We made another great meal the other night that also offers lots of options. Because I had a little bit of frozen hamburger meat, I decided to use it.
First, start lentils and rice, following the package directions.
Take one decent sized zucchini for each person, cut it in half then scoop out the middle leaving a “pocket” to fill. I saved the flesh from the center.
Set the oven to 425° to preheat.
Fry the hamburger meat, drain and rinse it, and add back to the pan with just a small amount of olive oil. To that, add diced onions, bell pepper and the zucchini flesh. Cook this just long enough to heat everything up.
Add a can of drained black beans and also one of drained corn into a small pot and heat it until warm.
Put all the above ingredients (Except the hollowed out zucchini) together in a bowl and mix thoroughly.
Using a sheet pan, lightly coated with oil, place the hollowed out zucchini on it. Fill the hollowed area with the mixture and top it with a sprinkling of parmesan and grated cheese. Place it in the oven and cook it for 25 minutes.
I added some mushrooms to mine, too because I like mushrooms.
The fun thing about this is recipe is it can be made so many different ways. It can be made similar to a pizza by filling the hollowed out area with pizza sauce and your favorite pizza toppings, then top with cheese. You could use alfredo sauce and chicken. You could use mixed veggies seasoned with oregano or Italian seasoning, and top with breadcrumbs and tomato sauce…the possibilities are virtually endless, and they are all so delicious!