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Savory stuffed zucchini for a seasonal entree on Meatless Monday

Savory stuffed zucchini for a seasonal entree on Meatless Monday

We're beginning to enjoy some of the fruits of our gardening labor -- and now is a good time to pick zucchini, before they get toomonstrous (and flavorless). This stuffed zucchini recipe (adapted from Vegan With a Vengeance) features olives and capers for a meaty, briny flavor, which is perfectly offset by the sweetness of the tomatoes. It's easy to make but a bit of a process, so get started!

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Savory stuffed zucchini for a seasonal entree on Meatless Monday

You will need:

4 medium-size zucchini

1/2 cup millet

1 medium-size onion

2 tablespoons olive oil

2 cloves garlic

1/2 teaspoon rosemary

1/2 teaspoon thyme

1/2 teaspoon marjoram

1/2 teaspoon basil

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon paprika

Plenty of fresh-ground black pepper

1 28-ounce can whole tomatoes

2 cups vegetable broth (making your own produces the best results)

Heaping 1/2 cup pitted kalamata olives

1/4 cup capers

Savory stuffed zucchini for a seasonal entree on Meatless Monday

1. Measure out the millet into a strainer and rinse it thoroughly, then set aside for now.

Savory stuffed zucchini for a seasonal entree on Meatless Monday

2. Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise.

Savory stuffed zucchini for a seasonal entree on Meatless Monday

Place the halved zucchini cut-side-down in a saucepan and add enough water to cover about half the zucchini. Cover and bring to a boil, cooking for about five minutes. (We cooked two zucchini at a time while preparing the stuffing mixture -- remove and allow it to cool after the five minutes are up, then cook another batch.)

Savory stuffed zucchini for a seasonal entree on Meatless Monday

3. Peel and chop the onion.

Savory stuffed zucchini for a seasonal entree on Meatless Monday

Heat the oil in a large pot over medium heat and add the onion. Cook for seven minutes or so, until onion is translucent.

Savory stuffed zucchini for a seasonal entree on Meatless Monday

4. Peel and press the garlic into the onion; cook for another minute.

Savory stuffed zucchini for a seasonal entree on Meatless Monday

5. Add the rosemary, thyme, marjoram, basil, paprika, salt and ground black pepper.

Savory stuffed zucchini for a seasonal entree on Meatless Monday

Add the millet and saute, stirring frequently, for another three minutes or so.

Savory stuffed zucchini for a seasonal entree on Meatless Monday

6. Add the canned tomatoes and the broth; use your stirring utensil to crush the whole tomatoes against the side of the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, then cover and simmer for about 25 minutes.

Savory stuffed zucchini for a seasonal entree on Meatless Monday

7. While the stuffing mixture is cooking, measure out and chop the olives.

Savory stuffed zucchini for a seasonal entree on Meatless Monday

8. By now, all your zucchini halves should be cooked and cool enough to handle. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F before you use a spoon to scoop out the seeds and some pulp from the zucchini -- you want to leave enough pulp (at least 1/4 inch) in the zucchini for easier stuffing.

Savory stuffed zucchini for a seasonal entree on Meatless Monday

Chop up the pulp.

Savory stuffed zucchini for a seasonal entree on Meatless Monday

Arrange your zucchini in a baking dish.

Savory stuffed zucchini for a seasonal entree on Meatless Monday

9. By now, you should be ready to move on with the stuffing. Add the chopped zucchini pulp, olives and capers to the mixture in the pot on the stove.

Savory stuffed zucchini for a seasonal entree on Meatless Monday

Mix the new ingredients in, then cover and simmer for another five minutes.

Savory stuffed zucchini for a seasonal entree on Meatless Monday

10. Spoon the mixture into the zucchini.

Savory stuffed zucchini for a seasonal entree on Meatless Monday

We're of the "use so much stuffing that you basically have a casserole" school of thought.

Savory stuffed zucchini for a seasonal entree on Meatless Monday

11. Bake for twenty minutes.

Savory stuffed zucchini for a seasonal entree on Meatless Monday

Let cool before serving.