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My little girl is obsessed with avocado… especially this BLT stuffed avocado recipe. She starts squealing every time she sees one! I am pretty proud of myself (and her) for getting her to like healthy foods.
Even though no one in our family is gluten intolerant, there are much more nutritious foods I can offer my toddler the typical macaroni & cheese, white bread, or crackers that I see many kids eating. Avocado and eggs are my little one’s favorite foods… just like her mama! (Can you see me beaming right now?)
When it comes to avocado, I could eat it straight every single day and probably not get sick of it. Is this you, too?
Whether it is or not, avocado also makes an excellent vessel for a complete lunch. Yes, when I need a quick and easy lunch idea, stuffed avocado is where it’s at! It’s perfect for packing in a cooler for a picnic, or in my lunch bag to bring to work the next day. The preparation is easy and no cooking is required. No complaints there!
Lately, I’m all about this BLT stuffed avocado.
This isn’t the first or last time that I’ve pointed out that everything is better with bacon, and these stuffed avocados are no exception. Crispy bacon is the key to completing this dish. Oh, and if you must ask – yes, I will keep talking about how everything is better with bacon, because… well, because it’s bacon!
Of course, the nutrition highlight of this recipe is the avocado. These little powerhouses are packed with a lengthy list of vitamins and minerals – folate, potassium, magnesium, manganese, iron, zinc, phosphorus, and vitamins A, C, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, E, and K. Whew!
Would it have been faster to just say they contain everything?! It sure feels that way. As if that wasn’t enough, the healthy fat in avocado is oleic acid, which is a monounsaturated fat that reduces inflammation and the risk of cancer (sources here and here).
Another great thing about this BLT stuffed avocado recipe is that it’s friendly to so many dietary restrictions, if you have any, but it doesn’t taste that way. These BLT stuffed avocados are low carb, ketogenic, paleo, gluten-free, grain-free, nut-free, egg-free, THM S, and whole 30 approved. (By the way, if you’re doing the whole 30, check out my friend, Monica’s whole 30 menu plan!)
Wow! You’d think that something that ticks so many boxes would taste like cardboard, but of course this recipe couldn’t be further from that. Most people without any dietary restrictions love these, too!
Not convinced yet about this BLT stuffed avocado? Okay, then how about the fact that it tastes like a BLT sandwich in stuffed bowl form?! Maybe that didn’t need to be said. It’s probably obvious enough in the recipe name. I still felt like I had to mention it though, just to be sure we’re on the same page about the awesomeness that is this recipe. I don’t know about you, but to me avocado tastes infinitely better than a boring piece of white bread anyway.
Place bacon onto a skillet while the skillet is still cold. Cook the bacon over low or medium-low heat until the edges start to curl. Flip and continue cooking until golden and crispy. This process may take 5 minutes or maybe a little longer. Drain on paper towels (it will crisp up more as it cools).
Meanwhile, slice the avocados in half and remove the pits. Scoop half of the flesh out of each avocado half (leave half undisturbed) and transfer to a bowl.
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NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING
Amount per serving. Serving size in recipe notes above.
Where does nutrition info come from? Nutrition facts are provided as a courtesy, sourced from the USDA Food Database. You can find individual ingredient carb counts we use in the Low Carb & Keto Food List. Carb count excludes sugar alcohols. Net carb count excludes both fiber and sugar alcohols, because these do not affect blood sugar in most people. We try to be accurate, but feel free to make your own calculations.
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Why do you only scoop out half of the avocado? Do you just use that for another purpose? It seems you cut 2 avocados but only scoop out half of each so I’m just curious why you would’t just use one and scoop both sides out instead.
Hi Kristi, You scoop out half to mix with the other ingredients. After that the mixture goes back into the avocado halves, where the remaining part that wasn’t scooped out is still in there. So, you still end up eating all of it. If you want to scoop out and mix all of it, you can.
This came out great. Second dinner in a row I made this. The avocado makes it very filling. Since we have a lot of arugula still growing in our garden, I use that instead of Romaine lettuce. The peppery flavor from the arugula gave it a wicked awesome taste. I also gave it a splash of balsamic vinaigrette. I’ll be making this a regular staple for lunches and dinners.
