Italian Stuffed Zucchini

"Great to prepare ahead of time; make a double 
batch and freeze some for later!"

6 medium zucchini (6-8”) or 3 large zucchini (10”+) long
2 teaspoons olive oil
1 medium onion, chopped
1 green pepper, finely chopped
6 mushrooms, chopped
2 garlic cloves, chopped
1 1/2 lb. ground beef, turkey or sausage
1/4 teaspoon parsley
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1 1/2 cups tomatoes, diced or 1 can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Parmesan cheese
Sea salt and pepper to taste

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F
1.      Slice stems off of zucchini.  Cut lengthwise and core using a small spoon. 

2.      Place cups in glass baking dish.  Spray bottom of dish with non-stick spray. (Variation:  With the large zucchini, you can cut into 4 sections width wise and scoop out to form a cup.)

3.      In a skillet, brown meat and drain oil.  Set aside.

4.      In the same skillet, saute onions, peppers, and mushrooms, in oil until onions begin to brown.  Add the garlic and saute for 45 seconds.  Add the meat, sprinkle with parsley, oregano, pepper and salt.  Saute for 2 minutes.

5.      Add the diced tomatoes to the pan, mix and simmer until for about 10 minutes.  Remove from heat.

6.      Stir in Parmesan cheese.

7.      Fill cups with mixture.  Top with mozzarella cheese.

8.      Bake for 20 minutes.  Enjoy!

9.      Note:  These freeze well and can be heated up in a microwave.


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