Stuffed Zucchini

Serves 4

Preheat oven to 350F/180C.

Cut the stem and blossom ends off of the zucchini. Slice lengthwise and use a spoon to scoop out the seeds. If you remove some of the meat, set the meat aside and discard the seeds. Rest in a 13x9 casserole dish. Brush melted butter all over the insides, then season with salt and pepper. Bake for 20 minutes, then remove.

While the zucchini cooks... In a deep skillet, brown the ground meat. Pour off any excess fat and remove to a bowl. Saute the onion in either a bit of fat from the meat or 1 tbsp oil, until tender and translucent. Add garlic and jalapeno, along with any reserved zucchini meat, and continue to cook for another 2 - 3 minutes. Remove and combine with ground meat.

Combine TVP and broth in a small bowl and cover for 5 minutes. Stir gently to ensure TVP has fully reconstituted, then mix into the meat mixture. Stir in Worcestershire, rice, egg, basil, smoked paprika, salt and pepper.

Mound the mixture into the zucchini boats. Sprinkle liberally with breadcrumbs and then cheese. Bake for another 20 minutes until the cheese browns.

Slice into thick steaks and serve with rice or potatoes.

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