“We can’t spend our life hanging out under someone else’s umbrella and then complain that we’re getting wet.”  Edith Eve Eger

Just as I hoped for.  The Zucchini Fairy paid a visit.  The other day I found these beauties on my front porch.


Happy blessing!  Did I have some plans?  Oh, yes!

The first thing I wanted to do was give my husband a break from the inevitable bowl of chili that he gets to eat almost every weekend.  So I decided to stuff one of these zucchinis with some of the inevitable chili mixed with some of the leftover Spanish rice.  This I would top with cheese.  Here’s how it went down.


large zucchini

dab of oil

1 cup of chili

1/2 cup Spanish rice

mozzarella mixed with some Parmesan cheese, about 2 to 1


Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.

Cut the zucchini into quarters, in half each way, so you have two large boats to stuff.  Scoop out the seeds from the two pieces that have the large seeds.  These will become the boats.  The other two pieces with the small seeds will simply be cut into cubes to add to a veggie dish that I’ll show you at the bottom of this post.

Place these boats in a roasting pan with about a half inch of water in the bottom.  Rub the inside of these two large pieces with a bit of oil and bake for about 20 minutes.  Test with a fork. When mostly tender, fill with the chili rice mixture.  Good idea to heat this mixture before you stuff the zucchini to cut down on additional baking time.

Top with cheese and bake for about 20 minutes.


Yes, I forgot to take a picture before we ate it.  Whatever.

But I did take a picture of the zucchini cubes that I mixed with green pepper, onion, and celery.  I added a tablespoon of curry powder to a cup of pasta sauce and mixed that in after the veggies were sautéed to a lovely softness.  Finally, I topped the whole thing with about a half cup of the mozzarella/Parmesan mixture.


Tasty and just the right side for any sausage offering.  Adding new tastes to veggies can spark up any marriage meal.  Great veggies can only go so far!

Loveya – The Grandma

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Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.

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