Jul 31, 2013

Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats



For a summer spin on taco night, try these zucchini stuffed with ground turkey, seasoned with cumin and spiced and topped with a blend of Mexican cheese – cheesy goodness!!


I actually got the inspiration for this dish from a comment I read on my sausage stuffed zucchini boats, I love when you guys give me new ideas! They turned out so good, and will be a part of my summer rotation.

As part of the Target Inner Circle, I got this very large casserole dish from Target's FEED USA collection. Target partnered up with FEED USA, and with every purchase you make from them, you help provide meals to children and families across America – such a great cause! By purchasing this dish you will provide approximately 20 meals for children and families across America. I always try to do my part and donate to the food pantry at my local church and to other organizations, but this another great way to help. They have everything from bags, to lunch bags, t-shirts, jewelery and lot of great kitchen items I want to go back and purchase. Back to the recipe – these are low-carb and gluten free, and made with nothing but clean ingredients so you can enjoy two pieces without the guilt!



Taco Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 4  • Size: 2 halves  • Old Points: 6 pts • Weight Watcher Points+: 7 pt
Calories: 286 • Fat: 12 g • Carb: 18 g • Fiber: 5 g • Protein: 28 g • Sugar: 6 g
Cholest: 8 mg

Ingredients:

  • 4 medium (32 ounces) zucchinis, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup mild salsa
  • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 2 tbsp bell pepper, minced
  • 4 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat Mexican blend shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions or cilantro, for topping


Directions:

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Preheat oven to 400°F. Place 1/4 cup of salsa in the bottom of a large baking dish.



Using a small spoon or melon baller, hollow out the center of the zucchini halves, leaving 1/4-inch thick shell on each half. Chop the scooped out flesh of the zucchini in small pieces and set aside 3/4 of a cup to add to the taco filling, (squeeze excess water with a paper towel) discarding the rest or save to use in another recipe. Drop zucchini halves in boiling water and cook 1 minute. Remove from water.

Brown turkey in a large skillet, breaking up while it cooks. When no longer pink add the spices and mix well. Add the onion, bell pepper, reserved zucchini, tomato sauce and water. Stir and cover, simmer on low for about 20 minutes.



Using a spoon, fill the hollowed zucchini boats dividing the taco meat equally, about 1/3 cup in each, pressing firmly. Top each with 1 tablespoon of shredded cheese. Cover with foil and bake 35 minutes until cheese is melted and zucchini is cooked through. Top with scallions and serve with salsa on the side.

111 comments :

  1. One of my favorite things about your site is that you always have these amazing recipes and I usually have about 95% of the ingredients. Cannot WAIT to try this one!!

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    1. I agree! I don't ever seem to have a lot of ingredients even though I have a ton in my refrigerator and cabinets! For only $7 I can get everything I need for this recipe but with 2 zucchinis. Love that!!!

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  2. Do you think Yellow summer squash would work too?

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  3. what a great idea!

    http://therealfoodrunner.blogspot.com

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  4. Love zucchini boats! I've tried one of your other recipes that was similar to this using sausage. I'll have to add this one to the list of ones to try! Haha

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  5. I love your zucchini boats! I am so excited to try these out! If I hadn't already cooked dinner I probably would have made it tonight! Probably serve them with mexican rice and some chips and guac on the side...ok I'm making it tomorrow.

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  6. We are making your regular zucchini boats tonight! As my daughter is finishing them up, I looked on Facebook and see the new version!! Can't wait to try them. Thank you Gina!

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  7. So yum!! I love that this looks so fancy and easy to whip up as an appetizer :)

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  8. Made these tonight - fantastic! My husband was blown away. Tasted so good. Love your site.

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    1. So glad you liked them!! My husband is so picky with zucchini, but I love it!

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  9. I made something similar a couple weeks ago and my husband was talking about it for days! :)

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  10. OHHHHHHHHH Yum! I usually make pizza boats, but taco boats? Hello!

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  11. This will be a big-time hit in our house as my little guy actually eats stuffed zucchini! He's gonna love it taco-style!

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    1. He's a good eater, you're lucky!! : )

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  12. This will be a big hit in our house as well. I love zucchini and tacos. What a great combo!

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  13. These look fantastic. We have an abundance of zucchini from our CSA, do they freeze well?

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    1. I would only guess yes, but we never have leftovers.

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  14. Could you substitute the ground turkey for something else?

