Thursday, August 25, 2011

Healthy Cooking Recipes: Asparagus Guacamole

One of the coolest things about my family's healthy eating habits, is  that I cook much better all the way around.  I love trying new recipes and changing up old favorites to make them less caloric.  We absolutely ADORE guacamole in our house, so when I saw someone post this recipe on Facebook (Thank you Kim & Lydia!), I knew I had to give it a try!  It was so delish, that I've made it a few times and just had to share it! 

So here goes:
Chop the asparagus into small pieces and put in a pot to steam.

Bring to a boil and steam for about 5 min. (I overcooked it the first time and it was much better at the 5 min. mark)

 

Get some nice green onions...




And chop 'em to pieces




Do the same with your tomato...





Place the tomato and green onion in a large bowl

Meanwhile, your asparagus will be about done, so take it off that heat...




...and pour into your blender (PS - I adore my Vita Mix!!)




Pretty little asparagus...you have no idea what's about to happen to you...



Blend it up!

Look at the gorgeous color - I love colorful food (THAT blog post is coming soon!)

Then add the following:




I love garlic




Dice (or press) the garlic into your bowl

 





Grab the cilantro

 

And dice it up

 

Then clean your jalapeno (use gloves if you have sensitive skin)

 

And give it a fine dice



Throw all of that in the bowl - don't lick your fingers yet (jalapeno, remember?)!

 

Add your lime juice (fresh lime is awesome, but this is what I had on hand)





Mmmmm Worcestershire Sauce

 



A dash of tabasco (more if you need more heat...or omit it altogether if you're a wuss like me)

 



And some nonfat Greek Yogurt

 





Mix all of that together:

Then add your pureed asparagus

Here it comes...
Mix well and VIOLA!  Cool it in the fridge before serving.

Scoop over chicken and add some more veggies and you have a fanastic meal, high in protein, low in fat and carbs and won't stick to your middle! 
I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!


Asparagus Guacamole
Ingredients:
1 1/2 pounds asparagus, cut
into small pieces
1 tablespoon fat-free Greek
-style yogurt
1 tablespoon lime juice
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
3 green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 jalapeno pepper, minced
1 tablespoon minced garlic
1 tomato, diced
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire
sauce
1 dash hot pepper sauce
salt and ground black pepper
to taste
Directions:
1.Place the asparagus into a steamer insert and set into a pot over one inch of water; bring the water to a boil. Place a cover on the pot and steam the asparagus for 5 minutes. Transfer the asparagus to the bowl of a food processor and puree until smooth.
2.Combine the asparagus puree with the yogurt, lime juice, cilantro, green onions, jalapeno pepper, garlic, tomato, Worcestershire sauce, and hot pepper sauce in a large bowl; gently stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper. Chill in refrigerator until completely cooled.

Nutritional Information
Amount Per Serving Calories: 22 | Total Fat: 0.3g | Cholesterol: < 1mg

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