This recipe for stuffed zucchini makes a fantastic vegetable side dish but is also a vegetarian main course.
It is filled with savory herbs like rosemary, basil, oregano and parsley with add both flavor and nutrition.
The stuffing recipe also has a healthy and delicious mix of tomatoes, cheese and garlic. Can't beat that!
6 small zucchini
2 tablespoons oil
1/2 teaspoon rosemary
1/2 teaspoon basil
1 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon (or less) salt
1 tablespoon chopped fresh parsley
3 cloves garlic, minced
1 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup diced green pepper
1/2 cup sliced celery
1/4 to 1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, chopped
4-5 chopped tomatoes
1/2 pound cottage cheese
2 cups grated cheddar cheese
1 cup bread crumbs
Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise. Scoop out the pulp and set it aside, being careful to leave a sturdy outer shell intact. Heat the oil in a heavy skillet and add the rosemary, basil, oregano, salt parsley, garlic, onion, peppers, celery and mushrooms. Sauté for 2 minutes. Add the chopped zucchini pulp and tomatoes. Continue cooking until the pulp is tender. Remove from the heat. Stir in the cottage cheese, mixing until it melts.
Arrange the zucchini shells in an oiled baking dish. Line each shell with a layer of 1 1/2 tablespoons of cheddar, then fill with the vegetable/cheese mixture. Top the shells with a mix of bread crumbs and the remaining cheddar.
Bake at 350°F for 45 minutes.
- You can also use larger zucchini and cut them across instead of lengthwise (as in the image above). Scoop out all the seeds, again making sure there is a sturdy wall of shell intact. Stuff and bake as indicated above.
- Try adding about 3 tablespoon of Parmesan cheese to the stuffing mix as well. It adds a nice sharp taste to what is already a fabulous stuffing.
Nutritional Analysis Per Serving
Calories 366; Calories from Fat 175; Total Fat 19.4g; Saturated Fat 9.4g; Trans Fat 0.0g; Cholesterol 43mg; Sodium 651mg; Total Carbohydrates 29.0g; Dietary Fiber 5.2g; Sugars 8.8g; Protein 21.7g; Vitamin A 33%; Vitamin C 90%; Calcium 39%; Iron 14%
(Percentages based on a 2000 calorie per day diet)
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Did You Know?...
These stuffed zucchini are often called zucchini boats because that is exactly what they look like if you slice them lengthwise to stuff them. Little gondolas.
Zucchini recipes are in even more demand late in the summer when those giant versions are being given away by home gardeners to anyone who will take them.
You can also use large zucchini in this recipe, so feel free to take them from anyone who offers.
Simply slice them across instead of lengthwise and stuff the cavity.
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