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Seriously Fun Snacks: Sweet Pea Guacamole

Who can say no to a snack? No one in their right mind, that’s who! The Spanish call them tapas and they make a daily event of them – a light fourth meal.

sweet pea guacamole and chips

Photo: Alycin Bektesh/WFIU

For a healthy snack, try this alternative to avocado guacamole: a minty, fresh sweet pea guacamole.

Who can say no to a snack? No one in their right mind, that’s who! The Spanish call them tapas and they make a daily event of them – a light 4th meal. And when I was in Manhattan there was a whole “grazing” craze that went on for a few years, but those dishes were just basically snacks as well.

The food can be serious, but more importantly serious fun. I always like to throw in a few curve balls just to keep folks on their toes. When the portions are small and prices reasonable, people are willing to take a chance on something they might not order at a more formal sit-down dinner. Beef tongue anyone?

Perfect for Entertaining

Many snacks can be made ahead and dished out quickly when your guests arrive. This makes them perfect for holiday entertaining when you never know who or how many are going to show up. Many can also be packed up and taken to friends as gifts.

All cultures have snacks and “street foods” which you can use for inspiration. You can do a theme party around Thai, Indian, Brazilian, Puerto Rican, or Russian dishes. Celebrate your own ethnic background with friends or discover someone else’s. Snacks are a great way to learn about the cuisines of the world in micro portions.

So if you’re feeling a bit lonely, invite a friend over for a snack. They can’t turn you down.

Sweet Pea Guacamole

Sweet Pea Guacamole

Yield: 3 cups

Ingredients

  • 1 pound sweet green peas - cooked until skins are tender and shocked in cold water
  • chili pepper - your favorite, to taste
  • 1/2 pound silken tofu
  • 1/2 cup fresh mint
  • olive oil to desired consistency
  • 1 clove garlic - minced
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • hot sauce to taste

Cooking Directions

  1. Puree ingredients together in a blender until smooth.
  2. Season to taste with salt, pepper and favorite hot sauce.

Now you’ve got a tasty vegan guacamole that even the most adamant tofu haters will enjoy.

If you’re interested in growing sweet peas, plant them in your garden now as they don’t like it especially warm. You’ll have a batch ready to share with friends in 2 to 2 and a half months.

Chef Daniel Orr

Chef Daniel Orr is the owner of FARMbloomington and the author of several cookbooks. He draws from a lifelong curiosity about individual ingredients combined with extensive training in the art of finding food’s true essence and flavor. The result is simple, yet sophisticated; the best of American food tempered by classic European training.

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