Author Jean Morrison
Avocado and Cream Cheese Dip
This healthy dip teams well with summer weather. It is so cooling in it's colour and in its taste. You can use the Philadelphia Cheese that has less than 5% fat for this dip recipe so the recipe is decadent without being rich or unhealthy.
Cooking time: 0 minutes
Quantity: Makes 2 cups full
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2 avocados, skinned and stones removed
250 gm tub Philadelphia "Less than 5% fat" cream cheese
Few sprigs of coriander, finely chopped
1 tablespoon mild sweet chilli sauce
1 tablespoon lime juice (bottled variety is fine)
1 spring onion very finely sliced
Salt and pepper to taste
In a processor blend the first five ingredients together till smooth. Add the spring onions,salt and pepper and mix in well. Chill for an hour.
Don't go too heavily with the fresh coriander. It's a powerful herb. Just stir in the spring onions. Don't use the food processor at this stage. You want to keep the texture of the spring onions in the finished dip.
Avocados provide more than 25 essential nutrients, including fibre, potassium, Vitamin E, B-vitamins folic acid and lutein. The phytochemicals they contain are naturally occurring chemical compounds found in foods that may prevent disease and preserve good health. Vit. E is a powerful anti oxidant that is known to fight cancer, to slow aging and to protect against heart disease . Lutein is believed to protect against prostate cancer and eye disease such as cataracts and macular degeneration. Avocados contain 60% more potassium than bananas contain. They are high in fat but they contain mono unsaturated fats which are good for the heart. Because they are high in fat they contain more calories than other fruits and vegetables do. One avocado contains about 300 calories. Avocados are native to central America and it is believed the Aztecs regarded them as a sexual stimulant.
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