Three cheese stuffed zucchini

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I absolutely adore zucchini – the vegetable is so versatile and most ways you cook it, it’s delicious! Stuffed vegetables are such a great way of mixing different food groups and great combinations together for a side, or even a main meal. Last night I made three cheese stuffed zucchini boats and they were a hit! I made my own passata and that just added a freshness of flavour that made the dish. These are the perfect entree for a dinner party as they’re easy to make and you can just whack them in the oven whilst entertaining. Eggplant and capsicum would also work perfectly as the ‘boat’.

Ingredients

Zucchini boats

  • zucchinis, halved
  • 1 cup dry bread crumbs/stuffing mix
  • 1/2 cup cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese, grated
  • 5 tbl fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • sprinkle of parmesan cheese

Passata

  • 5 large tomatoes, roughly chopped
  • 5 tbl fresh parsley, chopped
  • salt and pepper

Serves 8

Method

Bring a large pot of salted water to the boil. Add zucchini and cook until tender, about 15 minutes then drain. Once cooled down scoop out the flesh of the zucchini, making a ‘boat’.

In a medium bowl combine zucchini flesh, bread crumbs, cheeses, parsley and egg then salt and pepper to taste.

Preheat oven to 150 degrees. Fill zucchini’s with mixture, then sprinkle parmesan on each boat. Place in the oven on a baking tray and cook for 30 minutes or until golden.

To make the passata cook the tomatoes in a small saucepan on low heat. Add the parsley and salt and pepper. Cook on low heat for about 30 minutes with the lid on, stirring every five minutes.

Serve zucchini boats hot with the passata drizzled on top and enjoy!

Healthy fact

Zucchini is one of the lowest calorie vegetables; it’s only 17 calories per 100g. It contains no saturated fats or cholesterol. Its peel is a good source of dietary fibre and offers protection against colon cancers.

Happy cooking, love Jem x

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