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  15. Gina, these so yummy, and I was just asking a co-worker this morning..."What do you do with your zucchini? I'm getting sick of it!"...so thank you! However, a question, when you say 32 oz., is that total of all 4 zucchini, or each? Sorry if this is a dumb question! :)

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    1. Total, just to give you an idea of what a medium zucchini is.

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  16. Why do you need to boil the zucchini for a minute if it's going into the oven later? Just seems like an unnecessary step, but I would love to make these tonight, so I wanted to ask. :)

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    1. I personally find it cooks better, otherwise it tends to be too firm for my liking.

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  17. Great recipe! I like the combination of zucchini and ground beef so this looks so good.

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  18. I just made the other stuffed zucchini the other night and it was *amazing*. I can't wait to try this one. Thank you!

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  19. Love, love, love this! Thanks for sharing!

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  20. You always post such delicious recipes. I'm a weight watcher and always looking for new ideas.

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  21. Made these for dinner, leftovers for lunch. Instead of green bell pepper, I used a whole jalapeno, and used pepper jack cheese. Served them with a little avocado, sour cream and onion on the top. Another receipe for the rotation. Thanks!

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  22. I made these for dinner last night, but only used 2 whole zucchini's. I had the rest of the "filling" for lunch today on a salad and added avacado and a little ranch dressing. Yum!

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  23. Made these tonight - delicious! My four year loved them! She thought it was great that her food came in a "boat"!

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  24. Yummy! summer is my favorite time for zucchini and this is a great spin on it! Thanks!

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  26. Really this is something new which I not seen, and I am a weight lefter and I was looking for this only, thank you very much.tiffin recipes for children

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  27. We made these last night and they were amazing!! We have tried a ton of your recipes (all of which we love) but these were so good we had to comment! We added corn and jalapeno to the mixture, and topped with avocado as well... delicious and filling. We shared the recipe as well as your website on our blog!

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  28. Love our zucchini boat recipes! These recipes have made it possible for me to serve my much loved zucchini to everyone at dinner time. I use a serrated grapefruit spoon to remove the pulpy flesh from the zukes, works so much better than other tools. Thank you for sharing your love of cooking with us!

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  29. OMG, so scrumptious! These absolutely have to happen. I love it, Gina!

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  30. In the oven as I type this. I didn't have any salsa so I used a can of fire roasted tomatoes with green chilis mixed with the turkey. Looks and smells delicious!

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  31. These look amazing! Cannot wait to have for dinner.

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  32. These were ABSOLUTELY delicious!! Even my super picky 5 year old devoured them! A new staple in our house, for sure!

    -Jac @ For Life, Love and Books

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  33. Such a great idea! I made these tonight with some adjustments based on what I had in the house. I used Morningstar Veggie Crumbles, a salsa that I added corn and fresh cilantro, a touch of goats cheese and a dollop of sour cream on top. Phenomenal!

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  34. I made these tonight and they were SO good! I will admit that I do like your sausage stuffed zucchini boats recipe a little bit more than these, but only because I am more of an Italian food fan. But these were *almost* just as good.

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    1. I love those too, but thought these were a fun variation.

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  35. Made these last night and they were amazing. So filling, and the ingredients were cheap! [Which is crucial for us college kids! :)] Left-over were quick to heat up and tasted just as good. Adding these to my meal rotation! (:

    - Zauni

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  36. My husband despises zucchini and squash... Any suggestions on another veggie to use?? Otherwise I'll be making this for myself lol!

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    1. Make all the filling, but half the zucchini and serve hm the other half of the filling in taco shells. Easy!

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  37. Is the dish from Target made in the USA? I like the idea of proceeds going toward feeding families, however if the dish is not made here, what is the point? just curious. :)

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    1. $ is still going toward a great cause... Jobs in the
      USA are great, but the ultimate point of the $ donated
      to those in need is just as great, in my opinion!

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    2. Hi Kiki, This bakeware dish from the FEED USA collection is not made in the U.S. Target sources from more than 40 countries around the world, including the United States, and we continually evaluate the country mix of our imports, adjusting for many factors, including quality, social responsibility, capacity, speed to market and pricing.

      We appreciate your comment and will be sure to share it with our buyers. If you have other questions about our products or service, please call our Target Guest Relations team at (800) 440-0680.

      If you'd like to learn more about FEED USA, check out our online magazine A Bullseye View! http://abullseyeview.com/category/feed-usa-for-target/

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  38. If cooking for more people, you could add a can of black beans to make the
    ground meat stretch for a few extra boats!

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  39. Made this for dinner tonight! Used fire roasted salsa, yum!!!!

