... Eefie's Beautiful Mess: Recipe: Zucchini Boats with Ground Meat & Vegetables

Aug 27, 2018

Recipe: Zucchini Boats with Ground Meat & Vegetables

Zucchini boats with ground meat and veggies is something that my parents often prepared for dinner. It is absolutely delicious and super easy to make! I prepared them myself for the first time and I thought it would be fun to share this dish on my blog to give you a liltle bit of inspiration if you're looking for some dinner ideas.

  • 2 zucchinis;
  • 500 g ground meat;
  • 1 eggplant;
  • 1 big onion;
  • 250 g mushrooms;
  • a sweet red, yellow and green pepper;
  • 100 g cheese;
  • 400 g diced tomato;
  • 70 g double concentrated tomato paste;
  • salt, pepper, garlic powder, basil and a tiny bit of chili pepper;
  • 250 g long grain rice.
  • Make sure you clean all the vegetables before you cut them into pieces!
  • Both zucchinis need to be cut in two halves.
  • Use a steamer or bring a large pot of water to a boil and add the zucchinis. This will take about 10 or 15 minutes to make them soft and ready. Make sure you don’t break them during the process, that would be unfortunate! In the meantime, you can start with the sauce and the ground meat.
The meat:
  • Heat a large skillet over a medium high heat and add the ground meat. (I normally use a mix of pork and beef.) Allow it to cook for 5 minutes before you start breaking it into smaller pieces. Add some salt and pepper as well. You know the meat is ready to use and safe to eat if it’s browned and no longer pink.
The sauce:
  • Melt some butter or heat up some oil and add the onion. Wait until they’re translucent and caramelized before adding the eggplant, mushrooms and peppers into the mix. Cook the vegetables until they are soft and juicy, we don’t want to be raw. 
  • Add the pork, garlic powder, pepper, basil and a tiny bit of chili pepper and finish your sauce with the diced tomato. Add some more flavor by using the tomato paste.
  • Preheat the oven to 180°C / 356°F and coat a large oven dish with some butter. Add sauce on top of the zucchinis and finish with a layer of grinded cheese. Meanwhile, bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the rice as instructed on the package. 
  • Bake the zucchini boats until the cheese is golden brown, melted and crispy. I normally don't use a timer, but I guess it takes about 20 or 30 minutes before it's ready. (Make sure you don’t burn yourself!)

What is your go-to dinner recipe? I’m always looking for new inspiration.

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