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Creamy minted pea and avocado dip

Posted Nov 08 2012 10:49am

My go-to snacks always involved avocado, lime and salt. Together these three simple ingredients make a winning combination. Thickly spread on toast with slices of tomato, it is just delicious! I do sometimes, however, think I need to spice my usual up a little and add a few extra flavours to keep my favourite snack interesting, and adding peas, mint and brazil nuts is an amazing way to do this. They instantly add a new depth of deliciousness, which only takes an extra 2 minutes to prepare. It’s awesome. It’s like an alternative guacamole!

Adding the brazil nuts really gives the avocado a wonderful new texture, that is a little creamier and richer than normal, while the peas add an almost sweet flavour which is perfectly complimented by the freshness of the mint and tanginess of the lime juice. Together it is  really heavenly, so light, simple and fresh tasting.

You know it’s so goof for you too, of course, with all the fibre, vitamins and wonderfully healthy omega-3 fatty acids from the avocado. As well as the protein and selenium from the brazil nuts – just one ounce of these fantastic nuts provide you with 774 percent of your recommended daily intake of selenium, which is awesome as this mineral is essential to immune and thyroid function – two things which are crucial for keeping healthy! Did you know peas also contain unique phytonutrients which provide us with key antioxidant and anti-inflammatory benefits? Who knew that the most common veg around was so special! It really is an incredibly healthy, delicious snack.

It makes a perfect spread for toast or cracks, an amazing dip for crudités or even a pasta sauce! I use a very similar recipe for my favourite zucchini pasta, which you can see here:

I’ve been loving it with these delicious ryvita style crisp breads that I’ve been making using almonds, cashews, sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, flaxseeds, carrots and tomato puree. I will post that recipe as soon as possible as it compliments the deliciously easy nature of this snack so well!

Makes one small bowl:

- 1 avocado

- 1/2 a cup of peas

- 4 brazil nuts

- 2 – 3 tablespoons of water

- a handful of fresh mint leaves

- 1 juicy lime, 2 if it’s not ver juicy

- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar

- salt

First rinse the peas with warm water, letting them defrost for a minute. They don’t need to be cooked but the dip is way too cold if you use totally frozen peas!

Then juice the lime before adding all of the ingredients to a food processor, it should take 2-3 minutes for a beautifully smooth consistency to form.

Then slather over toast, crackers, put in a pot and dip your veggies in – whatever you do, enjoy! You’ll love this.

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