Do you love guacamole, but don’t like the fat and calories? Try this chunky version that substitutes green peas for most of the avocado, yet retains the same taste and texture of the original. This guacamole has half the calories and almost 85 percent less fat (and almost no saturated fat!) of traditional guacamole. Use as a dip for baked tortilla chips or heat up a whole wheat tortilla and fill with low-fat cheddar cheese, fresh cilantro, and a serving of this yummy guacamole for a quick-fix snack.
1 1/2 cups frozen green peas, thawed
1 small, ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut into chunks
2 tablespoons fat-free mayonnaise
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon cumin
1/4 teaspoon chili powder
2 cloves garlic, minced
salt to taste
1 tablespoon diced green chilies
1/2 cup mild or medium commercial salsa
2 tablespoons onion, diced
1 medium tomato, diced (approximately 2/3 cup)
1) In a food processor or blender, combine peas, avocado, mayonnaise, lemon juice, cumin, chili powder, garlic, and salt. Process until thoroughly blended, but not completely smooth. Stop and scrape sides, if needed.
2) Transfer pea mixture to medium bowl, stir in green chilies, salsa, onion, and tomato.
3) Cover and refrigerate for 1 to 2 hours to allow flavors to blend. Will keep refrigerated for up to two days. Makes approximately 2 1/2 cups.
Nutritional Analysis per 1/4 cup: 49 Calories; 42 percent fat (2.3 grams); < 0.5 gram saturated fat; 13 percent protein; 45 percent carbohydrate; 2 grams fiber.