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  40. SO in love with this! I was able to make this batch the night before and pop it in the oven the next day. Even my picky "I HATE GREEN" husband loved this. I served it up with some corn and poblano steamed rice and he ate it right up. I did omit the cheese to cut the calories. He has already requested this be put into rotation regularly. I doubled up on the cumin and chili powder because I am from TX and like everything a little more spicy!

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  41. Made this for dinner tonight. So yummy! This pregnant woman thanks you! :)

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  42. Those zucchini boats look so good!

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  43. love this recipe! I altered it a little bit .... i made the filling as described but added one can of chopped chili peppers (found in the international aisle) my boyfriend likes a little bit of heat. Also, instead of using a zucchini boat i used banana peppers.... i stuffed the peppers and baked them at 350 for 25 minutes ... AMAZING!


    Thank you, skinnytaste!

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  44. I made this for dinner last night, and oh em geeeee DELICIOUS!!! Even my meat and potatoes husband said to put this on our repeat list.

    We ate it with a side of chips and salsa. Even though it doesn't look it, it's very filling!

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  45. Made these tonight and they were DELICIOUS!!! I did add a little bit more water and tomato sauce when I was cooking the filling because I have a gas stove and the water evaporated too quickly for it even begin to simmer - just a tip for those who also have gas stoves! :) Thank you so much for another AMAZING recipe!! :)

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  46. These are great! I added a little salsa to the taco meat and also topped with greek yogurt as my sour cream.

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  47. This is my first time to try one of your recipes. I was very pleased with the taste! Also, what a healthy alternative to taco night. My "boats" were a little flimsy and one of them broke so I will probably skip boiling them. It was also a little difficult for me to squeeze all the water out of my zucchini and my filling was a bit watery, so I may skip the 1/4 cup of water next time. My fiance and I devoured all but 2, so very successful in my book! Thanks!

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  48. No surprise, but this recipe was delicious and well received with my hubby and toddler (he ate the filling at least)! It hit the spot for a taco craving, without the shells and some added vegetables. Zucchini taco boats will be in the recipe rotation throughout the fall for sure.

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  49. Sounds delish! I just hesitate with recipes that require hollowing out veggies, I feel like it's a waste. Can you link to another one of your recipes that uses up the scooped out vegg? Thanks!

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    1. I'm pretty sure you are supposed to chop it up and add it to the filling.

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    2. Once I've added all of it to the filling, worked out great. Another time, I put in food processer and made zucchini carrot muffins, also very good.

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  50. How many points and serving size would just the stuffing be?

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  51. I made these tonight for dinner, and they were delicious! Thank you for another terrific recipe!

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  52. I made these tonight and they were great! I didn't boil the zucchini ahead of time and they were still perfect! Thanks for a healthy & yummy recipe!!

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  53. I made these last night and my family loved them. The best part - they didn't realize it was ground turkey! I consider that a success.

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  54. They taste amazing! My husband keeps asking me to make them again so gonna get zucchinis later. Thanks for all the wonderful recipes!

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  55. The enchilada boats were quite a hit a few months ago, so I figured I'd give these a spin. Making them with your enchilada sauce underneath and on top, because we love everything doused in spicy sauce! Homemade black beans on the side (I love my pressure cooker!) and probably will make some cilantro lime rice, too, to soak up the enchilada and bean sauce. I have some Whole Foods guacamole in the fridge and perhaps I'll put a few spoonfuls on as a real treat! Thanks for such great recipe ideas!

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  56. This recipe is SO INCREDIBLE. SERIOUSLY. I made it for my family last night and the entire talk of dinner was how delicious they were and when we could have them next. Thank you for sharing! This is definitely a new family favorite!!!

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  57. I have made this twice and now have to double the recipe as my kids 10,6,5 always ask for seconds!

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  58. This recipe is amazing. I have already made it twice and can't wait to make it again. I also used the meat portion to make soft tacos for the family just to change up the tradition taco. The best recipe I have found on this site and I use it a lot. Delicious! If you haven't tried it yet, you should make it tonight!

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  59. I replaced the turkey with red kidney beans since two of us are vegetarians, its so good its become one of our Sunday dinners, cheers Calgary, Alberta

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  60. Silly question I'm sure, but is the zucchini skin meant to be eaten?

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    1. Yes, I have never peeled and don't know of anybody who does. It just like how you can keep the "skin" on a cucumber or on a potato. You can peel it off, by why bother... I don't think it would taste any different.

