Avocados. Healthy, slightly exotic (at least in Canada!) without being weird, GOOD FAT!, also naturally green, and just tasty. They’re pretty much fantastic. And my favourite way to eat them?
Oh and also these dee-licious tacos.
But mostly, just guacamole.
My in-laws, bless their heart, are from the south. Now when I say south, I don’t mean the REAL south. I mean the south that’s getting real close to Mexico and also California. The south that has Mexican restaurants with Irish sounding names. (Carlos O’Kelleys? Really?) The south that knows how to make good guacamole. I am glad that I am intrinsically connected to these people, because without them, I would never have had good guacamole. In fact, I probably would never have even eaten an avocado in my life to be honest, but that’s another story.
But the reason for this tangent? Because my little Buddy Bear can’t eat no milk. (I did that on purpose, I do know how to use good grammar, I just think I’m funny). And a little boy growing at the rate he is, needs FAT in his diet. (What a predicament, eh?) And a non-allergic child, well we would just stuff him/or her full of full-fat cheese, and cream in his oatmeal, and fatty yogourt for breakfast. It would be the life. But, we can’t do that. So, our pediatrician and I sat down for a brainstorming session to figure out how we can get more fat in Buddy Bear’s diet. The doctor’s prescription? More gravy. Extra olive oil on his food (Would deep-frying work?). And avocados. I wish I was this kid. He has got it made right now.
So, we tried the olive oil thing. He thought it was gross. I can’t blame him.
We’re not a meat and potatoes kind of family, so gravy is like a Christmas and Thanksgiving thing. Not happening.
Not his favourite thing in the world, but he was willing to try them. But he’s just a small fry, so he’s not going to down the whole avocado in one sitting. Maybe half.
So what am I going to do with all these extra halves of avocados? I tried throwing the diced pieces in a Rubbermaid and keeping them in the fridge. The result? Brown nasty chunks that were probably still good, but looked very unappetizing.
The internet suggested a few things to help preserve my little avocado halves:
- Put lime/lemon juice or vinegar on the avocados to keep them greener
- Keep it in the fridge
- Keep the pit (or stone?) with the avocado to delay browning
- Not salting the avocado until right before you plan to eat it
- Covering it with plastic wrap
Make guacamole for Mommy & Daddy.
That’s my great idea.
Because its healthy!
Try it. You’ll love it.
My In-Laws’ Guacamole Recipe
- 1 avocado
- 1 tbsp vinegar
- 1 to 3 tbsp diced/minced onion
- dash of salt
Directions: Mash ingredients together. Eat. Repeat.
See? I told you, you’d like it! You could even skip a step and just make guacamole for the baby to eat/share. Done and done.