Cheesy Quinoa Stuffed Avocados

Yes, cheese is in the title of this one, BUT it’s vegan 😉 This is a favorite dish of mine and my hubby. Not only are the avocados stuffed, you will leave feeling stuffed yourself, but guilt free since they are all healthy-good ingredients!

I will confess, there is a lack of photos documenting this meal. It really is more of a guideline instead of an actual recipe. I usually make them towards the end of the week and I use all the leftovers from prior meals in it.

So here it is, the recipe or guideline of one 😉

Cheesy Quinoa Stuffed Avocados:

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Ingredients:

fills 3 avocados

  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup cooked peas and/or corn
  • 1/2 cup cooked beans (your choice. In this particular meal I used 1/4 cup Great Norther and 1/4 cup Black)
  • 1/2 cup Daiya Cheese (your choice of mozzarella or cheddar style shreds)
  • salt to taste
  • 3 avocados, halved, pitted and meat taken out of skin

Directions:

  • Mix all ingredients except avocados in a small microwavable bowl, or a small sauce pan. Heat it up in either sauce pan or microwave until cheese has melted.
  • Once cheese has melted, stuff the avocados.
  • Place in oven safe dish and warm up the avocados in oven, or microwave them just until warm.
  • Plate and serve

I serve mine over a bed of “re-fried” beans, link here, and top it off with some 3 minute salsa. Can we say yummy! Oh I wish I could eat some more of this right now…too bad it has been all eaten up!

I have also mixed in sauteed mushroom, sundried tomatoes, bread crumbs, onion…etc, etc…point being I have mixed this so many ways and they have all been wonderful!

Let me know how you like it or any way you would improve it! I love hearing new ideas, so make it your own =)

~Cucumber Tortilla Snack~

Snack time is a wonderful event in our household. We love to eat healthy, yummy snacks for our “in-between” meals. We experiment with different options, from hummus and peppers, to simple fruit salad, cheese sticks (a.k.a. chopped cheese of our choice), or we make sweet potato chips. We do simple stuff like that, but this is one snack we repeat often: Cucumber Tortillas! Oh they are so good!

A side note before I delve into it. I usually use neufchatel (a low fat cream cheese), and I would have like to use a reduced fat or low fat ranch, BUT we are a little low on groceries of that nature and I had to use what I found in the very back of the fridge 😉 We are in the middle of an ice storm and there is no way on this earth that I am dragging myself and my 10month old out in it!

With that stated, here we go:

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What you need is an 8oz box of softened cream cheese, about 3 Tbs of ranch dressing, 1- 1 1/2 Tbs of Dill (I like

fresh dill, but we were out), sliced cucumber, and your choice of tortillas.

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Mix the softened cream cheese, ranch, and dill.

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Take a spoon and spread a thin layer of the dill mixture all over your tortilla.

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Place your cucumber down the center. (I was making this one for my daughter. Usually I leave them as circle slices)

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Couldn’t resist! My baby girl LOVES feeling independent while eating. This is an easy snack for her to pick up and chew and a fairly healthy one too. Granted it is not a tidy snack in the least bit, but then again what are bath tubs, vacuum cleaners and mops for anyway?

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Here is how we adults eat ours =) Hope you enjoy!

Ingredients:

–          8oz package of cream cheese, softened

–          3 Tbs of ranch dressing

–          1 to 1 ½ Tbs of dill (depending on your taste)

–          Sliced cucumber

–          Tortilla shells

Directions:

Mix together cream cheese, ranch, and dill. Spoon mixture onto a tortilla and spread a thin layer all over the shell. Lay your cucumber down the center. Fold tortilla. Enjoy!