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Fast & Easy Dinner: Zucchini With Quinoa Stuffing

Fast & Easy Dinner: Zucchini With Quinoa Stuffing

While I've stuffed a potato and bell pepper plenty of times, I've never had stuffed zucchini — until now! This recipe ingeniously fills the boat-like vegetable with a quinoa-white bean mixture. The technique is simple and can easily be adapted to suit your dietary needs.

Rice or couscous can be used in place of quinoa, and the combination of vegetables, nuts, and cheese that's stirred into the grain is entirely up to you. To learn how to make this innovative, hearty vegetarian meal,


Zucchini With Quinoa Stuffing

Zucchini With Quinoa Stuffing

Zucchini With Quinoa Stuffing


1/2 cup quinoa, rinsed
4 medium zucchini
1 15-ounce can cannellini beans, rinsed
1 cup grape or cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/2 cup almonds, chopped (about 2 ounces)
2 cloves garlic, chopped
3/4 cup grated Parmesan (3 ounces)
4 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Heat oven to 400° F. In a large saucepan, combine the quinoa and 1 cup water and bring to a boil.
  2. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until the quinoa is tender and the water is absorbed, 12 to 15 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, cut the zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out the seeds. Arrange in a large baking dish, cut-side up.
  4. Fluff the quinoa and fold in the beans, tomatoes, almonds, garlic, ½ cup of the Parmesan, and 3 tablespoons of the oil.
  5. Spoon the mixture into the zucchini. Top with the remaining tablespoon of oil and ¼ cup Parmesan.
  6. Cover with foil and bake until the zucchini is tender, 25 to 30 minutes. Remove the foil and bake until golden, 8 to 10 minutes.

Serves 4.

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fashionplate525 fashionplate525 7 years
Yum, always looking for new vegetarian recipes!
aimeeb aimeeb 7 years
Entertainment Entertainment 7 years
I've made this! I think I needed bigger zucchini, because I ended up with tons of leftover filling on the side, but that's not really a problem.
pharm_chick pharm_chick 7 years
darc5204 darc5204 7 years
This looks great, and so healthy! I get excited about nutritious veggie fare.
suziryder suziryder 7 years
Ooo! I've gotta try this! I'm always looking for good hearty vegetarian recipies (although I'm not veg, it's nice to skip meat occasionally) AND I'm always looking for good recipies that use quinoa! So thanks! :D
miss-malone miss-malone 7 years
:drool: Zucchini is delicious with quinoa. I'd skip the Parmesan and garlic though.
tuscanstellina tuscanstellina 7 years
I prefer stuffed zucchini to stuffed peppers any day. This recipe looks and sounds great!
anaisethenry anaisethenry 7 years
This looks so good! I love quinoa and am look for recipes!!!
weffie weffie 7 years
mmmmm sounds delicious
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