The Awesome Avocado & Mmmm Guacamole Recipe!

I have been on a serious avocado kick lately.

I’ve known for the longest time that they were good for me, but like a lot of people, I said, “Oh no, I can’t eat those! All those calories. All that fat! I work out too hard to gobble down avocados and just put the calories right back in me!”


Yes, avocados are high in monounsaturated fats {and yes, cals}. But that is the kind you will hear people refer to as the “good” fat. This is because monounsaturated fats lower cholesterol {they lower the bad LDL and raise the good HDL} and there are a lot of studies out there that even vouch for monounsaturated fats in helping with weight loss. This info definitely bumped it high up there on my grocery list. But I still resisted for a bit.

I also noticed that I kept seeing avocados all over Instagram on the plates of people who have wicked awesome bodies. Hmm, they must be on to something. The final push came when I was reading through my January 1998 issue of Cosmopolitan {it has Cindy Crawford on the cover and I heart her, okay} that I saved all these years.

That was enough for me. If they were talking about the avocado way back in ’98 & people are still raving about them now, it was time to get some green goodness.

I posed the question on my Facebook page: What else do I do with avocados besides make guacamole?! I got the most fabulous answers ever. Y’all are a creative bunch! Look for the avocado pic in my pictures section over there and check ’em.

So I went to Trader Joe’s and picked up a bunch. I have been trying them out and loving the results:

in stir fries…
in salads…

But most of all, my favorite, still, hand-down, is in guacamole. The hubs and I LOVE it.

Since I get so many comments on it and questions about it, I knew it was time to share my recipe!

Mmmm Guacamole
(makes four servings}

2 medium to large ripe avocados
2 small diced tomatoes {I use Roma}
1/2 small diced onion
1 tbsp chopped cilantro {I use the tube variety}
1 tbsp lime juice
salt to taste

Peel avocados and break into small pieces. Place in bowl. Add all other ingredients–the tomatoes, onions, cilantro, lime juice, and salt, to the same bowl.

Mash ingredients.

As you can see, I don’t have a proper avocado masher and must use the bottom of the feet of my chicken egg whisk. Hey, whatever works.

That’s it.  Of course, according to your taste, if you want to add more or less of some the ingredients, have at it. Spoon the guacamole into a pretty serving dish, or just eat out of the bowl. It won’t last very long if you have serious guac lovers in the house!

What’s your favorite use for avocados?

Pssst. By the way–have you entered my very first giveaway yet? There is still time to win!

“Even as a vegetarian, you should still eat chicken.”

Howdy! Real quick–because now it’s starting to be old news but I keep forgetting to mention it–take a look at my guest blogger post on I Swear My Legs are on Auto-Pilot…! Courtenay asked me to be her September Guest Blogger and I happily obliged! It’s now seven days old, but if you haven’t seen it–check, check, check it out. If you’re a new reader to Cherie Runs This, it will give you an overview all about where I’ve been and where I’m going! :-)

Okay let’s start this post….I originally wanted it to be a What I Ate Wednesday, but now it’s after midnight and I’m late. What I Ate Thursday just doesn’t  have as nice of a ring to it, you know? But shucks, I still will mention some foodie things before I get into what I REALLY want to umm, rant er, pop-off no, bitch chat about.

After hot yoga, I made a pitstop at Whole Foods before making the commute home. I know I’m dripping with sweat, gross and smell pretty ripe at this point, but I also live about 25 minutes out of town. No way am I going all the way back to the country to shower to drive way back into town just to run in for a few groceries!! Sorry Chapel Hill Trophy Wife-shopping-in-the-late-morning-on-a-Wednesday-while-your-husband-is-working-at-the-office-and-you’re-standing-in-the-aisle-talking-to-another-Trophy Wife-about-how-a-$300-a-night-hotel-room-is-a-steal, I know I stink as I reach in between you to grab some Earth Balance but you’re just going to have to deal. I’ve been working {out}. No need to gasp at the mere smell sight of me.

