Healthy and crunchy 'boats' loaded with flavor and nutrients.
Beef And Almond Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Savories & Sides
1/4 cup bulgur wheat (uncooked)
4 medium zucchini (about 1/2 pound each)
1/3 cup Mandelin Blanched Slivered Almonds
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 small onion, diced (about 1 cup)
2 large cloves garlic, minced
1/2 pound lean ground beef (at least 90% lean)
1-1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons golden raisins
1 14.5 oz. can no-salt-added diced tomatoes, strained, juice reserved
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley, plus 1 tablespoon for garnish
1/2 cup no-salt added tomato sauce
Preheat the oven to 375°F (190ºC). Cook the bulgur according to the directions on the package. Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds with a spoon.
Toast the almonds in a dry skillet over medium heat, stirring occasionally, until they are fragrant and golden brown, about 3 minutes. Allow them to cool then chop them coarsely.
Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onions and cook, stirring, until they are soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add the garlic and cook for 1 minute more. Add ground beef and cook, breaking it up with a wooden spoon into small pieces, until it is nearly all browned, about 3 minutes.
Stir in the cumin, coriander, cinnamon, red pepper flakes, and 1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) of the salt and cook for 1 minute more. Add the cooked bulgur, raisins and strained diced tomatoes and cook another 2-3 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the almonds and 1/4 cup (50 ml) of the parsley.
Combine the reserved tomato juice, tomato sauce and remaining 1/2 teaspoon (2 ml) of salt in a 9x13 inch baking dish. Place the zucchini boats into the dish, cut side up, on top of the sauce and fill each zucchini boat generously with the beef mixture. Cover tightly with foil and bake for 30 minutes, then remove the foil and bake for 10 minutes more, until the zucchini is cooked through but still slightly firm.
To serve, place 2 zucchini halves on a plate and drizzle with tomato sauce and garnish with parsley.
Almond Board of California