hmp – guacamole

While guacamole isn’t a meal in and of itself, it could be with the right chips to dip into it.  Because of that, I’m including it in the Homemade Meal Project.  Plus it’s one of those foods that’s easy to just buy off the shelf but not much harder to make at home.  The result of a homemade guacamole recipe are always delicious.


1 large ripe avocado (ripe avocado give when you lightly squeeze them)

1/4 cup of salsa

2 teaspoons lime juice

1/4 teaspoon garlic powder

dash ground chipotle

dash salt

Cut avocado in half, lengthwise and twist to separate halves.  Using a spoon separate the avocado’s fruit from the peel discarding the pit.  Place in medium bowl.  Add lime juice, garlic powder, chipotle and salt.  Mash the ingredients together using a fork or spoon, mixing well.


To store, cover guacamole with plastic wrap making sure that the plastic makes contact with the guacamole in order to prevent browning.

Now wasn’t that easy?

My guacamole took on a brownish tinge right away because of the salsa.  To avoid this try adding fresh tomato, onion and jalapeño instead of salsa.

Now, I mentioned that guacamole isn’t a meal all by its lonesome but don’t worry, we didn’t eat this on its own.  Stay tuned for the very first guest post on Pomelo Sunshine to hear what we had for dinner tonight.

Do you buy your guacamole or make it at home?

What do you like to top with guac?

hmp: chicken quesadillas

I’m borrowing Todd’s mom’s car this week because mine is in the shop and she and his dad are on a cruise anyways.  Good timing, right?  Well since we had to go pick up the car anyways, Todd and I decided to cook dinner there for a change of pace.  Not to mention their kitchen is a bit more luxurious than ours which is a bonus.  I planned to make pasta with chicken and pesto for dinner but right before we left, I got a craving for Mexican.  Todd loves Mexican food so it was an easy sell.

We dropped of my car then ran to the store to get some ingredients – cheese, peppers, avocado, whole wheat tortillas, etc. – all the makings of quesadillas.

We marinated the chicken in fajitas seasonings and got the veggies ready to go.  They were so pretty, I’m always amazed at the vibrancy of colors found naturally in foods.

While the chicken marinated I got to work on fresh guacamole.  Again, we used pre-made guacamole seasoning but fresh avocados.  This was my first time making guacamole and it turned out well.

Honestly, I didn’t even like guacamole until this past summer so making it at home never really crossed my mind before.  Next time, I’d like to make it from scratch but hey, you have to start somewhere, right?

This pic turned out a little blurry so I made it little.  Scooping on the avocados was so easy, I had no idea that the fruit would come out so cleanly, it was so easy – and I like easy.

We snacked on chips and salsa for a few more minutes then got to work on cooking the chicken and vegetables.

We had a minor incident with the marinade burning but it was quickly resolved and the chicken tasted great when it was done.  After stuffing our quesadillas full of chicken, veggies and cheese, I browned them up and it was dinner time.  A comer!

Look at all of that cheese oozing out.  Yummy!  This was definitely the best quesadilla I’ve ever made at home, it totally filled my craving for Mexican food.

After dinner Todd and I snacked on chocolate chip cookies and worked on our wedding playlist.  It was fun to look through our libraries and download songs we wanted to add to the playlist.  We’re having a band but we need to have some filler songs for when they’re taking a break.  We’re trying to fill up the breaks with those dance tunes that are harder for a band to play like Rihanna, Shakira, Lady Gaga, Ke$ha – well, at least those were my contributions to the play list.  Those artists aren’t usually on my daily playlist (except Shakira, there’s always room for Shakira) but for the wedding, I want to dance!  We barely have a month left until the wedding and I can’t wait to celebrate with everyone.  Doing things like making playlists is really make it feel real, so exciting and nerve-racking!

If you’re married, what things did you and your groom do together to prepare?

What songs are a must for a wedding playlist?  What would be on your “do not play” list?