summer-vegetable-stuffed-zucchini

The abundance of zucchini this time of year makes me one happy mama. I love, love, love zucchini. I’m sure it stems back from my fond memories of eating it as a kid. No sarcasm here. I grew up on the vitamin packed vegetable. My mom used to steam the living crap out of it, smoother it in butter and sprinkle it with just a touch of salt. Mmmmm, it would literally almost melt in your mouth.

While I don’t steam zucchini these days, I roast it, saute it, bake it in bread and my absolute favorite: stuff it.

This vegetarian version uses the height of summer produce and couldn’t be easier to throw together.

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I hollow out the zucchini with the back of a spoon, reserving the pulp, leaving a nice sturdy base for the vegetable mixture to sit in.

Zucchini is a little bland on it’s own so before filling it sprinkle just a dash of salt and pepper in the hollowed out cavity.

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This recipe is easily adapted to whatever vegetables you have on hand but I used an assortment of peppers, leeks, the insides of the zucchini, garlic and fresh tomatoes.

I think this makes a lovely light supper although my husband would argue that it actually makes a better side dish to a plate of baked meatballs……..either way you slice bake it, these are scrumptious.

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Zucchini naturally has a lot of water in it. Baking it can create a soggy mess if you’re not careful.

So, please, be careful.

Soggy overcooked vegetables are gross.

One way to avoid this is to bake them quickly and at a higher oven temperature. The tops brown, the zucchini retains a little bite, and the vegetable mixture is cooked to perfection.

An easy and healthy way to use up some of that zucchini!

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12 Responses to Summer Veggie Stuffed Zucchini

  1. Maria says:

    This is all I need for dinner!

  2. Lately I am loving meatless meals, and this looks so good! I love zucchini too!

  3. Bev Weidner says:

    I just wonder if there is any room in them for my ENTIRE HEAD.

  4. I made something similar last week, only I added sausage to the filling. So good. I like your tip to salt and pepper the zucchini before filling it.

  5. Perfect way to use up end of summer vegetables!

  6. Amanda R. says:

    My husband and I made these tonight and they are AMAZING! We keep a spreadsheet of recipes that we want to make over and over again, and after one bite these were definitely deemed “spreadsheet worthy.” Thanks for the recipe!

  7. jani lebaron says:

    I love stuffed zucchini! I made some several years ago for Marie and family. It bombed… this recipe looks so good!

  8. Sarah says:

    Making these tonight! 1 BIG zucchini with stuffings are for myself 🙂

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