The heat in Chicago gave me little incentive last night to turn on the oven or stove top to make dinner. I can only imagine what it’s like in Texas or Arizona right now. Anyway, I made an executive decision and refused to make any food that required the stove or oven. This severely limited my options for dinner, but I didn’t care. I indulged by making homemade guacamole with store-bought tortilla chips. Are store-bought tortilla chips cheating? A little. Is guacamole healthy? Yes, especially since there’s also a whole tomato in my recipe. Was this appetizer-for-dinner necessary? With this heat, absolutely!
I don’t like raw onion bits or jalapeno peppers in my guacamole, so I left them out. My version is pretty mild when it comes to heat, but I do like a lot of lime juice and cilantro in my guacamole.
Just in case anyone wants a “no-heat” guacamole, take two avocados and scoop out the yummy flesh. Combine with a tablespoon of fresh-squeezed lime juice. Chop one medium tomato, as much cilantro as you can handle, and mix into the avocado. Season with a generous sprinkling of kosher salt. Let the dip set for about an hour to let the flavors meld. I think next time I’ll add some cayenne pepper just for a slight spice kick.
Tomorrow is another installment of Ina’s Garden featuring “Sweet Baked Love”! Despite my current issue with the Chicago heat, I’ll still be baking something fun from Ina’s arsenal this Thursday, and I hope you do as well! Make sure to choose your favorite Ina sweet treat, bake it up, and join us on Thursday for the link up!