Vegetarian Stuffed Avocado Recipe
Make these vegetarian stuffed avocados as a delicious meal idea! Whether you’re looking for a savory breakfast alternative or simply want a healthy lunch or side dish for dinner, this quick and easy recipe is a great way to use up extra avocados you may have on hand.
Vegetarian Stuffed Avocados
These vegetarian stuffed avocados make a quick and easy meal. Try this easy recipe as a healthy dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner! With just 14 grams of net carbs, this dish is perfect for those watching their carb intake. While the fats from the avocado help to keep you feeling full and regulate blood sugar levels.
This recipe for stuffed avocados is so easy! Made without the inclusion of meat, this dish contains vegan mayonnaise so it’s suitable for a fully plant based diet as well. Not only that, but there’s no need to use the oven to create this tasty meal or snack. This no bake recipe means you don’t have to heat up the oven on those hot summer days.
Made in a similar manner as chicken or tuna salad, this vegetarian summer recipe can be adapted as desired. So, no matter what your dietary restrictions are, you can enjoy this avocado recipe anytime this amazing fruit is in season. This low carb recipe is ideal if you’re on a less strict keto diet.
What are Avocados?
Avocados are a fruit. More specifically, however, they are actually berries as they fit all the botanical criteria for this designation. They consist of a fleshy pulp with a large seed inside that’s surrounded by a green exocarp, or skin. Unlike most fruits, or more specifically berries, avocados are savory rather than sweet.
Health Benefits of Stuffed Avocados
Avocados have a number of amazing nutritional benefits that promote health and wellness. If you’re trying to eat healthier and cleaner, avocados make a great addition to your diet!
Following are some of the nutritional and health benefits you’ll enjoy when you consume stuffed avocados:
- Avocados are a wonderful source of healthy fats. Over 75% of the fats found in avocados are unsaturated, therefore they make an excellent substitute for foods that are high in saturated fats or trans fats.
- These fats found in this stuffed avocado recipe not only help you feel full longer, but they also slow down how quickly carbohydrates are broken down and process. This in turn can help to regulate blood sugar.
- This nutritious berry contains no sodium or cholesterol making them a healthy food choice for everyone.
- Avocados contain five essential nutrients that promote heathy eating. These nutrients are fiber, folate, vitamin K, pantothenic acid, and copper. In addition, this fruit also contains nearly twenty more vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients our body needs to flourish.
- Unlike other fruits, a half of one avocado contains less than 1 gram of sugar.
- Avocados contain a natural plant sterol called beta sitosterol. This compound helps promote healthy cholesterol levels which can have a positive impact on heart health.
- Just half an avocado contains around 18% of your daily intake of vitamin K, a necessary nutrient for bone health.
- The high fiber found in these vegetarian stuffed avocados can improve digestion and help prevent constipation.
- Avocados are rich in folate which not only helps fetal development, but may also reduce the risk of depression.
How Do You Ripen Avocados?
Avocados only ripen after they are picked. While it’s easy to find ripe avocados at the grocery store when they’re in season, occasionally you end up with fruit that’s not quite there yet. If you’re craving a tasty avocado recipe right away, it is possible to ripen avocados more quickly.
In order to hasten the ripening process, simply place the unripe avocados in a brown paper bag along with an apple or a banana. The avocados should ripen within 2 to 3 days afterwards.
Stuffed Avocado Ideas
There are so many options when it comes to stuffing avocados. While I provide a basic recipe for stuffed avocados below, I also wanted to share some other ideas as to what you can put inside an avocado to create a delicious meal.
- To add extra protein to these stuffed avocados, add a half cup of cooked quinoa to the recipe.
- Include fresh herbs to the avocado stuffing to add a spark of flavor. Great options include basil, oregano, cilantro and dill.
- Spice up this recipe by mixing in a jalapeño that’s been deseeded and diced.
- Swap out the vegan mayo for regular mayonnaise if you don’t need plant based condiments. Or try using hummus or garlic aioli in its place.
- Try adding grilled shrimp or canned tuna for another version of vegetarian stuffed avocados.
- Swap out the celery sticks with a diced bell pepper of your choice.
- Add cherry tomatoes to kick the flavor of this recipe up a notch or use them in place of the tomato called for in the recipe.
- Sprinkle grated cheese or crumbled feta on top of your stuffed avocados. If you’re vegan, try plant based cheese instead.
- Make a stuffed avocado breakfast by filling avocados with eggs, bacon and cheddar cheese for a non-vegetarian option.
- Put chickpea tuna, grain salad or even bean salad inside avocados for another exciting way to make vegetarian stuffed avocados.
- Mix 1/2 teaspoon of chili flakes with lime juice together. Then add into the mix to create a spicy version of this recipe for stuffed avocado.
- You don’t have to stick to a single condiment when recreating this recipe. Try adding a Tablespoon of mustard for a unique flavor.
- Both garlic and corn kernels also make wonderful additions to this vegetarian dish.
Vegetarian Stuffed Avocado Recipe
- 3 ripe avocados
- ⅓ cucumber
- 2 small celery sticks (about ⅓ cup when chopped)
- 1 tomato
- ½ red onion
- ½ cup vegan mayonnaise
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 tsp dried parsley (optional)
- Wash and dry all the produce. Then dice the tomato, cucumber, celery and onion into small pieces.
- Place the produce into a medium sized bowl. Add the vegan mayonnaise, garlic powder and salt. Mix well to combine.
- Slice the avocados in half. Remove the stone or seed from each.
- Carefully scoop out 1-2 Tablespoons of avocado from the center of each avocado half.
- Stuff the avocados with the filling you previously made, filling each half to the top with the mixture.
- Garnish the vegetarian stuffed avocados with dried parsley to suit.
- You may also garnish this vegan dish with fresh, roughly chopped herbs such as parsley or oregano. If desired, you can also add a fresh squeeze of lemon juice to help prevent browning as well as to add some flavor contrast.
- You’ll want to eat this avocado dish immediately for the best appearance, texture and flavor. Serve one stuffed avocado as a main course for your family. Or cut each one half to enjoy as a side dish to your primary meal.
- These stuffed avocados are best served fresh. If you have leftovers that need to be stored, you can refrigerate them in an airtight container overnight. While the avocado may oxidize and turn brown, this dish is still safe to eat the following day. However, I don’t recommended keeping leftovers for longer than that.
- To help prevent browning, you can add a squeeze of lemon juice to the vegetarian stuffed avocados before storing.