The Zucchini Boat

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Fun with vegetables!

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A few weeks (months?) I saw Angela make Zucchini boats on her blog, and the concept has been knocking around in the back of my mind ever since.  I like zucchini, but I get tired of eating them grilled on my George Foreman.  This was a fun way to mix it up!

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I scraped the center out of 1/2 a zucchini (the Husband got the other half) and stuffed it with:

 

  • 1/4 cup cooked brown rice
  • Kidney beans
  • Italian cheese
  • Seasonings

 

I added a little bit of this Bouillon to the rice as it was cooking, and it made SUCH a difference!  It made the rice so flavorful.

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The boats went back in the oven at 400 degrees for another 30 minutes or so.  The crusts of the kidney beans got nice and crispy.  The Husband said it tasted β€œgourmet.”  He is so nice to me. πŸ™‚

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I had corn on the cob, a pickle, and some more rice to round out the meal.

 

Earlier, I snacked on some crackers while reviewing an e-mail about healthy eating from Janel.

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James says HELLO!

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Don’t those big brown eyes just make you melt?  He gets everything he wants!

 

Still on the agenda:  work, work, work; 20-minute speed clean; and running.

 

What is your favorite vegetable to stuff?  If Twice Baked Potatoes count, that’s my favorite!

{ 40 comments }

 

  • VeggieGirl November 8, 2009, 1:09 pm

    Hi James! πŸ˜€

    I love stuffing peppers, zucchini, tomatoes, and squash.

  • Evan Thomas November 8, 2009, 1:09 pm

    I love a good stuffed bell pepper any time of the year

  • Diana November 8, 2009, 1:10 pm

    I love stuffed portobello mushrooms! I had one for lunch today even! πŸ™‚

  • Crystal November 8, 2009, 1:11 pm

    James is too cute … give him a huge hug for me πŸ™‚

    My favourite veggie to stuff would be green peppers. I just love the way that green peppers taste when they’ve been cooked in the oven, especially when they’re stuffed with rice, tomato sauce, onions, and ground beef Mmmm

  • Jessica @ How Sweet It Is November 8, 2009, 1:17 pm

    I would also have to say potatoes…since I don’t like other veggies!

  • Jen @ This Vegetarian Life November 8, 2009, 1:21 pm

    Peppers, especially red one. I also love stuffed tomatoes, but peppers are definitely my absolute favorite!

  • Wendy November 8, 2009, 1:22 pm

    Love the pic of James! All your pics look really good, actually. Are you lovin’ the new camera? πŸ™‚

    I don’t know if I’ve ever stuffed any veggies, but your zucchini looks really yummy!

  • Katie November 8, 2009, 1:26 pm

    Not sure… MY attempts at stuffing haven’t worked very well!

    Ugh I ate brisket totally off my veggie diet. Any suggestions to stay the course? I feel terrible guilty, but I was hungry it was there and I loved every juicy bite.

    James is adorable!

    • caitlin November 8, 2009, 2:04 pm

      i dont think you should feel guilty about having meat. i am sure there is a point where i will break down and eat meat. remember that by trying to eat vegetarian, even 95% of the time, you are helping animals, the environment, and your health. πŸ™‚

      • Katie November 8, 2009, 5:01 pm

        Thanks. I try, but it sounded REALLY good so I figured why deny? Not like I get it that often.

        • Jessica November 8, 2009, 5:26 pm

          I have learned that denying things only makes it worse….dont sweat the small stuff.

  • carolyn~ November 8, 2009, 1:27 pm

    For sure a potato!!!
    I never make rice any other way. As a kid growing up I remember my mom’s rice tasting better than any other I had. She always made it with either chicken stock or a bullion cube. Now, I always make my brown rice with the Knorr Chicken Tomato bullion…delish!

  • Kim November 8, 2009, 1:33 pm

    My mom made stuffed zucchini growing up and called them zu-canoes… which I thought was a pretty fun name!

  • Joelle (The Pancake Girl) November 8, 2009, 1:36 pm

    Peppers and eggplant, for sure!

  • rebecca November 8, 2009, 1:37 pm

    I’m all about stuffed peppers and mushrooms!

    Your dog is SO precious, I just want to steal him, hehe πŸ™‚

    good luck with the rest of your agenda lovely lady!
    Becca

  • Kelly November 8, 2009, 1:41 pm

    I have been thinking about stuffed veges lately. The only thing I’ve ever stuffed is peppers, I want to try with the zucchini!

  • Katie (Sweet Tater) November 8, 2009, 1:42 pm

    bell peppers and eggplant are awesome to stuff.

