Full of creaminess and healthy fats, avocados are a wonderful addition to your healthy lifestyle and can be eaten often!
I love them scooped right out of the skin, with a sprinkle of salt & pepper, or simply diced and tossed in with other foods such as salads, soups or nourish bowls. I also use them as a condiment for burgers and sandwiches, they make a great replacement for mayo.
They are extremely versatile and can be served in many ways. Today we’ll be serving them stuffed, and as you can imagine they taste amazing with a variety of fillings!
But before we get to the recipe, I thought it would be fun to share a few facts about avocados…
- You probably already know that avocados are considered a fruit, but did you know they are technically a berry – a very large single-seeded berry.
- Avocados are one of the only fruits to contain a good dose of protein, 4 grams per avocado. In fact, they contain all of the essential 18 amino acids the body needs to run smoothly and rebuild itself.
- These amazing fruits are a great source of potassium, containing just under 1000 milligrams which is twice as much as a banana!
- You’ll never see an avocado ripen on the tree, as they only ripen once picked. If picked too soon, without time to develop its oils, they will stay hard and won’t become the creamy avocado that you know and love.
- Did you know you can use avocados in place of butter when making baked goods? Simply puree them and use them 1 for 1 (in equal parts) in your baking recipes. This one I’ll have to try, maybe some kind of chocolate loaf or cupcakes!
- Too ripen avocados, try placing them in a bag with a banana or apple for 1 – 3 days, checking occasionally. The natural ethylene gases released will help ripen your avocado to perfection.
So there you have it, a few tidbits about avocados!
And now without further ado, I hope to inspire you with a few versions of this delicious side (or light meal) for you to consider. There truly are many ways to stuff an avocado!
Gather your ingredients and let’s get to it…
First off, we’ll start with a mixed medley of diced fruits and vegetables. I diced up cucumber, bell peppers, red onion, tomatoes, jalapeno and garlic and combined them with a thinned hummus to bind. It’s a cool and refreshing combination with a slight spicy kick.
Secondly, I just updated this Greek Quinoa & Chickpea Salad and had some leftover. I thought it would be a perfect stuffing for avocados and have it pictured here as well. You may even try stuffing your avocados with this mock tuna ‘Chickpea of the Sea’ Salad or this classic Mashed Chickpea Salad.
Let these be a starting point for you. You can add/subtract whatever you wish. You can even double stuff them if you like. I Hope this inspires something wonderful within! :)
Stuffed avocados anyone? Both festive and fun, they make for a great snack, side or light meal. Enjoy the various ways to stuff your avocados!
- 2 – 4 avocados, sliced in half and seed removed
- 1 lemon, juice of
- small handful grape tomatoes, diced
- 1/3 cucumber, diced
- 1/3 orange bell pepper, cored and diced
- 1 jalapeno, seeds removed and diced
- 1/4 red onion or 1 small shallot, diced
- 1 garlic clove, minced or 1/8 – 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 – 2 tablespoons hummus, tahini, vegan mayo or garlic aioli
- mineral salt & fresh cracked pepper, to taste
Prepare the ingredients. Once you’ve sliced the avocados and removed the seeds, squeeze or rub a little lemon juice on the flesh to keep the browning at bay.
Place the tomatoes, cucumber, bell pepper, jalapeno, onion, and garlic in a small/medium mixing bowl, add just enough of the hummus/tahini/vegan mayo to bind.
Fill avocados and top with salt, pepper and squeeze of lemon.
Try adding in some freshly chopped herbs to your mixture. You may consider a little dill, oregano, basil, cilantro, etc.
For versatility, try stuffing your avocados with this Greek Chickpea and Quinoa Salad as shown above. Alternately, you can also use this mock tuna ‘Chickpea of the Sea’ Salad or classic Mashed Chickpea Salad.
Nutrition information is for the use of 3 avocados.