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  61. This is a delicious recipe, I got the recipe adapted to Dutch standards.
    Because unfortunately we don't have some of the products over here.
    I got the recipe translated into Dutch and shared on a Dutch recipe site. I linked it to Skinny Taste for the original recipe.
    It was a very popular recipe.
    Tx Mirjam

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  62. I made these with a few differences, I added garlic to the veg mixture, and made a batch with ground beef for me and with spiced black beans for my vegetarian friend. So many ways to mix it up, really great idea!! I always find that tacos in a lettuce wrap aren't filling enough, but these definitely were, great alternative. Thanks so much!

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  63. Nice recipe, defiantly the right weather to be eating Porridge! http://www.dailymotion.com/bubblegumcasting

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  64. Tried this tonight and it was amazing :)

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  65. I have already made it twice and can't wait to make it again. I also used the meat portion to make soft tacos for the family just to change up the tradition taco.

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  66. Gina, we eat from your website 5 nights a week. I'm losing weight and cooking better food than ever before. Thank you!

    Question, how many points+ would this be if I used Morningstar crumbles instead of turkey?

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  67. Such a great idea! The deliciousness of tacos and a healthy shell! :)

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  68. Gina... I just wanted you to know that since starting to cook with your recipes I have lost 30 pounds... (since March 11th)! My husband and I love your recipes and I know it is because of them that I have stuck to the plan and not been 'bored' with food. Thanks so much. The sausage stuffed Z boats are one of our favorites... we are making these tonight!!! Thanks again for all of your hard work and dedication. I can't wait for the cookbook!!!

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  69. Yum! Making these right now (they're finally in the oven). I love that you include Weight Watchers PPTS. Though, to be honest, I BLT'd my way through a couple extra points with the filling for these.

    Thank you for another awesome recipe!

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  70. I made these for dinner last night, and my husband (who is usually VERY critical of my cooking, esp. when I try to cook healthfully) LOVED this! He was surprised when he took the foil off the dish, and said it looked awesome. Then, he tasted it and couldn't stop raving about how great it was! He even went back for a hearty second helping. ;o) Thank you SOO much! :o) I can't get enough of your recipes. They're exactly what I've been looking for/needing. Healthy cooking, that is easy to do, and doesn't lack in flavor. I can't wait for your cookbook to come out this fall!

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    1. Oh, and I made this with ground chicken, instead of ground turkey. You couldn't even tell the difference! I wonder... Does this affect the nutritional content?

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    2. Erin, you can check the difference between chicken and turkey on http://happyforks.com/analyzer. Turkey contains more protein for example.

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  71. Made this tonight for the family; they loved it! Went a little heavy with the veggies in the filling and thus beefed up the seasonings a little to keep the flavor, but otherwise made it exactly as written. Big success, they want me to make it again soon.

    Thanks for sharing such a great recipe!

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  72. We have taco's pretty much every week, so this was a fantastic way to change it up a little bit!! Instead of measuring out spices I just used the taco mix seasoning that we have and 99% fat free turkey meat. Added some fat free sour cream! Yummy dinner and yummy lunch the next day. Can't wait till I get my cookbook!! Everything you make is so delicious and so easy!

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  73. Do you have a recipe for Quinoa filling for these?

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  74. My husband and I both loved this recipe! Next time I may just season the beef with one of those taco seasoning packs. I served it with black beans and some greek yogurt on top and it was to die for!

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  75. I made these for dinner tonight. I had one large zucchini and didn't have oregano or red peppers, but it turned out GREAT. Thanks for the recipe!

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    1. I forgot...I also made it simpler by microwaving the zucchini halves 2 minutes instead of boiling them.

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  76. I've made these twice now .....they are wonderful! First time though I think I blanched them too long in the water, they were to soft but still good. Tonight I made them and didn't blanch them at all. They were just a little tuff for my liking. So next time I'm using Nancy's method by putting them in the microwave for a couple minutes or cook for just 1 minute in water. Nonetheless....they have fantastic flavor! This site has such great ideals! Thanks!

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  77. Made these for my husband and he loved them. He doesn't like healthy food but due to his recent lab work he needs to get healthy. I'm finding some really good recipes on here that I know he will like.

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  78. I just made these 2 days ago.. I did not have salsa or tomato sauce.. I used a can of rotel. They were so yummy! Due to their tastyness I am making the sausage stuffed Z boats. :)

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  79. These are one of my favorite things to eat. They are soooooo good!!

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  80. They turned out delicious and the man loved them.

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  81. Made them 3 times already! Yum!

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