I love avocado and guacamole and regular versions are packed with lots of nutrients. Even though avocado is healthy it is still has a higher fat content which equates to more calories. Since I love guacamole and wanted to use it more like a dip than a condiment I was anxious to try out Hungry Girl's recipe for Guacamole that had half the calories as the regular with more fiber and protein. The secret ingredient? PEAS!
One 15-oz. can early/young peas, drained
1/2 cup mashed avocado (about 1 medium-small avocado's worth)
1/3 cup chopped cherry or grape tomatoes
1/4 cup finely chopped onions
1/4 cup fat-free Greek yogurt (like Fage Total 0%)
4 tsp. lime juice
1/2 tsp. chopped garlic
1/2 tsp. garlic powder
1/4 tsp. salt
1/8 tsp. pepper
1/8 tsp. cumin
1/8 tsp. chili powder
Optional: chopped cilantro, chopped jarred jalapenos, additional salt and pepper
Place drained peas in a medium bowl and mash thoroughly with a potato masher or fork. Add all other ingredients except for the tomatoes, onions and optional items. Continue to mash until blended. Stir in the tomatoes, onions and, if you like, some chopped cilantro and/or jalapenos. Season to taste with salt and pepper, if needed. Enjoy! MAKES 6 SERVINGS
Serving Size: 1/3 cup (1/6th of recipe)
I was crazy skeptical about this recipe. Partway through I tasted the avocado and pea mixture and I definitely could taste the peas. But once it is done? You can't taste it unless you know it is there. I brought it over to my friends house for gaming and no one (including my foodie friends) could guess that there were peas in it.
I also cut different colors of bell peppers into chip scoops as a low calorie alternative to chips. Love this recipe!