Zucchini Meatloaf Boats

Finally! I have zucchini again in the garden.

For the past several years I’ve been fighting squash vine borers and they’ve been winning. Last year I planted absolutely nothing from the squash family at all. So far so good this year. Haven’t seen one yet. (Crosses fingers.) UPDATE: Hannah noticed a “red wasp” flying around the herb gardens. Yep. A few zucchini plants are wilting. I tried to extract the borer out with my handy dandy girl-scout pocket knife. Couldn’t find it. Too bad. My chickens love them. At least we planted late this year and harvested several five-gallon bucketfuls before my nemesis showed up.

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My friend Pam had told me how she uses large zucchini to make a meal. She simply puts a meatloaf inside!

Our youngest daughter, Hannah, made this recipe for our family using zucchini and onions from the garden and beef from my in-laws’ farm.

Very easy.
And very good.
  • One large zucchini, sliced in half lengthwise, seeds scooped out
  • Sea Salt
  • Garlic powder
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • minced onions
  • minced garlic
  • 2-3 pounds ground beef
  • ¼ cup instant brown rice
  • 3 eggs
  • grated carrots
  • 1 Tbsp. basil
  • Parmesan
  • tomato sauce
  • Italian seasoning
  • shredded mozzarella

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350°.
  2. Sprinkle salt and garlic powder inside zucchini shells. Set aside in a baking dish.
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  3. Heat olive oil in a skillet and cook onions and minced garlic for 5-7 minutes. Remove from heat.
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  4. In bowl, mix ground beef, instant brown rice, eggs, carrots, basil, Parmesan, and onion mixture together.
  5. Stuff the zucchini halves with the meatloaf mixture.
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  6. Spoon tomato sauce over zucchini. Sprinkle Italian seasoning.
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  7. Bake 45-50 minutes.
  8. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over top and bake 5 additional minutes to melt cheese.

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It’s funny how I would sneak grated carrots into meatloaves when the girls were young and now they purposefully add them!

Here’s a great way to use up those large zucchini!
What are some ways you use them?

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