Based on the humble green pea!
Although I do love a tasty avocado, many studies have shown that this produce has serious environmental consequences. Each avocado needs 320 litres of water to grow. This combined with a strongly growing global market has a major negative impact on local populations and biodiversity, mostly in South America. As consumers, we need to understand the impact our food choices have and consider that in what we buy and eat. With all that being said, I tried to find the perfect substitute for avocado. I ended up with something that is a bit smaller, but grows very close to us: the green pea! So here is a recipe for a pea-based guacamole. And really, you will not be able to tell the difference. Check out the Fresh Veggie Burrito recipe for a serving suggestion!
4oo gr of frozen green peas
6 tablespoons olive oil
small bunch of fresh koriander
1 red onion
Place the frozen green peas in a bowl and pour over some hot boiling water, just to cover them. Let that sit for 5 minutes until the peas are defrosted.
In the meantime, chop up the fresh koriander, tomatoes, red onion and chili really finely. You could add another chili if you’re in for some spice!
Drain the peas and place into a food processor (or use a stick blender). Since avocados normally have a very high fat percentage, we try to replicate this by adding a generous amount of olive oil. Together with the olive oil add the juice of 1 lime and a good amount of salt and pepper. Blitz up the peas until nice and smooth.
Place the pea mixture into a bowl and mix up with all the finely chopped up ingredients (save some for garnish). Give it a good taste and optionally season with more salt, pepper and lime juice. Finito!