Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Mustard is a Magical Spice {super guacamole}

I love mustard. I also love bacon. Mustard and bacon are pretty magical - just a tiny bit of these two ingredients can take any dish from bland to delicious! And mustard comes in many forms: mustard seeds, mustard powder and prepared mustard.

There are many ways to "prepare" mustard, and the results can vary from the very mild tasting "yellow" mustard to a very spicy mustard oil that isn't for the faint of hearts, all while passing through a vast array of flavors and levels of spiciness.

Mustard seeds also happen to be little powerhouses full of amazing health benefits. 

  • They have anti-inflammatory properties thanks to selenium and magnesium, thereby reducing the effects of conditions such as asthma and rheumatoid arthritis.
  • Rich in phytonutrients, mustard fights against intestinal cancers - even going so far as preventing cancer cells from developing!
  • The natural sulfur found in mustard seeds gives it anti-fungal properties, helping clean out the digestive tract as well as heal the rest of the body.
  • It's also a good source of certain vitamins and minerals - not to mention omega 3 fatty acids! 
Are you as convinced as I am that mustard belongs in the superfoods category? 

{Bonus - calling it a superfood gives me the right to put it on everything!}

Even if you're not as sold as I am, you can still make this yummy guacamole. It goes together in a snap and is delicious scooped up with plantain chips, served over mashed fauxtatoes, mixed into scrambled eggs or even eaten straight from the spoon! Have fun playing with the seasoning as well.

Super Guacamole

  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 tbsp yellow mustard
  • 1/2 lemon, juiced
  • 1 shallot, diced
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • Sea salt and black pepper, to taste
  1. Mash the avocado with the rest of the ingredients to desired smoothness. 
  2. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  3. Serve immediately or store in the fridge, covered, for up to three days.

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