Stuffed Zucchini

Hi everyone! Today's recipe is another vegetarian recipe! If you are not a vegetarian, this delicious goodness goes great as a side dish for any kind of meat! So hopefully you will give it a try! It's very light and filling and full of flavor! Hopefully you will give it a try!

Serves 4
  • 4 large Zucchini
  • ½ cup diced Bell peppers
  • ½ cup chopped Red Onion
  • 1 minced Garlic clove
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped Cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon Soy Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Chili Oil
  • Salt to taste
  • Ground Black Pepper to taste
  • Crushed Red Pepper to taste
  • Shaved Parmesan Cheese or Shredded Cheese (optional)
  • Your favorite Ragu or Tomato Sauce (Optional) (To serve)

In a large pot bring plenty of water to a boil. Then cook the zucchini for about 5-8 minutes or until soft. ( I don't like it too soft, so I boiled it for 5 minutes!) Remove from the water, set them aside to cool, while you make the filling.

In a skillet on medium high heat, heat up the chili oil, cook the onion for about 2 minutes or until soft, then add in the bell peppers and the minced garlic, cook for 1 more minute or until the garlic is translucent,  season with ground black pepper to taste, a pinch of salt and crushed red pepper to taste. Add in the rice and 1 tablespoons of soy sauce, stir together, then add in the chopped cilantro, stir once again, taste the flavor add more salt and pepper if needed, cook for about 2-3 more minutes or until the rice is heated through.

Trim the ends of each zucchini. Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise. Remove some of the seeds from each of the zucchini halves. (remove as much of the seeds as you want.)

Fill the zucchini with the rice mixture. Place them in a plate or a baking dish,  Sprinkle some cheese over the zucchini and place in t he oven (or microwave ) to heat them through. To heat them through in the oven, preheat the oven to 400ºF and cook the zucchini for about 8-10 minutes or until heated through.   To warm them up in the microwave, just place t hem in the microwave for about 2 minutes or until well heated.

Serve with your favorite Ragu Sauce, or with a delicious salad! Enjoy