Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Meatless Monday

Last night’s dinner was certainly a change for our family. With a husband and son who are meat lovers, I wasn’t sure a meatless meal would go over at all. However, it did turn out fine, and I may continue the theme occasionally – I doubt that it would be accepted on a regular basis!

I have seen numerous recipes for stuffed zucchini online and in cookbooks, and decided to incorporate several of the ideas and add my own twist. Here’s my recipe:



2 medium zucchini, about 8” long
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 1/2 cups frozen corn, thawed
1 clove garlic, minced
1 small onion, diced
1 small tomato, seeded and diced
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Wash zucchini, cut off ends and drop in large pan of boiling water. Boil gently for 7 to 8 minutes, or until tender but not soft. In the meantime, melt butter with olive oil in large skillet. Saute corn, garlic and onion on medium heat until onion is translucent. 

Remove zucchini from water and let stand until cool enough to handle. Slice in half; scoop out flesh, leaving about 1/4” in the shell. Give the removed zucchini a rough chop and add to the corn mixture. Add tomato and seasonings and cook on medium heat for about 5 minutes. Spoon into reserved shells and sprinkle with cheese.

Bake at 350 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes, until filling is hot and cheese is melted.

Serves 4.

Notes: I purposely left out a lot of salt because zucchini has a high water content, and salt would only pull out the water, leading to mushy zucchini. Not good! As far as seasonings go, you could add whatever you like – Italian seasoning, more garlic, etc. Chopped mushrooms might work well, too. 

I did turn on the broiler to help the cheese melt faster.

As you can see, it was served with fresh carrots and smashed potatoes.
A few words of veggie wisdom:
"An onion can make people cry, but there has never been a vegetable invented to make them laugh."Will Rogers (1879-1935)

"Vegetables are a must on a diet. I suggest carrot cake, zucchini bread, and pumpkin pie."
Jim Davis, 'Garfield'
Your comments and suggestions are always welcome. Thanks for reading!

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