I would like to try the recipe. I’m interested in knowing if potatoes are mixed in the original recipe, since it sure does look like it in the photo of the stuffed avocado. Avocado’s used at a replacement for mayo in potato salad is very tasty.
This is a 10+++. I’m on KETO so knew about avocados, bacon etc. I never (duh) thought of putting it all together!! When I cooked the bacon, I pre-cut a few slices @ a time. So had lots of little piles which I found easier then chopping after cooking. Added fresh grated sharp cheddar,in the mixture which put this OVER the top!!!
Hi Robert, You can toss the mixture with some lemon or lime juice to slow down the oxidation process. Alternatively, you can cut up the rest of the add-ins and mix in with avocado the day-of at lunch time.
Hi Harriet, They wouldn’t be the same as fresh, but it’s still doable. Drizzle the empty avocado shells with lime juice before filling, and add a little extra lime juice to the avocado mixture. The lime juice helps reduce the avocado browning. The tomatoes will also be a bit softer the next day.
Hi Melissa, There is no chicken in these (though you could add it!). I think what you’re thinking are white chunks are actually just chunks of avocado. They look lighter in color because of the lighting, but are yellow-ish (this avocado in the center was more yellow).
Can’t wait to make these. Having a hard time sticking to low carbs. Cooking for grandson who is picky, so I have bread and oatmeal, pancakes etc. I’m going to look up lower carb pancake recipes and have him try lettuce wraps. But today’s lunch will be these avocados! Thank you so much ?
Thank you, Sharon! Yes, these are great for people that are hesitant or having a hard time with low carb because they are naturally low carb. As for pancakes, I have a couple recipes for you to try: this one and this one.
Only one complaint on these recipes. What is the serving size? As a Diabetic, it is great to see the carbs per serving, but the Nutrition facts never say what the serving size is? Is it for the whole Avocado? Half of it? Have looked at other recipes, and the nutrition facts are the same way, no serving size listed!
This post has made my day, because it lead me to finding your blog. This recipe looks SO good, I can’t wait to try it. I’m more than likely running to the store later to get the ingredients. LOVE this! <3
Microwave cooking and nutrition
Are microwaves bad for your health? Almost every American house has a microwave. The convenience they offer is undeniable. However, despite the widespread use of microwave ovens and excellent safety recordings, some people suspect that cooking microwaved food makes it somewhat less healthy by removing foods from eating. Do you cook with microwave? Are microwave foods healthy?
How does microwave cooking work?
Understanding how microwave ovens work can help clarify the answers to these general questions. Microwave ovens cook food similar to radio waves but using shorter energy waves. These waves are highly selective, mainly affecting water and other electrically asymmetrical molecules - one end is positively charged and the other is negatively charged. Microwave ovens cause these molecules to vibrate and rapidly generate thermal (heat) energy.
Are microwaves safe to cook?
Some foods, when they are exposed to heat, from a microwave oven or a normal oven, are broken down. Vitamin C is perhaps the most clear example. However, since microwave cooking times are shorter, cooking with microwave does a better job of preserving vitamin C and other nutrients that are decomposed when heated.
When going to the vegetables, cooking in water takes some of the nutritional values ??because the nutrients flow into the cooking water. For example, boiled broccoli loses glycosinolate, a sulfur-containing compound that can give vegetables the ability to fight against cancer (and many find it distinctive and some find it disgusting). Steaming vegetables - even steaming microwave - is it better? In some ways, yes. For example, steamed broccoli holds more glucosinolate than boiled or fried broccoli.
Are microwaves bad for your health?
The method of cooking, which keeps the nutrients in the best way, is a method that quickly heats, warms food and uses as little liquid as possible. The microwave meets these criteria. Using the microwave with a small amount of water evaporates food from the inside out. It contains more vitamins and minerals than almost all other cooking methods and shows that microwave foods can be really healthy.
But let's not get lost in details. Vegetables are good for you in any way you prepare, and most of us don't eat enough. Is the microwave oven good or bad? Microwave is an engineering wonder, a miracle of convenience - and sometimes advantageous in feeding.
Learn more about safe microwave cooking. See. "Microwave food in plastic: Is it dangerous or not?"