Stuffed Zucchini Boats

I saw a picture of stuffed zucchini’s on instagram and I went nuts.  I decided to stuff my very own zucchini’s.  What I liked about this recipe is that the stuffing possibilities are endless.  But of course I just use what I have on hand.

 

Today I had some Italian sausage that I cooked yesterday, some diced tomatoes, garlic, onions, bread crumbs and cheese.

I mixed all my ingredients up and scooped them into my boats. This quick recipe baked in about 20 minutes.  The best part of this recipe is the breadcrumbs that get sprinkled on in the end.  They give the recipe great texture.  I think I will add breadcrumbs to the filling mixture next time, especially after looking in my pantry and discovering enough bread crumbs to feed a small army.

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil 
  • 1/2 lb Italian sausage 
  • 1 clove garlic, minced 
  • 1 small onion, chopped 
  • 1 cup tomatoes, diced 
  • salt and pepper, to taste 
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan, shredded
  • 1/2 cup mozzarella, shredded
  • 1/4 cup breadcrumbs

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F.

Take a veggie peeler and cut skin off zucchini.  Cut the zucchini in half, length-wise.  With a small spoon, scoop out the zucchini flesh to make a boat.  Place the zucchini boats on a foil-lined pan. Chop up the zucchini flesh and set aside.

In a pan over medium-high heat, add Italian sausage,and cook until no longer pink. Drain the grease from meat, completely.

In a bowl, add the garlic, onion, chopped zucchini flesh, tomatoes, Italian sausage, cheese and salt and pepper. Mix to combine

Spoon the mixture in the zucchini boats.

Sprinkle breadcrumbs over top. Place in oven and bake for about 20 minutes.

Dressing the Dinner Table

With Valentines Day quickly approaching, I thought it was a good time to re-decorate my dinner table. I think it puts the family in a good mood at dinner time. Decorating the table is an important — and fun — part of the holiday season.

I try to make the table as festive as possible. Instead of pulling out the same old decorations year after year, I switch things up and buy or make new table decor. I didn’t have time to make anything this holiday so I picked up a couple things from my favorite stores.

I bought a table runner, hearts, and string lights. I really like to add magic to the dinner table with decorative lights and candles. The lights in the pics below are cool because they came with a remote. Instead of turning them off one by one, I click them all on/off in one motion. It’s so awesome.

I am not sure if my husband cares but the girls love when I re-invent the table for the holidays. I’ll probably be on Etsy searching for Saint Patrick’s Day decor soon. When I finish that table, I’ll post new picks.