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Thursday, January 14, 2010

Stuffed Zucchini

Tonight was another last minute dinner decision. Are you sensing a pattern? Actually, most of my dinners are not well thought out. I defrosted some grass fed beef but nothing seemed to come to mind. I had to stop by my boyfriend's (Trader Joe) for some end of week supplies and out of nowhere this yummy looking Italian sausage started calling my name as I tried to wheel my cart one handed, while talking on my cell phone, reading my shopping list and swerving around the riot going on at the sample corner. I think it was pizza. So I decided to pick up the sausage and make it part of dinner.

Earlier, hubby and I went to CrossFit (like most nights) and did this crazy workout where they had us walking on our hands, holding two minute handstands and doing handstand push ups. We were upside down for most of the workout. It was fun for me since I have a gymnastics background... even if it was 30 years ago. By the look on hubby's face, I don't think he felt the same way. This time my old bones weren't so forgiving and I ended up loosing feeling in my right arm. Yup, it's pretty much dead at the moment, but I'm glad I can still type. My error rate has gone through the roof, though. I quickly learned that I need to proof read the url I'm after before pressing enter. I was trying for "hotmail" and ended up with a full page of men's torsos in tiny underwear with their parts magnified and wagging in my face. I would like to say that I didn't mind, but truth be told that was a little too close up for me. I may be permanently scarred... I'll let you know.

What were we talking about? Oh... dinner... right. So my point in all this chatter is that I have one good arm and I still managed to make this wonderful stuffed zucchini. What's your excuse?

What you'll need:

4 zucchini

1lb grass fed ground beef

1 package Italian turkey/chicken sausage (I used sweet, but hot would be good too)

olive oil

1 can tomato sauce (6oz)

1tsp Italian seasoning

1tsp onion powder

1/2 tsp garlic powder

What you do:

Remove the sausage from it's casing. Brown the ground beef and sausage together in a pan breaking it up into small pieces. While the meat is browning cut the zucchini in half lengthwise and scrape out the "guts" with a spoon making a little trench. When the meat is cooked poor in the can of tomato sauce and the spices and give it a stir. Try not to drool into the pan. That's just bad form.

Now poor about a tablespoon of olive oil into a baking dish. Rub it all around the bottom of the dish. Rub some of the olive oil all over the zucchini. Fill up the zucchini trenches with the meat mixture. Cover the dish with foil and bake at 375 for 30 minutes. When the zucchini is done it should be tender but still slightly crisp. Now, take a giant whiff of your gorgeous creation. That, my friends, is pure love coming out of your oven.



  1. This looks so easy and yummy! totally gonna try this, anyway I can get a veggie in the hubby and kids I like

  2. Thanks mrsofficer! One way you can get a veggie into a little one (or husband) is to take the zucchini "guts" and mix them in when cooking the meat so it gets soft and kind of "disappears". Then you can serve it to them with just the meat and they don't even know there is zucchini in it!