April 19, 2012

Grilled Stuffed Avocado {A Quick 4 Ingredient Dinner!}

Do you have any quick, go-to dinners that your family loves? I have a handful and this is one of them! Easy, fast and yummy! Plus, when paired with a veggie (perhaps even served on a bed of greens!), this meal is healthy and balanced.

And, the best part? It's a 4 ingredient dinner. And, chances are, you have those 4 ingredients in your kitchen right now!

I like to keep cooked, shredded chicken in my freezer for fast grabbing when I need to make dinner in a hurry. To stock my freezer with chicken I either 1) poach a handful of boneless, skinless chicken breasts 2) buy a whole roasted chicken from the grocery store and freeze the shredded meat or 3) roast a whole chicken at home and then freeze that shredded meat. All three options require minimal prep, but offer me a wonderful shortcut on busy nights!

Ready to see the recipe??

Grilled Stuffed Avocado (2 servings):

1 whole avocado, halved and removed from skin
1 1/2-2 cups of diced/shredded chicken, thawed (if previously frozen)
1/2 cup of prepared salsa
1/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese, divided in two

Heat grill pan (or skillet, in the absence of a grill pan!) and place avocado, cut side down, on the pan to sear. When the tops are golden, flip the avocado halves and sear the bottom side. Remove avocado halves from the pan and set aside. Using the same pan, add your chicken and salsa, give it a stir and let it simmer in the pan until heated through. To assemble your stuffed avocados, place one avocado half onto each plate, fill each with half of the chicken mixture and sprinkle with half of the shredded cheddar. Serve hot! 

Yep, that's all there is to it!

My hubby says I never serve the same meal exactly the same way twice. Probably because I'm not much of a recipe follower. So, you can bet I've come up with LOTS of variations to this meal.

Here are a few of those:
switch the traditional salsa with salsa verde
add black beans
add cooked rice
add shredded, cooked zucchini/summer squash
add sauteed onions and pablano peppers
corn? sour cream? pico de gallo? 
The list could go on and on! Such a versatile dinner option! 

Let me know if you give this a try and what (if any!) variations you use. It really is delish!

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  1. Yum! Random random question for you, Emily... in the days after Picnik, how do you watermark your pictures with the little washi tape logo? I always used Picnik to do that and it's kind of a pain to do that with GIMP, PicMonkey, and everything else I've tried... do you have any thoughts? I'd love to hear them! : )

    -Mel the Crafty Scientist

  2. Oh yum!! I never have grilled an avocado but that looks delicious. Wonder if grilling them first them making guacamole might be tasty?

  3. Thanks I've now learnt a new advocado recipe, I swear I could eat advos every day love them!

  4. Sounds delicious and like the perfect spring dinner. I want to let you know that I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award. Congratulations! If you should choose to accept the award, just stop by my blog for the details.

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  5. Looking forward to trying this baby out! YUM-ME! Never grilled avocado before, but it all seems just too easy! mmm mmmm now I am hungry!

  6. My husband and I are the only ones that eat avacado's. This is such a new quick yummy recipe for us. thank you

  7. Hi,

    I followed you over from Chic and Crafty Link Party. These are AMAZING looking and I can't wait to try them. We LOVE avocado's around here and using them as a bowl to stuff with other deliciousness? Genius!

    I would love to invite you to share this, and any other posts you would like to, at my Creative Thursday Link Party at www.michellestastycreations.blogspot.com. (Link up until Monday 4-23-12)

    Have a great day,

  8. This looks devine! Love your inspiration and projects! I have nominated you for the Versatile Blogger award! Please check it out on my blog. http://realsouthernliving.blogspot.com/2012/04/versatile-blogger-award.html

  9. This looks amazing! I can't wait to try it, and you bring up a great idea of keeping shredded chicken in the freezer. Thanks!

  10. This looks amazing! Anything with avocado is a winner in my book. :)

  11. This sounds SO good! I just wish I could get my husband to eat avocado...more for me!

  12. This looks so good! Thanks for the yummy share! I saw your link at The Frugal Girls/Chic & Crafty Thursdays. Just pinned your recipe, can't wait to make this! Cheers!

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