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Zucchini-Stuffed Meatloaf

I love making tasty and nutritious dishes at home; it's a much healthier (and more cost-effective!) solution than going out to eat.

Zucchini Meatloaf Recipe

So good! Moist and fabulous easy recipe.

So good! Moist and fabulous easy recipe.

I love stuffed zucchini boats, but the zucchini I picked from the garden was small this year. I love the combination of meat and tomato sauce with zucchini, so thought I would make it inside out.

Inside Out Stuffed Zucchini Recipe

How to Cook Zucchini

Zucchini can be grilled, fried, baked, stuffed, or barbecued, with very few ingredients needed to enhance the flavor. This vegetable can grow to a meter long, but we usually eat it long before it grows to that length.

Zucchini can also be cut into slices and sautéed in butter, or chopped up to eat raw in a salad or on its own with a dip. It can be shredded and added to breads, muffins, and even omelets. In today's recipe, we bake it in a pyrex meatloaf pan, with the meatloaf.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

30 min

45 min

1 hour 15 min

8 servings

Ingredients for Zucchini Meatloaf

  • 1/2 cup red peppers, small diced
  • 1/2 cup green peppers, small diced
  • 1 cup mushrooms, small diced
  • 2 whole, eight-inch long zucchini, small diced
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 3 splashes Teriyaki sauce
  • 1/2 tablespoon ground ginger
  • sprinkle salt/pepper, to your taste
  • 250 ML red pasta sauce

Instructions for Zucchini Meatloaf

  1. Mix together the ground beef, ground pork, salt and pepper, red pasta sauce, ginger, and teriyaki sauce in a bowl.
  2. When it is totally mixed, drop the mixture from bowl onto a sheet of wax paper and roll out flat. (See picture.)
  3. Add peppers, mushrooms, and zucchini to the top of the flattened meat mixture.
  4. Then holding one edge of the wax paper, slowly roll it up so the vegetable filling will be on the inside between layers of meat. This is a bit messy, but the taste is worth the mess.
  5. Roll this whole boat right into a greased Pyrex baking pan.
  6. Sprinkle the top with parmesan cheese (optional) and bake in a 350 degree pre-heated oven for 45 minutes.

The Finished Version

The flavor of this dish is kicked up a notch by the presence of ginger and teriyaki.

It was hard to slice. It fell apart when I tried to serve it. The thing I would do different next time would be to shred the zucchini and cut the peppers and mushrooms smaller. Then you would have a lovely looking slice with vegetables circling the slice.

There is never any waste, as I always eat my mistakes, and this zucchini-inside-out boat was delicious. Have a great day, and thanks for reading. Leave me a comment if you have some suggestions to iron the bugs out of this recipe.

The butternut squash and potatoes were also from the community garden. Lucky me!

The butternut squash and potatoes were also from the community garden. Lucky me!

Pyrex Easy Grab Loaf Dish

If You Want to Make the Regular, Not-Inside-Out Version

How Do You Eat Zucchini?

Comments

Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on February 28, 2014:

Thank you B.Malin. This recipe taste awesome anytime and makes a great tailgate party treat. I love it in sandwiches or just the way it is but shred the zuchini and it won`t crumble like mine did.

b. Malin on February 28, 2014:

This Recipe really sounds Delicious Suzzycue, I'd be tempted to try to make it. It's probably good to have anytime of year. I'll be Bookmarking this Hub!

Susan Britton (author) from Ontario, Canada on December 21, 2013:

@Thank you ChitrangadaSharan for sharing and pinning. Making a couple of these with some baked potatoes would be all you would need for a big, delicious party.

@ Ghaelach Yes adding an egg and even oatmeal or breadcrumbs would hold it together better. I can not eat eggs and I was trying to, not add carbs to it. I would have added oatmeat though that binds excellent but I was fresh out. Go for it and bake one but be sure and shred the zucchini first. Thanks a lot Ghaelach for your input.

@Merry Christmas to you Faith Reaper and thank you for all your support! God Bless!

@ You are welcome always exploring and thank you for your comments.

God Bless and Merry Christmas to All!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 19, 2013:

This looks and sounds yummy. I love to make zucchini cakes. Thank you for a great recipe...

Faith Reaper from southern USA on December 19, 2013:

Awesome recipe! Looks so good ...must try! Up and more and sharing Have a great Christmas, Faith Reaper

Ghaelach on December 19, 2013:

This looks worth all the mess as you say, and I'll certainly be giving this recipe ago.

Now I'm no Jamie Oliver, but would adding an egg when mixing the ground beef, ground pork, s/p, red pasta sauce, ginger and teriyaki sauce not hold the meats together? Just a thought.

LOL Ghaelach

Chitrangada Sharan from New Delhi, India on December 18, 2013:

This looks so delicious and quite suitable for a big party!

Your instructions, pictures and video are so well done and helpful!

Thanks for sharing, Voted up and Pinned!