Cauliflower and Red Beans Stuffed Zucchini
Serves: 4 people
 
Ingredients
  • Zucchini, large- 5, halved lengthwise and scoop out the flesh leaving 2 inch of flesh on the skin
  • Olive oil- drizzle over each zucchini
For making stuffing
  • Olive oil- 1 tbsp
  • Onions, chopped small- 1
  • Zucchini flesh- scooped out of zucchini
  • Cauliflower, small- 1, cooked
  • Red kidney beans, canned- 1 can, drained
  • Dried basil- 2 tsp
  • Tomato paste- 2 tbsp
  • Soy sauce- 1½ tbsp
  • Salt- to taste
  • Cilantro, chopped- 2 handful ( or use parsley)
  • Green onions, chopped- 1 stalk
While baking
  • Parmesan cheese, grated- to top the stuffing
  • Cheddar cheese, grated- to top the stuffing
Instructions
  1. Wash the zucchinis thoroughly, cut lengthwise into halves and scoop out the flesh leaving 2 inch of flesh on the skin.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  3. Place the zucchinis on a baking tray and drizzle with olive oil.
  4. Bake for 35 minutes till zucchinis turn tender.
  5. While the zucchinis are baking, get ready to make the stuffing.
  6. Separate the cauliflower florets and cook it in boiling water till it turns tender.
  7. Using a potato masher or wooden spoon, slightly mash the cauliflower, avoid over mashing the cauliflower, keep aside.
  8. Place a large pan over medium heat, add olive oil, add onions and little salt, cook till onions turn tender.
  9. Add the zucchini flesh that's scooped out, cook for a few minutes.
  10. Add the cooked cauliflower, combine well.
  11. Add dried basil and cook covered for a minute.
  12. Add the red kidney beans, cook covered for a few minutes.
  13. Add the tomato paste and soy sauce, combine well, cook for a few minutes till the stuffing is no more watery.
  14. Add the chopped cilantro and green onions, combine well, cook for a minute.
  15. Remove the pan from the heat and keep aside.
  16. Once the zucchinis have baked, top the zucchini skin with the prepared stuffing.
  17. Garnish with parmesan cheese and cheddar cheese.
  18. Increase the oven temperature to 400F.
  19. Place the stuffed zucchinis inside the oven and bake for 15 minutes till cheese has melted.
  20. After that,turn on the broiler to low setting,place the baked zucchinis and broil for 30 seconds till the cheese turns golden in color.
  21. Don't broil for a long time as the cheese will burn fast.
Recipe by Cooking with Thas at http://www.thasneen.com/cooking/cauliflower-and-red-beans-stuffed-zucchini/