Monday, June 4, 2012

Stuffed Zucchini

Happy Monday everyone!  This was the best dinner we have had in a long time.  I was so busy last week that I didn't have a chance to cook anything new and exciting.  We went to Corpus Christi this weekend and came home with some awesome produce, mostly this humongo zucchini
 Check it out, put the oatmeal container there for a size reference
You could also use small zucchinis.  Slice them lengthwise
 Empty out your seeds and place in a cake pan with 1/2 cup water and cover with tin foil.  Place in a 450 degree oven for 15 minutes
 While that is in the oven you can start with your meat mixture (I made mine ahead of time to save a mess and time)
 Take off the heat and add chopped tomato and diced jalapeno
 Fill zucchinis with your meat mixture
 Top with cheese
 Back into the oven for 10 minutes (broiling for the last 3 minutes)
 And you have Stuffed Zucchini
 I served mine with tortilla chips (Cliff had potato chips)
I can't wait to eat the leftovers tomorrow.  This was really easy and tasted amazing.  Enjoy!

Stuffed Zucchini
1 massive zucchini or about 2 pounds worth of smaller ones
1 Tbsp. olive oil
1 onion, chopped
1 pound ground beef or turkey
2 tsp. taco seasoning
Salt and pepper
2 tomatoes, seeded and chopped
1 jalapeno or a spoonful from the jar, diced
1 1/2 cups cheese (I used shredded pepper jack and cheddar)

Preheat oven to 450.  Cut your zucchini lengthwise and scrape out the seeds, you may need to use a knife.  Arrange zucchini cut side up in a 13x9 cake pan.  Add 1/2 cup water, cover with foil, and bake 15 minutes or until soft (mine took 17 minutes because they were so big).  
Meanwhile, in a large skillet brown your meat.  Add onion, taco seasoning and pepper when your meat is almost cooked through.  When your meat is nicely browned and your onions are tender, take your skillet off the heat and add tomato and jalapeno.  
Remove foil from cake pan, drain the excess water and drizzle olive oil over zucchini and sprinkle with salt.  Fill with the meat mixture and top with cheese.  Bake, uncovered, about 10 minutes more, broiling it for the last 3 minutes.  Makes 4 servings
Adapted slightly from Rachel Ray

Hope you are off to a great week.  
If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.  If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.
1 John 1:8-9

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