Stuff Larger Zucchini for a Low Cal Meal

At just over 7", these are perfect for stuffing. This is a variety called Mid- East Cousa, a little paler and plumper than the usual ones.

At just over 7″, these are perfect for stuffing. This is a variety called Mid- East Cousa, a little paler and plumper than the usual ones.

It happens to everyone, some zucchini escape notice and grow larger than we want.   Some are beyond redemption and can only be relegated to the compost pile but many can be salvaged for a delicious, low calorie meal by stuffing them.  I found two that had gotten away but were still small enough for individual serving size.  First remove the stem and blossom ends and slice off the tops, lengthwise.  Scoop out the insides, leaving a shell with a wall about 1/2″ thick.  Chop the scooped out portion if the seeds are not too hard and use it in your filling.  The choices for fillings are almost limitless and you can make them very low cal by not using meat.   Basics would be the chopped zucchini insides, onion garlic, tomatoes and herbs of choice but you can add meat (ham, sausage, ground beef…) and other veggies like peppers and carrots.  Season well as they can be bland.  Cook the filling first, load it into the zucchini “boats” and bake at 400º until the side of the zucchini can be pierced with a fork.  Top with cheese if desired and run under the broiler to melt.

I used a ground beef based stuffing and topped it with mozzarella.

I used a ground beef based stuffing and topped it with mozzarella.

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