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Recipe: Roasted Jalapeño Guacamole with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

I love Mexican food, and guacamole is irresistible – this version even more so, with the addition of smoky roasted jalapeño and the light crunch of toasted pumpkin seeds.

And you can't do better than avocados for fantastic nutrition. They come by their superfood status honestly!

Not only do avocados boost your metabolism with a healthy helping of fiber, they also offer plenty of omega-3 fatty acids to help your body burn more fat.1,2 Omega-3s have also been linked to improved brain function, lower stress hormones, and better heart health.3-9

If you're not sold on these fruits yet (Yep, avocados are really great big berries…), how about the fact that the phytochemicals in avocados have been proven to help fight cancer and slow the growth of cancer cells?10-12 Nutrients in avocados can also help protect your skin from UV radiation and damage, as well as improve your skin elasticity.13-15 That's medical speak for fewer wrinkles!

So grab your avo and let's start cooking! (If you're not sure how to choose ripe avocados, check out this blog.)

I recommend prepping the other ingredients while your pumpkin seeds toast and jalapeños roast. You won’t believe the depth of flavor you’re rewarded with after just 20 minutes of cooking time.

And to complete your Mexican Fiesta, try Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup, Cilantro Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup, or my Tequila Treat. Let the party begin!

Roasted Jalapeño Guacamole with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds

  

August 23, 2016

How much heat can you handle? Enjoy the smoky flavor of roasted jalapeño and the crunch of toasted pumpkin seeds in this delicious guacamole recipe.

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yields: 4 servings

Ingredients

6 tbsp raw pumpkin seeds

2 medium jalapeño peppers

1 avocado, flesh coarsely mashed with a fork

3 tbsp finely chopped red onion

1 small plum tomato, seeded and chopped

3 tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

1 tbsp lime juice

1/2 tsp sea salt

Directions

1Preheat oven to 300F.

2Spread the pumpkin seeds on a medium baking sheet and bake, stirring occasionally, until lightly toasted, 10-12 minutes. Spread on a plate to cool for 5 minutes.

3Preheat broiler.

4Place jalapeños on a baking sheet and broil 4 inches from the heat, turning occasionally, until skin is blistered, 4-5 minutes.

5Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes, then peel off and discard charred skins. Dispose of seeds and stems and finely chop the peppers.

6Combine the pumpkin seeds, peppers, and remaining ingredients in medium bowl and mix well.

This recipe is part of the Mexican Fiesta menu, with Roasted Jalapeño Guacamole with Toasted Pumpkin Seeds, Mexican Chicken Tortilla Soup, Cilantro Turkey Burgers with Chipotle Ketchup, and JJ's Tequila Treat. Check out the Mexican Fiesta Menu and Guide for links to all the recipes, plus more handy tips and activities for a wonderful party full of south-of-the-border style!

Originally published in The Virgin Diet Cookbook, Grand Central Life & Style, 2014

For more delicious, nutritious recipes, check out jjvirgin.com/recipes.

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Nutrition Facts

Calories184 calories
Sodium233 milligrams
Protein5 grams
Sugar0 grams
Total Fat15 grams
Saturated Fat2 grams
Total Carbohydrates8 grams
Dietary Fiber4 grams

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Article Sources:
1 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23282226
2 https://nutritionj.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/1475-2891-12-155
3 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5540884/
4 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5622679/
5 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3664913/
6 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21403995
7 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3650509/
8 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21298116
9 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15671130
10 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3664913/
11 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3148526/
12 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3148526/
13 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3664913/#R95
14 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3664913/
15 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3664913/

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