Garlicky Guacamole

Toddler, Kid, Adult

You know you've nailed a dish when everyone requests you to make it for their parties, including kids' birthdays! That recipe for me is this garlicky guac. The mere addition of garlic elevates an already perfect classic to the upper echelons of deliciousness. The garlic adds a subtle heat, a nuance, a depth that keeps folks guessing what 'that secret ingredient' might be. And kids seem to love it too which is, for us, the ultimate thumbs up.

Garlic is one of the oldest medicinal foods. A sulfur containing compound called allicin in garlic is responsible for its potent biological properties including reduction in bad cholesterol (LDL) and an increase in good cholesterol (HDL), anti-cancer and anti-inflammatory effects, reduction in triglycerides and immune boosting activities. Avocados are a potent anti-inflammatory food, rich in anti-oxidants and a source of excellent quality fat that aids in keeping inflammation in check and prevents heart disease. The raw shallots in this recipe also contain allicin like in garlic, boosting the aforementioned health benefits. 

Serves 4 adults and 1 toddler as an appetizer/snack

4 large avocados
2 shallots finely chopped
1 large garlic clove crushed
2 large limes juiced
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh coriander / cilantro
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
Salt to taste

Mash the avocado flesh in a bowl, a good activity to involve toddler in! Add in the other ingredients and mix well. Check for salt and lime, adding more if necessary. Enjoy with chips, raw veggies, in sandwiches or on its own for a delectable, delightful, creamy, nutritious treat.