I may have hinted a couple times that I’m a meal planner. A real meal prep person. This Grilled Chicken Stuffed Avocados recipe is a fantastic meal that fits into my meal prep addiction!
I haven’t always been like that, but a couple of years ago Jason and I radically changed several things in our lives. One was unnecessary spending. One of our biggest wastes of money was eating take out because we didn’t plan for dinner.
How many times a week or month are you doing that? Even though I was staying at home, we were eating out several times a week – and that put a big crimp in the ol’ wallet! Around this time, Jason also needed to change his diet a bit and that forced us to change the way we cook and eat!
What is the difference between Meal Prep and Meal Planning?
Meal planning is where you literally plan out your weekly meals. Monday – Chili, Tuesday – Tacos, and so on. Then you hit the store and shop accordingly. It seems pretty easy, yet so many people can’t seem to just sit down for 15 – 30 minutes each week and do this. Our lives are crazy busy and we all run into the mindset of “I’ll figure it out later” and we don’t. We do a drive thru or pick up pizza and our money goes out the window.
Meal planning is best done with the family calendar set in front of you to make realistic choices based on sports, concerts, academic commitments and so on. This is the time to be so realistic with yourself and what you will actually do. But, things happen. Schedules get bumped, kids get sick, etc. Your time gets cut short. That is when the Meal Prep comes to the rescue.
Make a list of last minute “I don’t want to cook but I don’t want to eat out” meals that you know are winners with your family. You’ll be happier if you eat at home and save the money! Our favorites for meal prep are meatloaf, steak and peppers, baked chicken parmesan, spaghetti, chicken with poultry seasoning, sheet pan fajitas. You get the picture. Those are my “Friday Night – Let’s Not Waste Money” meals.
Meal prep is spending 20-30 minutes prepping your meals for the week. Sometimes it is less. Sometimes it is more. But for the most part, it takes such a small investment in your time, that it is well worth it!
Meals made with Meal Prep Grilled Chicken
This brings me to my Grilled Chicken Stuffed Avocados that I made using one of my meal prep grilled chicken breasts from the grill earlier in the week. I grilled several chicken breasts and made three recipes:
- Grilled Chicken Stuffed Avocados
- Grilled Chicken Dorito Salad
- Grilled Chicken Quesadillas.
All of this happened because I took a few minutes, planned it out, prepped it and reaped the rewards later in the week!
Grilled Chicken Stuffed Avocados
These are the easiest and quickest meal ever! Seriously, put this on the “last minute, I look like a hero” list!!!
Take one of the grilled chicken breasts and shred it. Cut the avocado in half and remove the pit. Fill the avocado with shredded chicken, olives, tomatoes, lettuce, cheese, and a dab of dressing or sour cream. Add a few tortilla chips and you have a winner in less than 10 minutes.
To make the yummy tex mex dressing, combine ranch dressing with a dab of taco or fajita seasoning and mix to taste. Drizzle over avocados and serve.
This meal is decadent!
Grilled Chicken Stuffed Avocados
- 2 avocados
- 1 grilled chicken breast shredded
- 3/4 c mexican cheese shredded
- 1/2 c black or kidney beans
- 1/4 c of sliced olives
- 16 grape tomatoes cut in half
- 1/4 c ranch dressing
- Taco seasoning or fajita seasoning just a sprinkle to taste
- Half each of the avocados and remove the pit.
- Shred chicken breasts and mix with beans.
- Place chicken/bean mixture in the center of the avocados.
- Top with the chicken/bean mixture with the cheese, olives, tomatoes and dressing. Serve immediately.
- Mix ranch and seasoning mix together. Just add a little seasoning at a time to taste test.