Beef and Rice Stuffed Zucchini Recipe

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Beef and Rice Stuffed Zucchini
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  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. 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.
  3. Heat oil in a heavy skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and cook, stirring, until they are soft and translucent, about 3 minutes. Add garlic and cook for 2 minutes more. Add ground beef, cumin, coriander and red pepper flakes and cook until meat is just done and no longer pink, 4 to 5 minutes. Add rice, and diced tomatoes and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in pine nuts and parsley. Let mixture cool slightly, about 5 minutes. Using a small spoon or clean hands, gently stuff zucchini halves with beef-mixture.
  4. 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.
  5. 1 serving is 2 zucchini halves and 3 tablespoons tomato sauce
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 1063.95 Kcal (4455 kJ)
Calories from fat 393.77 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 43.75g 67%
Cholesterol 140.59mg 47%
Sodium 1388.64mg 58%
Potassium 3206.45mg 68%
Total Carbs 107.92g 36%
Sugars 30.46g 122%
Dietary Fiber 12.98g 52%
Protein 70.46g 141%
Vitamin C 134.3mg 224%
Iron 13.8mg 77%
Calcium 211mg 21%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 92.87 Kcal (389 kJ)
Calories from fat 34.37 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3.82g 67%
Cholesterol 12.27mg 47%
Sodium 121.21mg 58%
Potassium 279.88mg 68%
Total Carbs 9.42g 36%
Sugars 2.66g 122%
Dietary Fiber 1.13g 52%
Protein 6.15g 141%
Vitamin C 11.7mg 224%
Iron 1.2mg 77%
Calcium 18.4mg 21%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 24.1
  • 28

Good Points

  • saturated fat free,
  • low sodium,
  • low cholesterol

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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