Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Stuffed Courgette Tacos

Mexican post number 120359480453053. I've recently eaten amazing Mexican at Amigos and it's made me want Mexican food, like, everyday. As always, trying to cut the calories where possible...I found this recipe, courtesy of Skinny Taste which comprises of courgette (zucchini) and taco filling. As we have an abundance of courgettes in our vegetable garden at the moment, I thought this would be an ideal recipe to try out. It was delicious and I would really recommend you trying this when you get chance!

[Adapted from Skinny Taste]

All you need for 4 people is:

5 courgettes, halved

1 onion, diced
250g Lean Steak Mince
1 tsp paprika
2 tsp ground cumin
2 tsp mild chilli
150g cheese - I used Lakeland Mature cheddar but you can used reduced fat if you wish
150ml beef stock
3 tbsp tomato puree
1/2 jar mild salsa, optional
1/2 pepper, diced
1 salad tomato, chopped/diced

Serve with cheesy nachos, homemade guacamole, sour cream and refried beans (which I unfortunately didn't get chance to make but they would have been perfect!)

First things first, preheat your oven to 190 (fan assisted) and grab a large casserole dish.

If you're using salsa, pop it into the bottom of your casserole dish.

Heat a large pan of water and bring to the boil.

You now need to hollow out the middle on your courgette - I used a melon scoop but you can use a small spoon too. You need to leave about 1/4 inch thickness for each. Put the scooped courgette to one side. When you've scooped them all out, put each one in the boiling pan of water for one minute to soften them.

In a frying pan, saute your diced onions on a low heat for 6-7 minutes. Add the diced peppers.
Add 3/4 cup of the courgette that's left over (chop it first).
When the onions and peppers have softened, add your mince.

Make sure you separate it all so there are no lumps.

When it isn't pink anymore, add the spices, stock and water.
Mix well and then add the puree.

Leave to simmer for around 15-20 minutes.
Then scoop the mince into the hollowed courgettes. Top with grated cheese.

Stick it in the oven for 25-30 minutes, covered with foil.

Take it out, pop it in the middle of the table so everybody can help themselves.

N xo

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