With the arrival of our newest bundle of joy last month, we are keeping things simple in our house, especially when it comes to cooking. At the same time, however, we don’t want to sacrifice taste or comfort, which is why I love this creamy avocado salsa recipe. So easy, but a real treat for all of us!
This recipe is special because it also celebrates Las Posadas, the wonderful Christmas tradition from Latin America that recreates Joseph and Mary’s search for shelter before the birth of Baby Jesus. This festive time is one of joyous gatherings of family and friends, filled with laughter, song, and – of course – great food!
This tradition is especially poignant for our family this year, as it celebrates community and family, two things that are of particular importance when a child is born. We live far away from our families: mine is scattered throughout the US, while my husband’s is in Costa Rica, distances that seemed even greater as our due date drew near. And while our families did their best to support us (last minute plane trips, Skype, packages of presents), we knew we would be leaning heavily on friends when our little girl arrived.
And so it was. Friends and neighbors babysat as we went to the birth center: one dear friend responded to a desperate text at 5 am, while another cheerfully spent all day with our boys. In the days that followed, women from my moms’ group – some of whom I had never even met before – dropped off hot meals, while other friends offered to take our older children out for play dates. Blogger friends sent guest posts and gave my articles extra love. My personal inbox and Facebook page were flooded with well wishes and offers of help.
In short, our family – including our new little one – was surrounded with love and support, at a time when we sorely needed it. And that is what Las Posadas represents to me: a celebration of community, as people come together to provide shelter and support to those in need.
HERDEZ® is encouraging this wonderful tradition by sharing favorite recipes and traditions, plus a contest! (See details below). Here is an easy holiday recipe made with HERDEZ® Salsa Verde, perfect for Las Posadas or other holiday celebration. Even for busy families like ours, it is easy to put together!
Avocado Salsa Recipe
2 ripe avocados
1 & 1/4 to 1 & 1/2 cup, HERDEZ® Salsa Verde
Dash of lemon juice
Mix all ingredients well in a blender. Adjust proportions as needed. Enjoy as a dip or as a topping for tacos. I’ve even seen it used as a sauce for pasta!
How are you celebrating with your loved ones this holiday season?
Las Posadas Instagram Contest
As this holiday brings family and friends coming together enjoying food and celebrations, HERDEZ® brand is holding a photo contest on Instagram. The Share in the Magic of #MisPosadas contest lasts from December 7th – January 6th.
Each week, a fill in the blank question relevant to the holiday will be posted for fans to answer with a photo. Three top winners will be selected as well as honorable mentions. Prizes are as follows:
– Grand Prize: Dinner prepared by a personal chef for up to 4 people in your very own home!
– 2nd Place: $250 Gift Basket
– 3rd Place: $200 Gift Basket
– Honorable Mention: Custom T-shirts