It’s been a while since I’ve posted something for the garden foodies out there. This is my favorite time of year – when I get to eat what I grow! Here’s a simple meal that you can throw together in about 30 minutes. It’s super healthy, filling, and quick.
First you want to gather your goodies from the garden.
- 1 medium to large zucchini
- 1 small onion
- Fresh branch of parsley
- Fresh branch of oregano
Next gather your other ingredients:
- 1 pound of organic ground turkey (you can also use beef, bison, venison, or chicken)
- Good quality EVOO
- Salt (I like Himalayan for this recipe) & Pepper
- Bread crumbs or panko (if you’re gluten free, you could use couscous, amaranth, or quinoa)
- 1 egg
- Sprinkle of shredded cheddar (optional)
Slice open your zucchini and scoop out the seeds. Sprinkle with salt, pepper, and quality EVOO. Shout out to my favorite shop Blue Olive where my Garlic Infused EVOO and Himalayan Salt come from. Bake zucchini in 350 degree oven for about 20 minutes depending on size – it should be soft but not mushy.
While zucchini is baking, combine 1 Tbsp. EVOO, chopped onions, 1 Tea salt & pepper, and herbs (chopped fine) and sauté in pan until onions are translucent. Add meat and cook thoroughly. Allow to cool, then add one egg and panko (between 1/2 & 1 cup depending on your taste).
Remove zucchini from oven and stuff with meat mixture. Add small amount of cheese (optional) on top and drizzle with a little EVOO. Return stuffed zucchini to oven for another 30-40 minutes (depending on size – mine was a larger zucchini). Remove from oven and drizzle with another splash of EVOO.
Note: Aroma reaches the nose before the food reaches the mouth, so using fresh, in my opinion, is always best. Adding EVOO to your completed hot dish, releases it’s wonderful aroma. In this recipe, I used garlic infused oil and that added splash at the end really adds to the tasting experience.
Fresh herbs from the garden are another punch of taste besides the beneficial health perks they offer. If you don’t know how to pair fresh herbs with vegetables, I found this article very helpful.
A thankful receiver bears a plentiful harvest. ~ William Blake