Zucchini isn’t a big part of our lives. Not purposefully, but somehow it just never comes up and I’m not sure it’s the kind of food you get a craving for. Well, until now. Most meals with the word “stuffed” in it tend to make it on this list—the “hey we haven’t had THAT in a while” list that has often surfaces when we’re in a pinch at 5:45. Starving and confused. A dangerous time to hit the grocery stores, by the way (how did 3 boxes of nutter butters get in our cart??). This recipe was as easy as your classic stuffed pepper but with less of a southwestern twist. The flavors are hearty with cumin and a little chili powder lending it a robust flavor that goes great on the zucchini base. The feta and tomatoes add a fresh, light flavor. Pair with some brown or white rice and enjoy a new, healthy and inexpensive meal that packs flavor and will feed your family all week long.
|1||lb ground turkey or beef|
|¼||cup spaghetti sauce|
|½||cup cheddar cheese, shredded|
|¼||cup feta cheese, chopped|
|4||small tomatoes (on the vine or plum), chopped|
|1||cup chopped mushrooms (optional)|
|pinch of chili powder|
|salt and pepper to taste|
- Preheat oven to 375 F degrees.
- In a skillet, add the ground beef and cook until it’s no longer pink. Add the cumin, salt and pepper to it and stir well. Add the spaghetti sauce and cook for another 5 minutes, over medium heat.
- Wash and cut the zucchini lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh.
- Fill each zucchini half with some of the meat mixture. Top with shredded cheddar cheese, feta, tomatoes, and mushrooms. Sprinkle lightly with chili powder.
- Bake for 15 minutes.