Two summers ago I forced myself to like them because they seemed so fun and mature. After a few force feeding sessions I slowly started craving the texture then sure enough the taste really grew on me too. My favorite combo then was hummus and avocado on toast.
Two years and hundreds of avocados later I’m still in love. These days all I need is a spoon and some sea salt and I can clean one up all in one sitting. I try to stick to 1/2 for economic reasons but sometimes a whole one gets the best of me.
Tangent: My new boss is a dietician and I got her curious (yet highly skeptical) about this paleo thing. We talked food for way too long and after giving her a basic rundown of my lifestyle she insisted I give her a 3 day food diary so she can run some statistics on me. I love experiments so I was in.
Well, I think I might scare her off (but hopefully not lose my job) when she sees that day one I ate two avocados, chicken liver, raw milk, and a carrot popsicle, among other oddities. I’ve come a long way from force fed avocados, hummus, and toast to say the least.
I plumped up some guacamole with the addition of kale and it came out way better than I expected. Out of one avocado came two good sized bowls of guacamole, one of which became part of my dinner with some liver meatballs. The guacamole literally doubled in size by adding in all the veggies so feel free to eat half the recipe. Or the whole thing if it gets the best of you
So if you’ve learned to love avocados as much as I have, this recipe is totally for you. And if you haven’t, here’s your hope. No force feeding necessary.
Plumped up Kale Guacamole
Perfect excuse to eat a heaping serving or the entire recipe of guacamole. Makes 3-4 cups of guacamole. Dairy, sugar, and gluten free.
- 1 avocado
- 4-5 stalks of kale
- juice of half a lemon
- Juice of half a lime
- Large handful of fresh cilantro
- 3/4 cup water (optional)
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- Salt and Cayenne Pepper to taste
- 1 small tomato
- 1/4 red or white onion
In a blender or food processor combine avoacodo, kale, cilantro, and juices from the lemon and lime. Start blending and slowly stream in water until combined but still a bit chunky. I needed about 3/4 cup of water to loosen it up but if you have a good blender you may find you need less. Remove mixture from the blender and put into a mixing bowl. Mix in spices and garlic. Taste and adjust seasoning. I added lots of salt and extra garlic too.
Chop tomato and onion and fold into guacamole.
Makes 3-4 cups of guacamole.
Do you love or loathe avocados? Have you ever tried really hard to get yourself to like a food?