Quinoa Stuffed Avocados


Quinoa Stuffed Avocados


Healthy, delicious and a great way to get some healthy avocados into your diet, these quinoa stuffed avocados are as refreshing as they are pretty. While they may have a bad reputation for being high in fat, the fat contained in avocados provides health benefits, and helps increase our absorption of fat-soluble nutrients like carotenoids.


Quinoa Stuffed Avocados


This recipe couldn’t be simpler to throw together. Make my recipe for Texas Caviar, and toss 2 cups of the mixture with cooked quinoa (1 cup dry quinoa with 2 cups of vegetable broth) and you have your stuffing mixture. One ripe avocado will make you two stuffed halves, and 1 cup of dry quinoa will yield 3 cups cooked, so plan accordingly to how many you need. Top with a drizzle of the dressing from the Texas Caviar mixture, and finish them off with some sriracha hot sauce and freshly chopped cilantro. The quinoa stuffing will save for a few days in fridge, which makes it an easy and quick lunch to throw together when you’re short on time, and you can use the rest of the Texas Caviar the way it was intended – as a dip! Trust me, it will get gobbled up before you know it.

You will need the recipe for Texas Caviar, and you can find that by clicking here.

Quinoa Stuffed Avocados
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Serves: 1-2
 

Healthy and refreshing quinoa stuffed avocados make a great appetizer or light meal.
Ingredients
  • 2 cups of Texas Caviar recipe (link to recipe above)
  • 1 cup dry quinoa; soaked and rinsed
  • 2 cups vegetable broth
  • 1 ripe avocado
  • 1 lime; juiced
  • ¼ cup fresh cilantro; chopped
  • Sriracha hot sauce or hot sauce of your choice

Instructions
  1. In a medium saucepan, bring 2 cups of vegetable broth to a boil.
  2. Add in rinsed quinoa and bring mixture back up to a boil. Cover saucepan and turn heat to low. Cook for 15 minutes or until all of liquid is absorbed.
  3. When finished, remove from heat, remove lid, stir, and set aside to cool. You will want quinoa to cool to room temperature before using it.
  4. Prepare your Texas Caviar mixture (link to recipe above).
  5. When quinoa has cooled to room temperature, place quinoa into a large mixing bowl and mix in two cups of the Texas Caviar mixture, making sure to include some of the dressing. Stir to thoroughly combine.
  6. Cut your ripe avocado in half and carefully remove the pit.
  7. With a large spoon, gently scoop around the edges to scoop out your avocado. Place avocado halves on a plate and coat thoroughly with your lime juice to add extra flavor and prevent the avocado from browning.
  8. With a spoon, carefully fill your avocado halves with the quinoa mixture.
  9. Drizzle some of the dressing from the Texas Caviar on top, and finish off with a drizzle of hot sauce and freshly chopped cilantro.
  10. Serve and enjoy!

Notes
You will have plenty of quinoa mixture left over to use which will save well in the fridge for a few days. Use leftover Texas Caviar as a dip, or to make more quinoa mixture if you need to double your recipe.

 

 

 

 

6 comments on Quinoa Stuffed Avocados

  1. Yead
    January 18, 2014 at 2:48 am (2 years ago)

    Looking so great. I love this food. Great idea.

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    • Danielle
      Danielle
      January 18, 2014 at 7:54 am (2 years ago)

      Thanks Yead!

      Reply
  2. Stephanie
    January 9, 2015 at 1:23 pm (1 year ago)

    This looks so, so delicious. I LOVE avocados and I’m trying to incorporate more meatless meals with protein from veggie sources. Can’t wait to try it!

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    • Danielle
      Danielle
      January 9, 2015 at 2:00 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks, Stephanie! My husband and I love these! Hope you enjoy them as much as we do :)

      Reply
  3. Lezlie
    May 14, 2015 at 8:31 am (1 year ago)

    im a little confused. What am I doing with the scooped out avocado? Am I putting the lime on that and eating it later or putting the lime in the scooped out shells? Thanks

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    • Danielle
      Danielle
      May 21, 2015 at 3:59 pm (1 year ago)

      You can put lime on both parts to keep the avocado flesh from browning too much. I like to dice the scooped avocado and mix it into the quinoa mixture.

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