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The easiest, quickest and most delicious dinner recipe is here to rock your world. Stuffed zucchini boats are a dream and we are paring them with a flavourful and creamy tomato sauce, and a side of quinoa to make it a complete meal.
Whenever I can get a full meal to fit on a single plate I feel accomplished. I like making elaborated dishes and going all out in the kitchen everyone once in a while. But my true love is for the super practical recipes that are bound to make our lives easier.
Zucchini boats are beyond easy to make. And since we've paired them with a couple of other things you can make sure you'll be getting a complete meal. I don't know if this is the best part or the fact that everything is ready in just 30 minutes. Or maybe how flavourful they come out.
I don't want to pick one!
It's all so good!
But, what really brought these zucchini boats to the top of my list is how much my parents loved them. Mom and dad are not vegan, and we've established that when I visit I do all the cooking.
They appreciate the effort but I know they do miss their meat after a few days of eating vegan. So, whenever I'm home I bring with me as many 'meaty' recipes as I can. The last time I was visiting I whipped together these stuffed zucchini boats. They were an absolute hit!
The filling is really delicious. And the combination of the textured soy, nutritional yeast, black beans will easily trick any carnivore. Even though mom and dad knew there was no actual meat in this recipe they did get their 'meat' fix.
Especially dad was so pleased with this recipe. And he mentioned that having the zucchini boats served with the sauce on the side and a portion of grains remained him of traditional German recipes. I hadn't really noted that but after he mentioned it I thought so too. It's quite comforting.
Most German food has those attributes. It's filling, comforting and super flavourful. Zucchini boats fill all of those categories with the added benefit that they are very light. So we have a meal that is low carb and high in protein that won't have you feeling all heavy once you're done stuffing your face. You can even go for second guilt-free.
I usually serve two zucchini boats on one plate, that's two halves, or one zucchini…this is getting confusing, but you get the idea. You can always do more or less depending on the size of your zucchini and your appetite.
Since zucchini always vary in size quite a bit you might want to add a bit of water to the filling so you make sure you have enough for everyone. I used to divide the stuffing evenly among all the zucchinis but now I customise a bit. Mine definitely have more filling than my son's and let's keep that as our little secret!
For the zucchini boats
For the minced soy
For the filling
For the sauce
For the quinoa
|Amount Per Serving|
|Calories 481||From Fat 129|
|% Daily Value*|
|Total Fat 14g||22%|
|Saturated Fat 2g||10.4%|
|Trans Fat 0g|
|Total Carbohydrate 72g||23.9%|
|Dietry Fiber 15g||58.6%|
|Vitamin K2 0.7µg||0.8%|
|Vitamin A 820.01IU||16.4%|
|Vitamin B-12 1.22µg||20.3%|
|Vitamin B-6 2.36mg||118.1%|
|Vitamin C 43.12mg||71.9%|
|Vitamin D 0IU||0%|
|Vitamin E 4.97mg||16.6%|
|Vitamin K1 14.67µg||18.3%|
|Pantothenic acid 1.66mg||16.6%|
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
Calories per gram:
Fat 9 • Carbohydrate 4 • Protein 4
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