California, the Sunkist State, is well known for its bounty of fresh fruits and vegetables and summertime might be the best time of year to enjoy the abundance of goodness that comes right here on the West Coast of the United States. A variety of flavorful produce can be derived from and in some cases directly associated with sunny California. Some key examples that come to mind are; Fresh summer Strawberries from the alluvial flats of Oxnard where the annual Strawberry Festival is held. Avocados can be found everywhere in Southern California and perhaps the most popular place is in Carpinteria, California located in beautiful Santa Barbara, County. Gilroy, California is known as the Garlic capitol of the state and is where the annual GILROY GARLIC FESTIVAL is held. Valencia, California is famous for its citrus and Oranges in particular. Ojai, California is the home of the coveted Pixie Tangerine, a sweet and tangy varietal of Tangerine indigenous to Ojai. With so many beautiful colors and flavors available in the summertime, it is hard to not find some inspiration when planning healthy Summer meals.
When DIABETIC MEAL PLANNING, many things must be taken into consideration. Generally speaking, meals should be lower in carbs and nutrient-rich. One of my favorite recipes, Fresh Summer Guacamole, has been in my family since I can remember. My Grandmothers lived across the street from each other in Highland Park, California a suburb of Los Angeles. My Father’s mom had a huge Avocado tree in her backyard and Avocados were always around. As a matter of fact, I can remember many occasions where I was allowed to have as much Guacamole as I could eat. I was truly blessed as you may know that Guacamole doesn’t usually last long at social gatherings and leaves most wanting more. Over the years I have played with different ingredients and styles of Guacamole, and this recipe is delicious and healthy.
1st Remove the Avocados from their skins, saving 2 of the pits for preservation and presentation. Mash the Avocados into a large mixing bowl. 2nd Smash the Garlic Cloves into a paste using a Pestle and Mortar or Food Processor. 3rd Cut the Red Onion into a fine dice. 4th Chop the Cilantro finely. 5th Prepare the Habaneros by carefully removing the seeds and ribbing as those are the spiciest parts of the pepper. This will ensure that the bright, fruity, and floral qualities of the Habaneros are present but not at the expense of making your Diabetic Friendly Summer Guacamole too spicy. Cut the Habanero into tiny pieces. Using Nitril gloves can be a good idea here as the oil from the Habaneros is pervasive and will transfer to anything you touch, and I do mean everything. 6th Cut the limes into squeezable wedges. 7th Combine all of the diced ingredients into the large mixing bowl with the Smashed Avocados. Squeeze the Fresh Lime wedges into the mixing bowl making sure to remove any seeds if there are any. 8th Sprinkle in the Sea or Kosher Salt and Cumin and stir the ingredients together until your Diabetic Friendly Summer Guacamole is uniform. 9th Lastly taste for salt and garnish with the Avocado pits and Sprig of Fresh Cilantro. Serve with Tortilla Chips, Tacos, Burgers, Salads, Freshly Toasted Sourdough, or with just about anything.
This popular dish will be a hit with just about any crowd. It may serve you to let your guests know that it is a little spicy. A guaranteed Summer winner, this Diabetic Friendly Summer Guacamole will not last long and most likely will be requested by friends and family at every Summer gathering. Bon Appetit!