Row Row Row Your (Zucchini) Boat

As soon as I came across this recipe, I knew I HAD to make it. I have made zucchini boats, as I like to call them, in the past.  Although they are tedious — they almost always turn out amazing. Here is my newest take on zucchini boats in Quinoa & Black Bean Stuffed Zucchini. 

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The hardest part of this recipe is to carve out the insides of the zucchini but how else do you make a boat??  Step 1 — cut in half length-wise.  Step 2 — scrape out insides and save to be cut up for stuffing.

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Once they are all carved out nicely, leaving as even an edge as you can, brush with olive oil and broil.  Broil (on low) for 8-10 mins, until the edges are browning.  I had to flip the pan to make sure they browned evenly.  This step was key as it baked the boats, making them soft enough to be stuffed.

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While my boats were browning, I cut up the insides and sauteed in a pan with olive oil.

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Next I added in the corn, green pepper, beans and onion, letting it cook for a few minutes.  Then I added the spices, quinoa and stock.  Cover and let simmer for 10-15 mins until the quinoa is cooked.

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Finally I added in the tomato and cilantro, and topped with some cheese before giving it one last stir.

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Now its time to stuff and bake our boats.  I recommend using a small scoop or spoon to fill the boats.  Sprinkle on some last minute cheese and pop back under the broiler until the cheese has melted.

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These were deliciously moist, and satisfying, although we thought about adding maybe a few more Mexican flavours.  I also had a large amount of the filling left which was great to eat with some tortilla chips.

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