This was one of my hardest reveal months to date!! I need to remember to never ever make my Secret Recipe Club food more than a day before reveal… it is so so hard not to share pictures!!! In addition to the agony of feeling the itch to share, I also wanted to tell Gloria, the author of The Ginger Snap Girl, just how happy I was to veganize one of her recipes!! Well now she knows (:
It definitely took me a while to find a recipe. I was tempted to veganize snickerdoodles and then I was tempted by the look and sound of tomato basil bruschetta, but the winning dish is something that I have been meaning to make for some time now: stuffed zucchini! Gloria’s recipe was very simple and that definitely appealed to me since I am currently living at Vdara, which is a hotel with 2 stove top burners and no oven (but we bought a great tabletop convection toaster oven that has been a life saver)!
Mexican Stuffed Zucchini
Serves 4 as a side dish
5-6 medium zucchini, sliced in half lengthwise
1/2 medium yellow onion, diced small
1 medium green bell pepper, diced small
1/2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 Tbsp. taco seasoning (I used Simply Organic brand Southwest Taco)
3/4 cup veggie grounds (I used Helen’s Kitchen brand Organic Veggie Ground)
Salt and fresh ground black pepper, to taste
1/2 cup dairy-free mozzarella cheese (I used Daiya brand)
Breadcrumbs as needed
Prepare the zucchini boats: slice the zucchini in half lengthwise then, using a strong, small spoon, carve out the seeds and some of the zucchini meat, reserving about 1/4-1/2 cup meat for the filling, making a cavity (there’s your boat).
In a medium nonstick pan, sauté the onion and green bell pepper in olive oil until softened. Once softened, add the taco seasoning, zucchini meat, veggie grounds, and Daiya cheese. Stir well and cook until the cheese is melted. Season well with salt and fresh ground black pepper.
Fill each zucchini boat with the taco grounds, top each with a tablespoon or two of bread crumbs and bake in a preheated 350 degree oven for 20-25 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender and the filling is hot and bubbly. Enjoy!!