I learned an important lesson over the weekend. Do not go to the grocery while you are stressed out.
You’ve heard about the whole “don’t go to the grocery store when you’re hungry” thing, right? Stress shopping is its psychological counterpart and is equally devastating to the wallet.
What I’m trying to say is that I came home from Trader Joe’s this weekend having spent about 25% more than my weekly haul usually costs me. I actually consider that an accomplishment given the crazed mental state that I was in.
As it turned out, I didn’t actually do too badly. I bought some extra lean protein, a bag of edamame crackers (which are excellent, by the way), and this bad boy:
I don’t buy avocados very often. Maybe it’s because I am usually cooking for myself and can very easily inhale one all on my lonesone in a single sitting. Maybe it’s because they always seem to be the most expensive produce item in the store. Maybe it’s because they often become a vehicle for far too many chips to pass through my lips.
Regardless, in my weakened state I caved and bought this beauty and waited four whole days for it to ripen.
Given the amount of patience I bestowed on my avocado, I decided that merely smashing it into guacamole wouldn’t do. Oh no, this avocado was destined for greater things.
Strawberry Avocado Pico de Gallo
1/2 ripe avocado
5 ripe strawberries, diced
1/8 cup onion, finely diced
1/8-1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
salt, to taste
squeeze of fresh lime juice
1. Cut crosshatches in the flesh of the avocado and scoop into a bowl with a spoon.
2. Combine with remaining ingredients and serve immediately.
I added shrimp to mine and had a nice little ceviche-style dish with a side of blue corn tortilla chips.
You could (and should) also add some jalapeno to this for some heat, but I tragically neglected to pick one up during my free-for-all.
I told you stress can have serious consequences.