Guacamole

I have lived in Texas for a year now, and I have learned that to be a Texan woman, you must have a guacamole recipe. There are as many different varieties as there are women. In my effort to assimilate with the locals, I have created my own guacamole recipe. It is very simple, but I could eat it every day. For the rest of my life. Seriously.

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Feel free to add chopped jalapenos, cumin, or whatever your heart desires. You really can’t go wrong with this one.

For 4 servings of this recipe, you will need 2 ripe avocados, a quarter of an onion, 12 cherry tomatoes, a handful of cilantro, one lime, salt, and garlic powder.

If you’ve never cut avocado before, there’s an easy way to do it. First, cut around the pit to create two halves of the avocado. Take out the pit, and then use a knife to cut the avocado into squares. Then, use a spoon to scoop the avocado squares out of their…shell? Peel? What do you call that thing? Who cares? You’re gonna throw it away.

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Add the avocado to a bowl, then added one half of a quarter of an onion. I prefer purple/red onion, but I only had a white onion this day. Such is life. Then add the juice of one lime. Next, you will add chopped tomatoes andĀ chopped cilantro.

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Sprinkle generously with salt and garlic powder. Then using a fork, carefully mash it all together. You want to make sure everything is incorporated well, but you don’t want to overdo it. I like my guacamole the same way I like babies…a little chunky.

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Notice the two avocado pits? After I make my guac, I put the pits back in the bowl. It may be an old wives’ tale, but I’ve heard if you keep the pits with the avocado, it keeps them from going brown as quickly.

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Serve on tacos, chips, grilled chicken, or anything at all! I’m pretty sure heaven for me will look like an endless buffet of guacamole, real Cokes, and chocolate chip cookie dough.

Enjoy!

Cranberry-Nut Cinnamon Chex Mix

I found this recipe on the back of the Cinnamon Chex box, and it is too good not to share.

It has an awesome combination of flavors, especially the hint of orange.

I followed the directions that can be found on http://www.chex.com, but I did make one change. Instead of using 6 cups of Cinnamon Chex, I used 4 cups of Cinnamon Chex and 2 cups of plain Rice Chex, so the sweetness wouldn’t be too overwhelming.

To start, put 4 cups Cinnamon Chex, 2 cups Rice Chex, and 1 cup of chopped walnuts in a microwave safe bowl.

In a separate, smaller microwave safe bowl, combine 1/4 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup frozen orange juice concentrate, and 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. Microwave for two minutes, stopping every 30 seconds to stir the mixture together.

Then, pour this heated mixture evenly over the cereal and walnut mixture.

Microwave on high for five minutes, stirring every two minutes.

Remove from microwave, and then add 1/2 cup dried cranberries.

Line a cookie sheet with wax paper or foil, and then spread the mix out on the cookie sheet. Let cool, and then enjoy!

The Perfect Smoothie

This is not a recipe. This is not cooking. This is simply throwing stuff in a blender to create deliciousness.

I learned this recipe from a boot camp trainer. It is full of all things good, and no things bad. It is perfect for one of those days when you realize you have eaten cereal, a PB&J, pretzels, and zero fruits or veggies. Does anyone else have those days? Please say yes.

For this lovely concoction, you will need:

frozen berries, banana, fresh spinach, honey, olive oil

The frozen berries give the smoothie its awesome ice-y smoothie-ness, but sometimes they cause problems in the blender. I usually put mine in a bowl and microwave for about 10 seconds to make blending easier.

Put the berries in the blender.

Slice the banana and put it in the blender.

Throw a good handful of spinach in the blender. Yes, spinach. I promise you won’t taste it, and it is chock full of protein and goodness.

Now add a squirt of honey for sweetness.

Then, add a dash of olive oil. The boot camp trainer said it had health benefits, and I believe him. I’m trusting like that.

Now, blend all that yumminess together.

Serve and enjoy that cold healthy greatness!