Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini
This Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini can indulge your tastes and satisfy cravings by merely being one gem of nutrients found in this squash. Offering vitamins and trace minerals ranging from Vitamin A, vitamin B group, zucchinis are bursting with taste.
The importance of trace minerals in our body is vital, as many chemical reactions that take place during metabolism, protein and enzyme production, require for different minerals. What is more important, these minerals won’t be activated if one or more co-factors are missing. Co-factors are nutrients – minerals or vitamins or other proteins – that activate a reaction and ensure its completion.
Zucchini is such a generous vegetable when it comes to trace minerals!
Zinc – a powerful antioxidant that participates in nutrient absorption, promotes muscle growth and repair, and has its “hand” in dozens of other metabolic reactions in our body.
Niacin – it is a Vitamin B3, part of the vitamin B group, that is responsible for converting food into energy.
Interestingly, zucchini squash has high content of Omega-3 fatty acids. These essential amino acids are key to our brain, eye and cardiovascular health. All of us need it on the daily basis. Zucchinis could be one of the sources giving us some of it
That is why eating from the variety of sources, more of veggies and fruit every day, we supply a myriad of nutrients that participate in body’s metabolism, day and night. Without proper nutrition, our body will get older faster, as the wear and tear inside of it hasn’t been supported by the “spare parts,” so to say, the vitamins and minerals, proteins and carbohydrates and fats that make all circuits complete.
In a way we don’t need to know all the names and functions of all the nutrients Mother Nature offers us. We just need to reach out and eat these fruit and vegetables to rip all the benefits they have in store for us.
Celebrate fresh whole foods every day. Grill them, steam them, bake and add herbs and spices of your liking. When we treat food as our source of joy and happiness, every meal becomes a celebration of life.
- No-Stick Cooking Spray
- 2 medium zucchini, each cut in half lengthwise
- 6 ounces Italian turkey sausage
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 can (14.5 oz each) Hunt's® Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano, drained
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup Egg Beaters® Original
- 2 tablespoons Kraft® Grated Parmesan Cheese
- 1. Preheat oven to 375° F. Spray 13x9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
- 2. Scoop pulp from each zucchini half, leaving 1/4-inch shells and reserving pulp. Place shells cut-side down on a microwave-safe plate and cover with waxed paper. Microwave on HIGH 4 minutes or until shells begin to soften slightly. Arrange shells in baking dish.
- 3. Cook sausage in medium skillet over medium-high heat until crumbled and no longer pink, stirring occasionally. Remove sausage from skillet; set aside.
- 4. Cook onion and reserved zucchini in skillet about 5 minutes or until onion and zucchini are lightly browned and softened. Stir in drained tomatoes, cooked sausage and bread crumbs. Remove from heat; cool about 5 minutes.
- 5. Stir in Egg Beaters. Spoon filling into zucchini shells. Sprinkle with cheese. Bake 10 minutes or until cheese begins to brown.