Avocado Chocolate Pudding

I admit it, I am not an avocado fan.  Sorry, I don’t like the texture of them and I have tried them every way you can try them.  I know they have many health benefits so a few years ago I saw a recipe for Avocado Chocolate Pudding.  Any type of pudding is my downfall.  I LOVE  the stuff!!!  So I decided I would give this a try.  YUM is all I can say.  I make this every other week it seems if not more.  The kids love it with a little whipped cream.  I put it in their lunches for a great dessert at lunch time.  

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Keep blending if using a hand mixer for smooth pudding.  The blender or food processor is much better if you want it as smooth as regular pudding.

Avocado Chocolate Pudding

2 ripe medium avocados, peeled and chopped

1/3 cup cocoa powder (I use Hershey’s)

1/4 cup honey (I cut it back a bit as it’s sweet)

1/2 cup milk (regular, almond, or coconut)

1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Blend all ingredients using a blender or food processor.  You can use a hand held mixer but it won’t be as creamy as the blender.  Chill for an hour and serve

I used the hand mixer and then transferred to the blender.  Also my kids will eat it right after I make it without waiting for it to chill!!

This is delicious, filling and creamy!!  Don’t be afraid of the avocado, you can’t even taste it!!! Give it a try

Stuffed Peppers

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Remember the other night I had to open one of our canned homemade sauces for our Braciole?  Well I had 1/2 the jar left so I had to figure out something to use it so tonight’s menu is stuffed green peppers.

My son is not a big fan of the whole pepper and will eat about 1/2, but he loves the filling so I make extra.  Again such an easy dish to make. I actually made mine this morning in less than 10 minutes so tonight I only need to throw them in the oven to bake.  I will pick up a loaf of fresh bread from the bakery near my work on the way home and that’s it!!

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First you cut and hollow out the peppers (saving the scraps for the goats of course and with a play microphone on the counter incase you have to sing!!)

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Next boil and brown the ground beef (I always boil my ground meats in water in the pan about 4 minutes) drain and then brown it.

(I added a handful of chopped onions into the boil/brown process)

Cook your instant rice (I use the instant brown rice)

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Mix the cooked rice and meat/onion mixture in a bowl and pour your spaghetti sauce over the top and mix it in

Stuff the peppers

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That’s it.  When you are ready to cook top the peppers with more sauce, tent with tinfoil, bake them at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes until the peppers are tender, throw your loaf of bread in quickly near the end to warm it, heat the leftover stuffing mixture and dinner is served!!

4 large peppers

1 pound ground beef

1 small onion

2 cups cooked rice

1 jar spaghetti sauce or homemade pasta sauce

(you can also melt some mozzarella on top before serving and serve with fresh grated parmesan cheese)