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Stuffed Courgette Or Zucchini With Almonds

Updated on February 24, 2016
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Almond Courgettes or Zucchini Boats

Stuffed Zucchini are a great addition to any meal. But they come into their own when baked with a delicious filling. The word Zucchini is widely used in America and comes from the Italian. In Britain we know it as a Courgette, from the French. But it is the same vegetable. In this recipe we will be using Almonds. But of course you can mix them with beef, tomatoes or any other food that you wish. So why almonds?

Almonds are packed full of vitamins and minerals, they are also a good source of fibre. Almonds are an extremely healthy little food. Rich in monounsaturated fats, which help to zap that nasty cholesterol so its good for your arteries. Along with vitamin E which is a high source of antioxidant, and loads of minerals, you can't get much healthier. And the great thing is, you can even use the almond oil on your skin to promote healing and softness.

My mother used to make a lot of Stuffed Marrow and Zucchini meals. It was a Sunday tradition, and her recipes were always original and very tasty. This one stood out as a favorite. I recently found her old written cook book and now I have a great supply of her recipes. The Zucchini Boats are always a favorite in my house.

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Almonds rich in vitamins and minerals public domain

Quick Facts About Almonds

The almond tree is very similar to a peach tree in appearance, but longer lived and much larger. The Latin name for the almond tree is (Prunus dulcis). It can grow to around 30 feet in height.

The crop is of great importance in the Med as well as California and Australia. There are two kinds of almond, sweet and bitter, and the former is is grown for its crop of nuts, and the latter is used more for its oil in the kernel. This is an important source of Prussic acid.

These kernels should not be eaten when raw, as you would find out if you tried to eat them. They are very bitter. In Britain, both species of almond are rarely grown to maturity but are mainly grown purely for their astonishing beauty when in flower.

The fruit itself resembles a small peach, but unlike the peach it doesn't become fleshy and juicy. In fact it splits open early to reveal the ripening fruit within.

The nut has a hard woody shell, with one seed in a brown skin.

Almonds In Cooking

Almonds are used in a variety of dishes. The most popular are nougat, sugared almonds and macaroons. They are also great for producing almond oil. Flavoring extracts are also made from almonds, and they are a popular ingredient of beauty products too, such as perfumes and cosmetics. Picking almonds for cooking consists of knocking the fruit from the tree with the use of long poles. When cooked the almond has a wonderful nut taste and is a really good addition to zucchini.

For this recipe I will just use Zucchini with almonds, but you can also mix with beef as you can see in the video.

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Zucchini/Courgette public domain

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

  • 3 Large Courgettes/Zucchini
  • 1 Large Onion, Chopped
  • 2 1/2 oz Almonds, Skinned
  • Sprinkling Salt, Pepper and ground mace, Pinch
  • 1 Egg, Beaten
  • 1 oz Cheese, Parmesan
  • 1 oz Breadcrumbs
  • 2 Teaspoons Oil

Instructions

  1. Halve the zucchini lengthways, and scoop out the flesh. They should resemble small boats when you have done this. Then chop the onion and soften with the oil. Mix the zucchini flesh with the onion and fry for approx 3 mins.
  2. Now grind the almonds until they are course, and stir them into the zucchini mix. As they are cooking, add the salt, pepper and mace to taste. Scoop out the mix and place in a bowl. Then bind. it all with a beaten egg.
  3. When the mixture is ready scoop out and and place into the zucchini boats. Then cover with the parmesan cheese and breadcrumbs. Bake at 400F or gas mark 6 for 25 minutes.

Cook Time

Prep time: 15 min
Cook time: 25 min
Ready in: 40 min
Yields: This serves 6

Zucchini boats are a great meal on their own, but by adding loads of veg or salad, it's a great way to stay healthy and feel full so you won't want to snack in between meals. To adjust the size of the portions, why not cut the zucchini into thick slices instead? Then place on a baking dish with the filling in the middle of the rings.

