Thursday, July 28, 2011

More meat, more stuffed

This will be my only post for a while. As you are reading this, I am sitting in a plane, on my way to Madrid. Madrid! I don't speak Spanish at all well enough to be going to Madrid!

Once again, I'm sure I'm going to take pictures of every meal I eat, even though my faithful camera is now broken. For the time being, I'm borrowing one of Mama Bird's old cameras, but I'll probably have to buy a new one soon. I guess I'd mentioned doing it a few times already, so it's not too big of a deal.

But before I go, I'll leave you with one of the things I've been meaning to share for a few weeks now. I made these for friends months ago, and it's high time I shared them. I originally thought that they'd be light, that everyone would be able to eat two zucchini boats apiece and it'd be a nice healthy meal. I didn't realize how much meat that would have been for everyone. Next time I make these, I may half the meat, or at least drop it to 3/4 of a pound.

Recipe from The Homesteading Housewife
(Makes 8 servings, with 250 calories and $1.94 per serving)
  • 4 zucchini
  • 1 onion
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 pound ground beef (or 1/2 pound ground beef and 1/2 pound Italian sausage)
  • 1/2 teaspoon oregano
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 cups mozzarella cheese
    1. Preheat oven to 375.
    2. Wash zucchini, but do not chop stems.
    3. Put in a pot of cold water, and bring to a boil.
    4. Let boil 6-7 minutes or until tender, and remove and set aside to cool.
    5. In a skillet, brown meat and add garlic, onion, oregano, and peppers.
    6. Slice zucchini lengthwise, and scoop out seeds.
    7. Chop extra zucchini 'meat' and add to meat mixture.
    8. Mix bread crumbs, Parmesan, and eggs in with meat, and mix well.
    9. Fill zucchini boats with meat, and top with mozzarella.
    10. Bake until cheese is hot and bubbly.
    Today's lessons learned:
    • Stuffed anything is much more filling than you think.
    • Sometimes, more meat is not the answer. But only sometimes.
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