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Sometimes plans just don’t work out. I had planned so many things today and they just did not happen.  I had planned to clean the kids closets and sort out summer clothes. I had planned to write several blog posts. I had planned to sort my paper work. None of this happened. Partly because I was busy doing other stuff n the kitchen this weekend… partly because I just didn’t feel like it. So I didn’t. So there. :p

I had even planned to make guacamole but my avocados just were not ripe. You can’t make guac with unripe avocados. It’s just not right. So I needed a different plan…

Green Pea Guacamole. A lighter Guacamole | www.infinebalance.com

Generally, I’m a purist when it comes to guacamole. Avocado, salt and lime. Sometimes I’ll add a tomato. That’s it. Nothing else. No hot sauce. No garlic. No onions. Just avocado. Mashed with salt and lime. The best in my southern Ontario, limited experience of Mexican cuisine. Which is not saying much, I realize.

So..  I had one avocado and made Roasted Chickpea tacos for dinner {which was really good, I’m posting this here recipe soon}. But one avocado does not guacamole make. And I needed something for the tacos. I had heard of using green peas for guacamole. Peas I had. One avocado, some peas, lime and then… this is where it all went crazy weird. Sometimes crazy is good. Right?

The peas needed something other than salt and lime. I added green onion, garlic and cilantro. The result is a creamy dip, cool and refreshing. Slightly sweet but well-balanced with the garlic, onion and cilantro. Is it the same as the real thing? No. But it’s a tasty spread in its own right, a lighter guacamole. Less fat than the traditional. Awesome in tacos and with tortilla chips. And totally consider adding some jalapeno’s for some heat if you wanted.

Lighter guacamole

Green peas! Yes - there are green peas in here. So you can make guacamole even if you don't have enough avocado ready to go. It's lighter. And so yummy.


  • 1 Hass avocado
  • 2 cups frozen green peas thawed
  • 1 clove garlic finely grated or minced
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • 1/4 cup packed, cilantro
  • juice of one lime
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  • Thaw peas by placing them in a seive and running them under cool water. Be sure to drain very well.
  • In a food processor, using the s-shaped blade, add all ingredient and blend until smooth. Stopping the machine as needed to scrap down the sides. Taste for seasoning, add more salt if needed.
  • Serve with chips.
Trish Cowper