August 20, 2014

Avocado Mexican Fiesta

A couple of weeks ago, we celebrated Troy's 30th birthday. Since he is Mexican and loves Mexican food, I thought that that would be a perfect theme for his party. We also incorporated the theme of avocados.

Mexican Fiesta
We had fun making tons of different Mexican dishes including:
-Homemade salsa with garden fresh jalapenos
-Homemade guacamole
-Spanish rice
-Shredded meat-Pinto beans (finally found a recipe that is amazing)
-Ground meat
-Homegrown lettuce and tons of veggie toppings
-Tortillas, crunchy tortillas, chips
-Pasta salad
-Watermelon, snacks, etc.

Mexican Fiesta
Of course I wanted to please everyone's palettes but I also wanted to keep the food fairly healthy. How I did this was by making a good mix of both healthy and indulgent food.

Avocados are a great source of healthy fats and nutrients. I used low-fat sour cream, venison instead of beef, added minimal salt to food and had lots of fresh vegetables.

Mexican Fiesta
The party went amazing and we had about 40 people there. That is by far the biggest party that I have ever had where I provided all of the food. At 7 1/2 months pregnant, I was pretty nervous to do this but it turned out really well. I have to thank my husband for all of his help. I could not have done it without him. He cleaned throughout the week, set up tables and even helped quite a bit with the cooking.

I like my guacamole very flavorful so I add a lot of lime juice, garlic, onion and tomatoes.

Healthy and Flavorful Guacamole

2 ripe avocados
1 ripe medium or large tomato, chopped
Juice of 1 lime
1/2 tsp-1 tsp garlic powder
2 tablespoons chopped onions
Top with chopped fresh jalapeno and cilanto

Directions: Cut avocados in half, remove pit, scoop out insides and mash well in a bowl. Add chopped onions, tomato, lime juice and garlic powder.  Mix well. Serve immediately.

This recipe is healthier than some because it adds tomatoes and onions which are low-calorie and cuts down on the total number of calories per serving. Also, I do not use added salt to my food and it tasted great without due to all the flavors.

My whole family is a huge fan of guacamole and we probably make 2-3 times this amount if we are all together. For this event, I handed out cards with this recipe on it so that everyone could duplicate it at home if they wanted to. We also discussed the health benefits of avocado and some different ways to use them.

Mexican Fiesta
Our event turned out so well! So much of the food went. We served dinner at about 6 PM and people were going back for a later night plate of food in the evening which was great to see. I always get nervous serving people that I don't always cook for so when they like my food, I am very happy.
A serving of avocado is quite small. It is 1/5 of an avocado which contains 50 calories, 4.5 g fat, 150 mg potassium, 2 g fiber and other small amounts of vitamins and minerals. I love avocado on a BLT, chopped in a summer salad with fresh tomatoes, cucumber and a vinegar dressing, guacamole, in soup and more.

Disclosure: Although I did receive financial compensation for writing this post, all views and opinions expressed on this blog are purely and entirely my own and based on my own unique experiences. For nutrition information on avocados, please be sure to visit the website.

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