Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Stuffed Zucchini

Have loads and loads of zucchini again this year?

You know, I purposely only planted one zucchini plant this year and I still have more than I know what to do with.  Seriously!!!

So I was at a loss with what to do with it all.  I am pretty sure my friends were avoiding me so I wouldn't 'offer' (aka force them to take 3 or 4) them a zucchini or 2.  Whatever...

So I was talking to my mother on the phone and she gave me another brilliant idea… Stuffed Zucchini!  Woot Woot.  I was so excited I cooked it that night for dinner and just and to share it with you so you would have a brilliant idea too!

Conversation went something like this…

me, 'so, what are you having for dinner, I don't know what to make?'

mom: 'we are having stuffed zucchini, you know, like peppers but with zucchini.'

me: 'I think your a genius, I'm pretty sure its hereditary, and I'm awesome too.'

Ok, maybe not that last part but I was super excited!

This recipe is so easy, and one of my all time favorites growing up.  Just altered for zucchini lovers like us!  So here it is...

You are going to need:
2 large zucchinis
1 pound ground beef
1 cup rice, cooked
1/2 lemon
1 can tomato paste
seasoning of your choice
      I usually go with salt pepper garlic and onion powder

slice your zucchini in half and scoop out most of the insides.

Brown some ground meat, how much will depend on how many people you are feeding.  I will generally do a pound for our family of 4.  And there are always leftovers.  With a pound of meat there was enough filling to fill 2 large zucchinis.

Anyway, now add some lemon (fresh squeezed if you have it, about a Tbsp of lemon juice of not) and a can of tomato paste.

add in your seasoning and rice and mix it all together.

Now stuff your zucchinis and place them in the oven and cook at 350˚ for about 30 minutes.

now plate and done!  This meal is great with some garlic bread and parmesan.  If you want you can put the cheese, any cheese you like ,on top before you cook it and let it get all melty in the oven too!

And a beautiful meal to serve your family and get rid of some of that zucchini in the pantry.  

Woot woot, double bonus!

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