5 Minute Guacamole-Low-Carb Spread
Although I have never visited Mexico, guacamole occupies a special place in my heart. I imagine Frieda Kahlo in the garden of her blue house, grinding avocados in a molecajete, her hair braided with yellow flowers. As a gringa I best practice my inner Mexicana by creating my own 5 minute Guacamole- Low-Carb Spread. If you are diabetic, paleo or practice a low-glycemic lifestyle guacamole is a fabulous tool to have in the nutritional toolbox. Creamy avocado, juicy tomatoes, spicy jalapeños, and fresh cilantro, yum! My husband and I often use this raw, vegan dish in place of bread when we make greens, a veggie sautee, or a big salad. We also enjoy guacamole on a low-glycemic cracker, such as Wasa flaxseed rye.
Centuries of Yummyness
The traditional guacamole was created by the Aztecs, an ancient people in Mexico. The way guac was made for centuries was by grinding the ingredients in the molacajete, one of the world’s oldest tools that is carved from lava rock. The roughness of rock really helps with the mixing, and looks very impressive. If you don’t own one, no worries, you can easily create excellent guacamole with a food processor or blender. The secret is ripe avocados, the right mix of spices, making it fresh right before the meal. Avocados, the main ingredient in guacamole, are loaded with nutrients.
1. Select avocados that have a slight give, but are not too mushy. Leave them out overnight at room temperature.
2. To save time just leave everything chunky. It still tastes great.
3. Remember that to create Mexican flavour you need lime, jalapeño, salt and lime.
4. For mild spice use 1/4 jalapeño. For strong spice 1/2-3/4.
5. If you like alot of flavour add in extra cilantro and lime.
Choose avocados that are firm, but give when pressed. Cut them up and create a mash.
Add in cut tomatoes, onions, and jalapeño.
A mix of lime, salt, and cilantro helps to create the specifically Mexican taste.
Enjoy 5 minute Guacamole as a small plate snack, or use as an add-on to enhance your dinner.
- Diabetic friendly- low carb
- Good source of healthy fats
- Paleo compatible
- Full of nutrients
- Satisfying taste
- Makes you feel full
- Excellent source of fibre
5 minute Guacamole- Low Carb Spread
5 Minute Guacamole- Low Carb Spread is a creamy, satisfying, Mexican appetizer. It is yummy on its own, served with a low-glycemic cracker, or as a nutrient dense side dish. As a bread substitute guacamole fits into a diabetic friendly, paleo, and low glycemic meal plan.
- Prep Time: 5 min
- Total Time: 5 min
- Yield: 8 oz
- Category: Spread Appetizer
- Method: Mixing
- Cuisine: Mexican
1 ripe avocado
1 jalapeño chili
1 ripe tomato chopped
1 tbl cut red onion
1 clove garlic
2 tbl cilantro washed and chopped
Take the avocado out of their shells. If you have guests you can save the shells to fill with guac for a nice presentaion. Keep the pit. Mash avocado, add onion, tomato, jalapeno, lime, salt, garlic and cilantro. If you like a smoother guacamole blend in a food processor or blender. Serve immediately.
Avocado pits help to preserve the guacamole and keep it from browning. If you have to create your guac to serve later, make sure to put the pit in the middle and cover in the fridge. Be careful to wash hands after touching jalapeños.
If you are interested in leaning more about becoming a vegan check out the excellent post,”The Things you Need to Know before going Vegan” by Tully Zander.
5 Minute Guacamole- Low-Carb Spread is the third part of our on-line series called “Snacky Small Plates”. For more vegan, low-carb appetizer spreads check out our previous posts Muhammara Red Pepper Spread- Pomegrante Walnuts and Blistered Shisito Peppers.
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The recipe “5 Minute Guacamole- Low-Carb Spread” first appeared on the blog L.S.Livewell.