Avocado is one of the most talked about superfoods out there. I feel like if foods were personified (wow, haven’t used that word since the 7th grade) and could be friendly with other foods, then kale and avocado would be best friends.
Avocado has taken the place of dairy in sauces, replaced cream cheese on toast, has become a staple salad topper and of course, is the essential ingredient in everyone’s favorite appetizer: guacamole.
Despite everyone’s obsession with avocado, I rarely see it cooked. Baked and grilled avocados are phenomenal – the warmed avocado meat is sensational. Really, sensational.
If you’ve never cooked your avocado before, you need to start now. I remember the first time I made Lu something with cooked avocado in it and he was like, “Wait, you cooked the avocado?”
Such a simple trick and so much yumminess. The avocado softens, becomes more fragrant and better complements the other ingredients.
I once baked an egg in an avocado. THAT was incredible.
Now, we cook chorizo, avocado and my butternut squash rice together, stuff it into a bell pepper and melt pepper jack cheese on top.
I can’t even tell you how good this tastes. I’m at a loss for words. I looked through the Thesaurus and there just isn’t a word for this.
The rice absorbs the juices of the chorizo and the smoked paprika and cumin just, well, make your mouth water. Instead of stuffing a pepper with rice or quinoa, use the butternut squash rice.
When I tell you that this is the BEST food for your Superbowl party, I really mean it. If you’d like to use it as an appetizer, use small bell peppers. If you’re using it as a main dish, use larger bell peppers and serve the halves stuffed to the brim!
And on purpose, you’ll have some leftovers with this recipe. The stuffing is so delicious, that it’s perfect for lunch the next day.
Actually, I came home Friday night (after a night out with the girls) and was so excited to eat said leftovers, but I came to find that Lu had eaten them for dinner! Thankfully, he saved me an extra bell pepper. Which I devoured.
You’re going to love these for dinner, but they’re perfect as an impressive, healthy and super tasty Superbowl food.
Have you tried the rice yet? What do you think?