Watercress Guacamole with Homemade Vegetable Crisps Recipe

With its strong peppery flavour and bright green hue, watercress really adds a punch to this creamy guacamole. Try your hand at making your own crisps at home - simply slice up some beetroot, sweet potato and parsnip and bake in the oven for a healthy, colourful spin on the classic snack. This recipe is also vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free, perfect for guests with dietary requirements.

Serves 4 - 15 mins to prepare and 20-25 mins to cook - 229 calories / serving



Ingredients
125g (4 1/2oz) frozen peas
1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing
2 beetroot, very finely sliced
1 sweet potato, very finely sliced
1 parsnip, very finely sliced
1 ripe avocado
1/2 x 85g bag of watercress
1 spring onion, roughly chopped
1 lemon, juiced
1 tbsp pumpkin seeds

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Blanch the peas in a pan of boiling water for 3-4 minutes, until cooked. Set aside until cool.

Heat the oven to gas 6, 200°C, fan 180°C and brush 1-2 baking trays with a little oil. Toss the finely sliced veg with 1 tbsp oil. Spread out on the oiled trays and bake for 10 minutes. Turn the vegetables and bake for 5-10 minutes, until crisp. Cool on wire racks.
For the guacamole, put the avocado, watercress, spring onion, most of the lemon juice and some seasoning in a food processor. Blitz until smooth.
Drain the peas, then add to the food processor and pulse to roughly chop. Taste and add a splash more lemon juice if needed, then transfer to a bowl. Garnish with the pumpkin seeds. Serve with the crisps.
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