I am a huge fan of avocado's! They are an excellent source of healthy fats and contain many oils, vitamins and minerals that are essential to have in your diet like potassium, Vitamin D, and fiber. The avocado also protect you from various types of cancer, heart disease, stroke, etc.
Needless to say avocado is one of my summer must have's and in all reality it is really a year round must have in our kitchen! A friend suggested that I try making a different version of my avocado spread by adding zucchini into it and with all the zucchini around this summer I jumped at the idea.
I researched online and found that there were various ideas and recipes for making a zucchini avocado spread, but I really like to take recipes and make them my own. I often experiment by swapping ingredients, changing the amounts recommended or adding something new. Since zucchini is one of those friendly green veggies high in vitamin A and folic acid (among other things), I decided to go out on a limb and add in the child fave: BROCOLI. Brocoli is one of my fave veggies to incorporate into our daily diet. Many of you know that I often finely chop up raw brocoli and sprinkle it all over my food especially pizza or pasta's. Brocoli is a great veggie that helps prevent cancer, is high in vitamin C and fiber and also helps promote healthy sleep.
I was excited to combine these 3 healthy wonders and was even more excited when it came out to be pretty tasty and was immediately gobbled up by my toddler as well as various friends and family. I waited until after they had heaped me with praise to reveal the extra ingredients in the spread though.
4.) Put the zucchini into the food processor and mash away. Slowly add in the chopped brocoli, then the onions, garlic, and cilantro. Mix it well!
5.) Add the mixture to the avocado.
6.) Sprinkle a little salt for taste and you are ready to serve it!
*** I personally add a little hot pepper to mine for the kick and spice but I don't recommend that for children who have not experienced that before.
You can serve this with chips, veggie sticks, as a spread on a sandwich, the sky is the limit! It still retains a guacamole taste but now we have added some major nutritional value that will keep your family happy and healthy! What types of ingredients to you add to your guac?
8/29/2012 05:41:52 am
Avocado LOVE! I bet this veggie guacamole would also taste fabulous as a spread for sandwiches!
9/1/2012 07:38:27 am
Sounds awesome... I love guac!.... and pretty much everything else you put in there. I've gotta try this
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