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Beef Stuffed Zucchini

Justin’s sister-in-law gave us a bunch of HUGE zucchini and banana squash from her backyard. Time was ticking and we needed to use it. We also had guests coming over, so I decided to make some beef-stuffed gourds!

I looked up a few different recipes, didn’t like any of them, so I decided to take what I liked from each of them and combine them all together. 
Serves 4
Ingredients (guessing on measurements)
2 big banana squash or zucchini
1 egg
1/4 cup bread crumbs
1 cup marina sauce
chopped onion
1/2 cup of tomato, banana squash, and green pepper
garlic powder
1/2 cup of cheese
1 lb of beef
Steps
  1. Cut zucchini/squash in half long-way. Also, cut the bottom so it will be a little flat and stay still on the cookie sheet. Spoon it out until it becomes a boat. 
  2. Put in oven at 350* for about 10-15 min (until tender-crisp)
  3. Cook onion and beef
  4. Chop up other vegetables
  5. Mix in egg and other vegetables and stir
  6. Mix in marinara sauce and garlic powder and bread crumbs
  7. Take zucchini/squash out of the oven
  8. Spoon meat mix into the boats and sprinkle cheese on top
  9. Put back in oven for about another 10-15 minutes
I served it with rice on the side. That was nice because what fell out of the boats could be scooped up with the rice. You can just eat the meat mixture or cut up the zucchini and eat the whole thing. Our guests, Justin Chang and Rachel Chang liked it. Justin loved it: my first 8/10!!!! My highest score on food! YAAAY!
Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Lemon Rice and Fish

I can’t think of a more creative name for this and Justin won’t help. He says that because I cooked it, I have to name it.
Anyway, on the menu for tonight was fish. And then my eye caught our new rice cooker. And it came with a steamer! So, I of course had to steam vegetables!

Ingredients
~1.5 cups of rice
~ 3 small fillets of fish
~ 1/2 small zucchini
~ 1/2 small banana squash
~ lemon juice
~ Parmesan cheese
~ lemon pepper
Steps
~ start cooking the rice
~ cut up vegetables and start steaming them
~ put talapia (or other light fish) on a greased pan and sprinkle with lemon pepper
~ pour lemon juice in cooking rice
~ when rice has 15 minutes left, put fish in oven
~ flip fish half way through
~ when rice finishes, mix in more lemon juice and sprinkle in Parmesan cheese
~ crumble fish and top on rice with the steamed vegetables
It was yummy, if I do say so myself. However, the husband says that the fish needed some seasoning and it could use a sauce. But, we couldn’t think of any…
If you have suggestions for seasonings and/or sauces for this meal, please let us know!

Tayler is a work at home mom. She does free lance articles and dabbles in graphic design and virtual assisting for bloggers. She spent 3 years as a history and English teacher. Her passions are her husband, two children, history, reading, nature, and her Savior, Jesus Christ.