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May 9, 2016

Green Pea Guacamole

by Anne Paddock

I always love a side of guacamole with everything.                                                                 ~Erin Heatherton

Rich, creamy guacamole made from a perfectly ripe avocado is the perfect topping for a veggie burger or toast, as a sandwich spread, or as a dip with tortilla chips or crackers. But if you want to ramp up the nutrition without compromising on flavor, consider making Green Pea Guacamole – an equally rich, thick, and flavorful side dish that is made with both avocado and fresh green peas.Green_Pea_Guacamole

2 cups of raw green peas have about 240 calories, 15 grams of protein, and 15 grams of dietary fiber with no fat and virtually no sodium. High in vitamin A and C along with iron and potassium, fresh green peas are a perfect complement with an avocado which has about 230 calories, 3 grams of protein, 10 grams of dietary fiber, and 21 grams of fat along with Vitamin C, B-6, and magnesium.  One’s a fruit (avocado) high in fat (the good kind) and one’s a vegetable (peas) high in protein. Both are high in fiber, vitamins and minerals – a strategic partnership if there ever was one.Green_Pea_guacamole

Green Pea Guacamole takes less than 15 minutes from start to finish. All of the ingredients are available at Trader Joe’s  or your local supermarket.

Green Pea Guacamole

Ingredients:

  • 1 10-ounce packet (2 cups) of fresh English Peas
  • 1 10-ounce packet of Villagio Marzano tomatoes or 1 pint sweet grape tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 Haas avocado
  • 3 scallions, green part only, chopped
  • Juice of 1 lemon
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste

Directions:

  • Bring a medium pot of water to a boil. Drop the fresh peas in for 60 seconds. Remove, drain and place the peas in a food processor. Pulse the peas about 10-12 times until the peas are chopped but not mushy.English_Peas
  • Transfer the peas to a mixing bowl.
  • Add the chopped tomatoes to the mixing bowl.
  • But the avocado in half, discard the pit, and scoop the filling into the mixing bowl.Green_Pea_Guacamole
  • Squeeze the lemon juice over the avocado in the bowl.
  • Add the chopped scallions.
  • Blend all the ingredients. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  • Serve immediately.Green-Pea_Guacamole_with_Seed_Crackers

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