Dinner in 10: Stuffed Avocados

It has been a looong week! I have had some great fun, a dinner and a blogger fondue meetup, but everything else has seemed to be difficult. I am having a hard time finding balance right now with so much going on at work, my husband’s Masters and crazy schedule, and blogging.  And I want to keep blogging, fingers crossed!

Luckily, the weekend is right around the corner for a bit of rest!

With the days being longer and the weather warmer, we spend even less time at home and often don’t want to heat up the house  with cooking, so finding fast, cool meals is important. Last night I was tired. I’m talking the tired where I walk into things, forget what I am doing, and doze off when sitting down. So I decided to use a few simple ingredients for a 10 minute meal of bean salad stuffed avocados.

The goods:

1 ripe avocado

1 can black beans, rinsed

1/4 cup finely chopped red onion

1 cup grape tomatoes chopped in half

juice of 1 lime

Cut the avocados and use a small, sharp knife to peel away the skin.

Mix the beans, tomatoes, lime juice, and onion. Top with a sprinkle of sea salt. Fill each avocado cup with the beans mixture.

black bean stuffed avocados

 

stuffed avocado

stuffed avocado

So simple and so delicious! The healthy fat in the avocados was filling, and the beans, tomatoes, and onions provide some good fiber and other nutrients. Not bad for 10 minutes! After I photgraphed these, I actually added each one to a big bed of butter lettuce and topped with shredded cheese. Yum!

I love the addition of the lime juice to this dish and the addition of citrus juices to meals in general. It is a great way to add tons of flavor and a refreshing zing to food without fat or a ton of calories. I will definitely be making this dish again, and I think I will be adding corn and chopped jalapeno to the mix.

Do you have any flavorful, low fat go-to tricks for meals?

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Tags: Food, recipe, summer, vegan, vegetables, Vegetarian

  1. Mellissa’s avatar

    That looks so good! We make whole wheat pasta with pesto and green beans topped with parm for a quick summer meal.

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  2. Michelle’s avatar

    I am SO with you on feeling overwhelmed! There are just too many work and non-work obligations right now! Hopefully we can take time to just breathe and enjoy this summer…

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  3. Elina’s avatar

    I’m sorry it’s been such a long week. Hopefully you’ll have fun tonight at Taste of Cambridge. Not exactly relaxing but so delicious. I wish I could go. Adam needs to stay in so I’m being a good wife and staying in too :) The weekend is just around the corner!
    Oh and that dish is gorgeous! Yay for natural light and fresh ingredients.

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  4. Raija’s avatar

    I have an avocado at home right now waiting for this! This is a great idea! The photos are beautiful too!

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  5. MarathonVal’s avatar

    Soooo pretty! Those look phenomenal!

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  6. Anne @ Food Loving Polar Bear’s avatar

    Absolutely fantastic! when I saw the title of this post I was so excited, stuffed avocados are so good :)

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  7. Belinda @zomppa’s avatar

    Pretty and chock full of nutrients! Hope you have a relaxing weekend.

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  8. Megan’s avatar

    I love avocados. I have this theory that Mexican food was designed just for the sole purpose of eating avocados and gauacamole. This recipe really lets the avocado stand on its own, and I will have to try it one of these days!

    As to the life balancing… I hear ya. More than once I have considered ending my blogging, but I know I would miss it, so I work on getting the other parts of my life under as much control as possible instead.

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  9. Ali @ Redhead Reports’s avatar

    Those avocados look some fresh and summery! Yum!

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  10. Jason Phelps’s avatar

    What a cool idea. Thanks for a great summer dish.

    Jason

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  11. kalli@fitandfortysomething’s avatar

    oh this dinner looks divine! i love avocados with everything :)

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  12. Jenn (Jenn's Menu and Lifestyle Blog)’s avatar

    Oh my goodness, those look fabulous!! I have the beans, grape tomatoes, and onions, need fresh avocados! Lovely. :)

    Jenn

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  13. Laury @ thefitnessriot’s avatar

    I was JUST thinking about what else I could do with an avocado?! This is very creative…and looks DELISH!!!!!!

    I feel yah on the overwhelmed thing…I have been feeling like that A LOT lately…and when I do, I end up getting nothing done!!! hang in there xo

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  14. Jen@Twenty-Something and Starving’s avatar

    Just in case you were unaware, those looks absolutely gorgeous. Not to mention delicious.

    Sometimes, when I feel stressed and I want to make something simple & healthy but still stress-relieving I’ll toss together some whole wheat pasta with LOADS of garlic, white beans and spinach. Maybe some chicken sausage if I have it on hand. Either way, carbs are actually really good stress busters. Beans and spinach pump up the nutrition…and garlic is just really tasty.

    Now go enjoy your weekend. :)

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  15. Baking Serendipity’s avatar

    What a great, simple idea! I love avocados but somehow never thought of stuffing them.

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  16. Magic of Spice’s avatar

    What a fantastic dish, perfectly light with such great ingredients:)

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  17. Kelly’s avatar

    I have recently been on a total avocado kick and I’m always a black bean fan so I’m definitely going to have to try this!

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  18. Jaime @ La vie...J'aime’s avatar

    Sounds yummy and easy! Thanks!

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  19. Sommer @ A Spicy Perspective’s avatar

    What a simple and healthy meal! There are no limits to what you can do with an avocado!

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  20. ashleigh’s avatar

    Meghan, that looks SOOO good and easy! I love fast dinners. I agree that corn and jalapenos would make an excellent addition.

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  21. The Bethesda Foodie’s avatar

    OMG. Those are all my favorite foods wrapped up into one beautiful little package. YUM!! Thanks for the idea :)

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  22. Melissa’s avatar

    I’ve been obsessed with avocadoes lately. Definitely starring this post in my Google Reader. Yum! :)

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  23. Heather I.’s avatar

    I love, love, LOVE avocados. And I’ve also been craving those little grape tomatoes. My ideal easy dinner right there, thanks for the idea!

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