Thursday, August 11, 2016

Taco Zucchini Boats with Ground Turkey and Black Beans

All of a sudden we are getting lots of Zucchinis from our Garden. The Zucchinis can get very large over night. I like to use the large ones to make Zucchini Boats. You can use smaller ones as well. This is a very simple dinner that is naturally Gluten Free and Low Carb.

Taco Zucchini Boats with Ground Turkey and Black Beans. 

2 Large Zucchinis or 4 smaller size
Washed, cut ends off and slice in half
Scoop out the seeds (I used a Grapefruit Spoon) making sure you don't scrape thru the skin.
Place the Zucchinis cut side up on a parchment lined cookie sheet

Preheat oven 375*

In a Skillet
2 Tbl EVOO
1 small Onion chopped
Saute until transparent
1# Ground Turkey (Or Ground Beef)
Mix with the Onions and cook until done
1- 10.5 oz Canned Black Beans that have been drained and rinsed
1 Packages of Taco Seasoning Mix (My recipe below on how to make your own. Use 1/3 cup seasoning mix 
¾ Cup Water
Mix and simmer for 5 minutes or until water has been reduced and thick

Stuff the mixture into the Zucchini Boats

Sprinkle on Mexican Cheese Blend or any cheese of your choice (As much as you like)

Bake for 25-35 minutes. It depends on how big your zucchinis are. Cook until a steak knife goes in easily. Do not over cook otherwise they will get mushy.

Served with: Sliced Tomatoes, Banana Peppers Rings, Guacamole, Sour Cream and Salsa Sauce

Make your Own Taco Seasoning Mix ~ I do not add salt ~ Adjust any seasonings to your taste

In a Mason jar mix together and give it a good shake:
1 Tbl. Chili Powder
2 tsp. Onion Powder
2 tsp. Garlic Powder
2 tsp. Ground Cumin
1 tsp. Smoked Paprika
½ tsp. Oregano
½ tsp. Black Pepper
½ tsp. Cayenne Pepper
1 tsp. Minced Dried Onion

I multiple this recipe 5 times. Use 1/3-1/2 cup per 1# of meat adding ¾ – 1 Cup Water


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