Stuffed Zucchini Boats & Baked Apples

Stuffed Zucchini and Baked ApplesIngredients

  • 2 medium size zucchini
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped mushroom caps
  • 1/2 cup chopped tomato
  • 3-5 chopped scallions
  • 1 heaping tablespoon of low-fat sour cream
  • Pinch of thyme
  • Two pinches hot curry powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 medium size Honey Crisp apple (or Fuji apple), cored, halved and sliced. No need to peel.
  • 2 slices turkey bacon, cooked and chopped
  • 1/3 cup grated Parmesan Reggiano cheese
  • 1/3 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • Pinch or two of ground cinnamon for apples

How To

Wash zucchini and slice in half lengthwise. Scoop out the pulp and reserve. Each zucchini bowl needs to be deep enough to hold the filling.

Depulped Zucchini Halves

Cook turkey bacon over medium heat  until crispy (yes, in a skillet… if I have to state “use a pan”, then you are banned from the kitchen). Remove from heat, roughly chop once cooled and set aside.

Spray skillet used for bacon with non-stick oil. Add onion and cook until tender. Sprinkle onion with curry powder and stir. Remove cooked onion from heat and transfer to medium size mixing bowl.

Add tomato, sour cream, bacon pieces, mushrooms, thyme and salt/pepper. Mix well. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

The yummy zucchini filling.Fill the zucchini boats with the filling. Don’t overfill. Place in a baking dish sprayed with non-stick cooking oil. Arrange apple slices around zucchini. Bake in oven for 17 minutes.

Remove from oven and sprinkle zucchini halves and apples with Parmesan Reggiano cheese and chopped parsley bits. Return to oven and cook until cheese melts (1-2 minutes). Reduce cooking time to 15 minutes if reheating and serving later.

Ready to bake the stuffed zucchini boats.Plate and serve. Garnish plate with stems from the chopped scallions. I had extra mushroom caps to use so I filled those with some of the zucchini mixture and baked with the zucchini boats.

The filling works equally well when stuffing portabella mushrooms. I consider this an all-purpose base filling. You can add garlic, chopped asparagus, shredded carrots, freshly chopped spinach… it all works!

Baked Apples with Stuffed Mushrooms

 If you have tomatoes dying a slow death, use them in this recipe. Slice, sprinkle with cheese and bake with the zucchini boats.