Thursday, May 7, 2009

Cooking with Nora

Today I spent the morning cooking in a peaceful home overlooking marshland near Hammonasset State Park in Madison. There's nothing more pleasant than enjoying ocean breezes and the sound of birds chirping while making guacamole.

I am happy to be working with a client who is transitioning to a healthier lifestyle and looking for quick and easy meals to prepare for one person. We created a simple menu of recipes that are a snap to prepare, versatile, and delicious as leftovers. That included a stir-fry with sesame tofu, broccoli, savoy cabbage and carrots; black bean and garnet yam enchiladas; fresh salsa and guacamole. And it made a pretty good feast for lunch, too!

For anyone who loves avocados, this recipe for guacamole is sure to please. There's nothing fancy about it - just straightforward creamy goodness. If you want to get a little crazy, try adding some chopped tomato or a few cilantro leaves.

The key is to get avocados at their peak ripeness: soft but not squishy, with dark skin that holds its shape when pressed. Then, get a fork and mash away. This is really the perfect remedy after a long day at work.

Guacamole (serves 2-4)
2 avocados, pitted and peeled
1 Tbl lime juice
¼ tsp sea salt
1 clove garlic, minced
¼ tsp cumin

Mash the avocados in a bowl with a fork, then combine with the remaining ingredients. Sprinkle lime juice over the top to prevent browning. Serve with corn chips and fresh salsa.

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