Family Guacamole

Family Friendly Guacamole

I learned to make guacamole in 2006, on my last vacation to Lake Tahoe before I had kids. Back in the days where I could read more than a page at a time without interruption. Back when I could walk to the Starbucks up the hill with our friends, wait for coffee and actually sit to drink it. Back when I could waste too many nickels and quarters on slot machines. Back when I weighed 115 pounds.

Wait…I think I weighed 115 in fifth grade.

Quick, stop doing the math and look at my littlest guy. He’s practicing his game show face. Vanna has to retire someday, right?

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After finding a recipe for what was titled as “The World’s Best Guacamole”, I gave it my best and wound up with, yes…the world’s BEST guacamole! There was no internet back in 2006, so I couldn’t pin the recipe on Pinterest.

Ok detectives, you got me, again! There was the internet in 2006. You’ve caught me in a lie. My guacamole bowl was no lie however, that was stinkin’ good.

Alas, I can not find the recipe again. It was published in Sunset Magazine, which is a west coast mag.I think I’ve got the hang of guac now though, so I’m not too worried.

What I have for you is a great recipe to please everyone. The guacamole isn’t spicy, but is easily made so if desired. It has little chunks of all the vegetables and THE herb that makes guac, but nothing is super noticeable. It can be played up or down and will make just about anyone happy!

And if you decide to Google it, I can tell you now that it isn’t “Gabriel’s Guacamole.” Trust me, I’ve tried.

Family Guacamole

 

Family Friendly Guacamole
 
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Play around with the ingredients. This recipe is very basic, but offers some fun options!
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Recipe type: Dips & Spreads
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
  • 4 large avocados
  • 1 medium tomato, diced
  • ½ red onion, diced
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic (jarred is fine)
  • 1 T. cilantro
  • ½ lemon - juice only
  • ½ lime - juice only
  • 1 tsp. salt, plust more to taste
  • pepper to taste
  • optional - ¼ cucumer, peeled and diced
  • optional - ½ jalapeno, minced
  • optional - Sriracha to taste
Instructions
  1. Mash avocados and combine remaining ingredients into medium bowl. Use a stick mixer or food processor to cream the guacamole if desired. Kids tend to prefer creamy guacamole.
 

spirulina smoothie

Movie Fuel: Shrek Swamp Smoothies

Do you want to know a secret? Do you promise not to tell? First, did you read that to the tune of the Beatles’ hit? No? I’ll still tell you.

Remember a while back, like a long while back, when I mentioned I was writing a book? Well, I started writing it. Then I realized it would be better formatted as a blog. Then, somehow, all of my writing effort veered toward a different project. I really felt like I was supposed to be writing a book, it turns out however, I was writing the wrong one!

So now that the book is seriously in the works and moving along, I can tell you all about it! The book has a title, but I’m still learning how and if I need to trademark it.

By the end of 2013, you’ll be able to download the Food It Forward e-book, which is 52 fun recipes, using real ingredients to feed your kids (or the kid in you) and each recipe is tied to a specific children’s movie. If you’ve visited this site for any length of time, you know how much fun Jy and I have with Movie Fuel and The Oscar Food series’. The book will be similar and is meant to offer a food and movie plan to recreate what we like to call, “Family Friday Movie Nights.” So fun, right?

I still need to photograph all the recipes, so what you see below will not be what you see in the book, (this includes the font). However, I thought it would be fun to share one of the recipes!

This smoothie is the swampy drink suggested for sipping while watching Shrek! It’s not the typical green smoothie that requires green leaves being pulverized. This peanut butter, cinnamon and strawberry mix is tinted green by one of the healthiest powders you can find, Spirulina. Each recipe in the book will include the nutritional bonus your family will be digesting, so for now, just give it a try, it’s creamy and seriously tasty!

spirulina smoothie

 

Swamp Smoothies
 
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Recipe type: Drinks
Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 2 bananas
  • 2 cups strawberries
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 1 tsp Spirulina
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 3 T. peanut butter
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • ice
Instructions
  1. Blend and drink your swampy sadness away!
 

 

 

Rich People Corn and Bulletproof Coffee

Alright my pals, hop in a cab with a stinky driver and head yourself straight for Philadelphia to Bel Air. This is corn for rich people. It doesn’t cost a lot to make, it just tastes so friggin’ fancy.

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Whether you begin with prepackaged ears or un-shucked corn, these kernels will turn out gorgeous. Fah-bulous. Uh-mazing. Feel free to use any form of Real Housewife adjective to describe. Oh, and I’m talking Orange County or Beverly Hills, not the other chicks.

After snapping a few photos, I gnawed through two of these babies. No napkin, no plate. Just me and some slathery goodness.

You’ll want to give this a try early on in the grilling season, that way there will be an easy go-to side dish for your summer get-togethers!

Spell check is NOT feeling me right now. I guess I make up too many words. 

Basil Corn

 

Corn was the main dish tonight, as we are still having a bit of a camping hangover. Dirt seems to be permanently crusted into my boys’ nails and bug bites are still appearing. While we all had a great time, I have decided that any and all future camping trips will involve flushable toilets. I’m a bit of a Real Housewife myself. When you become as classy and refined as I have, you get hooked on flushing.

This was my first camping trip since kids, it’s been seven years and I was brought right back to the good old days. Good old days, by the way, is Latin for “The outings in which my husband accidentally tips the boat/wave-runner/kayak, tossing me into the lake or river.”  It is also roughly translated in Pig Latin to, “I can’t stop myself from getting sick over too many s’mores. I’m 36 with no mallow/choco/graham control.”

Rich People Corn
 
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Grill corn for 20 minutes on medium high, rotating every five. Lightly brush with butter if desired.
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Recipe type: Vegetable
Cuisine: Grilling
Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 8 Corn ears
  • 4 T. grass-fed butter
  • 6 basil leaves
  • 1 large lemon
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese, plus more for garnishing
  • salt
  • pepper
Instructions
  1. Blend butter, basil, the juice of the lemon and cheese in a food processor. Slather over hot corn before seasoning with salt, pepper and extra cheese. Get napkins!
 

If you find yourself with some left over butter, let me tell you what you won’t want to make, Bulletproof Coffee.

Bulletproof Coffee is the creation of The Bulletproof Executive and Biohacker, Dave Asprey. Before you head over to his site, I have to let you know that I absolutely love his podcast. You can find it on iTunes and it’s nothing less than riveting. Fat Burning Man is another awesome podcast. I’d totally suggest you add Abel James to your iPod, whether or not you are a Paleo fan. He’s really interesting and inspirational!

However, Bulletproof’s coffee is so, so very nasty.  Not his beans, I’m sure they make a good cuppa. I’m talking about the fat burning, mind building recipe of grass-fed butter, coconut oil and coffee. I seriously get sick from the taste of coconut oil, and I’ve been wondering if my jar has gone bad. So, I nearly died after trying it in my coffee!

Granted, Bulletproof suggests you buy their MCT (Medium Chain Triglycerides) oil, which is made from coconut and palm oil, but does not have a coconut taste.

So, I tried the coffee again, with only butter. GAG!

To make Bulletproof Coffee, you blend freshly pressed coffee and let the heat melt the butter and dissolve the oil. I have heard people are in LOVE with Bulletproof Coffee. It just ain’t for me. My high hopes were squashed! At least we will always have this photo…

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