Recipe Origin Mexico
Rating
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Servings 4
Preparation 20 min 00:20
Cook 40 min 00:40
Ready in 1 hour 01:00
Difficulty Challenging
Cooking Method Bake
Ingredients Rice Vegetable
Equipment Other
Recipe Type Dinner Side Dish
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Mexican Zucchinni Boats

Mexican Zucchini Boats

Whether you’re cooking for meatless Monday, or want a vegetarian side dish, Mexican zucchini boats are the way to go. This is a great way to use up all of your end-of-the-summer zucchini, too.

The filling gets a bit of heat from fresh jalapeno peppers and chili powder. It is also packed with protein, in the form of black beans, and plenty of vegetables. Brown rice makes it extra filling.

The leftovers are perfect to pack as lunch for the next day, alongside some tortilla chips and a bit of salsa. If you’re looking for a heartier dish, mix in some cooked ground beef or chicken into the filling before baking.

Ingredients

4 large zucchini

1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon olive oil, divided

1/2 red onion, diced

1 red bell pepper, cored and diced

1 jalapeno, cored and diced

1 cup cooked brown rice

1/2 cup corn niblets

1 (15-ounce) can black beans, drained and rinsed

1 cup of your favorite salsa

1 teaspoon chili powder

2 teaspoons ground cumin

1/2 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

salt, to taste

1 cup shredded cheddar cheese

Recipe Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F (205 degrees C). Grease a 9 x 13-inch baking dish; set aside.

  2. Slice each zucchini in half lengthwise. Using a melon baller, hollow out the center of each zucchini. Lightly brush the tops with one teaspoon of olive oil then place them skin side-down in the casserole dish.

  3. Warm the tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onions and peppers and cook for 2 to 3 minutes.

  4. Add the rice, corn, beans, salsa, chili powder, and cumin. Stir everything together and continue to cook for about 5 minutes. Remove the skillet from the heat and set aside.

  5. Stir in 1/4 cup of the cilantro and salt to the filling. Spoon the filling inside each zucchini until they are full. Sprinkle each one with cheese, then arrange them in the dish and cover with foil.

  6. Bake in the oven for 25 minutes then remove the foil and set the oven to broil. Cook for 5 more minutes, until the cheese is bubbly and golden brown.

  7. Garnish with fresh cilantro and serve.

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Recipe Origin Mexico
Rating
No Reviews
Servings 4
Preparation 20 min 00:20
Cook 40 min 00:40
Ready in 1 hour 01:00
Difficulty Challenging
Cooking Method Bake
Ingredients Rice Vegetable
Equipment Other
Recipe Type Dinner Side Dish
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