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Ground Beef Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Did you know there’s a National Sneak Some Zucchini Onto Your Neighbor’s Porch Day? It’s August 8th, in case you needed to know. It just goes to show how incredibly prolific that veggie is — we all need to offload some on friends and family if we dare to grow more than a couple of zucchini plants in our garden. But luckily, there are about 101 ways to enjoy that oh-so-prolific squash and stuffed zucchini happens to be one of my very favorite ways! These Ground Beef Stuffed Zucchini Boats are easy to make and have a classic Italian-inspired marinara base that everyone loves. A simple, nourishing dinner solution even if you don’t have zucchini coming out of every square inch of your garden.

Some people like to pre-cook their zucchini a bit before stuffing them, but I prefer that they hold some of their texture and structure, so I opt to stuff them and let everything bake together in the oven at once. (It’s certainly easier too.) Just cut off the stem ends of your zucchini, slice them in half lengthwise, and then scoop out the inner part of the squash, leaving a nice border around the edge. You’ll chop up the squash that you just scooped and sauté it with some onion, garlic, and ground beef. That gets mixed with some marinara and Italian seasoning and simmered briefly just to bring all the flavors together. Think spaghetti sauce, but with some added veggie goodness.

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