Monday, April 2, 2012

Dirty Brown Rice Stuffed Zucchini

I am trying to sneak - ok - shove - more veggies into our diets.  Instead of serving just the normal Dirty Brown Rice - I stuffed it into some zucchini boats - talk about good!

Start off by cooking your brown rice - in the rice cooker will work out just fine - about 2 cups cooked total will be great!

I used this seasoning packet to flavor and color the rice - it is found in the Hispanic section of the grocery...

Make the rice like you normally would - but add the seasoning packet - isn't that pretty?

Don't forget to season the rice with a bit of salt.

While the rice is cooking, sauté a small red bell pepper in a bit of olive oil - season with a bit of salt!

Sauté a small onion with that bell pepper - again, season with a bit of salt.  It helps break down the veggies and adds flavor.

When your veggies become translucent, add your ground beef (about a pound).  Break up the meat and brown everything good.

Time to add the spices - Ancho Chile (1 Tbsp.), Ground Cumin (1 Tbsp.) and Garlic Powder (1 Tbsp.).  And salt to taste.

When both the rice and the meat mixtures are cooked - combine them in your pan to form a dirty rice.  Taste and adjust seasoning.

While the meat and rice are cooking, prep your zucchini.  Cut in half lengthwise.  Then, with a sharp parring knife, cut out a trench in the middle of the half, like a pirogue or canoe.  I just discarded the stuff I cut out...   
Preheat the oven to 350 F.

Fill the zucchini boats with the dirty rice mixture and place in an oven safe casserole.  Put in the 350 F oven until the zucchini are cooked through - about 30 minutes.  I would cover the dish with foil to keep the rice moist.  Remove foil and bake another 10 minutes.

Garnish with freshly grated parm and fresh cilantro - serve hot with a lovely side such as baked sweet potatoes cooked at the same time in the oven!


  1. Oh my goodness, this looks delicious! So good for you and pretty too.

  2. June - it was really good - and easy to make! A true plus!

  3. Hope you are not trying to do too much. I just found annatto at the store and have been trying to figure out what to do with it. This looks so yummy, just have to try it.

    1. Thanks Hun, please rest assured that I am taking it easy - so much so that Sweet William is tired of me not cooking & eating takeout! Oh well... Hehehehe

    2. So glad you're taking it easy my friend. I'm thinking SW's appreciation of his lovely wife will increase the longer he "enjoys" takeout. Kinda' was that way around here last week. LOL