• Stuffin’ the Zucchini with The Sexy Vegan

    July 29th, 2011recipes

    Hello people! Sexy Vegan here. If you’re like me, you love stuffing stuff into other stuff. Not sure where this passion for stuffed foods came from. It’s something we just grew up with, I suppose. Pop Tarts for breakfast, Hot Pockets for lunch, and ricotta stuffed shells for dinner. Wow…I think my mom was trying to kill me. Not sure how I’m still alive, actually. Anyway, there are certainly healthier ways to enjoy eating things that are stuffed into other things, and here’s one of them. This Chorizo Stuffed Zucchini has it all: veggies, protein, savory and sweet. Enjoy!

    Chorizo Stuffed Zucchini with Mango Salsa

    What to get:

    2 large zucchinis, split lengthwise, seeds scooped out
    4 ounces tempeh
    1/2 teaspoon cumin seeds (or 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin)
    1/8 teaspoon ground clove
    1/4 teaspoon coriander
    1 teaspoon paprika
    1 teaspoon dried oregano
    1 tablespoon chili powder
    2 cloves garlic, grated
    pinch of cinnamon
    pinch of salt
    couple grinds of pepper
    1/2 cup vegetable stock
    couple splashes of sherry vinegar
    1/2 cup shredded vegan cheese of your choosing
    teaspoon of olive oil

    Mango Salsa
    1 cup diced Champagne mango (regular mango is fine, but you’ll have to make the salsa in advance so it can soften up a bit)
    1 cup diced tomato
    1/4 cup diced red onion
    2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
    1/2 teaspoon cumin
    1/2 teaspoon coriander
    1/4 teaspoon grated ginger
    juice of half a lime
    salt and pepper to taste

    What to do:

    Heat up your grill to really hot. Lube up your zucchinis (minds out of the gutter, people) with olive oil, and season with salt and pepper. Place them face down on the grill. Grill them until they have nice grill marks (5-7 minutes) and they are slightly tender. Set aside.

    In a mixing bowl, combine the tempeh, grated garlic, and all of the spices, and mash it all together. Heat a pan to medium, add a little olive oil and the tempeh. Cook until it gets a bit browned (4-5 minutes). Stir in vegetable stock and sherry vinegar. Cover and continue to simmer on medium 3-4 more minutes, or until the liquid is gone. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Now you have chorizo…transfer it to a bowl.

    Heat your oven to 350 F. Stir the vegan cheese into the hot chorizo, and fill the cavities of the zucchini halves with the mixture. Place the stuffed zucchinis in the oven for 8-10 minutes, or until the vegan cheese is all melty (wow, can’t believe “melty” is a word…no red underline.). Combine all the mango salsa ingredients. Take your stuffed zucchini out of the oven, and top with the salsa. Eat.

    Serves 2

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3 responses to “Stuffin’ the Zucchini with The Sexy Vegan” RSS icon

  • Gauri Radha गौरी राधा

    Looks great, the mango salsa seems delicious.
    Good luck with the cookbook!!:-)

  • Love, love, love The Sexy Vegan! Thanks for another great recipe. The onion rings posted earlier were the bomb.

  • Gauri Radha गौरी राधा

    By the way I agree with your point that a zucchini in the slacks is not the way to go:p

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