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Stuffed Zucchini

What you need: 

6 medium zucchini
olive oil, for sautéing
1 red pepper, chopped
1 medium-large sweet onion, chopped
3 large garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 pound fresh mushrooms, chopped
2 medium fresh tomatoes or 4-6 plum tomatoes, chopped
1 bunch fresh basil
salt and pepper, to taste
1/2 cup breadcrumbs or matzoh meal or farfel

What you do: 

1. Trim the stem on the zucchinis, but don't cut it all the way off. Carefully cut the zucchinis in half lengthwise, making two boats. Use a paring knife and carefully hollow out the zucchinis, leaving about 1/4 inch all around sides and bottom. Save the parts you remove. Place the zucchini boats in an oiled baking pan or cookie sheet.
2. Keep vegetables separate. Heat olive oil in large pot or Dutch oven. Add red pepper, a few minutes later onion, a few minutes later garlic. Simmer slowly so they get soft and onions become translucent, but not browned. Add mushrooms and chopped zucchini innards. A few minutes later, add tomatoes, chopped basil, and salt and pepper. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
3. Simmer uncovered about 15 minutes (you don't want them to get mushy). Taste for seasonings. If there is lots of liquid, strain vegetables in a colander, but save the liquid. Mix in vegan bread crumbs, just to help hold it all together. Fill all the zucchini boats - there should be enough filling for them to be slightly mounded. Baste with the saved liquid.
4. Bake for 30-45 minutes, until boats are tender but still holding their shape. Check them during baking - if they're getting too dry or browned, cover with foil until the last few minutes, and baste a couple of times during baking.
You can also add vegan cheese into the vegetables before stuffing, or grated on top at the last few minutes of baking. You can also add chopped tofu, or tofu crumbles into the saute. These are easy to make and are a beautiful presentation for either a side or main dish. What takes the most time is chopping all the vegetables. If you have a food processor, you're in luck!

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At last!! A stuffed zuke recipe that Doesn't involve white sauce!! What a keeper!


I added some chopped fuji apples, put in a little tomato sauce because I didn't have any tomatoes, used cubed stale bread (rosemary sourdough, mmm), and stirred some chopped pecans into the filling after taking it off the stove.  These were wonderful!  My husband didn't even add any Tony Chachere's to his, which is truly rare.  And it made a pretty filling entree for being mostly vegetables.


These are like heaven! I added crumbled tempeh, my roommate and I used them as the main part of a meal.


Very very yummy!!!!


Absolutely delicious. =) My best friend also loves it.


Very lovely recipe and the presentation is beautiful!  Next time though I'll salt the zucchini before I add the stuffing.  Overall very good!  :)


My husband made this with seasoned tofu and some extra spices...It was WONDERFUL! Highly recommended!!


A very delicious mild-flavored, healthy dish! I LOVED it. Some more ideas for the filling are pizza topping and sandwiches.


This was pretty tasty. I think next time I'll add some salt and pepper, maybe some other spices to kick up the flavor a bit.  But overall, very good.  A great way to get lots of veggies in one meal!


Yes keda,  i second apstaats comment.  your photographic recipe representations are always delightfully well considered. i commend you!



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