Tuesday, March 18, 2014

New Recipe Tuesday

Happy Tuesday everyone! 

In an effort to find some fresh new ideas for dinner, especially on the healthier side, the Hubs and I have decided to start picking one to two new recipes to try out for dinner each week. So I thought it would be fun to share the recipe, the experience and the final result with you guys on a weekly basis. So welcome to New Recipe Tuesday. 

I will tell you this, most of the new recipes that we are trying are going to be coming from Skinnytaste.com because that girl has some seriously delicious sounding recipes and I just keep finding more that I want to try. And the best part about her recipes is that they are healthy and taste delicious. I hate sacrificing taste for calories. 

This past Saturday the Hubs and I couldn't decide what we wanted for dinner, so we decided to look through the bajillions of recipes that I had printed off from Skinnytaste.com. We came across one for Taco Stuffed Zuchini Boats and it just sounded delicious and we already had almost everything we needed to make it. Almost. I had to run to the store and grab a few things, but nothing ridiculous. 

I started by cutting my zucchinis in half long ways. I also cut up the rest of my veggies that the recipe called for. To create the boats in the zucchini, she tells you to use a melon baller to scoop out a small section. I didn't have a melon baller, so I used a strawberry huller that we had and it worked, but not as well as a melon baller probably would have. 

Once I had all my zucchini cut and gutted to make the boats I boiled them for a minute like the recipe said to do. This was pretty easy and very self explanatory. 

Once I finished creating my boats, I started working on the filling. I browned ground turkey in a pan and then started adding the remaining ingredients. In Gina's recipe she has a bunch of spices that I believe end up becoming a taco seasoning. Well we didn't want to go out and buy all of those spices, so we actually just omitted those from the recipe and used a freshly ground taco seasoning that we buy from a local spice shop here in town. We also decided not to add the tomato sauce and used water instead. 

Don't mind my messy stove. Eww!
 Once we added the taco seasoning and the remaining ingredients that it called for, we let that sit and cook for a while. We waited until the water had cooked down quite a bit and we had a thicker consistency. 

Once the meat filling was done, we then proceeded to stuff our boats. We used the recommended amount of 1/3 of a cup per boat and then topped each one with a little bit of cheese and then covered them with foil so that they could go in the oven.

 We popped these in the oven for 35 minutes and let them cook away. They smelled so delicious the whole time they were cooking. I couldn't wait for them to come out of the oven. 

Once we pulled them out of the oven, we let them cool for a few minutes and then I topped them with cut up pieces of avocado. I thought about even adding a little bit of sour cream to these, but I decided to forgo the calories this time around. Gina also calls for you to use salsa and top them with that, but we didn't have any, so yeah. Couldn't really do that. 

Overall these were very easy to make and they were absolutely delicious. I love the flavor combinations and I especially loved the avocado on top. It was perfect. These will definitely become a regular menu item in our house!



  1. these look so good! using zucchini instead of taco shells is such a great idea! i never would have thought of that!


    1. I wish I could take credit for the idea, haha! They were seriously delicious! And I don't know what has been going on, but your blog has not been showing up in my feed. I am going to try and make sure to stop by more often!!! Thanks for stopping by!


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