Lebanese Stuffed Zucchini Recipe

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Lebanese Stuffed Zucchini
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  1. Hollow out each zucchini, working from both ends with a small melon-ball cutter or an apple corer, removing all seeds and leaving shells about 1/3 inch thick. Discard pulp and seeds.
  2. Wash rice in several changes of cold water in a bowl until water runs almost clear, then drain in a sieve. Heat oil in a deep 12-inch heavy skillet over moderately high heat until hot but not smoking, then sauté onion, stirring, until golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, 1 minute, then remove skillet from heat.
  3. Transfer 1/4 cup onion mixture to a bowl and cool slightly. Add rice, meat, allspice, 1 1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper and mix well with your hands. Stuff zucchini shells with meat mixture, being careful not to pack tightly (rice will expand during cooking).
  4. Add tomatoes with juice, stock, remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt, and remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper to onion in skillet and bring to a simmer. Put stuffed zucchini in tomato sauce and simmer, covered, until rice is cooked through, 1 to 1 1/4 hours (cut 1 zucchini in half crosswise to check).
  5. If sauce is watery, transfer zucchini to a plate and boil sauce, stirring, until slightly thickened, about 5 minutes, then return zucchini to sauce. Squeeze lemon over dish before serving.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 215.71 Kcal (903 kJ)
Calories from fat 107.31 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11.92g 18%
Cholesterol 55.38mg 18%
Sodium 1318.08mg 55%
Potassium 461.94mg 10%
Total Carbs 7.54g 3%
Sugars 2.94g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1.21g 5%
Protein 21.12g 42%
Vitamin C 7.1mg 12%
Iron 1.9mg 10%
Calcium 31.9mg 3%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 106.68 Kcal (447 kJ)
Calories from fat 53.07 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 5.9g 18%
Cholesterol 27.39mg 18%
Sodium 651.85mg 55%
Potassium 228.45mg 10%
Total Carbs 3.73g 3%
Sugars 1.45g 12%
Dietary Fiber 0.6g 5%
Protein 10.44g 42%
Vitamin C 3.5mg 12%
Iron 0.9mg 10%
Calcium 15.8mg 3%

* 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

  • 5.1
  • 6

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium

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