Cinco de Mayo, Recipe #3 {kicked-up guacamole}

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Yesterday I shared my favorite recipe for a basic salsa, today I am introducing you to yet another dip obsession of mine…guacamole. I love anything with avocados, yes, even the raw chocolate mousse made from them. They are not only delicious but they are packed full of nutrients, essential vitamins and minerals. Take a look at how jam packed 1/5 of a avocado is with nutrients:

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http://www.californiaavocado.com/avocado-nutrients/

 

Guacamole is a very cheap and easy to make at home. Currently, at Publix you can get a 7oz package of Wholly Guacamole for $3.49. Now, I do think this brand is really good and if you need to have some in a pinch I would recommend it. But, there is absolutely no need to spend that amount when you could make it for a fraction of the cost at home.

Here the price break-down for my recipe, it makes roughly 2 1/2-3 cups:

  • $.96 (4) Haas avocado @ Aldi – if you do not have an Aldi near by Costco has a 6pk for $4.99 and Publix is $1 each.
  • $.46 (2) roma tomato’s @ Aldi
  • $.25 (1) lemon @ Publix
  • Spices and oils I had on hand: olive oil, apple cider vinegar, garlic, cumin, salt & pepper

TOTAL = $1.67 + the ingredients I had at home already.

You absolutely cannot argue with that price! It is different than your typical guacamole because I add the dressing, but I really enjoyed the extra creaminess it provided. Give it a try this weekend and tell me what you think.

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Ingredients:

  • 4 ripe avocado
  • 4 Roma Tomato

Dressing:

  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1/4 c. extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 c. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 heaping t. cumin
  • Half lemon, squeezed
  • 1/4 t. kosher salt
  • freshly ground black pepper

Chop the avocado and tomato and place in a medium size bowl.  Whisk dressing in separate bowl and pour over the avocado and tomato mixture. Chill and serve.

Cinco de Mayo, Recipe #2 {fresh salsa}

Fresh Salsa. I can go overboard when it comes to salsa. I love the chips/dip combo and salsa is one of my favorites. This recipe is SO easy and super cheap. This is my basic salsa recipe and it can easily be jazzed up with corn, grilled peaches, mangos, etc.

I said it was cheap and I really mean it. You cannot get a fresher organic salsa in this quantity for this price. Here is what I spent to make 32 oz of salsa.

  • $.69 (6) roma tomatoes @Aldi
  • $.86 (1) medium white onion @ Publix
  • $.15 (1) large jalapeño @ Publix
  • $.79 (1) bunch cilantro @ Publix
  • $1.69 (1) can 14.5oz Muir Glen organic  fire roasted tomatoes @ Publix
  • Spices (had on hand): cumin, kosher salt, garlic powder, olive oil

TOTAL = $4.18 

Here is the recipe. Feel free to be creative, add to it and play around with your taste buds. Let me know the variations you come up with and how it turned out!

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Fresh Salsa.

Ingredients:

  • 1 medium white onion, diced finely
  • 1 large jalapeño pepper, seeded and diced
  • 1 bunch cilantro, chopped (you can add less if you would like, I just love cilantro!)
  • 1 14.5oz can Muir Glen organic fire roasted tomatoes (do not drain)
  • 6 roma tomatoes, diced
  • 1 t. kosher salt
  • 2 t. garlic powder
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 1 T. olive oil

Preparation:

  1. Chop all the ingredients and mix in a large bowl. 
  2. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

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Day Twenty Five. An Apple A Day Keeps The Doctor Away…I Wish!

Day Twenty Five.

 

This week is filled with doctors appointments. I do not really like going to the doctor. Who does?! I especially hate it when you spend your time and money to go see a doctor and leave more confused than when you arrived. I am hoping this week we will get some answers. Please pray we get answers. When Mommy isn’t feeling well no one is happy. :)

 

I have not talked much about myself and I still am going to wait until after my appointment tomorrow. I am going to see a top GI Specialist here in Atlanta and hopefully I will get some answers. I cannot keep up with my life this way. I have 3 very beautiful, but demanding children who need me 110% all day and night… I have a husband who is working 2 jobs who needs support… I am homeschooling our 5 year old Kindergarten… raising and training a 3 year old and 8 month old… and trying to maintain a healthy diet (gluten free) so I am cooking a lot. Tiring for any normal person for sure. But when you are in constant pain it is over the top. After I get answers tomorrow (you like that? positive thinking!) I will post more my symptoms and what’s been going on with the Mommy.

 

Bradley also has a HUGE appointment on Friday this week. I am so so so nervous, but we really feel we need to do this. We went ahead and schedule his endoscopy… for the third time! I kept scheduling and then canceling because I would get scared and not want to put him through such a big test. This whole week he has consistently complained of his stomach hurting, not eating well and being tired and irritable. We have been on the diet for a month now and while we have seen improvements at times, we feel we need to just “make sure” we are not overlooking something major.

 

Like I said, big week for us. Please when you think of us pray for us. I would really appreciate it. And if anyone out there has ever been through something remotely similar share how you handled it? I would love to hear it.

 

ARE YOU READY TO FIND OUT THE KNOW YOUR INGREDIENTS PRODUCT?

You think you guessed it right? If you did not get the chance to read the list you can see it here. I am starting a new thing here on my blog. Every Monday I will take one product and list the ingredients and then you get to guess in the comment section what you think it is! They are common foods found at your grocery store: Publix, Kroger, Aldi etc… I will post the answers on Tuesday.

The answer is:

Wishbone Thousand Island Dressing! ingredient #2 dressing

Great job Melissa P. for knowing your ingredients!

I have two good options for you to replace this dressing. If you feel ambitious you could make your own, which always tastes better in my opinion. Or you could buy a store bought dressing that is GMO project certified.

Annie’s makes a good alternative: Annie's

Here is a good recipe for making your own Thousand Island Dressing:

Just use organic ingredients and you are golden :)

Ingredients:

Servings:
5
Units: US | Metric
1/2 cup mayonnaise
2 tablespoons ketchup
1 tablespoon white vinegar
2 teaspoons sugar
2 teaspoons sweet pickle relish
1 teaspoon white onion, finely minced
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 dash black pepper
Directions:

  1. Combine all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Stir well.
  2. Place dressing in a covered container and refrigerate for several hours, stirring occasionally, so that the sugar dissolves and the flavors blend.

Read more at: http://www.food.com/recipe/thousand-island-dressing-100355?oc=linkback

Know Your Ingredients! Name This Product #2

I am starting a new thing here on my blog. Every Monday I will take one product and list the ingredients and then you get to guess in the comment section what you think it is! They are common foods found at your grocery store: Publix, Kroger, Aldi etc… I will post the answers on Tuesday.

I am hoping this will be a great way to get you thinking about what is in your food and to start reading labels. Are you ready?! Here is the second product:

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#2.

SOYBEAN OIL, HIGH FRUCTOSE CORN SYRUP, WATER, PICKLE RELISH, VINEGAR, TOMATO PASTE, SALT, DEHYDRATED EGG YOLK, ALGIN DERIVATIVE AND XANTHAN GUM (FOR CONSISTENCY), MUSTARD FLOUR, NATURAL FLAVORS, DEHYDRATED ONION, SPICE, CALCIUM DISODIUM EDTA (TO PRESERVE FRESHNESS).

Post your answers in the comment section and check back tomorrow to see if you guess right!