This vegetarian stuffed avocado recipe is a quick lunch alternative to your usual smashed avocados on toast! 5 ingredients and 5 minutes are all you need.
I don’t know about you, but when I start to have one type of dish too many times, I tend to get bored with it! Because I love avocados so much though, I started to explore a few more ways to cook with them other than just smashing ’em up before I start to get bored.
That’s when I came across the world of, wait for it…. of baked avocados ?
If you’ve never had baked avocados you’re probably thinking “wait…what?! HOT avocados?”
I know, I know…
If you’re used to having your avocados in a salad it’s definitely something to get used to! Hot avocados aren’t for everyone, but if you’ve spent some time around our website or pescetarian community on Facebook, you know we’re all about trying new foods.
You never know what you might discover about your taste buds!
Bonus: This recipe comes with allll sorts of healthy benefits and it all starts with the humble avocado ?
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you know that healthy fats are all the rage, and avocados are leading the charge. Over 75% of fat in avocados are unsaturated fats, also known as the good fats, which go a long way in lowering your total as well as low-density lipoprotein (LDL) blood cholesterol.
Who would say no to a healthier heart?
Stuffed inside the avocado are fibre rich black beans, an excellent way for you to get your weekly nutritional fill of legumes that help you maintain a healthy metabolism, among it’s many other nutritional benefits.
If you can’t easily find refried black beans in your grocery store, you can buy the exact brand I used over on Amazon. I’ll link it below for you.
You should always try to include some sort of leafy greens in each meal and for this recipe, I’ve opted for spinach which wilts just enough inside the oven. Spinach, one of the best sources of iron for pescetarians, contains many essential vitamins and nutrients your body craves.
In fact, heated spinach allows your body to “absorb higher levels of vitamins A and E, protein, fiber, zinc, thiamin, calcium, and iron” according to Vegetarian Times.
Add in a little cherry tomatoes and goats cheese and you’ve got a healthy, filling lunch or snack!
Let’s get to the recipe!
- 2 ripe 'n ready avocados
- 4 handfuls fresh spinach
- 1 handfuls halved cherry tomatoes
- 4 tbsp refried black beans
- 1 tbsp goats cheese
- drizzle of olive oil
- salt and pepper
Preheat your oven to 400F.
Wilt 4 handfuls fresh spinach by lightly steaming or sautéing.
Halve both avocados and get ready to stuff.
First place a tablespoon of refried beans per each half, then share the spinach among all halves, followed by cherry tomatoes and goats cheese.
Season with salt and pepper, then drizzle with olive oil before placing in the oven.
Bake for only 5 minutes and then delight in your possibly new favourite way to enjoy avocados!
Enjoy another handful or two fresh spinach on the side with a squeeze of lemon for a simple salad.