Clean Eating Guacamole

Clean Eating Guacamole | katielean

Clean Eating Guacamole | katielean

 

Guacamole and chips has to be one of the best combos ever.  I even like guacamole and carrots.  Guacamole and anything, really.

But here’s the catch: when I’m at home it can’t have onion.  My sister HATES them.  She avoids them like the plague!  That’s why I created this onion-free recipe for all you onion-haters out there.  It gets bonus points for being clean eating friendly with no added oils and low sodium.  It’s also really mild in the heat department, making it perfect for family get-togethers with young ones that don’t do well with spiciness!

Clean Eating Guacamole | katielean

 

I really like Food Should Taste Good or Late July brand chips.  But if you’re feeling really brave you could always make your own tortilla chips!

Clean Eating Guacamole | katielean

Here’s my clean eating guacamole recipe:

Clean Eating Guacamole

Total Time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 avocados
  • 10 plum tomatoes
  • 1/2 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/8 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • Juice of 1/3 of a lime or lemon
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha

Instructions

  1. Dice the tomatoes to your desired size, then mash all ingredients together with a fork.
  2. If you want it to be spicier, add more Sriracha to taste. You could also substitute your favorite hot sauce for the Sriracha if you'd prefer.
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Turmeric has been talked about a lot lately because of it’s health-benefitting properties.  Read about it’s anti-inflammatory and other benefits at The World’s Healthiest Foods.

Pro Tip:  Store the guacamole in the fridge covered with plastic wrap with the avocado pits in the dip (shown in the picture below).  This helps to prevent browning.

Clean Eating Guacamole | katielean

 

This clean eating guacamole is also great on sandwiches, in wraps, served with brown rice and sautéed veggies, or on top of a salad (especially if the salad has fresh corn in it).

Clean Eating Guacamole | katielean

 

What’s your favorite way to eat guacamole?  What’s your favorite clean guacamole recipe?

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Simple Walnut Pesto

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I used to hate pesto.  I’m not really sure why…I think maybe it was the cheese?  Anyways, I’ve been craving it lately, especially since everything is so fresh and I don’t really feel like eating anything too heavy because it’s SO HOT OUT.

Fresh basil is a must-have for this recipe.  So is something equally as delicious to spread it on.  I went to a local bakery and picked up a fresh baguette for the occasion.

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While I was searching pesto recipes for inspiration I found this one: “How To: Make Pesto” from Gimme Some Oven.  I didn’t quite have as much basil as that one asked for, and I knew I wanted to use walnuts instead of pine nuts, but that’s the recipe that I learned from to create my own!

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Why walnuts instead of pine nuts?  For me it’s mostly about flavor, but nutritionally there’s a difference too.  Walnuts have more fiber, calcium, and protein than pine nuts.  The difference isn’t huge, but it’s there!

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I made an insanely delicious dinner to go with this recipe…so make sure to read all the way through so I can tell you about it!

Here’s the recipe:

Simple Walnut Pesto

Total Time: 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 cups fresh basil, packed down
  • 1/2 cup shelled, halved walnuts
  • 3 cloves fresh garlic
  • 1/2 cup freshly grated Parmesan
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons of fresh lemon juice

Instructions

  1. Put all ingredients into a food processor and pulse until combined + smooth.
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Pro-Tip: Store your pesto in a glass jar with a layer of olive oil covering the top (in the refrigerator).  This will “seal” it and prevent it from going brown so quickly.

The other items I made for this dinner were rosemary twice-baked sweet potatoes from the Thrive Market e-cookbook and sautéed green beans with olive oil and salt.  It was a perfect summer meal.

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Looking for a different type of sauce or rub to entertain with this summer?  Check out what Undiscovered Kitchen has to offer!