Handy Tips for Everything and a Guacamole Recipe

I had an amazing fun-filled weekend!


Today, I will finish packing for my trip back to Houston  tomorrow.
Yes, I’m excited.
Bestie time, a trip to Austin and lots of good eats are in store!

I spent this morning cleaning out my several piles of stuff and thought todays post will be a hodgepodge of cool tips, handy kitchen ideas and a killer fruit guacamole recipe.  Enjoy!

How to Choose a Mango

Look for an unblemished mango with a skin that yields gentle pressure from your thumb.  Check for a fruity aroma at the stem end too.  Ignore color – they can vary from green to red blush to yellow orange.  If you need some help cutting this pesky fruit click here.

Long Lasting Lettuce

How to Avoid Lifeless Lettuce

Lettuce is one of those things that doesn’t usually last too long.  It wilts or it rots and gets slimy. yuck.  The main reason lettuce spoils so quickly is due to excessive moisture.  More moisture means more gases, like ethylene, which speed up ripening and spoilage in fruits and veggies.

The solution?  Rinse lettuce and shake off excessive moisture.  Wrap in paper towels in bunches, layer upon layer and place in a zip-loc bag.  This process will absorb moisture without dehydrating the leaves.

 

A New Twist on Guacamole

Guacamole de Frutas
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Serves: 4
 
Ingredients
  • 2 Haas avocados
  • 1⁄2 tsp fresh lime juice
  • 1⁄2 shallot, diced
  • 1⁄2 mango, peeled and diced
  • 1⁄2 yellow peach, peeled and diced
  • 1⁄2 Granny Smith apple, peeled and diced
  • 1⁄4 habanero pepper, seeds removed, minced
  • 1 tsp sliced basil
  • salt
Instructions
  1. Using a small knife, cut each avocado in half and remove the pit.
  2. Cut the flesh of each avocado lengthwise 4 times, then crosswise 4 times to form small cubes.
  3. Scoop cubes into a medium mixing bowl and mash with a fork until chunky.
  4. Stir in the next 7 ingredients and season with salt.
  5. Serve immediately with warm corn tortillas or chips.

 

Comments

  1. Hope you have a safe flight tomorrow!
    Heather (Where’s the Beach) recently posted..Full Weekend of Family & Friends TimeMy Profile

  2. Yummm I just ate two mangoes this weekend! They are one of my favourite fruits! I would have never thought to add fruit to my guacamole…I am totally trying that recipe! Have a dafe flight, girl! Are you ever NOT travelling?!?! Jeez. Let’s trade lives just for a month, okay?
    Christina @ the athletarian recently posted..Pizza and spare tiresMy Profile

  3. If only I were any good at cutting those darn mangos- it makes the husband nervous every time I buy one- he thinks I’m going to lose a finger or something ;) …..I always crave sugar- shouldn’t I just get the sweet tooth pulled? HA! Okay, I probably do need more protein, I guess I’ll give that one a try.
    Julie H. of Spinach and Sprinkles recently posted..Wrapping my head around weight gainMy Profile

  4. Thanks for all the tips! I need to try making guac at home. The hubs would love it if I threw in some fresh (spicy) peppers.
    Tiff @ Love Sweat and Beers recently posted..Wheeee-kendMy Profile

  5. What a delicious twist on guacamole! Love the fruit additions! I can’t wait to give it a try.

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