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    These stuffed zucchini cups are low-carb, naturally gluten-free and made with fresh summer ingredients.

    Hollowed out zucchini cups stuffed with a cumin spiced ground beef and delicious red bell pepper and onion mixture – baked in the oven with melted cheese on top – YUM!

    If you are like me and have so much zucchini, you don’t know what to do with it, try this recipe or check out my recipe for Stuffed Zucchini Boats with Garlic Sauce. They are both very delicious and make enough to feed a whole family.

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    Stuffed Zucchini Cups My husband picked some giant monster zucchini from the garden last week. I thought making stuffed zucchini cups will be perfect since the zucchini were so large and wide. I don’t think this recipe will work with zucchini regular size. They are not wide enough to hollow them out and stuff them with the meat and vegetable mixture.

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    These stuffed zucchini cups are a perfect summer dish, and the recipe uses primarily seasonally fresh ingredients straight from the garden.

    Stuffed Zucchini Cups

    This recipe turned out so flavorful and delicious. I believe I have finally converted my husband to eating zucchini, even though if you ask him, he still says he doesn’t like zucchini. But he cleaned his plate when I made these. 🙂

    This stuffed zucchini cups refrigerate well and can be reheated the next day for lunch, or stored in the fridge for few days.

    Hope you enjoy it!

    Stuffed Zucchini Cups

    How To Make Stuffed Zucchini Cups

    What you need

    2 large zucchini, about 12 inches long

    1 medium onion, finely chopped

    1 red bell pepper, finely chopped

    2 cloves garlic, minced

    1 lb ground beef

    1 cup tomato-basil sauce

    1/2 tsp oregano

    1/2 tsp cumin

    salt and pepper to taste

    1 cup shredded cheese

    Instructions

    Preheat oven to 350 F.

    Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat in a non-stick skillet. Saute chopped onion and pepper for about 3 minutes – until they start to soften. Add garlic and saute for 1 more minute, stirring occasionally. Move the vegetable mixture to a plate.

    In the same skillet, crumble in the ground beef and cook over medium heat until the meat is cooked through – about 7 minutes.

    Stir in vegetable mixture back into the skillet, add the tomato-basil sauce, and simmer until the mixture has thickened and liquid has cooked off – about 5 minutes.

    Cut zucchini in 2 inch thick slices, discarding the ends. Use a sharp spoon (or melon baller, or cookie scoop) to hollow out a hole in each zucchini slice, forming a cup, and leaving about 1/4 inch of zucchini flesh at the bottom. Be careful not to get too close to the bottom of the zucchini cup or the skin, otherwise, the stuffed zucchini cups will leak liquid when they bake.

    Place zucchini cups, open side up, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Stir 1/2 cup shredded cheese in the meat and vegetable mixture, then spoon the mixture into the zucchini cups, pressing down lightly with a spoon, and mounting it up a little over the top of the zucchini cups.

    Bake stuffed zucchini cups for about 30 minutes in a preheated 350 F oven. Then top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese, and continue baking for another 10 minutes, until zucchini is slightly soft when pierced with a fork and cheese is melted and lightly browned.

    Serve warm and enjoy!

    Stuffed Zucchini Cups

     

    5 from 3 votes
    Stuffed Zucchini Cups with Meat and Vegetables
    Prep Time
    10 mins
    Cook Time
    55 mins
    Total Time
    1 hr 5 mins
     

    Stuffed zucchini cups made with a cumin spiced ground beef and delicious red bell pepper and onion mixture.Low-carb and naturally gluten-free.

    Course: Main Course
    Cuisine: Mediterranean
    Servings: 8
    Calories: 195 kcal
    Author: Neli @ Delicious Meets Healthy
    Ingredients
    • 2 large zucchini about 12 inches long
    • 1 medium onion finely chopped
    • 1 red pepper finely chopped
    • 2 cloves garlic minced
    • 1 lb ground beef
    • 1 cup tomato-basil sauce
    • 1/2 tsp oregano
    • 1/2 tsp cumin
    • 1 cup shredded cheese
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 350 F.
    2. Heat 2 Tbsp olive oil over medium-high heat in a non-stick skillet. Saute chopped onion and pepper for about 3 minutes - until they start to soften. Add garlic and saute for 1 more minute, stirring occasionally. Move the vegetable mixture to a plate.
    3. In the same skillet, crumble in the ground beef and cook over medium heat until the meat is cooked through - about 7 minutes.
    4. Stir in vegetable mixture back into the skillet, add the tomato-basil sauce, and simmer until the mixture has thickened and liquid has cooked off - about 5 minutes.
    5. Cut zucchini in 2 inch thick slices, discarding the ends. Use a sharp spoon (or melon baller, or cookie scoop) to hollow out a hole in each zucchini slice, forming a cup, and leaving about 1/4 inch of zucchini flesh at the bottom. Be careful not to get too close to the bottom of the zucchini cup or the skin, otherwise, the stuffed zucchini cups will leak liquid when they bake.
    6. Place zucchini cups, open side up, on a foil-lined baking sheet. Stir 1/2 cup shredded cheese in the meat and vegetable mixture, then spoon the mixture into the zucchini cups, pressing down lightly with a spoon, and mounting it up a little over the top of the zucchini cups.
    7. Bake stuffed zucchini cups for about 30 minutes in a preheated 350 F oven. Then top with remaining 1/2 cup cheese, and continue baking for another 10 minutes, until zucchini is slightly soft when pierced with a fork and cheese is melted and lightly browned.
    8. Serve warm and enjoy!
    Nutrition Facts
    Stuffed Zucchini Cups with Meat and Vegetables
    Amount Per Serving (212 g)
    Calories 195 Calories from Fat 77
    % Daily Value*
    Total Fat 8.5g 13%
    Saturated Fat 4.3g 22%
    Polyunsaturated Fat 4.2g
    Cholesterol 66mg 22%
    Sodium 295mg 12%
    Total Carbohydrates 7.1g 2%
    Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
    Sugars 4g
    Protein 22.5g 45%
    * Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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    Comments

    I ADORE THIS! They can be little appetizers or they can be entrees (if you eat like 15 of them, lol)! They look incredible 🙂 I want some meat now!

    They look great. And I love that there’s cumin in there – I adore it.

    Amanda

    Love the idea of stuffed zucchini cups. What a wonderful dish for summer. The cumin-spiced ground beef must be so fragrant and lovely here!

    What a delicious and totally cute little summer dish. Perfect as part of the meal, or as an appetizer. Would work awesome on a brunch menu too.

    I’ve never seen a zucchini cup recipe before, only zucchini boats. And I have to say this looks way more elegant!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Thanks, Regina! 🙂

    Stop! you are making me so hungry! What a delicious idea for a party! I am saving this for later!

      Delicious Meets Healthy

      Yes, this stuffed zucchini cups will be perfect for a party. Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    Geri Sandoval

    What a great recipe for a small get together, thanks for sharing

    Linda Manns Linneman

    These sound so good. I love the ingredients. They look lovely to serve. I can’t wait to try this. Thank you for sharing

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