Approx Valuation of Nutrition For Almond Zucchini

Nutrition Facts
Serving size: 1
Calories 47
Calories from Fat9
% Daily Value *
Fat 1 g2%
Saturated fat 0 g
Unsaturated fat 0 g
Carbohydrates 6 g2%
Sugar 1 g
Fiber 1 g4%
Protein 2 g4%
Cholesterol 2 mg1%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.

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      Suzanne Sheffield 5 years ago from Mid-Atlantic

      I adore stuffed squash of all kinds, but have never tried almonds.

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      Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

      This looks really nice. I planed my zucchini bushes last week. You can never have too many zucchini recipes-- but you can have too many zucchini. They grow very well here.

      Thanks!

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      Gordon Hamilton 5 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

      Looks and sounds absolutely delicious, Nell. Courgette/zucchini is one of those foods that always cracks me up with the differences in names - as though life were not confusing enough! :) Irrespective of the name, this certainly looks like a great way of adding additional flavours to the veg and is definitely something I am personally interested in trying. Thanks for the idea!

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      Linda Crampton 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      Stuffed zucchinis are an interesting idea, Nell. I don't eat zucchini very often, but I'm tempted to do so now that I've read your recipe! It sounds very tasty.

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      Amy L. Tarr 5 years ago from Home

      Oh how badly do I want to grab that right off the screen!I love zucchini but it's hard to find recipes using it.

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      Jackie Lynnley 5 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Oh yum, I love it! Zucchini is one of my favorites and you can bet I will try this. Thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi lillyeth, I remember my mum cooking it one time, it was lovely, thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Rochelle, lol! I have to buy mine, it took me a while to realise that zucchini is in fact courgettes! trust us English to call it something different! thanks so much nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Gordon, lol! I know, I get so confused! I am definitely going to start making some of these again, after finding my mums old cookbook I suddenly remembered it! thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Alicia, I haven't had it for ages, but when I read it in the cookbook it all came back to me, I don't know why I haven't had it for so long, thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Pen, hope this helped, I am definitely going down this route from now on, especially for my diet! thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Jackie, glad you liked it, good luck with the cooking! thanks as always, nell

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      Linda Bilyeu 5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      I usually eat zucchini raw, chopped and tossed in salads...your idea seems more interesting! I LIKE it!! :)

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      James Timothy Peters 5 years ago from Hammond, Indiana

      Absolutely fantastic!!!

      Great work!!!

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      Martin Kloess 5 years ago from San Francisco

      great recipe, thank you

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      alocsin 5 years ago from Orange County, CA

      Since I love zucchini and love almonds, it follows I'm going to love this. Voting this Up and Useful.

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      Christopher Antony Meade 5 years ago from Gillingham Kent. United Kingdom

      I read somewhere recently that courgettes are baby marrows. I don't know whether this is true or not. I love to eat them though. I love almonds as well. Your recipe Nell should be the perfect combination. Thank you.

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      Roberta Kyle 5 years ago from Central New Jersey

      I love zucchini and love stuffing those big ones I get in the autumn. This recipe sounds fabulous as I love almonds too so what could be better. Five stars and a big thumbs up

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks Linda, hope you like it, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi James, thanks so much, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks Mhatter, I am glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi alocsin, thanks for the vote, I hope you like it, good luck with the cooking! lol!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi christopher, I think you are right, when they are cooked they are lovely, not so squelchy as marrow! thanks as always, nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi robie, thanks so much, I haven't had this for ages so I am going to be trying lots of different versions this week, thanks!

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      Hillary 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      This looks yummy and I bet you can add a bit of ground lamb to it if you gotta get your meat :) I love mostly veggie meal ideas so this one is bookmarked and rated 5 starts

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Hilary, thanks so much, yes lamb would taste lovely in this, nell

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      Deb Hirt 5 years ago from Stillwater, OK

      This really sounds wonderful!!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks avian, its absolutely delicious, I can't wait to make it again, thanks!

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      Rochelle Frank 5 years ago from California Gold Country

      I noticed that your recipe calls for "2 1/2 almonds" . Is this accurate?-- seems a little skimpy to me, but then I live in an area surrounded by almond orchards, so maybe I'm used to using more.

