It's that time of year again. Time to get your buns back in shape after holiday eating and Cheesy Healthy Mexican Zucchini Boats is a good start!
4large zucchinithe stem removed and sliced lengthwise.
1Large Chicken Breast * OPTIONAL
1CupCooked Brown Rice1/2- 3/4 Cup uncooked to start
1Red Bell Peppercored and diced
1Jalapenocored and diced
1/2CupCorn KernelsFrozen or canned and drained
115 ounce can black beans, drained and rinsed
1/4CupFresh Cilantrofinely chopped, plus more for garnish.
salt to taste
1 1/2Cupsshredded Colby Jack Cheese
Grease a 9 x 13” casserole dish then set aside.
Sprinkle the chicken evenly with the cumin and chili powder and a pinch of salt.
Cook in a pan for 5-6 minutes per side, a 350 degree oven for 20-30 minutes or an instant pot for 5-7 minutes.
Remove the chicken and chop into small pieces.
Preheat the oven to 400°F
Using a melon baller or metal teaspoon, scoop out the center of each zucchini. Drizzle tops with one teaspoon of olive oil then place them skin side down in the casserole dish so the boat side is ready to be filled.
Next, heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and the peppers (bell and jalapeno) and cook for 2-3 minutes, or until tender.
Next, add the rice, corn, beans and tomatoes along with the salsa. Stir everything together until well mixed and continue to cook for about 5 minutes to heat everything then remove the skillet from the heat and set aside.
Stir in the cilantro and salt to taste to the filling. Spoon the filling into each zucchini until they are all heaping. Sprinkle each one with cheese and cover with foil.
Bake in the oven for 25 minutes then remove the foil and set the oven to broil.
Cook them for 5 more minutes, until the cheese is bubbly.
Allow them to cool for 5-10 minutes then top with fresh cilantro and serve with additional salsa if desired.
This is adapted from Making Thyme for Health If you don't use chicken, just add the seasonings to the rice mixture.Reheat in the oven, switching to broil for the last minute or two.
Cheesy Healthy Mexican Zucchini Boats
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 294Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Saturated Fat 6g38%
Polyunsaturated Fat 6g
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.