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The Best Guacamole Ever

Celebrate Cinco de Mayo or any gathering with this best guacamole ever! I’m not kidding. 

The Best Guacamole Ever

Okay… I know that it’s a bold statement to say that a recipe is “THE BEST EVER,” but this really is the best, I promise! Not to toot my own horn, but hey, there’s a reason why I’m in charge of making guacamole for any gathering with family and friends. I’ve been making and perfecting guacamole for years now, so I don’t even measure anything anymore, but I did just to share this amazing recipe with you all!

To me, the perfect guacamole is something that’s simple, with no crazy ingredients. There are various versions out there with unique add-ins that I have seen and tried. However, I always go back to this simple and classic recipe that tastes pretty dang close to the guacamoles that I have tried in Mexico.

The Best Guacamole Ever

I’m actually quite excited that it’s less than a week since I came back home from Mexico after our wedding there, and it’s going to Cinco de Mayo tomorrow! I seriously loooooove Mexican food and I’ll take any excuse to consume it as often as I can. And no Mexican dish is complete without some delicious guacamole.

So if you want to be loved on by your friends and family tomorrow (or any day), whip up a batch of this guacamole, and they won’t stop raving about it. And if you need some delicious paleo chips to go along with it, I highly recommend Siete Foods tortilla chips. They are grain free, crispy thin, and so delicious! They make three flavors that are all amazing: Sea Salt, Lime, and Nacho.

The Best Guacamole EverThe Best Guacamole Ever

Need more Mexican dish inspirations for Cinco de Mayo? Here are some of my favorite recipes from the archives:

Grain-Free Paleo Taquitos

Mexican Stuffed Delicata Squash

Chili Lime Pork Spare Ribs

Paleo Mexican Hot Chocolate

Mexican Shakshuka

Paleo Horchata

Hope you enjoy this colorful and fun holiday!

The Best Guacamole Ever

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The Best Guacamole Ever
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 large or 3 small hass avocados
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp cumin (Omit for AIP)
  • Optional: ¼ tsp cayenne (Omit for AIP)
  • ¼ cup diced onion
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • Optional: 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
Instructions
  1. Peel and seed the avocados, and scoop out the pulp into a large bowl.
  2. Pour lime juice over the avocados.
  3. Add salt, cumin, and cayenne (if using), and mash together with a fork or a potato masher.
  4. Add onion, garlic, and cilantro (if using), and stir together.
  5. Let sit in the fridge for at least 15 minutes before serving, so the flavors can meld together.

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The Best Guacamole Ever (Paleo, Whole30, Vegan)

Paleo Creamed Spinach

Paleo Whole30 Creamed Spinach

I’m writing this from our new house in Long Beach, CA, and I couldn’t be happier! This house is so comfortable and it’s everything I’m looking for in a home: lots of natural light, huge backyard, and hardwood floors! Oh, and we also have a gas stove that I’m very excited about. Our last place had an electric one and I did not love it.

Needless to say, this past week has been a whirlwind, with getting things out of storage and getting settled into our new home. However, it’s so nice to finally have a place to call home, and I’m eager to get back to work again.

Today’s recipe is paleo creamed spinach, and I’m kinda obsessed. I love dishes that make you eat a ton of veggies by wilting them down like crazy, and this recipe does just that. Especially when they are doused in a heaping amount of healthy fat!

Paleo Whole30 Creamed Spinach

This creamed spinach is thickened with coconut milk and tapioca starch, and you wouldn’t even know that you are missing the dairy! I couldn’t stop eating this because it was so delicious.

If you need a way to fit in plenty of greens, or want to make a spinach dish that your kids will enjoy, I hope try out this creamed spinach. It’ll have you fall in love with spinach all over again!

Paleo Whole30 Creamed Spinach

Paleo Creamed Spinach
 
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Ingredients
  • 2 tbsp ghee or coconut oil
  • 1 onion, chopped,
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 big bunches of spinach, stems removed
  • 1 can of full-fat coconut milk
  • Juice and zest from ½ lemon
  • 2 tbsp tapioca starch
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Red pepper flakes, to garnish
Instructions
  1. Heat ghee or coconut oil in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Add onions with salt and pepper, and cook until translucent, about 5 minutes.
  3. Add minced garlic and stir for 30 seconds.
  4. Add spinach (in batches, if necessary) and cook for 4-5 minutes. Make sure to stir often until wilted.
  5. Pour in coconut milk, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Season with salt and pepper, and let it simmer for 10-12 minutes until the sauce is reduced and thickened. Stir in tapioca starch.
  6. Remove from heat, sprinkle with red pepper flakes, and serve.

Paleo Whole30 Vegan Creamed Spinach Side Dish

Daikon Radish Fries

AIP Paleo Daikon Radish Fries

Hello from LA! We are finally at our final destination on our Pacific Coast Highway road trip and I’m seriously loving all the palm trees, sunshine, and the warm weather. I’d rather not got back to NorCal but we’ll be heading back on January 1st. At least that’s the plan for now.

I also plan to do a blog post on this trip with my mom and how we handled being on an AIP diet for almost 2 weeks while on the road, so stay tuned! In the meantime, I’m excited to share this delicious daikon radish fries with you. These are AIP as well, and I made them so my mom and I can enjoy them together.

AIP Paleo Daikon Radish Fries

AIP Paleo Daikon Radish Fries

AIP Paleo Daikon Radish Fries

If you are even a little bit normal, fries are the best, most addicting things ever. I can go to town on them, but I don’t love the crappy oils that they cook them in at restaurants and I can feel the brain fog afterwards. So I try to make them at home often, and these daikon radish fries came together the other day when I had a giant daikon radish leftover after making my slow cooker Korean short ribs.

AIP Paleo Daikon Radish Fries

AIP Paleo Daikon Radish Fries

AIP Paleo Daikon Radish Fries

If they look slightly burnt, that’s all good. That just means they crisped up nicely and will give that delicious crunch. My only complaint was that I didn’t make enough! These were dangerously addicting and were gone in no time. My mom couldn’t stop raving about how good they were.

If you are looking for a tasty and addicting fries recipes that’s healthy and lower in carbs, you need to make these daikon radish fries because they are awesome!

AIP Paleo Daikon Radish Fries

Daikon Radish Fries
 
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Ingredients
  • 1 large daikon radish
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, softened
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Use a shark knife to cut the radish into fries, about ½ inch thick and 3 inches long.
  3. Soak under water for 20-30 minutes to get rid of excess starch. Drain and pay dry.
  4. Place the radish fries in a large bowl with coconut oil, salt and ½ tsp thyme leaves. Toss until the fries are coated in seasoning.
  5. Lay the fries on a baking sheet in a single layer, making sure the pan isn't too crowded.
  6. Bake for 50 minutes, flipping the fries half way through, until the fries are darker in color and crispy.*
  7. Sprinkle with the rest of the thyme leaves and eat with your favorite dipping sauce!
Notes
*Every oven is different, so make sure to watch the fries closely and adjust the time accordingly.

Paleo Gluten Free Whole30 AIP Daikon Radish Fries