Friday, August 20, 2010

stuffed zucchini and nectarine cobbler

muth family farm's organic csa week 9: kale, chard, romaine, watermelon, fennel (woohoo!), green onions, eggplant, golden squash, zucchini, jalapeno, sweet peppers, heirloom tomatoes, white onion, white pepper, cucumber, blackberries and raspberries

the zucchini didn't have to go into our basket, and we were encouraged to take as many as we wanted. i could always make more zucchini chips, but i stood there thinking, 'how could i use these for dinner tonight?'. enter bernadette.

bernadette says something like, "oh i love when they're big like that" and i resist the urge to yell out "that's what she said!".=) she begins explaining to one of the workers that she stuffs and bakes the larger zucchini. my ears perk right up and i butt join right into that conversation!

bernadette says she simply scoops out the centers and makes a stuffing made of chopped onions, tomatoes and italian seasonings, which goes in the hollowed out centers.


like zucchini boats! she bakes them for her family with a rice-based cheese and describes them as being like pizza! genius!


herb stuffed zucchini with fennel

1 large zucchini
1 C. diced tomato
1/4 C. diced onion
3/4 C. chopped fennel
1 T. balsamic vinegar
1-2 garlic cloves
1 tsp. oregano
1 tsp. rosemary
few basil leaves, chopped
drizzle olive oil
salt and pepper to taste

slice zucchini vertically and hollow out the center (a teaspoon does the trick). chop the center and add all ingredients to a large bowl. mix well, adding olive oil to your liking. pack stuffing into centers.

enjoy raw, dehydrated a few hours at 115°, or baked for about 20 minutes at 400°.

for a cheesy flavor and added protein, top with gina's hempasan.

so bernadette introduces herself and says she eats a lot of raw food (figured - she had the glow). she tells me of a website  (i forget the name) with a recipe for a raw peach cobbler made with peaches and mangoes. tell me more!

bern says she blends some of the fruit with dates to make a sauce, then pours it on the sliced peaches. she tops it off with walnuts and raves that it tastes just as good as cooked cobbler. just to be sure, i had to try it for myself... *wink*

and she wasn't kidding! fresh out of peaches, i substituted nectarines, as any fruit would taste amazing, i'm sure. mmmmMMM! when are you making this!?=)

community nectarine cobbler
(serves 2)

2 nectarines, sliced thin

1 ripe mango
1 medjool date
pinch of salt
1/4 inch piece of vanilla bean, or 1/4 tsp vanilla extract
juice of 1/4 lemon

blend all sauce ingredients until smooth. pour over sliced nectarines.

1/4 C. walnuts
1/4 C. pecans
1 medjool date
1/4 tsp. cinnamon
pinch of salt
drizzle of maple syrup

in a food processor, blend all topping ingredients until crumbles form. sprinkle on nectarines and enjoy!

if you're reading, thanks bernadette!!!


  1. Your weekly CSA gets better and better! Love what you did with everything, yum!!!

  2. Kelli:
    Beautiful pics and very nice post.I frequent ur blogs,came thru neeta's but never took the time to write,sorry:)
    I am going to try ur peach cobbler today.I loved all ur veggie friends,adorable..
    Does watermelon freeze well,this is from ur previous post?I have so much I would love to freeze it,not that I am ever tired of eating it:)
    You have a beautiful blog and write so well.
    I wish I could move to ur town,Loved ur CSA I live in Nj too but no such luck around here:(

  3. Mmmmm! Cobbler!!! Love the baked and raw versions of things! Have a great weekend!

  4. thanks ladies!=)

    sharanya - what a nice comment! thank you. i use frozen watermelon only in my smoothies - it freezes fine for that purpose. i suggest cutting the pieces on the smaller side so they break down easier in the blender, and freeze them in a single layer so they're not frozen in big clumps.

    maybe you'll have some luck searching the local harvest site for a csa, if you haven't already!

  5. hi Kelli, i just saw your comment on bitts page, you were asking about vaccines(sp?) and meds being vegan. where do you stand on that and also on sugar. im glad to have found somebody that questions these things and is pushing themselves. get back to me if you can:)!!!ttyl

  6. can I come over for dinner? ;-)

  7. Yum yum! I'll be right over! ha ha! I giggle over the "twss" line. We say it all the time in our house. ;) But the stuffed zukes and nectarine cobbler (I heart nectarines) look absolutely amazing. Perfect summer meal.

  8. Wow, those stuffed zucchini looks as delicious raw as cooked! I have to try the nectarin cobbler. Since I found I'm allergic to oats, cobbler's are out of the question, except this one... :)

  9. I'll say it again...I wish I had some of that produce!!!! I can't wait for our growing season.
    Your creations look so wonderful.
    Peace and Raw Health,

  10. Kelli,
    I love your blog! And your photos are awesome!
    I have to admit, your banner made me a little teary-eyed.
    Love the animals!!

    I'll be back-

  11. Wow, that cobbler looks great, Kelli & nice produce, too!

  12. nectarine cobbler sounds divine. seriously. why have i never seen this before?

  13. love the look of that cobbler!

  14. stuffed zucchini is so classic, if you're into daiya i suggest using the mozzarella sometime with your favorite pasta sauce and stuff that into the zucchini...oh man!

    the cobbler looks lovely, and nectarines are one of the things i don't get often since the wife doesn't like them. i need to leave her out and just make this for myself! :D

  15. thanks guys!=)

    dirtyduck - i believe in questioning and doing research where we can. my research pushes me away from the pharmaceutical and chemical industries further and further, for reasons including but not limited to animal cruelty.

    bitt - i hope you do some day!=)

    heidi - i have a feeling i'd fit right in your house!=)

    enjoy, veronica! i'm not the biggest fan of oats so i find this cobbler to be way better than cooked.

    rick - it's the opposite over here. john loooves nectarines and can't stand the fuzzy peach skin. i love daiya but don't buy it anymore because it always seems to go bad on us. not daiya's fault...we just don't use it quick enough for some reason. next time i'm thinking of freezing it.

  16. OK, I'm we are going to try your zucchini boat recipe looks great

  17. The zucchini boat looks yummy. I think I will keep that recipe handy. I'm trying to grow a second batch of summer veggies, so if I get some Zucchini I will try this recipe. Or maybe I'll just go to the farmers market. :)

  18. I made the cobbler last night (using just peaches--we didn't have a mango so I threw in an extra date for sweetness). It was amazing! Thanks for sharing the recipe.


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