Caprese Stuffed Zucchini

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Caprese Stuffed Zucchini

I just love the summer months and all of the fresh vegetables we have available to us! We are very lucky to have so many farmers that share their harvest with us! This is a great appetizer and only a few fresh ingredients!

In my caprese stuffed zucchini you will find all of my favorites in just one bite! This is a great paleo version. If you are using cheese then add in chopped mozzarella.  Also, add any other fresh vegetables you have handy such as jalapeño peppers, red onion, artichokes, etc!

Tip:  I baked up an entire eggplant and used only 2 slices for this appetizer then used the rest to make my favorite grilled skirt steak salad!

I hope you enjoy! xo

 

Ingredients

  • 2 large zucchini
  • 1 eggplant
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup fresh basil leaves
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar

Directions

  1. After preheating the oven to 350 degrees, start the prep work by slicing the zucchini the long way and use a spoon to hollow out the flesh. Do not discard: Put in a sealed container and you can freeze to use for soups, frittata or other dishes.

  2. Season the zucchini lightly with salt and pepper. Place on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil. Bake for 10 minutes.

  3. Take eggplant and slice in 1/2 inch rounds. Season both sides lightly with salt and pepper. Lay on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 30-35 minutes; until brown (flipping once). When eggplant is done chop 2-3 slices and add to a mixing bowl. (I removed the skin)

  4. Take the cherry tomatoes and slice in 1/2 then 1/2 again. (into quarters).

  5. Add in garlic then take 3/4 cup of the fresh basil leaves and chop and add to the bowl. Add in 1 teaspoon of sea salt and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper. Drizzle in about 3 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and toss all ingredients together.

  6. Take the cooled zucchini and slice about 2 inches and add to a platter. Divide the mixture into each of the zucchini. Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar then tear the remaining basil leaves and top for garnish and enjoy.

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