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Food 101: Basic Guacamole

In my experience guacamole seems to be one of those foods that most people either love or hate.  Some people are happy with any guacamole, but others take it much more seriously.  There was even a huge social media blow-out (Guacamole-gate) when it was suggested that a guacamole that included peas could be superior to others.  Personally I’m more on the traditional side of guacamole things.  A good basic guacamole is a culinary multi-tasker.  You can set it out as a dip at a party, put it in a burrito, on a sandwich, or use it as a topping for quesadillas, chicken, etc.

Guacamole can range from super basic to super loaded.  With this post I’m going to go over how to make a super basic guacamole and then add some suggestions to amp it up a bit if desired.  There’s really only 3 ingredients you need for your most basic guacamole: avocado, lemon or lime juice, and salt.  Once you have this base you can easily decide on other ingredients to add in to give your guacamole a different taste to fit the occasion.  Or just eat it as is.  Whatever suits your mood that day.

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The line-up

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We Can Do It Better: Taco Bell Quesarito Recipe

Another few months, another new Taco Bell featured item… son of a bitch. Anyone who’s read our past WCDIB posts knows I used to be a raging Taco Bell junkie, but stopped eating it years ago when I switched to a healthier diet. Whereas I’d jump in my car and race to the nearest Taco Bell upon seeing an ad for something new, now I simply bow my head and shed a single tear. Fortunately though, since starting Poor Couples Food Guide, Meg and I have started recreating popular franchise foods as a hobby of sorts. Not only does it make it easier to bear the temptation, but making your own versions at home is rewarding since you can actually improve upon the source material.

That brings me to Taco Bell’s newest item. Want to know how to make your own Quesarito at home?

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Quick Recipe: Guacamole Grilled Cheese

In my mind grilled cheese sandwiches are one of the best lunch foods around.  They’re quick, easy, and have that nostalgia factor since they’re also a childhood favorite.  Except that the grilled cheese you can make as an adult is way better than the kind you used to get as a kid.  In addition, they can easily be altered to fit the food mood you’re in just by changing up the cheese and other flavorings you use.  Today I’m going to share one of my go-to grilled cheese sandwiches.

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Snack Report: Wholly Guacamole 100 Calorie Packs

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Do you love avocados and guacamole as much as I do?  Of course you do, they’re delicious!  Avocados are great because they’re both tasty and good for you since they’re full of the good kind of fats as well as vitamins C, E, and K.  The main downside to avocados (and therefore guacamole as well) is that they oxidize and get all brown and mushy super fast after being cut in to.  That means you usually have to use all of an avocado at once, and finish guacamole fairly quickly after opening it.  And sometimes, you just want a little bit.  This is where the Wholly Guacamole 100 calorie packs come in.

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