Day Five: Guacamole Love

It's day five of my "Week of Hugs" blog posts, which have included inspirational posts like my "Seven Ways to Create a Positive Path Forward after the Election," and the random assortment of hugs. I've also hugged it out by sharing my Rosemary Truffle Fries recipe and Thai Red Curry Noodles. Today feels like another food day, especially since it's National Spicy Guacamole Day! 

To me, anything avocado or guacamole always feel like a hug. Not only is the avocado ever-so-creamy-and-delish, it's also super high in potassium, fiber, and healthy fats. Hence, the perfect comfort food.

One of my favorite feel-good meals is to serve little dishes of this guacamole, fresh salsa, refried beans, and tortilla chips for dipping. So fun. Hope you enjoy this recipe, and if you'd like to kick up the heat, add the jalapenos! HUGS. : ) xo Tess

Our Favorite Guacamole
(Recipe from FOOD LOVE, my newest cookbook)

1 avocado, perfectly ripe (unicorns are real)
1 tablespoon fresh lemon or lime juice
1 medium clove garlic, pressed
¼ teaspoon sea salt
Optional: dash of black
pepper or cayenne
Optional: 1 tablespoon EACH: minced cilantro and.or minced jalapeno

Remove the avocado flesh with a spoon and mash in a bowl with a fork. Stir in the remaining
ingredients and serve. If you have leftovers, refrigerate them in an airtight container for a day
or two.

Serves 2-4; GF/SF/Blue (according to the health guidelines in my cookbooks)

Finding the perfect avocado can feel like winning the lottery. It’s hard to know how to pick a good one, and sometimes it’s a matter of luck. However, there are a few tricks that can help—for one, I’ve found that avocados from Mexico are generally better than the California ones. Also, peel back the stem at the top—if it comes away easily and you find green underneath, you’ve got a good avocado.