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Sunday, April 7, 2013

Stuffed Avocados


Last October I decided to go "Gluten Free" for health reasons and I have never felt better. My friends always ask me what do you eat on a "Gluten Free" diet? I share some of my go to foods and explain that just because I don't eat "gluten"...I'm not deprived. I feel like I eat more rich decadent food now than I did before because I eat & cook whole foods. 

One of my go to foods are "Avocados". I eat them for breakfast, lunch & diner. They are a great source of fiber and vital nutrients. A typical Avocado will cost you about $1 each unless you can get a great deal at a local farmer's market. I usually buy mine at Costco or Raley's depending on price.

I found this recipe on Pinterest for Avocados 3 ways.
 The first recipe is for Baked Stuffed Avocados with Quinoa,Tomatoes & Feta. I usually have all those items on hand and thought this would be a great recipe to try. 



 Ingredients:
2 Avocados
1 Tomato
2 cups of Brown Rice/Red Quinoa blend (purchased at Costco)
1 cup of Feta cheese (I like Trader Joe's)
Salt & Pepper to taste
21 Seasoning Salute (I use this as an all purpose seasoning for my grilled chicken)


I followed the directions according to the recipe, except I used a brown rice & red quinoa blend instead of just plain quinoa. The great thing about this blend is that it's pre-cooked & frozen and I can just pull it out of the freezer when ever I need rice...I hate waiting for rice to cook.

 After I mixed everything together it needed a little bit of salt& pepper and it tasted AMAZING! I could have just eaten it cold, and I think this would be a great cold salad for a summer picnic or a day at the lake...if you leave out the cheese.


I also decided to do grilled chicken breasts with some spicy Gluten Free Chicken Sausages (purchased from Costco). I love Aidells products because they are gluten free and they really do make some yummy sausages. The Manchego Cheese with Fire Roasted Onions tastes like a chorizo and is a great addition to black bean soup or breakfast tacos. 

In our house I am the queen of marinades and spice rubs. I prep the meat while Alex gets the grill going. I really like the 21 seasoning salute from Trader Joe's, its great on chicken, fish and beef. I always drizzle a little olive oil on my meat of choice and then sprinkle a generous helping of the seasoning that I then rub in by hand and set a side until the grill is ready. It is totally fine to leave meat out for a few minutes while the grill is heating up depending on the weather.


This is a picture of the finished Avocados after they have been stuffed and sprinkled with Feta cheese.The Avocados are then placed in a pre-heated 375 oven for about 10 minutes. 


Who knew baked Avocados could be so beautiful. I love to eat pretty food, because we always eat with our eyes first.

This is the mouth watering finished product...

Grilled Chicken & Sausages with a fresh mango and a Stuffed Avocado.
The Avocado was warm and creamy mixed with the salty feta... all I have to say is YUMMO!
This recipe was super easy and best of all healthy. I can't wait to make this again.