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Asparagus Guacamole ~ Ole!

  • May 8th, 2013

I know, I know. Why the heck would anyone want to mess with a traditional favorite such as guacamole? I was skeptical as well until I tried it. My friend and co-worker at the Greenbelt Co-op Supermarket and Pharmacy found this delicious recipe at Taste of Home. If you’re looking for a low-calorie dip for tortilla chips and assorted veggies, this is the one to try. So yummy and so colorful! You can use your favorite guac recipe and substitute asparagus for a good portion of the avocado. The original recipe calls for low-fat mayo, but ya’ll know I don’t do low-fat products so I substituted one avocado and olive oil.

So what are the benefits of asparagus besides the fact that it’s a tasty low-cal snack? 

Well according to Rebecca Wood, it is the primary Ayurvedic root for strengthening the female reproductive system. It enhances hormones and fertility, promotes lactation and relieves menstrual pain. Yeehaaw!

Asparagus contains asparagine (think of the lovely smell when you pee), a diuretic which can cleanse the kidney. It’s also one of the foods with highest glutathione content, a nutrient with anti-carcinogenic properties. A good source of vitamins A, B-complex, C, E and K, in addition to potassium and zinc, it reduces mucus and eases constipation. Perhaps this is because it’s a good source of inulin which feeds the good bacteria in your gut. Sounds like a great detox food to me!

So without further ado, here is the recipe of asparagus awesomeness.

Asparagus Guacamole

Serves: 6-ish, yields 2 cups

Ingredients:

  • 1 pound fresh asparagus trimmed and cut into 1-inch piecesasparagus guacamole
  • 1/3 cup chopped red onion
  • 1 garlic clove
  • 1/3 cup chopped seeded tomato
  • ½ to a whole avocado with a splash of olive oil – original recipe called for 2 TBSP of reduced-fat mayo
  • 1 TBSP lime or lemon juice
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¾ tsp minced fresh cilantro
  • ¼ tsp chili powder
  • ¼ tsp chipotle pepper powder
  • 6 drops hot pepper sauce
  • Assorted raw vegetables and tortilla chips

Directions:

  1. 1.Place 1/2 in. of water and asparagus in a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 3-5 minutes or until tender. Drain.
  2. 2.Place asparagus in a blender. Add onion, avocado, and garlic; cover and process until smooth.
  3. 3.In a small bowl, combine the tomato, olive oil, lemon/lime juice, salt, cilantro, chili powder, chipotle powder and hot pepper sauce. Stir in the asparagus mixture until blended. Serve with vegetables and chips. Refrigerate leftovers; stir before serving.

Give this recipe a try and let me know what you think. Or, post your favorite guac recipe for us all to try. 🙂

One Response to “Asparagus Guacamole ~ Ole!”

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    September 06, 2013 at 2:20 pm, Aditya said:

    i baste them with Olive oil and garlic first. In the midlde layer i put Ricotta cheese mixed with crushed garlic and chopped fresh spinach and top with zuchinni, then sauce, repeat and a final topping of Parmesan or your choice of cheese. Lettuce wraps with spicy thai ground pork with fried onions and garlic. i use red chilis, garlic, toasted sesame seeds and sesame oil to season the pork. Ground meat of your choice fried with cherry tomatoes cut in half and Zuchinni Salt and peper to taste topped with fresh chives and basil. Lions head soup basically ground pork mixed with green onions, an egg, sesame seed oil salt and pepper, rolled into meat balls, fry up half a head of Savoy cabbage in butter, and onions, and 2 cups of chicken broth and 2 cups of water, let come to a simmer put in the raw pork meatballs, let simmer covered for 30 mins or till pork meatball are fully cooked, we had ours topped with fresh cilantro, green onions and sesame oil. soya sauce would be good if u were feeling like a bit of a cheat For breakfasts we have been doing baked eggs in ham cups done in ramekins @ 350 degree oven topped with cheese of your choice and green onions, bake for 12 minutes, yolks are still runny at this point but whites are cooked. and different varations of this, have used bacon, salami, thuringer, added a ricotta creamy sauce on top etc this is just whats in my head from the last week

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