The weekend…

My Sunday has been pretty full of cooking…. very odd things.

One of the things I learned from my experience with Aetna is that there are SO many other food contests out there. And the prizes you can win are ridiculous.  I am now determined to win a few of them and use the money to go towards my wedding. I know my parent’s would appreciate that.  Plus these contests are pretty fun. It really forces you to be creative and use ingredients you normally wouldn’t use.  I will be sharing some of the things I’ve come up with this week.

The first one though isn’t a weird ingredient at all. It is actually one that I love and use all the time. Avocados from Mexico! My guacamole recipe is one I have modified over the last year or so, changing it up every time I make it.  The original recipe idea came from my dear friend Ali. It is pure genius! This time I put a little bit of a greek spin on it to make it a tad more creative for the contest.

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You can check out my recipe and other people’s creations here, on the Avocados from Mexico facebook page.  Mine is called Greek Tomatillo Guacamole. There are a lot of awesome, creative recipes already entered.  I am definitely going to have to give a few of them a try… perfect for upcoming Superbowl parties!

Greek Tomatillo Guacamole

3 large Avocados from Mexico
4 medium tomatillos, husks removed and quartered
1/2 green bell pepper, roughly chopped (reserve the other half for serving)
1/2 red onion, roughly chopped
1 clove garlic
1 jalepeno
1/2 cup cilantro
1/3 cup fat free greek yogurt
1/4 cup pitted Kalamata olives
2 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp cayenne
1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, optional

In a large bowl, mash avocados.

In a food processor, pulse tomatillos until almost pureed.  Add puree to the avocados.  Add bell pepper, onion, garlic, cilantro, jalepeno, olives, and greek yogurt to the processor. Pulse until combined and nearly smooth.  Add this mixture to the avocado bowl.  Stir to combine.  Add seasonings and adjust to taste.

Enjoy what’s left of your three day weekend if you are one of the lucky ones who has one. I, unfortunately, am not and will be back in my office tomorrow.  I’m not bitter or anything.

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