‘a light and delicious all-in-one meal using 8-ball zucchini, which unfortunately are not always available. Sweet firm flesh that softens but remains firm and visually vibrant after cooking. I add lots of fresh mint, abundant at the moment and black quinoa. It is sizzling hot, bright blue skies, this island is a dream’
For the stuffed 8-ball zucchini you will need :
2 eight-ball zucchini, allow one per person
125g feta cheese
grated zest of 1/4 lemon
1 tablespoon ground oatmeal
2 tablespoons parmesan cheese or similar hard cheese such as kefalotiri
1 tablespoon spices of your choice [on tv I used dukkah]
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
Fresh mint, as much as you like, finely chopped
Preheat oven to 200 C
Slice the top section of the zucchini using a sharp knife. Then gently carve out the zucchini flesh from the shell with a teaspoon. I use the flesh to add to a stir fry or soup.
Mash up the feta and ricotta. Add the eggs and then all the other ingredients.
Neatly fill the zucchini.
Spray an oven dish with cooking spray. On tv I used a garlic infusion spray. Place the 8-balls in a non-stick tray and bake in a pre-heated oven for 15 to 20 minutes. The top of the filling will turn golden brown.
To assemble the buddha bowl, you will need [for 2 persons]:
4 tablespoons cooked black quinoa
1 organic lettuce
a mix of organic yellow and heirloom tomatoes
sprouted organic mung beans
1/4 yellow pepper, cut into slices
salt and pepper
To Finish off: dressing of your choice, on tv I used a simple dressing with olive oil and organic apple vinegar and 1 tablespoon dukkah to sprinkle on top
Start by placing a layer of shredded lettuce in the bottom of the bowl and topping it with sliced yellow and heirloom tomatoes, a few sliced yellow peppers and sprouted mung beans. Then sprinkle some cooked black quinoa and repeat the layers of lettuce, black quinoa, yellow peppers and mung beans. On tv I had 3 layers of each. Drizzle the dressing of your choice and top with the warm stuffed 8 ball zucchini. Sprinkle dukkah on top or the spice mix of your choice that you have used for the zucchini stuffing.
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Fresh Organic Vegetables by Barbuto
Organic Sprouting Seeds by Simply Organic
Tableware by Loft