happy day after Cinco de Mayo!!
I know I am late to the game on posting some of my favorite Cinco de Mayo treats, but in my mind Guacamole is a main food group, and I’ll whip it up whether there’s a celebration or not!
We have had such a relaxing weekend, spent yesterday morning at the Phoenix Zoo for the Walk to Cure Arthritis and then headed over to one of Nathan’s favorite brunch spots Ranch House Grille. With the rest of the day open, Nathan went to a Cinco de Mayo bbq and I got some work done!
The day flew by but in our minds, we were excited to spend the night whipping up some Mexican food in the kitchen. Yet as the time 7 o’clock rolled around we were both so tired! Plus, I had just cleaned the house and didn’t want to dirty the kitchen!
So off we went for a little date night out!
We called a bunch of Mexican restaurants, because naturally we wanted Mexican on Cinco de Mayo. Honestly we should have known thats what everyone else wants. So long story short all of our favorite spots were on 2 hour waits! We decided to start making our way to Aunt-Chiladas, hoping we could maybe even squeeze in at the bar. Nope! The lines were out the door! We ended up at Taco Guild and enjoyed some yummy tacos, guac, and laughter!
Today was spent sleeping in, grabbing coffee (and muffins for the road) at LGO and then driving around Arcadia to find a new breakfast place we had yet to try! We ended up at a place called Jewel’s Bakery and Cafe! It was pretty good, great place for people who need gluten free options as you can order anything GF off the menu! Apparently they are also known for there delicious GF pastries! With full tummies we headed home to get some work done and prep for the busy week ahead!
Guacamole has to be one of my favorite foods! With the different textures and the fresh ingredients I just can not get enough of it! I am a textured eater so for me, I think guacamole is the perfect balance of smooth and crunchy!
I love that you can make guacamole so many different ways and doctor it up to your exact liking! From fresh fruit to seasoned seafood you cant go wrong and its just so fun to experiment! However I always find myself resorting back to a more simple and easy guacamole so all of the ingredients really shine! I am excited to share my guacamole recipe and secret tip to make your guacamole not only taste good but look good!
I learned this amazing tip awhile back and have made my guacamole this way ever since! I use a cookie cooling rack to push my guacamole through first so when they end up in the bowl they are perfect little squares. I like my guacamole on the chunkier side verses the smoother side!
Then I add the rest of my diced ingredients to the bowl. Stir softly with a fork. Just until the ingredients are well incorporated. Try do stir without smashing all the avocado!
With Guacamole being a healthier and hearty dish I love to pair it with a healthy alternative sometimes.
Because of my inflammation I try to stay away from corn or anything that has corn in it. So I have been on the look out for chip and dip alternatives. As of late my go to chips have been the Siete tortilla chip from Whole Foods, you can also buy them online like I do occasionally because Whole Foods sells out pretty quickly! They sell them on amazon, thrive market, and of course Siete has it’s own website ! They are not only a healthier alternative they are also allergy friendly for those who may be gluten free, dairy free etc!
When I am trying to be extra good, I make my guacamole as a snack and pair it with veggies such as cucumbers, carrots, and even endive lettuce. Avocados on their own provide so much nutrients and are a great aid in improving your digestion!
Benefits of Avocado:
- Provides tons of Vitamin K which is really good for maintaining healthy bones
- Natural detoxifier which helps reduce inflammation
- Improved vision
- Decreases risk of heart disease
- They contain more potassium than bananas which helps lower blood pressure
- Fiber rich
- Other Vitamins such as: C and E
With those being just a few benefits you cant go wrong with this nutritious dish!
I hope you guys had a wonderful weekend as well and enjoyed all the guacamole you could eat! However after this post, I hope you are excited to eat/make guacamole any and all days of the week! Happy Sunday!