As a lover of all things creamy & goat cheesy, I'm surprised that I didn't come up with this combination sooner, but my beau gets credit for this one. As you may have read in some of my previous posts, we recently moved in together, which means that I've now got a co-chef in the kitchen! Bringing someone else into the mix has infused my culinary adventures with fresh inspiration. I can be a little bit of a know-it-all when I put on my chef's hat (#human), but I've noticed that when I put my bossy-pants aside, I can actually get some valuable input from my man. Which yields amazingly delicious recipes. Like this one!
On my quest for discovering foods that nourish creativity, I'm always on the look out for brain- and immune-boosting ingredients. When our brain receives the nourishment that it needs, those synapses can start firing up to generate creative thoughts. And when our immune systems are working optimally, our bodies have more energy to devote to creative endeavors. This recipe features two superstars that support both of these functions:
Avocados ~ The fats in avos keep our brain cells flexible. They are also high in monounsaturated fatty acids which help protect the nerve cells in our brains that support our information-carrying nerves.*
Habañero Peppers ~ These cute but spicy little peppers contain a high concentration of vitamin C; a powerful antioxidant and a potent immunity booster. I've also noticed that the spice in habañeros has an immediate mind-clearing effect. Even a small sliver whooshes straight to my brain and wakes me up. This is awesome for clearing up any brain fog your might be experiencing.
2 large, ripe avocados
1/4 cup plain creamy goat cheese
Organic Extra-Virgin Olive Oil, a drizzle
2 tbsps lemon juice, freshly squeezed from organic lemons
1 habeñero pepper, thinly slivered
Cilantro, to garnish
Real Salt, to taste
Cayenne, to taste
Combine avocados, goat cheese, lemon juice and salt in a bowl of your choice. Mash until you reach your desired consistency (I'm more of a creamy guac gal, but keeping it chunky is just as yummy). Blend in your small habañero slivers. Drizzle olive oil on top (for an extra brain boost), and garnish with cilantro & cayenne.
I love savoring this recipe with organic sprouted corn chips or thinly sliced raw yams.
Enjoy the brain-boosting and taste-bud tickling effects of this yummy guacamole!
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As always, wishing you all love & creativity,
author: Leah Steiner // photos by: Leah Steiner