Silken Guacamole

Dinner's a party when appetizers become the main course. You can boost the nutrition content of classic guacamole with this delicious recipe. Don't be afraid of the silken tofu. Sure, it's like flan made from beans, but you won't notice its creepiness once you mash it in. Plus it adds a great deal of protein, and — not to sound too much like a 1950s housewife talking about ground beef — it really stretches the avocado.

Note on Dippers: Serve the most wholesome dippable food you can get away with: whole grain breadsticks or crackers (Ak-Mak and Finn Crisps are brands that we like, though they need to be broken into pieces); strips of whole wheat bread or toast; pita chips; whole grain tortilla chips; and veggies such as snow peas, raw carrots, bell peppers, and celery sticks, or lightly steamed broccoli, sugar snap peas and green beans.

Hands-On Time: 15 minutes
Ready In: 15 minutes

Ingredients

    2 ripe avocados, halved and pitted
    Half a 1-pound container silken tofu (use the rest for a smoothie)
    Juice of one lime (about 2 tablespoons), plus a few scrapings of the zest
    1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
    1 large clove garlic, pressed
    1 tablespoon chopped cilantro (optional)

Directions

  1. Use a fork to mash together all the ingredients except cilantro, or put them in a ziplock bag and let your kids squeeze and mash it with their hands and feet. If you like your guacamole really smooth, whiz it all up in a food processor. Stir in cilantro and taste to see if it needs more salt or lime.

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