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Sunflower Guacamole

Serves 4.

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    Sure, it breaks from tradition, but sunflower greens infuse guacamole with fresh, nutty flavour. Beyond using as a dip for tortilla chips or sliced vegetables, try using this guac as a spread for toasted bread and top with roasted chicken, fried eggs, black beans, or smoked salmon.

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    Tip: When the first true sunflower leaves appear, make sure to harvest the shoots within a couple of days. If left too long they will become fuzzy and bitter tasting.

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    If keeping leftovers, place a thin layer of water over the surface of guacamole during storage as a barrier to oxygen to keep browning at bay. Pour water off before serving and then give it a stir.

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    Sunflower Guacamole

    Ingredients

    • 2 avocados
    • Juice of 1/2 lime
    • 1/4 tsp (1 mL) salt
    • 2/3 cup (160 mL) roughly chopped sunflower shoots
    • 1/4 cup (60 mL) finely chopped red onion
    • 1/2 jalapeno, finely chopped

    Nutrition

    Per serving:

    • calories191
    • protein4g
    • fat15g
      • saturated fat2g
      • trans fat0g
    • carbohydrates15g
      • sugars1g
      • fibre7g
    • sodium157mg

    Directions

    01

    Place avocado, lime juice, and salt in bowl and mash into a chunky mixture. Stir in sunflower shoots, red onion, and jalapeno.

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