I love simple meals with a lot of flavor. I made these Spicy Quinoa Stuffed Avocados for lunch the other day and thought they would be perfect to share with you for a healthy veggie alternative. You can serve them for lunch or with dinner and add as much or as little spice as you’d like.
This meal also packs a nutritional punch with the high protein quinoa to the silky, smooth healthy fat of the avocados. And it is incredibly delicious. This is a great meal to balance out the abundance of holiday goodies coming your way.
The great thing about this recipe is you can add or delete any ingredient. It’s a great dish to tailor to your taste buds.
- Spiced Quinoa:
- Avocados (1 small avocado per person)
- ½ cup quinoa
- 1 can black beans (rinsed)
- ½ chopped red pepper
- ½ cup corn
- ½ chopped red onion
- ¼ cup chopped cilantro + some for garnish
- 1 tbsp taco seasoning
- Cilantro ‘sour cream’
- 1 cup cashews soaked for at least two hours
- 2 tbsp cilantro
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp agave (if you want it sweeter)
- dash of salt
- Start by rinsing your quinoa well and then place it in a sauce pan and toast for about two minutes until the quinoa starts to smell ‘toasty.’ Add one cup of water or vegetable broth and bring to boil. Once boiling, reduce heat to simmer and cover. (To get fluffy quinoa, it’s really important to not stir it, just let it be, keeping a close eye on it)
- Chop the red onion and red pepper and add all the ingredients, minus the quinoa, in a bowl and mix well with the taco seasoning. Once the quinoa is finished and has cooled, add it to the vegetable mixture.
- Put the mixture in the refrigerator to cool.
- Drain the cashews and place them in a blender. Add ¼ cup water, apple cider vinegar, agave, and salt and blend. You may want to add more water until the mixture is silky and smooth but I recommend doing so a little at a time. Once the consistency you want, pour into a bowl and place in the refrigerator to cool
- To assemble the avocados, begin by cutting them in half, removing the skin and the pit. I also scooped out part of the avocado to make a little room for more stuffing.
- Scoop about ½ a cup of the quinoa mixture into each avocado, more if you can fit it.
- Finish with a little cilantro ‘sour cream’ and some chopped cilantro and serve.
++ There has been some confusion on what to do with the cashews once soaked and what exactly is cilantro sour cream so I’m updating this to clarify The cashews are for the cilantro sour cream. Once the cashews have soaked for the recommended time, place them in the blender with the water, apple cider vinegar, agave and salt and blend. Add the cilantro in and blend for about 10-15 seconds. Assemble the quinoa stuffed avocados and then put a dollop of the ‘sour cream’ on top and garnish with more cilantro.
Hope that clarifies!
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