Southwestern Stuffed Zucchini

Southwestern stuffed zucchini.  Truthfully I am not even sure what it “Southwestern” means exactly in terms of food.  For me, I think of fresh beans, corn, chilies, peppers, different salsa, and warm spices.  These ingredients stuffed in burritos, topped on salads, of filling tacos.  All goodness to me!

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Scooping out the insides of the zucchini created the “boat” for the filling to melt into.  Not only does this meal offer a power punch of protein and fiber, it’s fresh, healthy, and satisfying.


Stuffed Zucchini: – Vegan

  • Medium zucchini, cut in half, insides spooned out – I used 3 (6 boats)*
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 1 can organic beans, rinsed
  • 1 can organic corn, rinsed
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro + more for topping
  • 1 large tomato, diced
  • nutritional yeast (or cheese of choice if not keeping vegan)
  1. Heat oven to 400.  Half the zucchini and scoop out the insides.
  2. In a medium pan, heat oil on medium.  Cook onion until tender, 7-10 minutes.
  3. Add everything else except cilantro for topping and nutritional yeast.  Heat for no longer than 5 minutes, just get everything combined.  Taste and add more spices if needed
  4. Scoop into hollowed zucchini.  Sprinkle with nutritional yeast (or cheese).  Bake 20 minutes.
  5. Remove and top with a little fresh cilantro.  Enjoy!

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* I had plenty of extra filling so I could use it for another meal.  You can easily just store for a meal the next day.  Mix with some quinoa or just top on some fresh salad greens.  Use as filling in a wrap or stuff into peppers.

** Black beans provide loads of protein and fiber (15g of fiber for 1 cup).  The protein-fiber balance is great for balancing blood sugar.  Zucchini is actually a good antioxidant and vitamin C source.  Lastly, nutritional yeast provides protein, iron, and B vitamins (many do not contain B12).


  1. Jess says

    Today was my first time visiting your blog, and this recipe looked so good I immediately made it for dinner. Delicious! Can’t wait to try more 🙂

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