Saturday, 2 May 2015

Stuffed Courgette Pizza Recipe

As I mentioned in my last post, I've been trying to get a lot healthier recently. I cycle to college now and most shopping trips now involve, mainly buying a variety of fruit and veg. Two months ago I would have laughed at the thought of me living like this, but now I'm feeling more positive then ever and a lot healthier for it. 

On one of my more adventurous shopping trips the other day, I decided to pick up some courgettes to see what I could cook with them. The only memory I can pinpoint where I've had courgette in a meal I've cooked, is back when my Dad used to have a huge allotment and we'd often have barbecues in the summer, where we'd barbecue all kinds of vegetables as well as meats. So I googled "courgette recipes", as one does and nothing really excited me. However I did come across a lot of "stuffed courgette" recipes and it got me thinking about how I could incorporate my love of pizza into something much healthier. I make homemade pizzas all the time and I usually put tuna on them, so today I present my, "tuna stuffed, pizza courgettes". I know it doesn't really have a ring to it, but you can stuff your courgettes however you want using the following recipe, to pizza-fy your healthy courgette meal. 

Stuffed Courgette Pizzas (serves at least one person)
1 Courgette
(for the stuffing it's completely up to you, you could use tuna, mince, rice and with whatever you fancy, but below is what I used)
1 Tin of Tuna
1 Garlic Clove
Half an Onion
Half of a Pepper
Cherry Tomatoes
Passata (or any kind of tomato sauce you would use for pizza)
Cheddar Cheese (parmesan or mozzarella would also be fine)

1. Preheat your oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6 and cut your courgette in half and scoop out the inside using a teaspoon.

2. Now dice your veg (except cherry tomatoes) and mix your ingredients for your stuffing together in a bowl (not including the tomato sauce). Make sure to first cook any meat if you are using beef, lamb etc.

3. Apply a layer of passata to your courgettes as if you were making a pizza.  

4. Then put your stuffing into your cougettes and grate your cheese on top.

5. You can now put slices of your cherry tomatoes on top

6. Now place your stuffed courgettes in the oven for around 25 - 30 minutes, and cover with tin foil if they start to brown, as you don't want them to burn. 

7. Voila! Enjoy your healthier alternative to pizza.

Thanks for reading, if you try this recipe out be sure to let me know what you think and any other stuffing suggestions you have for courgettes.