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Chef Walter’s Avocado Gazpacho

For more on Chef Walter for Deborah Heart and Lung Center, visit: www.deborah.org

The grams of total fat are higher in this recipe than many heart healthy recipes, but don’t be alarmed. The fat content is because of the “good” monounsaturated fat in the avocados. Monounsaturated fat accounts for 60% of the total fat.

Avocado Gazpacho

A Recipe by Chef Walter Staib

Serves: 6

3 large California avocados or 2 Florida avocados , peeled, cored and chopped
1 cup tomatillos, peeled and chopped
2 cups cubed cucumbers
1 cup fresh cilantro
1/4 red onion, chopped
2 cloves fresh garlic, minced
1 Tbsp green chilli pepper, chopped
3/4 cup low sodium chicken vegetable stock
1/4 cup fresh lime juice (juice of 2 juicy limes)
1 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
1 avocado, diced
2 green onions, chopped
½ cup tomatillos, chopped
1/4 cup freshly chopped cilantro

Place all the ingredients in a blender or in a large bowl and puree until smooth or use a hand held blender. While blending, stream in the olive oil to create and smooth consistency.

Ladle into bowls and top each bowl with the remaining chopped avocado, green onions, tomatillos and cilantro for garnish.

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