  • Tay November 8, 2009, 1:47 pm

    First, congrats on your award!!!! You totally deserve it in every way. Second, I made zucchini boats after spotting them on Angela’s blog too. Delicious! I love stuffed bell peppers, but feel like they’re too hard to eat – so stuffed zucchinis are easier. But I also love stuffed mushrooms!

  • Matt November 8, 2009, 1:47 pm

    Is it weird that reminds me of ants on a log? Just with defferent ingredients?

  • Angi November 8, 2009, 1:52 pm

    I’ve haven’t had stuffed zucchini in ages. Not since I had a few zucchini in the garden to stuff. (They are an amazing little vegetable!)

  • Cynthia (It All Changes) November 8, 2009, 1:54 pm

    Cute doggie faces always make me melt. I love the look like they know they get their way πŸ™‚

    I love to stuff squash. I like making butternut squash and then making it kind of like twice baked potatoes.

  • MelissaNibbles November 8, 2009, 1:58 pm

    Hi James. Looking good!

    I agree with your hubby, that’s a gourmet lunch!

  • Jenna November 8, 2009, 2:21 pm

    i have never actually had stuffed veggies! can you believe that? but i really want to try it!
    jenna

  • Island Girl Eats November 8, 2009, 2:56 pm

    I quite like stuffed acorn squash.

    That is such a beautiful picture of James. Was that taken with your new camera? It looks really good.

    • caitlin November 8, 2009, 2:58 pm

      all pictures on this post were with the new rebel! im trying to figure out how to use it still. πŸ™‚ thanks!

  • Emily November 8, 2009, 3:02 pm

    my favorite veggie to stuff is definitely acorn squash–love the stuff them with bread crumbs, raisins, cheese, other random veggies, and spices.

    i LOVE better than boullion–so much less scary than those cubes from the grocery store. πŸ™‚

  • Jenna November 8, 2009, 3:28 pm

    Aww, hi James!

    I would have to say my favorite ‘stuffed’ veggie is bell peppers. Love them. You can pretty much put anything in them. I love mine with rice, turkey (or tofu), onions, tomatoes, basil, tomatoes, mushrooms and pasta sauce all combined and stuffed in the pepper. Divine πŸ™‚

  • Janna (Just Flourishing) November 8, 2009, 3:28 pm

    I have never had a stuffed vegetable! But i’ve always wanted to make them. I think peppers are at the top of my list. I’d definitely try the zucchini too!

    Your puppy is adorable.

  • Jolene (www.everydayfoodie.ca) November 8, 2009, 4:14 pm

    I love stuffed mushrooms and stuffed cherry tomatoes! James is freakin adorable!

  • Stephanie November 8, 2009, 4:26 pm

    I love to stuff 8-ball squashies, they are so cute & deelish! I do a “calabacitas style 8ball squash” in which you hollow out the lil’ squash, saute the inside with some onion, canned diced green chilis and then top with cheese – bake for a while til it all melts up and oh yeaaa it’s good!!!

  • kristi (sweet cheeks) November 8, 2009, 4:26 pm

    Mmmm, that looks great! I love grilled zucchini!

  • Marina November 8, 2009, 4:41 pm

    That eyes make me melt :))
    I love to stuff peppers and zucchinis too. I do it really rarely, because it never crosses my mind to make it.But I love stuffed veggies.

  • Jo November 8, 2009, 4:49 pm

    Love the pictures of your dogs. Keep them coming!

  • Mama Pea November 8, 2009, 5:04 pm

    Holy crap, you have a talking dog?!

    I love that vegetable boullion. The best EVER!

  • Nikka @ neekadeek November 8, 2009, 5:16 pm

    Twice baked potatoes are THE best!
    My Mom made them growing up and I always thought it was her own secret recipe, obviously not the case.
    Even when I make it though, it’s still not like my Mom’s πŸ™

  • Madeline @ GreensAndJeans November 8, 2009, 5:55 pm

    I love stuffed squash and stuffed bell peppers, but who doesn’t love a great twice baked potato?!

  • Stacey November 8, 2009, 6:32 pm

    Twice baked taters DO count and that’s my fav!! Nom nom nom πŸ™‚ I love to put tomato on top of them πŸ™‚

  • Jaime November 8, 2009, 9:56 pm

    Amy (at Amy’s Quest) does zucchini boats all the time. She grills them up and puts goat cheese in them. So yum!!!

  • Dan November 9, 2009, 12:53 pm

    Your marathon training plan looks like it might not be enough. Where did you come up with it?

  • Samantha November 13, 2009, 1:49 am

    Hi Caitlin,

    I have been following you for a while I am just to chicken to comment! LOL I just wanted to tell you I tried making a zucchini boat! It came out so so good! Thanks for the awesome idea!

    http://seesamieat.blogspot.com/2009/11/monday-recap.html

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