Skinny Guacamole

Skinny Guacamole

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, May/June 2012

This delicious guacamole recipe replaces half the amount of high-calorie avocado in a traditional guacamole recipe with a stealth, low-calorie vegetable—zucchini—to cut 100 calories and 6 grams of fat so we can eat more guacamole with fewer calories. We use the microwave to cook the zucchini until it's very tender, but you can steam it on the stovetop if you prefer.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 1 large zucchini, cut into ½-inch cubes
  • 1 large ripe avocado, cubed
  • ¼ cup coarsely chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup finely chopped onion
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • ½ teaspoon hot sauce, such as Tabasco, or more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


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  1. Place zucchini in a microwave-safe dish, cover with a damp paper towel and microwave on High until tender, 4 to 5 minutes. Drain in a sieve, pressing lightly on the zucchini to extract any liquid.
  2. Transfer the zucchini to a large bowl; add avocado, cilantro, onion, garlic, lime juice, hot sauce and salt and coarsely mash until combined.
  • Make Ahead Tip: Cover and refrigerate for up to 1 day.

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: about ½ cup
  • Per serving: 96 calories; 8 g fat(1 g sat); 4 g fiber; 8 g carbohydrates; 2 g protein; 58 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 692 IU vitamin A; 16 mg vitamin C; 22 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 167 mg sodium; 408 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin C (27% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: ½
  • Exchanges: 1 vegetable, 1½ fat

Reviews 2

July 16, 2012
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By: EatingWell User
Great alternative to high-calorie, fatty guac! I have to say that I LOVE guacamole. Sometimes I crave it like crazy, but I know I can't eat it like crazy. Until now. I made this a tiny bit. I didn't have cilantro and I didn't measure how much lime juice I used. I just squeezed one lime into the mixture. I used a fresh-from-the-garden zucchini - unpeeled and unseeded - I threw in some tomato and jalapenos, and I used a food processor to get it as smooth as I liked.. which was still pretty chunky. I really loved this guacamole! I ate it with chips (baked torilla shell, and Garden of Eatin's jalapeno lime chips), on a grilled-chicken wrap, with grilled lime-pepper chicken, and a deli turkey wrap. YUUU-UM! Pros: Easy to prepare, tastes great, acceptable nutritional content
June 18, 2012
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By: Kelly Ramstack
Lower-Calorie Guac without Sacrificing Flavor This recipe uses 1 avocado and 1 zucchini making it a lower-calorie guacamole. I peeled the zucchini, chopped it, then microwaved as the recipe directed. Once the zuc is cooked, you just mash in the rest of the ingredients. So easy! We loved the flavor and so did my parents. It does have a little bit different texture and taste than regular guac but I don't think people would notice unless you told them. Pros: tasty, healthier, easy to make Cons: different texture
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