‘Tis the season! The beloved summer squash family is in abundance at your local farmers markets and grocery stores. There are just piles of it everywhere! So, I decided to take advantage and use it for this recipe. Zucchini also has a delicious buttery taste that is not overpowering, so it makes it extremely versatile for cooking purposes. Its soft texture also lends itself favorably when preparing dishes such as mine below. My Italian Zucchini Couscous Rounds have such an awesome texture, with the outside zucchini being crispy, yet soft, and the pearl couscous providing that chewy feel that we love! They are absolutely delicious and completely satisfying. Pair these with some grilled chicken, fish or your favorite meats for a wholesome summertime treat. Enjoy!
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ITALIAN ZUCCHINI COUSCOUS ROUNDS
3 large zucchini
1 TB olive oil
1 cup uncooked pearl couscous (you will need water to prepare according to directions)
1 onion, finely chopped
1 red bell pepper, finely diced
3 TB Italian seasoning
1 tsp. garlic powder
Salt and pepper, to taste
How to Prepare
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
2. Prepare the couscous according to the package directions.
3. In the meantime, cut each zucchini in half. Gently scoop out the flesh leaving approximately one-fourth inch around the edges. Be careful not to puncture the skin so that the couscous will stay intact when we fill them. (Chop the flesh that you scooped out and put in a bowl to use later.)
4. Slice each half into approximate two-inch rounds and place on a cookie sheet coated with non-stick cooking spray.
5. Put in the oven and bake for approximately 10 minutes or until golden brown on the outside and tender.
6. While the zucchinis bake, make the filling by sautéing the olive oil, chopped onion, chopped zucchini flesh that was scooped out, diced pepper, seasoning, garlic, salt, and pepper to a large frying pan. Sauté for about 12 minutes, stirring frequently, until the mixture is soft, tender and slightly browned.
7. Add the cooked couscous to the pan and mix thoroughly.
8. Stuff each zucchini round with the couscous filling. Enjoy!
Per serving (recipe serves 4): 230 calories, 7 grams protein, 40 grams carbohydrates (5.5 grams fiber), 4.5 grams fat
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