Autism Awareness Day at Whole Foods Market

One of the positive qualities I really applaud is when a business not just exists in a neighborhood but brings a community together. On May 14th Hastings Ranch Whole Foods Market did just that. They hosted an Autism Awareness Day. Autism is something that is still a mystery to many folks. I have to admit; I haven’t cooked with autistic kids before. Yet, more and more families are being touched by it. I asked an expert and came up with a recipe that they could have success with and enjoy making. My admiration for Whole Foods of their philosophy and beliefs leads me to volunteer  teaching cooking classes there promoting all their wonderful products. Today I met some wonderful kids and was touched by their warm personality and willingness to try something new. If you were one the families that joined us today, thank you for making the event a success.

Simple Individual Guacamole by Sonia Chung at Whole Foods Market

Guacamole is best when mixed up right before serving. If you do have to store it a few hours before using it, then put it in a narrow container and place plastic wrap directly on top of it. The plastic will prevent the air from oxidizing your avocados.

Hardware-big mixing bowl, cutting board, knife, plastic juicer, flatware spoon, zip top plastic sandwich size bag, pizza slicer

Software-1/2 of a Ripe avocados, 1/8 size wedge of Fresh lime , 1-2 sprigs of Cilantro, 1 dash of Garlic salt, 1 diced cherry tomato

Steps

  • Wash the avocados and lime
  • Rinse off the cilantro and chop it up by rolling the pizza cutter over the leaves. Remove any thick pieces of stem. Set aside.
  • Rinse off the tomatoes and dice. (optional) Set aside.
  • Cut the avocados in half by rotating the avocado around and keeping your knife still. Give it a twist and pull apart
  • Putting your hand under a kitchen towel, place the avocado half with the seed stuck in it on the towel. Wack the seed with a knife so that the blade is slightly embedded in the seed. Give the knife a twist to remove the seed. Place your hand over the back of the knife and pinch right behind the seed and this should make the seed fall off the knife w/out any threat of cutting yourself.
  • Pass the avocado halves to your child. Let them do the rest.
  • Using your flatware spoon scoop out the shell into the plastic sandwich bag.
  • Sprinkle it with garlic salt. Remember to use less because you can always add more later
  • Press the air out of the bag and zip it up. Mash up the avocados by squeezing the bag.
  • Get the lime wedge. Squeeze lime juice into the bag.
  • Add the cilantro and smash it around in the bag.
  • Add the tomatoes and stir gently. Chill until ready to serve.
  • To serve, use kitchen scissors and snip off the bottom corner and let the kids squeeze it out onto a plate.

I like to serve this with baby carrots, celery, and the oven baked no salt added chips or the oven baked flax seed Omega 3 chips. It is also great in sandwiches and wraps instead of mayo. Try it on your next BLT (bacon, lettuce, tomato). I use the Applegate brand turkey bacon over at Whole Foods. Enjoy.

I will be making an encore appearance on Sat. May 22 from 2-4 for a healthy after school snacks cooking class. We will be making Banana in a Blanket, Turkey, Hummus and Veggies in a Pita Pocket, and Super Smoothie a Go Go. The class is free and you will leave with recipes and a full tummy.

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