Holy Guacamole!

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Guacamole, you either love it or hate it… in my case, I love it! I think for most people it’s a consistency thing. I personally like to add diced tomatoes in mine to give it some texture. Guac is good with so many foods, chips, tacos, burgers, salads, the list could go on and on. Some say it has no flavor to it, but I guarantee this recipe will have lots of flavor! Give it a try, you will be surprised how your taste buds will react ūüėČ

Take a medium sized bowl.¬†Grip the avocado gently on one side with one hand. With a large, sharp knife in the other hand, cut the avocado lengthwise around the seed. Open the two halves to expose the pit. Take a spoon and scoop out the pit. Then scoop inside of the skin with your spoon and place into the bowl. Mash with a fork. Mince the following: garlic, onion, jalape√Īo, and cilantro. Dice up your tomatoes. Add the lime juice, green chilies, vegetables, herbs, and spices. Mix well. Serve!

What you’ll need:
4-5 ripe avocados

1 clove garlic, minced
1/3 onion, minced
1/2-1 jalape√Īo, seeded and minced well (1/2 for less spicy)
1/2 tomato diced 
1/3 cup (or handful) of cilantro, minced
Juice of half a lime
2 tbsp canned mild green chilies
Salt & pepper

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Hummingbird Cake

Sweet summertime! Everyone loves the sunny days, laying out by the pool, drinking an ice cold lemonade (maybe an adult beverage if you will). But when I think of summer, I think of all the amazing¬†salads, seafood, BBQ, and fresh fruit! I usually don’t crave desserts, unless it’s frozen yogurt or ice cream, but this hummingbird cake is amazing and the perfect treat this summer! This coffee cake is filled with fresh pineapple, bananas, and coconut and topped with a sweet icing sprinkled with nuts.

Perfect for a lovely breakfast paired with a cup of coffee or a nice and light dinner dessert. The crispy outside meets the soft moist inside, and let me tell you, you’ll be in heaven! Not to mention, it’s super easy to make!! So let’s get started.

Preheat your oven to 350¬į. Grease your bunt pan with butter, then pour flour over the greased parts. Tip the pan over and pat to remove excess flour. Take a small bowl and combine the flours, baking powder and soda, cinnamon and salt with a whisk. Set aside.

In an electric mixer, beat the butter and sugar on med-high until soft and fluffy about 2 minutes. Mix in the eggs one at a time until well incorporated. Blend in vanilla and coconut extract (if available). Beat in the yogurt. Take a rubber spatula and evenly mix together from the sides of the bowl.

On low speed, take your dry ingredients and place half in the mixer. Then take your mashed bananas and the other half of dry ingredients and mix well until just incorporated.  Take your rubber spatula and add your coconut and pineapple, do not mix, but fold gently.

Pour your mixture into the bunt pan and evenly spread. Place in the oven for 50-55 minutes, turning the pan halfway through baking. Once it’s ready take a toothpick and stick in the center of the pan, if it comes out clean then it’s ready!

Let cool 20-30 minutes, then turn over on a wire rack and gently take a knife and slide out onto the wire rack. Allow to cool completely before pouring the glaze on the cake.

To make the glaze, whisk together all of the ingredients in a small bowl until smooth. If it’s too thin, add more confectioners sugar, if too thick add another tsp of milk. Drizzle the glaze over the top of the cake with a large spoon. Sprinkle with the chopped nuts and coconut.

Slice, serve, impress.

What you’ll need:
For the cake:
1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup whole wheat flour
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
¬ĺ tsp. salt
¬Ĺ tsp. ground cinnamon
8 tbsp. unsalted butter, at room temperature
1 cup sugar
2 large eggs
1 tsp. vanilla extract
1 tsp. coconut extract (if available)
1 cup low-fat plain greek yogurt
2 mashed bananas
2/3 cup shredded coconut
1 cup finely chopped pineapple

For the glaze icing:
2 oz. cream cheese, softened
2 tbsp. milk
¬Ĺ tsp. vanilla extract
¬ĺ cup confectioners‚Äô sugar ( maybe more if needed see recipe)

For the topping:
shredded coconut
chopped walnuts & pecans
enough to cover the amount you would like!! I used about 1/3 cup each

I derived this recipe from none other than my fav. food blog annies-eats.com

Fresh Green Beans with Lemon Butter Sauce & Sun Dried Tomatoes

¬†I love vegetables! I think one of the easiest and best fresh-tasting veggies out there are green beans. Nothing beats that satisfying crunch when you bite into a crisp beautifully green bean. You may think it’s easier to just buy a can and pop it in the microwave, but I can¬†guarantee that it will take you almost just as much time when making them fresh! And it tastes 100% better! Not to mention you don’t skimp out on those vitamins and minerals you may be missing out with the canned version.

I made this particular recipe with my Steak Involtini (ahhhmazing!)¬†and I thought it went perfectly together!! But, you don’t have to make these with just Italian dishes, it would taste good with almost any dish! The lemon butter sauce really brings out that green bean flavor and the sun dried tomatoes give it that extra bite! I promise you will not be disappointed with this side dish!

First you want to rinse off all of your green beans well. Then, snap off the ends of each bean, almost like you would the ends of asparagus. Then, add salt to some water in a medium sauce pan and bring to a light boil. Add your green beans, being sure to stir often, and lightly boil for 4-5 minutes. (If you like your green beans on the softer side, just boil for an extra 2-3 minutes) Once it’s done, you will see that they turned a bright green color. Drain the green beans then place in a bowl of ice water, or run ice cold water over the beans for a few minutes. This is called blanching and it basically keeps the green beans bright color and also keeps it crisp

In the same saucepan, melt about 2 tbsp of butter on medium heat. Once melted, turn your heat down slightly (to med-low) and add your green beans, lemon zest, sun dried tomatoes, salt & pepper, and stir. Once stirred, add lemon juice. Stir constantly for about 1-2 minutes, or until the sauce is well mixed and the sun dried tomatoes are warm. Serve and enjoy!!

What you’ll need:
1 lb fresh green beans (or less depending on how many people you’re feeding)
2 tbsp butter
Zest of half of a lemon
Juice of 2 lemons
1/4 cup of sun dried tomatoes (about a hand full)
Salt & pepper to taste