Bolognese Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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Well hey guys! This Monday is off to a seriously slow start! I am actually embarrassed to say the time that I woke up. Because of my extra long day yesterday (waking up at 6 am to drive an hour and a half to a PiYo training that was all day 9-4, and then speed straight to a concert) I AM EXHAUSTED. I'm thrilled that I now am PiYo certified and able to teach in my area, but lots of practice is definitely going to be happening before the teaching part. Yesterday was so jam packed with info that I feel a little more confused coming out of the training than going in. Anyway, let's get down to the real reason you guys show up and read every Monday...The Recipe!

This Recipe was one that I was a little hesitant to try because I am not a huge Zucchini fan, but when we went to Chris' Aunt and Uncles house a couple weeks ago and they had made this for dinner (and it looked so delicious) I knew I had to try. Well needless to say it was bomb.com and I had to share with you guys.

Oh side note you also can exclude the rice and make this just a delicious veggie and protein kind of meal!

I hope you guys love it!

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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Ingredients

  • 2-3 Large Zucchini's (makes 4-6 boats)
  • 1 lb ground Beef
  • 1 lb ground Italian Sausage (I used turkey sausage)
  • 1/4 cup marinara sauce
  • 1 box of white rice, or brown
  • 1 medium diced Onion
  • 3-4 garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 cans diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Add olive oil, minced garlic, onion, and ground meats and cook on medium high heat until brown, about 6 minutes
  3. While the meat is browning slice zucchini length wise and scoop out pulp or insides creating a hallow center.
  4. Chop the zucchini pulp into bite sized pieces and add to the ground meat mixture.
  5. Cook rice according to directions on package.
  6. When meat is done browning pour the zucchini meat mixture into a bowl and add in diced tomatoes, seasonings, parmesan cheese, and 1/2 cup mozzarella cheese and mix well.
  7. Scoop a generous amount of the mixture into each boat.
  8. Coat the bottom of the dish with 1/4 cup of marinara sauce.
  9. Place the filled boats inside the dish and top with a little more marinara sauce and the other 1/2 cup of Mozzarella cheese.
  10. Cover with foil and allow to cook for 35 minutes until cheese is melted and zucchini is cooked through.
  11. Serve one zucchini boat with a serving of rice and enjoy!

Live Blissfully!

xo,

Lauren