Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Stuff It Style


  I am so happy college is now underway—it looks like it is going to be a busy but fun semester! I am taking 3 courses on campus, one online, and one through the mail! Obviously I like variety! :-) I am taking a Media Writing course on campus, and a lot of it is going to pertain to blogs, so I am hoping to either share mine, or get some useful tips to further my blog! I have another full day today, so I better get onto the recipe I concocted yesterday…

I have a Techniques of Relaxation class (a sad excuse for a phy ed requirement if you ask me!), and all we do is lay on mats in the dark dance studio and listen to calming music while stretching muscles, etc, and in my case, brainstorming recipes of course! This was the result of my first “relaxing” class ;-)

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Super Stuffed Zucchini

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 of a large zucchini, reserve the inside zucchini meat
  • 1/2 small sweet potato
  • 1/4 canned stewed tomatoes, or fresh if you prefer
  • 1/4 c diced green pepper and onion combined
  • 1/4 c of mushrooms and shredded carrots combined
  • 1-2 Tbsp of shredded Italian blend cheese
  • Small handful of spinach
  • 1 garlic clove, or 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp. salt

Directions:

  • Scoop out all zucchini flesh leaving a 1/4’ inch shell to stuff. Reserve 1/4 C of zucchini flesh, and chop.

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  • Take 1 tsp of salt and sprinkle over the zucchini, and turn it upside down for 10-15 minutes.
  • Once that time has passed, take a paper towel and pat the zucchini to get all the moisture out.

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  • Preheat oven to 375 F.
  • Meanwhile, get all the veggies listed in ingredients and chop them up in small pieces. Place in a skillet turned on high and stir frequently until veggies start to caramelize. Throw in spinach during the last minute or so.

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  • Now your ready to stuff, stuff, stuff! First stuff in the veggies. If you have extra that doesn’t fit, just use it for topping a salad or however you wish to use it.
  • Next layer is for the stewed or fresh tomatoes. I used stewed.

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  • Next up is the tuna. The lemon pepper tuna really did wonders for the flavor of this dish, so I recommend using it if you can find it. It’s cheap, too! :-) I could only fit half the pouch in my zucchini boat.

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  • Then the cheese—it’s best to put it on last, so it gets all bubbly and good.

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  • Pop in your preheated oven and bake for 25-30 minutes, or until zucchini is tender.

Enjoy!

What’s your favorite food to “stuff”, I am always looking for suggestions! Another stuffed recipe is in the works—stay tuned!

12 comments:

Lexi said...

Holy YUMMMMMMMM!!!!!! I love zucchini, I will def try this recipe out! thanks for posting it

brandi said...

your media writing class sounds interesting!

i love stuffed zucchini, tomatoes, peppers, and any type of winter squash.

Erica said...

hahah techniques of relaxation. Colleges have crazy courses. I took speed walking- it rocked my socks off ;) That stuff zuch looks seriously incredible

Jenny said...

i'm taking a few online classes too! i'm actually really excited! school in my PJs?! yes please!

Jenna said...

wow! that stuffed zuch looks phenomenial!
i recently joined the blog world and made my own, i would love it if you could check mine out and let me know what you thinkk!
jenna

Krista said...

Holy cow! What a geat zucchini boat! I like to stuff tomatoes myself...

Krista said...

About the sweet potatoes....I usually give them a good cleaning, prick with a fork and microwave in 2:30 increments until soft. If we're doing something on the BBQ that will take at least an hour, I'll wrap one in foil and throw it on the grill...

joyofood said...

OMG what an amazing recipe, looks so delicious. I love stuffed red pepper. I usually stuff it wtih brown rice, mushrooms, onion, tomato, herbs and spices and topped with cheese. YUM

Taylor

Shannon, The Healthy Beach Bum said...

That media writing class sounds really neato! I bet they would love to look at your blog :)
That stuffed zuch looks amazing! I like stuffing omlettes with lots of tasty things.. spinach, green pepper, onions, ham, and cheese. Have a great day tomorrow!

Kelly said...

Wow. What a huge zucchini. I'm so glad though that I didn't have a PE requirement although I will say that college gym classes turned me on to Pilates.

Kim said...

Techniques of relaxation sounds like the best class ever. I could totatlly use that class after a day with my two small children: ) That is one mega zucchini you have there. It is so colorful and healthy-looks great. The relaxation class is a good thing : )

burpandslurp said...

I am SO jealous of your media writing class! It sounds terrific!
And the stuffed zucchini looks awesome! I'll def try that some time!