The garden is starting to give us some delicious produce! In addition to the early turnips, we now have lots of zucchini and tomatoes of all shapes and sizes that are ready for picking. I decided to get creative the other night, and rely almost exclusively on the farm’s bounty while cooking dinner; the egg came from our chickens, and even the ground beef in this recipe came from one of the family’s steers. The result – hearty, delicious, paleo-challenge-approved zucchini boats that made for a filling supper and lots of leftovers to back in lunches. You will need:
1 large zucchini
4-5 tomatoes, chopped
1 medium onion, chopped
1 ½ lb ground beef
3 cloves garlic
1 tsp each rosemary, sage, basil, oregano, and marjoram
Salt and pepper to taste
Preheat your oven to 350. Slice your zucchini in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. (They make for great compost.) Then keep scraping zucchini guts (reserving them for later) until you have two nicely hollowed-out boats. Chop up your zucchini guts into bite-size pieces and then place in a large mixing bowl with all of your other ingredients. Blend until well-combined. Line a 9×13 pan with aluminum foil (makes clean-up a lot easier!), place your zucchini boats in it, and then start stuffing them with your meat mixture until they are overflowing. If you have some extra stuffing that does not quite fit, just place that extra meaty goodness in the pan next to your zucchini. Bake for approximately 50 minutes, or until the meat is cooked through and the zucchini is soft.
I served my zucchini boats with a simple turnip mash. I peeled and chopped a couple of turnips from the garden, boiled them until they were tender, and then blended with a hand blender. Drizzle in some olive oil, top with salt and pepper, and you have a delicious, healthy substitute for mashed potatoes.
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