I had grand plans to post up a meaty dish but instead this dish took my fancy so meatier dish will have to wait.
This was something I came up with in less than 30mins. If I was smarter and didn't forget to cook pasta for a pasta dish... it probably would have taken a shorter amount of time...
I have recently worked with Australian Avocados and felt inspired to put avocados in everything... This was one of the successes. If you like guacamole dip then you will love this dish!
Beef Spaghetti Tossed in a Guacamole Sauce
Preparation and Cooking Time: <30mins
- Enough fettucine for one
- 6 button mushrooms
- 6 snow peas in pods
- 1/4 of a carrot
- Palm size piece of lean beef
- 1/2 a large avocado
- 1.5 tablespoon of salsa dip
- 2 tablespoons chopped coriander
- 2 teaspoons lemon juice
- 1 teaspoon of honey wholegrain mustard
- Optional: jalapeno
- Bring some water to the boil and add fettucine (follow packet instructions to see how long you should cook it for. Don't overcook!)
- Prepare the ingredients that need to be cooked: quarter the mushrooms and cut each snow pea into 3 segments. Slice the beef into thin strips
- Scoop out 1/2 an avocado into a mixing bowl and mash it up so there aren't any big chunks.
- Add the salsa dip, chopped coriander, lemon juice, wholegrain mustard and jalapeno to the mashed avocado and mix
- Place the mushrooms, snow peas and beef into a non stick pan and stir fry for 5 minutes or until cooked.
- Hopefully your pasta is done by now so strain it and place the pasta into the mixing bowl with the guacamole sauce. Mix so that the sauce coats the pasta well.
- Transfer the cooked mushrooms, snow peas and beef into the mixing bowl as well.
- Grate some carrot into that mixing bowl as well.
- Toss everything together in the mixing bowl with a fork and add salt and pepper to taste!
- Transfer to a bowl and enjoy or if you're lazy like me and sitting at home by yourself it's totally acceptable to just eat from a stainless steel mixing bowl.... Don't judge me...
Because there's elements of cooked and raw ingredients in this dish, it's only mildly warm when ready to eat. This means it's fantastic in summer!
What's also good is the abundance of good fat in this dish. Avocados are a great source of monounsaturated fat which actually helps lower LDL cholesterol (the bad cholesterol) and raise HDL cholesterol (the good cholesterol) in the blood. You can say monounsaturated fat is often misunderstood as a bad thing just because it's associated with the word fat! Fat soluble vitamins such as Vitamin E and K are also found in fat so avocados are a good source of these vitamins.
What's also suprising is that half an avocado actually has 5g of fibre (almost 17% of our recommended daily requirements for fibre!) despite it tasting soft and creamy!
Avocados have a million other health benefits but I think what everyone wants to know is that this dish rocks. It's creamy without the cream, tart and tangy from the lemon and salsa and keeps you feeling full for a long time! For those that have never used avocados I've included some tips on how to choose and ripen an avocado below:
Ripening and Storing Avocados
The best way to ripen avocados is in a brown paper bag with a banana or apple. I normally buy 1-2 already ripe Hass avocados (they are purple-brown when ripe) and the rest I buy green unripe avocados to keep for longer in the fridge.
If you've got an avocado cut open, put a few drops of lemon juice or white vinegar on the flesh and wrap up to pop in the fridge. This stops it from browning.
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