Things to know about me:
- A “crazy” night of drinking involves…one drink. Thank you, low tolerance!
- In spite of said tolerance, I enjoy a cold, tall glass of beer. (or for those who know me well, 1/2 glass of beer :/)
- Just because I’m a girl doesn’t mean I drink light beers. The darker the better.
- I always have a case of Newcastle or Blue Moon in my fridge.
- …which means, I can make these awesome beer-battered fish tacos whenever I want. Or engage in solo day drinking. But I digress.
Well, summer is definiely in full swing here in LA. Note to the weather: this little lady is not built to withstand triple digit temps. In the seemingly unending oven/heat/inferno that lies right outside your door, it’s hard to find something satisfying enough for a moderate meal and isn‘t a salad.
My all-time favorite guacamole. I usually find that store bought guac is, well, gross. And restaurant guac is either too spicy or not spicy enough. Enter my “no real recipe needed, adjust spiciness to your liking, super fresh, super easy” guacamole.
All you need is 6 ingredients (forgot to add the garlic in the picture):
1. About 1/4 of a small onion, finely chopped. And remember, chopping onions is easy peasy.
2. Fresh squeezed lime juice (from a really small lime)
3. One small tomato, diced
4. 1 small serrano pepper
5. 3 ripe avocados
6. 1-2 garlic cloves, depending on your tastes
Essentially, all you need to do is mush the avocados and mix in the chopped onion, squeeze in the lime, add the diced tomatoes, mince the garlic and finely chop the serrano. Add salt to taste. Adjust spiciness by keeping the seeds for some serious kick or removing most of them. I just left a handful of seeds and the guac has just the right amount of spice but my mouth isn’t on fire and my eyes aren’t watering…at least from the spice. Note to self (and to all of you contact wearers out there). Do not. I repeat, do NOT attempt to take your contacts out or scratch your eyes after chopping the pepper. My eyes were on FIRE. Oops!
In case you didn’t know, here’s a tip for removing avocado seeds…carefully throw the knife directly into the seed and twist. The seed then slides right out:
I devoured the guacamole with some Trader Joe’s “Reduced Guilt” tortilla chips (haha reduced “guilt”). Gotta love the witty Trader Jose’s:
Not sure if it’s an old wives tale or if it actually works, but I leave in one avocado seed in the guacamole. Apparently it’s supposed to help slow the dip from browning.
Fresh, flavorful, easy and completely customizable that beats any pre-made goo some places try to pass as guacamole:)
A 5 minute salad with less than 10 ingredients. Which really is another way of saying I had a lot of random stuff in my fridge and zero time to make dinner.
It was late, and I needed dinner–fast. I opened up my fridge and grabbed what I could find:
3. Brown mushrooms
4. A block of parmesan cheese
All I did was slice up the avocado and mushrooms, grated the parmesan, tossed everything into a large bowl and mixed in:
5. Toasted pine nuts
6. Balsamic Vinegar
7. Olive Oil
8. Salt & Pepper (ok so this might be 2, but it still leaves me under 10 ingredients;))
I scooped everything into a bowl, grabbed a fork, and dinner was done. Check out this beauty:
Arugula is my new favorite leafy green. It has a nice nutty taste. I find most greens have zero flavor. I’ve also been using it in sandwiches in place of the standard (cough boring cough) iceberg or romaine. Best way I’ve found to store these greens…I keep them in the plastic bag I got them in from the farmer’s market, gently press out as much air as possible, and loosely tie it shut. I’ve been able to keep the arugula crisp and still tasty in the crisper drawer in my fridge even after 2 weeks (possibly longer).
Easy to make, good for you and most importantly, yummy. Avocados hold a special place in my heart (and help keep it healthy by packing in those omega 3′s:))
This is one of my favorite quick snacks (or small appetizer?) to throw together. I simply take a ripe avocado, half it, and cut the half into 4 slices. Then toss on about 1/2 tsp of feta cheese, 1 tsp of crushed walnuts, and drizzle on a bit of balsamic vinegar. Et Voilà! You have yourself a healthy snack in about 2 minutes. For a sweet kick, you might want to try candied walnuts. Enjoy…your heart will thank you!