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Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Tested and true, this one's super simple to do! This dish is definitely a new FAVORITE - a little chopping time is involved, but it's quite simple to prepare. I was very pleased with the way these turned out, and they're even tastier the next day (that is, if there ARE any leftover!). I did have a little extra "filling", which I used to make breakfast tacos (as you may have guessed - they were delicious!). It also makes a pretty tasty topping for tacos, too. You know how much I love me some versatile dishes!
{ Prep Time: 20 mins / Cooking Time: 35 mins / Difficulty: Easy / Yields: 4-6 servings }

4 large zucchinis
1 pound lean ground beef
1 large red, orange or yellow bell pepper (I used the red because I love pops of color in my dishes!)
1/2 cup diced yellow onion (about half of a medium onion)
1/3 cup water
2 Tbsp homemade taco seasoning
1/4 cup fresh flat-leaf (aka Italian) parsley
1/2 cup mozzarella cheese (optional)
2 green onions
1/2 - 3/4 tsp salt, plus more to taste
Olive oil or butter cooking spray


1. Preheat your oven to 400ยบ. Spray an oven-safe baking sheet with cooking spray and set aside.
2. Rinse the zucchini, then pat dry. Chop off the ends and slice each one in half lengthwise. With a large spoon, scrape out the middle of each "boat", and reserve the "guts" for the next step.
3. Dice the onion, pepper, and zucchini guts. Place a dutch oven, or skillet, over medium-high heat. Brown the ground beef, onions, peppers and diced zucchini until the beef is no longer pink.
4. Drain the fat from the dish, then place the mixture back in the dutch oven. Add the water and taco seasoning, and stir until combined. Simmer for a few minutes until the seasoning is equally distributed.
5. Meanwhile, chop the parsley and green onions. Add the parsley to the dish, and mix well. Reserve the onions for the last step.
6. Spoon your prepared mixture into each zucchini boat, then bake for 30-40 mins. 
7. Remove the pan from the oven, and turn the oven off. Sprinkle each zucchini boat with mozzarella cheese, then return to the oven for 3-5 minutes so the cheese can melt. Top with green onions and serve.

Recipe adapted from a recipe found on Pinterest

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