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9 Stuffed Avocado Recipes

I cannot get enough of avocados. Aside from being nutritious (they are a good source of dietary fiber, vitamin K, copper, folate, vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin E and vitamin C) avocados are incredibly healthy too, providing our bodies with a wealth of health benefits. I've whipped up a number of scrumptious avocado dishes, but one of my favorite ways to eat an avocado is to stuff it. Stuffed avocados are incredibly easy to prepare and make for a fun and tasty appetizer, snack or side dish. Here are nine stuffed avocado recipes that combine good fat with some protein.
 
 

Getting Started: How to Cut and Peel an Avocado


In the recipes below, halved avocados will be used. This video shows you how to properly peel, cut and seed an avocado in under a minute. Take a look:
 

 

 

 

9 Delicious Ways to Stuff an Avocado


 

1. Ceviche-Stuffed Avocado

Avocado

Shrimp is low in fat and a great source of (low-calorie) protein - a four ounce serving of shrimp supplies your body with 23.7g of protein, for as little as 112 calories and less than a gram of fat. Shrimp are a great source of vitamin D - which helps regulate the absorption of calcium and phosphorous, essential minerals for strong teeth and bones.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cooked shrimp
  • 1/2 tomato, diced
  • 2 tablespoons red onion, diced
  • Juice of half a lime
  • Cilantro for garnish

Directions:

Chop the shrimp into bite-sized pieces then combine with the diced tomatoes and onions, lime juice and cilantro in a bowl. Stuff the halved avocado with the ceviche mix and enjoy!

 

2. BLT-Stuffed Avocado
Avocado

While bacon may not be the healthiest ingredient to add to a recipe, small amounts can be enjoyed alongside nutritious ingredients, providing a great source of protein.

Ingredients:

  • 1 strip bacon
  • 2 tablespoons tomato, diced
  • 1/4 cup leaf lettuce

Directions:

Cook the bacon in a skillet, then remove and chop into small bite-sized pieces. Mix the bacon together with the tomatoes and the lettuce in a bowl, then stuff the halved avocado with your BLT mix and enjoy!

3. Tuna Salad-Stuffed Avocado
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One of tuna's most well-known health benefits is its significant impact on heart health. Tuna contains very high levels of omega-3 fatty acids, helping to reduce cholesterol in the arteries and blood vessels.

Ingredients:

  • 1 can (4 oz.) tuna
  • 1/2 avocado
  • 1 tablespoon onion, diced
  • 1 teaspoon lemon juice

Directions:

Mash the tuna in a bowl with a fork and combine well with the remaining ingredients. Stuff the halved avocado with this simple, yet delicious tuna salad recipe and enjoy.

 

 

 

4. Hamburger-Stuffed Avocado
Avocado

Aside from being rich in protein, lean beef is a fantastic source of vitamin B12, zinc and selenium.

Ingredients:

  • .25 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder

Directions:

Over medium-high heat, cook the ground beef in a skillet and stir in the paprika, garlic and chili powder. Once the beef has cooked through, stuff it in the halved avocado and enjoy.

5. Sweet Potato-Stuffed Avocado
Avocado

Sweet potatoes are a great source of vitamin A and vitamin C as well as potassium, dietary fiber, vitamin B1 and vitamin B2, making them an exceptionally beneficial food for our health.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 sweet potato, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Cut the sweet potato into bite-size pieces and cook on high heat with some olive oil in a skillet. Once soft and cooked, stuff them in the halved avocado and sprinkle with some salt and pepper.

6. Scrambled Egg-Stuffed Avocado
Avocado

Besides being an incredibly versatile ingredient, eggs are exceptionally nutritious. They contain a good source of vitamin A, folate, vitamin B5, vitamin B12, vitamin B2, phosphorus and selenium, alongside many other nutrients.

Ingredients:

Directions:

Prepare light and fluffy scrambled eggs in a skillet. When done, stuff the eggs in the halved avocado and sprinkle with cayenne, salt and pepper. Enjoy!

7. Cilantro Lime Shredded Chicken-Stuffed Avocado
Avocado

Chicken is a great source of protein. It contains essential vitamins and minerals and controls cholesterol and blood pressure.

Ingredients:

  • 1 chicken breast
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • 1/2 teaspoon cilantro
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Cook the chicken in a baking dish for 35 to 45 minutes until the chicken is completely cooked through. Shred the chicken using a fork and combine with the lime juice, cilantro and red pepper flakes. Stuff the halved avocado and enjoy.

8. Garlic Kale Salad-Stuffed Avocado
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Kale is a good source of protein and is low in calories (one cup contains nearly 3 grams of protein and 33 calories). It is rich in folate, a B vitamin that is essential for brain development and it's also a good source of vitamins A, C and K.

Ingredients:

  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2-3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups shredded kale

Directions:

Cook the kale in a skillet with the garlic and olive oil, until soft. This should take approximately 5 minutes. Once done, stuff the ingredients in the halved avocado.

9. Tomato Onion Lemon Herb-Stuffed Avocado
Avocado

Tomatoes contain a wealth of nutrients and vitamins, including impressive amounts of vitamins A, C and K, as well as significant amounts of B6, folate and thiamin.

Ingredients:

  • 2 tablespoons tomato, diced
  • 2 tablespoons onion, diced
  • 1/4 teaspoon lemon zest
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Pinch red pepper flakes
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Directions:

Combine all the ingredients in a bowl, mixing well and ensuring that all the ingredients are coated in the lemon juice. Once done, stuff the mix in the halved avocado and enjoy.

 

Source: images and recipes blog.paleohacks.com

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