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Recipe Re-Do and Easy Guacamole!

Hi! How was your weekend?

I can’t believe it’s officially June! Where did the time go?

The weather in DC felt officially like summer! HOT AND HUMID!!!

We blew up M’s little baby pool over the weekend 🙂 She loved it… but I think she’s so use to being in the swimming pool that she thought she was in a really large bath tub. We just filled the pool with a few inches of water.

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She loved splashing around and crawling around in it 🙂

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We had some friends over for a cookout which consisted of Brats and Turkey burgers! YUM!

I made some of my guacamole to munch on. I’ve been making guacamole since about birth 🙂

As a little girl and through school… every time we had a party at the house my mom would always give me the job of making the guacamole. She showed me how to make it once and I’ve made it on my own ever since.

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I really wish I could give you the exact measurements… but sadly, I don’t know them… I was taught to go by taste.

Here are the ingredients:

  • About 4 very ripe avocados (more depending on how much you want to make)
  • A handful of chopped cilantro
  • One tomato, seeded and chopped
  • 1 seeded jalapeno finely chopped (optional)
  • cumin
  • chili powder
  • salt
  • fresh lime juice

Remove the seed from the avocados and scoop out the “meat”, mash in a bowl with a fork. Be sure to leave some chunks. Add in cilantro, about a teaspoon of cumin, chili powder, and salt… you can add more to taste. Squeeze in the juice of one lime (or two limes depending on how much you’re making).

Gently fold in tomato and jalapeno and enjoy!

The other dish I made was my Orzo Greek Pasta Salad. I’ve posted this recipe before, but this time I used my friend Becky’s dressing. She makes this exact same dish, but makes the dressing from scratch to mix in!

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It was DELICIOUS!! I’m officially converting over to this version! You can find the main recipe here.

Here’s Becky’s dressing recipe. This is mixed into the salad just before serving.

  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 3/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1-1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard

Whisk all ingredients together and mix into salad just before serving.

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Have a great Monday Tuesday 🙂

21 Responses

  1. Jessica @ How Sweet said on June 1, 2010 at 8:34 am

    Marin in the pool is just too cute. 😉 I have never tried cumin in my guacamole! Will try that next time I make it.

  2. Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman said on June 1, 2010 at 9:05 am

    That pasta salad looks great, and I love that it doesn’t have mayo. I never eat the pasta salad at cookouts because they’re always made with mayo and I hate the stuff.

  3. Ameena said on June 1, 2010 at 9:12 am

    I love guacamole so thank you for this recipe! And I agree with Tracey…I hate mayo so I love seeing recipes for pasta salads that are mayo-free!

  4. Merri Ann said on June 1, 2010 at 9:17 am

    What is it about kids in pools that make such cute pictures? :))

    We increased our kiddie pool fun factor by putting the Little Tikes slid in the pool … I think that carried us through all of last summer.

    Thanks for the recipe idea … I had never thought of the cumin either.

  5. Anne @ the doctor takes a wife said on June 1, 2010 at 9:23 am

    I can’t believe it’s June already either!! Your baby girl is such a doll 🙂 And the guac looks awesome!!

  6. adrienmelaine said on June 1, 2010 at 10:15 am

    I don’t know where the last two months have gone- but I am pretty excited about it being June (18 days until I’m a graduate!)- I love avocados and guac! I’ve been eating so much of it recently- I’m loving avocado on eggs right now

  7. Nicole, RD said on June 1, 2010 at 10:56 am

    Baby M is toooo cute!!! The orzo salad looks wonderful! I know it’s on my to-make list, but it might have to move up in queue with that delicious dressing!

  8. Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday said on June 1, 2010 at 11:57 am

    I don’t know why people bother buying guac. It’s so easy to make!

  9. Kelly @ Healthy Living With Kelly said on June 1, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I want a baby pool for ME! haha! It is so hot!

  10. kate said on June 1, 2010 at 1:21 pm

    I love Guac + cuties in baby pools! Happy JUNE!

  11. Gelareh @ Nutritious Foodie said on June 1, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    Love guac 🙂 Your little girl so cute in her pool… I wish we had gone to the pool this weekend but our todo list was a mile long so we stayed home to complete it

  12. Heather (Heather's Dish) said on June 1, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    my mouth = watering 🙂 i feel like i’ve been making guac since i was a baby too! my dad LOVES it and totally passed that love to me…i like the addition of cumin!

  13. Emily (A Nutritionist Eats) said on June 1, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    I’ll have to try chili powder next time in guac…other than that our recipes sound pretty similar. Hmmm.
    M does look very happy in her pool – even if it is a little one! 🙂

  14. Mo@MommyRD said on June 1, 2010 at 5:16 pm

    I’ve never put chili powder in guacamole before. (Then again, I’m only a transplant to the southwest. what does someone born in MN know about guac?)
    Isn’t it fun watching little ones enjoy the water? Miss M is just a princess!

  15. Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) said on June 1, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    Oh, those cheeks! I love them! She has cheeks like my boys did! Your days must be full of sunshine looking at her all day! The food looks delicious and I know what you mean about some recipes are just not recipes. Especially when you are talking about produce. It tastes different from time to time! Enjoy your evening!

  16. Becky said on June 1, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    Thanks for the shout out! Glad you liked it!

  17. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) said on June 1, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    love the guac! i like to make mine with all kinds of veggies added in, makes it more hearty that way!

  18. Joanna Sutter (Fitness & Spice) said on June 2, 2010 at 8:21 am

    I love recipes where most of the ingredients are spices—just like your guacamole recipe. So simple and pure. Thank you!

  19. lynn @ the actors diet said on June 2, 2010 at 12:47 pm

    when i was a kid i wanted a kiddie pool so badly! my parents never got me one. when i have a child, they’re not going to get me outa that pool!

  20. Erica said on June 3, 2010 at 10:15 pm

    I am going to have to try that pasta salad. I made one this weekend with tortillini pasta and it turned out awesome. Yours looks great too! And of course your daughter is so precious!

  21. Mary @ What's Cookin' with Mary said on June 7, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    YUM! That dressing sounds GREAT. I’m wishing I had an herb garden in the back right about now 😉