Last Minute NYE Recipe: Homemade Guacamole + Sweet Potato Chips

Last Minute NYE Recipe: Homemade Guacamole + Sweet Potato Chips

If there is one thing I could eat every day for the rest of my life, it’s guacamole. I’m obsessed: the creaminess of the avocado, the tang of the lime juice, the bite from the red onion and refreshing taste of the cilantro make me a big fan of this nutrient-dense dip.

Avocado is an awesome source of healthy fats and is great for promoting healthy skin, heart health and lowering cholesterol. Sweet potatoes aid in digestion, reduce inflammation in the body and help promote the health of our skin. Pair some guacamole with sweet potato chips, and you’ve got a total snack game-changer.

I love guac because it comes together really quickly and easily, so I wanted to share this recipe in case you needed last minute recipe inspiration or ideas for any NYE parties you may be hosting or attending tonight!  Check out the recipes below and have a great + safe NYE. <3

Guacamole

Ingredients:

  • 2 medium avocados
  • Juice of 1 lime (if you’re not a big fan of citrus, you can just use 1/2 of a lime)
  • 1/2 medium red onion, diced
  • 2 TBS fresh cilantro, minced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 small jalapeño, seeded and diced (optional)

Instructions:

  • Cut your avocados in half length-wise, separate the two halves and remove pit.
  • Scoop out avocado flesh into a bowl and add salt and pepper.
  • Using the back of a fork, mash the avocado so that you have a relatively smooth consistency with some smaller chunks of avocado.
  • Add lime juice, red onion and cilantro (and jalapeño if using) and stir until all ingredients are combined.
  • Taste test, adding salt and pepper or other seasoning as needed.

Sweet Potato Chips

Ingredients:

  • 1 organic sweet potato
  • 1 TBS olive oil
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt or pink himalayan salt (optional)

Instructions:

If you’ve followed my other posts, you’ll know that I LOVE making sweet potato chips and that I swear by this sweet potato chip recipe from Minimalist Baker. She has everything down to a science and these chips always come out perfectly crisp and yummy!

I will warn you that this recipe does take a little time / patience, but they are totally worth it – I promise.

  • Preheat your oven to 250 degrees.
  • Thoroughly rinse and dry your sweet potato and slice it as uniformly thin as possible (I used my mandolin and it worked perfectly. If you don’t have one, just use a very sharp knife to get the slices as thin and consistent in size as you can).
  • Toss slices in 1 TBS of olive oil to lightly coat, then sprinkle with salt. Lay out in a single layer (overlapping a little bit is fine as they’ll shrink in size as they cook) on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet and bake for about 2 hours (this is the patience part), flipping the chips once at the halfway point to ensure even cooking.
  • Remove the chips once they’re crisp and golden brown. It’s okay if some of them feel a little tender in the middle — take them out and let them rest for at least 10 minutes to continue to crisp up.
  • Serve immediately with guacamole

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Enjoy!

Be Well,

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Plant Powered Protein Day 9: Peas // Avocado Pea Toast

Plant Powered Protein Day 9: Peas // Avocado Pea Toast

If peas were on your “refuse to eat” list as a kid, I hope you’ll reconsider them as an adult because they are amazing.

Seriously? Amazing? They’re just…peas.

Maybe so, but check it:

  • Protein: Green peas are one of the best sources of plant-based protein. 1 cup of peas provides nearly 10g of protein.
  • Fiber: Yup, we’re bringing up fiber again. 1 cup of peas gives you nearly 9g of fiber which you know is great for our digestive systems and weight management. The fiber and protein content in peas also help to control blood sugar levels.
  • B-Vitamins: Folate, vitamins B6 and B12 are abundant in peas, which help to create red blood cells and in turn, carry nutrients and oxygen to our cells.
  • Vitamin C: While your first instinct when you get a cold might be to reach for an orange or orange juice, know that 1 cup of peas gives us 97% of our daily recommended intake of vitamin C.
  • Vitamins and minerals: Peas are a really rich source of other essential minerals like calcium, iron, copper, manganese as well as vitamins K and A (great for our eye health).

 

Peas are super easy to add to soups (split pea soup is a favorite of mine), stir fry dishes, pastas, salads and more. For my fellow #AvocadoToast lovers out there, this recipe is for you:

Ingredients:

  • 2 slices of bread (I am using sprouted grain Ezekiel bread)
  • 1/2 cup peas (if frozen, prepare according to package instructions)
  • 1/2 avocado, cubed
  • Juice of 1 small lime
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • Salt + pepper to taste
  • Red pepper flakes (optional)
  • Chia + hemp seeds (optional)

Instructions:

  • Toast your bread, set aside.
  • Place peas, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper into a bowl. Using a fork, mash the peas and mix ingredients together.
  • Add avocado and stir to combine, mashing some of the avocado pieces.
  • Scoop mixture onto toast and sprinkle with red pepper flakes and chia + hemp seeds.

Enjoy!

Be Well,

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