zu canoes

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eating well begins with increasing the amounts of fruit and vegetables in a daily food plan.  sometimes it is difficult to incorporate a variety of tastes with many of the choices.  i have found that zucchini can be prepared a number of different ways with great success.  this is one of my recipes for zucchini boats or zu canoes.  i alter the recipe for the summer and use olive oil and white wine vinegar with some chopped shallot as a dressing instead of baking the whole dish.

to make this recipe:   trim the ends of one or two zucchini and remove the center pulp from the zucchini.  save the pulp in a bowl and season with salt and pepper to taste.

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microwave the zucchini for three to four minutes and place in an oven proof dish.  add the following to the zucchini pulp:  1/2 cup chopped fresh tomatoes, 1/4 cup fresh mozzarella cut into small chunks, fresh basil, and about 1 tablespoon olive oil.  

stuff the zucchini and bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.  serve and enjoy as a perfect side dish with chicken, beef or even pasta.

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