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Old 06-10-2009, 11:17 AM   #32
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Robyn's Beef Stuffed Zucchini

Prep Time: 30 min

Serves: 6 servings

Ingredients Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.

6 medium zucchini (about 1/2 pound each)
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small chopped onion (about 1 cup)
1 tablespoon chopped garlic
1/2 pound lean ground beef (at least 90 percent lean)
2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 package Miracle noodle pearls
1 (14.5 ounce) can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, strained and juice reserved (about 3/4 to 1 cup juice)
3 tablespoons Chopped Almonds, toasted in a dry skillet
1/4 cup chopped parsley leaves
cup chopped mint
1/2 cup low-sodium tomato sauce
1/2 teaspoon salt

Cut each zucchini in half crosswise. Using a melon baller, carefully scoop out zucchini flesh, leaving about 1/4 inch flesh intact on all sides and leaving zucchini closed at the bottom of each half. Reserve zucchini flesh for another use, or discard. Reserve zucchini tubes.

Add onions and cook, stirring, until they are soft and translucent. Add garlic. Add ground beef, cumin, coriander and red pepper flakes and cook until meat is just. Add Miracle pearls, and diced tomatoes. Remove from heat and stir in almonds, mint and parsley. Let mixture cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Using a small spoon or clean hands, gently stuff zucchini halves with beef-mixture.
Place zucchini halves in a 9 by 13-inch glass baking dish. Combine reserved tomato juice, tomato sauce and salt and pour over zucchini. Cover tightly with foil and place in oven. Bake for 20 minutes.

Remove from oven, uncover and rotate zucchini. Re-cover, return dish to oven and bake an additional 20 to 25 minutes, until zucchini is cooked through but still slightly firm. Place 2 zucchini halves on a plate and serve with tomato sauce.

1 serving is 2 zucchini halves and 3 tablespoons tomato sauce

Per Serving:
Calories 211 Fat 13 g Sodium 181 mg Carbohydrate 8 g Protein 10 g

Variations:
You could also use ground chicken or turkey for fewer calories. Also you can make boats out of the zucchini instead of tubes (easier) and you could also use Summer Squash!
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