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Stuffed Zucchini

December 08, 1998

Stuffed Zucchini

  • 1 cup dry quinoa (or rice)
  • 2 cups water
  • 5 small zucchinis
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 or 3 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger
  • 3 tablespoons sunflower seeds
  • 1 red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


Place quinoa or rice in water, bring to a boil, then simmer approximately 15 minutes - 20 minutes for rice - until done. Slice zucchini in half lengthwise and steam for approximately 5 minutes. Let cool, then scoop out center part. In large pan, heat olive and sesame oils together, add garlic and ginger and saut briefly, stirring as needed. Add sunflower seeds and saut for another minute or two, then add chopped peppers and do the same. Finally, add soy sauce and lemon juice and stir for a minute, then add quinoa or rice and mix thoroughly. Spoon mixture into zucchini boats, place in a lightly oiled casserole dish and bake 15 to 20 minutes at 350 degrees. If you do not like bell peppers, you can substitute other vegetables.

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Eggplant rollupsEggplant Rollups

  • 2 medium eggplants
  • 12 ounces tofu
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons dried, crushed oregano
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons dried, crushed basil
  • olive oil
  • 28-ounce can marinara sauce


Peel eggplants and slice lengthwise into 1/4-inch slices. Salt lightly and place on nonstick or lightly oiled baking sheet in broiler about 5 to 6 inches from heat, for about 5 minutes each side, until just soft enough to be rolled easily. Allow to cool until able to handle. In the meantime, place tofu, salt and spices in food processor and blend briefly until smooth. Lightly oil a casserole dish with olive oil and spread a few spoonsful of marinara sauce in the bottom. Spread each slice of eggplant with the tofu mixture and roll up, then place rolls side by side in casserole dish. Cover each layer of eggplant rolls with marinara sauce, then bake at 375 degrees about 40 minutes.




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