There is something to be said for the simple pleasures in life. Whether you like taking long walks on the beach or drinking a nice glass of wine, a good book or old movies (I promise I’m not pitching your next entry into the “Personals”, but you get where I’m going). Finding joy in the little things makes the journey to the big things all the better. Now, while you may be resonating with this statement and nodding you head, “yes, I understand, I need to feel sand between my toes and drink in the nectar of life!” I am sitting over here thinking only of my stomach.
Living in California has many perks. Tremendous amounts of sun, very little cold weather, and best of all fresh avocados ALL year! I have a small love affair with the avocado, I think I could (and do) eat it on nearly anything. I order a side of avocado when we go out to breakfast to eat with my eggs and hash browns, I spread it on bread instead of butter, I dice it on salads, and make it into fries; I have even gone so far as to contemplate making it into ice cream. But whatever the case may be, I have to admit my favorite way of enjoying this decadent fruit is by turning it into a batch of divine guacamole!
Drew and I are obsessed with guacamole. Whether as a snack, a side… or sometimes even as a meal, guac is a tasty treat that leaves our craving satisfied. As of late I have been experimenting slightly with taste and trying to make salsas that will accompany the flavors the guacamole. The latest combination which had incredible balance and a sweet and salty sensation that will make your tastebuds sing, was mango salsa with jalapeño, cilantro guac.
Before the wedding Drew and I did a variation on a cleanse that cut all processed foods, animal products (all dairy and meat), and sugar out of our diets, so basically we were left with fruit, vegetables, and whole grain. It was incredible! Your body hates you for the first day or two but after that it comes down to mind over matter to fight the things you have trained yourself to crave, mainly fats and sugars. Because I have such a limited diet to begin with I didn’t think this would be that difficult… boy was I wrong! The one thing I craved more than anything was tortilla chips! Those crisp, salty delights that crunch and crackle with every satisfying bite. Needless to say, one of the very first things I made post wedding cleanse was a batch of guacamole and I ate the whole thing with crisp El Milagro tortilla chips.
Now that your mouth is watering here is what you will need for 2 full (simply satisfying) servings or 4 snack size servings:
1 large Hass Avocado
1/4 of a small Red Onion diced
1 TBSP Freshly Chopped Cilantro (add more if you like)
1/4 of a Jalapeño, finely chopped
1/2 of a Large Lime
Run your knife around the avocado in cross sections from the top, around the bottom, back to the top, creating quarters.
Twist and pull apart, this makes removing the pit much easier. Once you have the pit removed set it aside to place back into the guacamole to keep it from turning brown. Peel the skin off the avocado and place the quartered sections into a bowl.
Squeeze the juice of half a lime over top. Add Adobo, Cumin, and Sea Salt to taste (you won’t need a lot of salt because the adobo is already salty)
Add in the Red Onion, Cilantro, and Jalapeño, stir and set aside.
While you are allowing the flavors of your guac to mingle why not make a side of Mago salsa to tickle your tastebuds fancy?
What you will need:
1 ripe Mango, peeled and diced
1/4 of a Red Onion Chopped
1-2 TBSP Cilantro Freshly Chopped
1/4 of a Jalapeño
1/2 of a Lime
1 TBSP White Vinegar (I used white balsamic because I had it on hand)
Sea Salt to taste
Peel and dice the mango into 1/4 inch size pieces, add in chopped red onion, fresh cilantro and jalapeño. Pour white vinegar over top , squeeze the lime juice in and add salt to taste. Viola! The most simple (and delicious) salsa ever.
Set out a bowl of your favorite tortilla chips and these two gems and watch them disappear! I can not tell you how many times I have made variations on these sides and every time they are gone in a flash.
Let the devouring demolition begin!