Avocado Mash

This is guacamole, more or less. Maybe less, since there are only 4 ingredients! Scoop it up with whole-grain chips or raw vegetables, top your sandwiches or burgers with it, spread it on toast, or dollop it on top of chicken, fish, or your favorite salad. Owen Osborne, our Kids Advisory Board member, recommends adding a little garlic to the mash. What would you add?
 

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Hands-on time: 10   |    Total time: 10   |    Makes: 1 cup

KITCHEN GEAR

Cutting board
Sharp knife (adult needed)
Small bowl
Fork

INGREDIENTS

1 perfectly ripe avocado, peeled, pitted, and cut into large chunks
1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
pinch kosher salt
1⁄4 teaspoon chili powder

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. Put the avocado in the bowl and mash it with the fork until it has the texture you like best.
  2. Add the lime juice, salt, and chili powder (if using) and mash again. Taste the mash. If it needs a pinch more salt or chili powder, or a squeeze more lime juice, add it and then taste again. Serve right away.
     

KITCHEN SCIENCE

Avocados contain an enzyme called polyphenol oxidase, which causes the avocado to turn brown when it comes into contact with air. People use different methods to keep a cut avocado green: keeping the pit inside, rubbing the cut surface with lemon juice, putting it in water, or wrapping it in plastic wrap. Conduct an experiment to see which one works best!