Sunday, July 28, 2013

Stuffed Zucchini

I got quite a few zucchinis from my zucchini plant before it was completely consumed by the pumpkin plant.  As such, I've decided to make myself some stuffed zucchini for lunch this week.  Here's the recipe I used:

  • zucchini
  • ground beef
  • tomato paste (or spaghetti sauce, if you're into disgusting chunks of crap)
  • cheese
  • spices/seasonings (and onions, peppers, or whatever if you like gross things)
I hate recipes without exact measurements as much as the next guy, but there really isn't any need to be precise with this one.  So let's get out there and wing it!

If you're me, the first step will be to call your mum and ask her for the millionth time how to make this stuff.  But I've already taken care of that.  So first take your zucchini and slice that thing in half.

Next, draw a grid on there with your knife - but be careful not to pierce the skin.  You're gonna need that.  You just want to slice up the insides.

If you sliced it up right, you should be able to scoop all the bits into a bowl all nice and pre-cubed.  If not, no big deal.  Just cut up what you've got into bite-sized pieces. If you are me, you'll call your mum to ask if you can/should eat zucchini seeds - the answer is yes.

 Your zucchini skin should look like a cute little boat now.  Set that aside.

But don't set it too far aside or overly intrusive cats might try to eat it.

Now brown up your ground beef, seasoning with whatever flavors you prefer.  I used sea salt, seasoning salt, and garlic powder.  I guess this is also the place where you would add onions or peppers or whatever else, but why ruin a good thing?  Add your browned beef to the zucchini cubes.

The next step is to add your tomato sauce and cheese.  If you are me, you'll realize that your tomato somehow expired in 2010.  You'll call your mum for a third time to ask her if it is safe to eat three year expired tomato sauce.  She will say no and will be kind enough to bring you a fresh can.  But hopefully you don't have old, gross food sitting around your house the way I do.  After she has left, you'll realize that you also do not have cheese.  So you'll have to run to the grocery store and buy some.  Again, I'd like to think you're a bit more prepared than I am.  When you've gotten your beef, zucchini, cheese, and tomato sauce mixed together til it looks right, spoon all that stuff back into the adorable little boat.  It should look like this:

Put that guy in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes.  When it is done, you can either eat it or portion it out into lunch serving and put it in the fridge.  Whatever works best for you. 

And that's the end.  It's quick (if you have all your ingredients ahead of time) and easy and pretty darned healthy.  Enjoy!

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