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Vegan North African Cuisine: Couscous-stuffed Round Zucchini

Zucchini practically come in season at the same time as eggplants and apart of cooking them together in ratatouille, there pleny of ways to accomodate them to satisfy all culinary priorities.

Here is a simple recipe inspired by North African and Southern French gastronomies!
Couscous-stuufed Round Zucchini!

INGREDIENTS (for 2 zucchinis. Please don’t fight over them! LOL)

Zucchinis: 2 of two different colors, about 150 g each
Couscous: 80 g
Water: 200 cc (1 cup)
Dried tomatoes: 2
Mushroom: Brown mushroom, a couple
Onion: 1/4
Salt: 1/2 teaspoon
Black pepper: as appropriate
Olive oil: 1/2 tablespoon

RECIPE:

Clean the zucchini

Wrap the zucchini into cellophane paper and cook for 1 mi\ute at 600 KW inside a microwave oven.

While the zucchini cool down chop the dried tomatoes.

Chop the mushrooms in dices.

Chop the onion.
Wash in cold water and drain.

In a pan pour the water, add the dried tomato and mushrooms, the salt. Bring to boil and cokk for a minute or two. Switch off and drain. kep the water for the couscous!

Pour the couscous into a bowl.
Add the still hot water used for cooking the dried tomato and mushrooms.
Cover the bowl with kitchen foil aper and let the couscous absorb the liquid for 8 minutes.

Cut “caps” off the zucchini. Take insides out with a spoon so as to leave “zucchini bowls” about 5 mm thick. Discard the seeds if any. Chop the zucchini fleah finely.

The couscous should be soft enough.
Pour in the olive oil and mix well.

Add the dried tomatoes, mushrooms, chopped zucchini fleah, salt and pepper and mix well.
Naturally you can add spices and chopped herbes of your liking then!

Brush the inside of the zucchini with olive oil and stuff them with the couscous.
Fill the zucchini over the brim!

Pre-heat oven to 230 degrees Celsius and cook for 15 minutes.

Serve immediately or lukewarm.

If you have any coucous filling left just eat it as salad!

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