Saturday, July 21, 2007

Stuffed Grilled Zucchini

Prep: 25 minutes
Cook: 10 minutes
Yield: 4 servings

4 medium zucchini
5 teaspoons olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons finely chopped red onion
1/4 teaspoon minced garlic
1/2 cup dry bread crumbs
1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
1 tablespoon minced fresh mint
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese

Cut zucchini in half lengthwise; scoop out pulp, leaving a 1/4-in. shells. Brush with 2 teaspoons oil; set aside. Chop pulp. In a large skillet, saute pulp and onion in remaining oil. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Add bread crumbs; cook and stir for 2 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from the heat. Stir in the mozzarella cheese, mint and salt. Spoon into zucchini shells. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese. Grill, covered, over medium heat for 8-10 minutes or until zucchini is tender.

Tips and Tricks
Make these zucchini boats in the oven if you're not grill savvy.
Make It Healthier
Use reduced-fat cheese. Omit salt.
How Kids Can Help
Scoop pulp from zucchini. Measure ingredients. Stir filling. Stuff zucchini boats. Older kids can shred cheese.

Nutrition Facts
2 stuffed zucchini halves (prepared with part-skim mozzarella) equals 186 calories, 10 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 553 mg sodium, 17 g carbohydrate, 3 g fiber, 9 g protein
Diabetic Exchanges
1 lean meat, 1 vegetable, 1 fat, 1/2 starch

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