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      Pamela Oglesby 5 years ago from United States

      Very unique and delicious looking recipe. I have never made anything quite like this, but I would like to try it. Thanks.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Rochelle, thanks for showing me, I had missed out the oz! lol! I check it and check again, but always miss something, so thanks!

      Hi Pamela, glad you like it, it really is lovely, thanks nell

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      Research Analyst 5 years ago

      Zucchini is one of the dishes I like to fry up using cornmeal, this is an interesting way to prepare it with almonds.

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      Christy Birmingham 5 years ago from British Columbia, Canada

      I keep hearing about the health benefits of almonds, very good!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Research, thanks for reading, I will have to try it with cornmeal, thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Christy, thanks! glad you liked it, cheers nell

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      prasetio30 5 years ago from malang-indonesia

      From the picture I believe that your recipe so delicious. Thanks for completed this recipe with the nutritional value information. Voted up and yummy :-)

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi pras, yes it is lovely I have made it since writing this and I forgot how nice it was! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      Tammy 5 years ago from North Carolina

      I am glad to see such a healthy and tasty recipe. This month has been the most tempting of all so far with this recipe contest. This is very attractive. I love zucchini and this is perfect for summer. Excellent!

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      Sherry Hewins 5 years ago from Sierra Foothills, CA

      I've made a similar stuffed zucchini, it's a great way to use up all those monster zucchini's that grow in the garden.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Thanks for sharing your mother's recipe. It just so happens I have some zucchini on hand… :)

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      Glimmer Twin Fan 5 years ago

      This looks delicious. Maybe my husband will eat zucchini now.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi tammy, I should have put this in the contest, I just wrote it first and thought later! lol! thanks for reading, cheers nell

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Sherry, my mum used to grow them, but I can't as I have a balcony, so that's why I did this for a change, and forgot how nice it was! lol! thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi RTalloni, lol! of you go to the kitchen then! good luck with it, and thanks!

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi Glimmer, its something that is worth trying, hope he likes it, and thanks!

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      Suzette Walker 5 years ago from Taos, NM

      I've never seen or eaten these before, Nell, but they look and sound delicious. The recipe looks easy enough also. I enjoyed this immensely and what a great idea! Thanks for sharing this with us.

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Hi suzette, its only recently that I have started eating them again, I have no idea why, they are lovely! I rediscovered Zucchini's again when on holiday, then forgot! lol! thanks as always, nell

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      lovedoctor926 5 years ago

      I'm eating roasted almonds as we speak. The zucchini boats look delicious. The recipe doesn't look too complicated either. Thanks for sharing

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      Nell Rose 5 years ago from England

      Thanks lovedoctor, glad you liked it, it is delicious! lol! roasted almonds are really morish! haha!

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      That is a wonderful recipe. I voted up.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Thanks Integrity! glad you liked it, nell

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      You are welcome, Nell. I had to come back and rate it 5. HAH-HAH!

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      lol! you always make me smile, Integrity! thank you!

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      That is good to know, Nell. That is definitely my main intention. Have you seen, LOO-LOO? HEH-HEH! Enjoy your night.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      lol! you have a good night too!

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      IntegrityYes 4 years ago

      I certainly will, Nell.

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      moonlake 4 years ago from America

      I need to try this we have so many zucchini. Thanks for sharing this recipe. Voted Up.

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi moonlake, glad you liked it and thanks so much, nell

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      Larry Fields 4 years ago from Northern California

      Hi Nell. You've written another mouth-watering hub.

      Although I don't eat it very often, I love zucchini.

      California is a major almond-growing region. Here's a little-known fact: The farmers here call them "ammonds." Why?

      When these nuts fall out of the trees, it knocks the L out of them. :)

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi larry, Haha! oh thanks for the laugh! my stupid pc keeps playing up today, so I need that! thanks so much, nell

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      carol stanley 4 years ago from Arizona

      I am always looking for another way to cook zucchini... and including almonds--a true winner. I am going to bookmark this recipe and of course your most well deserved votes UP+++

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      Nell Rose 4 years ago from England

      Hi carol, thanks so much, I have been eating Zucchini quite a lot recently, and am getting quite addicted to it! lol!

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