a trip of a lifetime

Earlier this month, Andrew and I spent a week in Cabo with both of his sisters and their spouses! Talk about an amazing vacation. It was the epitome of relaxation, sun and water. It was the first time the three of us have ever really ‘hung out’ without being surrounded by children, and I think all of us were overdue for a TRUE (aka kid-free) vacation!

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Guacamole de Frutas

Guacamole de Frutas (Shape Magazine, December 2011)

I found this in the magazine and waited until summer to give it a try, only to have the hardest time finding pomegranates!  Luckily I did, and this was worth the wait since finding it in December!

Serves: 4

2 Hass avocados

1/2 tsp lime juice

1/4 yellow onion

1/2 mango, peeled and diced

1/2 peach, diced

1/2 Granny Smith apple, diced

1/4 habanero or jalapeno pepper, ribs and seeds removed, small diced

1 tsp basil, julienned

2 tsp pomegranate seeds


Mash avocados with lime juice.  Add the rest of the ingredients and serve with tortilla chips or cinnamon-sugar pita chips.

Nutrition per 1/2 C:

Calories: 149

Fat: 10 g (1 sat)

Carb: 15g

Protein: 2g

Fiber: 6g

don’t fruit the guac

Except that I did, and it was great.

So I made Shape Magazine’s Guacamole de Frutas the other day. It was a recipe I found in the winter (I think their December issue?) but figured I’d wait until summer when some of the ingredients were at the their best (can you even buy peaches in the winter??).  Problem is, the recipe also calls for pomegranate seeds.  Talk about a recipe of conflicting seasons!

Well, as it turned out, last week was quite the debacle of recipe choice vs. grocery store availability.  Long story short:  I was a good wife and had Andrew pick out some recipes he wanted me to make and I should have seen the first red flag go up when he grabbed my Eastern European cookbook.  Don’t get me wrong, we love all those Mediterranean/Lebanese/Turkish dishes, but I have to really pick and choose what I make so as not to have to go on a wild goose chase for some unheard-of ingredient.  Well, I didn’t do that…and ended up with a grocery list a mile long featuring things like “sumac” and “lavender flowers.” (I found neither, but did have acceptable substitutes.  And thankfully we have a Penzey’s Spices on Elmwood, so next time I’m in I’m just going to stock up–expiration dates be damned!)

Anyway, two of his dishes called for pomegranate seeds, as well as this one, and since I’d just seen pomegranates at Wegmans the other day (to my surprise, no less), I figured they must be getting them despite it being summer.  Well, wouldn’t you know that the day I go looking for the infamous red orbs, Wegmans doesn’t have a single one.  Tops to the rescue!


I fruited the guac…with apples, peaches, mango, pomegranate seeds, a little onion and lime juice, and a tiny bit of jalapeno.  YUM.  I ate it as a lunch side with tortilla chips, and then had another portion on some cinnamon-sugared pita for breakfast.  Both were very yummy options.  If you like guacamole, be sure to give this one a try.