This Indian-spiced dish combines the flavor of the salty stuffing with the sweetness of the zucchini, for a wonderful overall taste!
Slice 6 medium-sized zucchini in half lengthwise. Mine were actually probably a little too small, in retrospect, to hold all of the stuffing, so when you purchase your zucchini, make sure they total about 3 pounds. Scoop out their pulp, leaving about a 1/4-inch thick shell intact. Place the zucchini halves in a baking dish (use two, if you don't have one that's large enough) and sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt. Discard the zucchini pulp or save for another use.
Peel and dice 1 and 1/2 cups of baking potato. Cook in boiling water for 2 minutes, then drain and set aside.
Meanwhile, heat 2 teaspoons vegan butter (such as Earth Balance) and 2 teaspoons olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat - definitely use a large skillet here! I used my medium-sized one, and realized it was nearly overflowing by the end.
Add 2 and 1/2 cups chopped onion, 1 and 1/2 tablespoons minced fresh ginger, 2 crushed garlic cloves (I used 4 very small cloves), and 1 minced serrano chile - keep the seeds in the chile, for authentic Indian-cuisine heat! Saute for 3 minutes, then stir in 2 tablespoons chickpea (garbanzo) flour, 1 teaspoon ground coriander, 1/4 tsp. ground turmeric, 1/4 tsp. ground red pepper, and 1/4 tsp. ground cumin; cook for 5 minutes over medium-low heat.
Stir in 1/4 tsp. salt, the cooked potatoes, 1 and 1/2 cups frozen green peas (thawed in advance), and 2 tablespoons chopped cilantro.
Pat the zucchini dry with paper towels (which I forgot to do!), and fill each shell with about 1/3 cup of the stuffing. Cover with foil and bake at 375 degrees for 20 minutes.
2 stuffed zucchini halves make a serving of 150 calories. Serve with some rice and lentils to round out the meal!
serrano chile $0.20
chickpea flour $3.49
frozen green peas $2.99
On a completely unrelated note, my first niece was born just about an hour ago. WELCOME INTO THE WORLD OLIVIA!
The Vegan Pantry
- Vegan yogurt - Whole Soy http://www.wholesoyco.com/
- Vegan milk - Silk http://www.silksoymilk.com/
- Vegan Feta - Sunergia http://www.sunergiasoyfoods.com/
- Vegan Cheese - Galaxy Foods http://www.galaxyfoods.com/
- Vegan Eggs - Ener-G http://www.ener-g.com/
- Vegan Butter - Earth Balance http://www.earthbalance.net/product.html