Anyhooooo, I went there to grab these few items to make these:

that I saw on Savoring the Thyme’s blog. They are basically a healthier, more colorful version of the wonderful Rice Krispie Treat. I couldn’t purchase the natural food coloring {it was $19.99!!!!!} and I got a different brown rice cereal. I thought, “How much different will they turn out?” I’m sure they’ll be fine, just not colored. I’ll add some Sunny Seeds and they’ll be fine. Plus, I’ll try to veganize them as much as possible. Again, they’ll be fine.

Haha, mine look NOTHING like hers. :-(  I was so famished when I got home from Whole Foods that I didn’t bother to give myself the proper amount of cooking time. Before the Earth Balance/Rice Mellow mixture cooled a bit, I added the cereal. OOOPS. That like, immediately makes the cereal go all stale-like. No bueno. At that point they weren’t even palatable. Sadness.

This guacamole I created totally made up for my bad rice treats, though. It was amazing! I used 2 avacados, 1/8 cup of diced red onion, 1/4 cup of diced tomato, 1/2 tablespoon of lime juice, 1/8 cup of chopped cilantro and coarse sea salt to taste. YUMMM!

Back to another fail, though–this pizza. It was homemade and all of the ingredients were awesome–the Whole Foods doughball, the sauce, the basil leaves, the portabellos, the vegan pepperoni–everything but this nasty mozzarella cheese. Uggh, never again. I tried to not get the Daiya mozza as I heard that was bad, but this is crazy awful. It totally messed up my pizza!!! :-( The other vegan cheeses I’ve had from them were good, but yeah, mental note: No more of this mozza. I’ll try the Daiya next and if that’s bad then I may just have to eat regular skim mozza. Boooooo. So much for attempting a vegan meal.

Okay, so that reminds me. Here’s what I have to say:

As I stated in my post the other day, I am beginning the transformation to a vegetarian, plant-based way of eating. I was originally planning to do it for the month of October to celebrate Vegetarian Awareness Month and as a test of myself just to see if I could do it. But the more I learn about it and study nutrition, I’m seeing more and more reasons why I should just do it now and for as long as I can.

To help myself acclimate to the vegetarian lifestyle, I’ve tried to eat a vegan diet as of late. I figure, if I can eat vegan, I can SURELY eat vegetarian! Surprising, I’m actually liking the vegan food too! It’s a smidge difficult at times, but for the most part it’s not that rough. {Aside from the cheese snafu today, of course. Haha.}

Now the problem I’m having–though, it’s not ME having it, it’s OTHERS having it with me–is that everyone who still eats meat must tell me why I shouldn’t do this, why I can’t do it, why I’m crazy, why I don’t know the difference between vegetarian and vegan, why I should still eat chicken as a vegetarian, why I should just go back to my carnivorous ways, why they still eat meat and why I should do what they’re doing, etc, ETC, ETCETERA!!!!

SHUT THE FRONT DOOR!!!!!!! Even when I was scarfing down my three meals of meat a day, I never once told a vegetarian or vegan {and yes I know the effin’ difference} what they should or should not do. It wasn’t my business. Why oh why must people stick their meaty paws in where they don’t belong?

Unless I’m asking you for money to purchase it, or you’re buying me my food {which, duh, I’m not and you’re not}, kindly stop, stop, stop. Sure, tell me what you’re eating, go right ahead, that’s fine. I love hearing your comments about what works for YOU. Conversation & dialogue is awesome. But for the love of Pete {who for all we know, could be a vegan}, don’t tell me what to or to not eat!!!

I’ll gladly write another post about the number one, winner-take-all reason why I’ve changed my eating ways. But not today. You’ve listened to me rant enough. Sorry I had to take it there, but yeah, some of y’all made me take it there. :-) I’ll return tomorrow as my usual, funny, easy-going, inspiring blogging tomorrow.

Do you ever encounter hostility stemming from the way you eat?