are a part of our regular diet here, I just wish we had one of those beautiful trees in our garden. Thank you so much for bringing this great plate of Avocado's to Full Plate Thursday, I can't wait to try all of it. You have a great week end and please come back!

  5. Love guacamole! My mom has an avocado tree in her backyard. They are call "butter avocado" since the pulp is brigh yellow and the texture is smooth but the flavor is the best part. So bad, i can not have them here.

    Thanks for sharing.


  6. Wow. Thank you everyone for all the nice comments. Made my day.

  7. Hi,
    Just wanted you to know that I am linking your recipe on my Whats For Dinner Next Week Menu. For The Super Bowl on Sunday.
    Thank you so much.
    Miz Helen