Kyle MacLachlan’s Guacamole: A Guilt-Free Makeover From Hungry Girl

09/16/2013 at 11:15 AM ET

Hungry Girl guacamole
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Lisa Lillien is the author of the popular Hungry Girl website and email newsletter, featuring smart, funny advice on guilt-free eating. She is also the author of eight Hungry Girl cookbooks, five of which debuted at number one on the New York Times Best Sellers list. Read her blog every Monday for slimmed-down celebrity recipes and more. 

While browsing PEOPLE’s new CelebFood recipe database, I found myself ogling Desperate Housewives star Kyle MacLachlan… I mean, his Delicious Guacamole!

As you likely know, guac tastes amazing and is made mostly of avocado, which is full of healthy fats. (Fun fact: Tom Selleck, Jason Mraz and Jamie Foxx all own avocado farms!)

But those fats—and the calories that come with them—add up quickly, especially when you factor in fried tortilla chips. So I decided to lighten up Kyle’s original recipe.

My take uses Greek yogurt and peas to fill out the guacamole (giving you a larger portion size for fewer calories), but you can’t even taste ’em! Baked chips seal the deal.

Hungry Girl’s Supersized Guac and Chips

Makes 6 servings

12 6-inch corn tortillas

1¼ tsp. salt, or more to taste

1 15-oz. can early/young peas, drained

4 oz. (about ½ cup) avocado, mashed

¼ cup fat-free plain Greek yogurt

1½ tbsp. lime juice

½ tsp. garlic, minced

⅛ tsp. black pepper, or more to taste

⅓ cup cherry tomatoes, quartered

¼ cup red onion, finely chopped

¼ cup jalapeño (about 1 medium jalapeño), seeded and finely chopped

2 tbsp. chopped fresh cilantro

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Spray two baking sheets with nonstick spray.

2. Stack tortillas and cut in half. Cut each half into three triangles, making 72 pieces. Evenly lay half of the triangles on the sheets, and mist with nonstick spray. Sprinkle with ¼ tsp. salt. Flip and sprinkle with another ¼ tsp. salt. Bake for 5 minutes. Carefully flip and bake until crispy, about 5 more minutes. Repeat to make the second batch.

3. Thoroughly mash peas in a medium-large bowl. (Or puree peas in a small blender or food processor and transfer to a medium-large bowl.) Thoroughly mix in avocado, yogurt, lime juice, garlic, pepper, and remaining ¼ tsp. salt. Stir in remaining ingredients, and enjoy!

1 serving (about ⅓ cup guac with 12 chips): 180 calories, 4g fat, 720mg sodium, 31g carbs, 5.5g fiber, 5g sugars, 6g protein


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On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

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