Happy Fridayyyy! Summer is officially here for me because I am on break and getting ready for some summer travel. Whenever I think of summer meals I go lighter. I’m not sure if it’s the heat that makes me want to eat this way or the idea that I’m going to be in a bathing suit, regardless I’m always looking for inventive ways to go leaner in these months.
A staple side at every summer barbecue is hands down, guacamole. There is something about that rich green hue, satisfying creamy texture and how it’s the perfect accompaniment to those crispy tortilla chips or chopped veggies.
While avocados are full of healthy fats and boast so many benefits (more here), some of us may be looking for an alternative if we just can’t resist polishing off the entire bowl (not so great for the waistline) or just had some avocado toast for breakfast so looking for a different route at lunch or snack time.
Regardless the reason, I have the perfect lightened up alternative to feed your next guac craving.
The secret ingredient is sweet peas. Sweet peas are underrated and extremely versatile. I like to make purees with for a perfect base for scallops or shrimp and in salads for an extra burst of texture and nutrition.
Sweet peas are full of protein, fiber and micro-nutrients. And unlike their green friend, avocados, very low in fat.
So lets get to it, MSF recipe for sweet pea guac, a lighter spin on a classic dip for your next BBQ.
MSF Sweet Pea Guacamole
2 cups fresh or frozen (thawed and drained) sweet peas
½ of a lime, juiced
¼ tsp Himalayan pink salt
cracked black pepper
1 jalapeno (seeds removed for less heat) diced
¼ c chopped cilantro
¼ c scallions or green onions, chopped (optional)
½ c tomatoes, chopped (optional)
Place peas, lime juice, salt and pepper and jalapeno in blender or food processor. Pulse until smooth consistency is achieved. Transfer to bowl and add scallions and tomatoes, stir to combine. Serve with tortilla chips or veggies and enjoy! Store in airtight container in refrigerator for 2 days.
I hope you are having a wonderful week and are ready for some fun in the sun this weekend. If you try out the recipe, let me know your thoughts. It’s DIFFERENT than avocado guacamole but I think it’s a great addition to keep in rotation for a lighter option.
Any fun things you have coming up this summer? I would love to hear!