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There’s no wrong way to eat zucchini. Whether you’re using your Hamilton Beach® electric spiralizer to make long zoodles, baking it into zucchini bread, or  sautéing slices for a simple summer side dish, there are plenty of recipes that incorporate this seasonal veggie.

Mexican Zucchini Boats

One of my favourite ways to enjoy this summer squash  is making zucchini boats. Zucchini boats are extremely easy to prepare and even easier to customize. Experiment with Italian, Thai, and Mexican flavor profiles to see which the family likes the most.

Mexican Zucchini Boats

Make these Mexican zucchini boats for a low-carb Taco Tuesday dinner or when you want to make sure the kids are eating their veggies.

Mexican Zucchini Boats

First, cut the zucchini in half, lengthwise. Then scoop out the center of the zucchini using a lemon baller, small ice cream scoop, or a tablespoon. Salt the zucchini halves (this is the only opportunity you’ll have to season the vegetable before it bakes) and set aside.

In a medium bowl, make your filling. Combine chopped chicken, cheese, black beans, corn, salsa, bell pepper, cilantro, jalapeno, cumin, chili powder, and salt. For a shortcut, pick up a rotisserie chicken at the grocery story or use grilled chicken leftovers from the weekend’s cookout. Want a vegetarian version? Skip the chicken altogether and add extra beans.

Mexican Zucchini Boats

Spoon ⅓ cup (you might need more depending on if your squash boat is more of a yacht than a canoe) of the mixture into the zucchini halves. The Test Kitchen wrote this recipe so that you’ll have plenty of extra filling to use throughout the week in taco cups, rice bowls, or quesadillas. Bake for 20 minutes at 400 degrees in your Hamilton Beach® Easy Reach Toaster Oven. Add a little (or a lot) of extra cheese on top and bake another 5 minutes.

Mexican Zucchini Boats

Sprinkle with some fresh cilantro and dinner is served. Serve with chips and homemade salsa for a Mexican-themed dinner any night of the week.

Mexican Zucchini Boats

 

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  1. Heat oven to 400°F. Spray a 13x9-inch baking pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  2. Scoop out center of zucchini halves. Place zucchini boats in baking pan. Sprinkle zucchini with 1 teaspoon salt.
  3. In a medium bowl, combine chicken, 1 cup cheese, black beans, corn, salsa, red bell pepper, cilantro jalapeno, cumin, chili powder and remaining ½ teaspoon salt.
  4. Spoon about 1/3 cup mixture into the zucchini boats. Reserve remaining mixture for other uses.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and top with remaining cheese.
  6. Bake an additional 5 to 6 minutes or until cheese is melted.
  7. Sprinkle with additional cilantro, if desired.
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Test Kitchen Tip: Use the remaining chicken mixture for tacos, burrito bowls or salads.

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Who doesn’t love Cuban food? Empanadas, tostones, tres leches cake, Cuban sandwiches, paella – it’s all good. Whether you frequent the Cuban restaurant in town or want to experiment cooking Cuban cuisine at home, we guarantee you’ll become a fan after trying this slow cooker mojo (a type of sauce that consists of olive oil, garlic, and citrus juice) pork.

To prepare mojo pork (you can use Boston butt or pork shoulder), trim the fat and cut the meat into 2 pieces. Cover all sides of the pork with a rub made of garlic, salt, oregano, and black pepper. Add orange juice and zest, lime juice and zest, onion, and jalapeno to the slow cooker crock, then add the pork to the juice mixture. Cover the crock and refrigerate, allowing the meat to marinate overnight (this step makes all the difference).

 

In the morning, turn the pork over in the marinade then cook on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours or LOW for 8 to 10 hours. When the pork is done, remove it from the crock and shred (you won’t believe how tender the meat is).

 

We served mojo pork on a bed of rice (cilantro lime rice would go perfectly with this dish) and black beans, then topped it with a generous dollop of homemade guacamole, and fresh cilantro.

 

This pork is succulent and zesty thanks to the 12-hour stay in the citrus marinade. Transform the dining room into Havana for a night, or serve right out of the crock at your next neighborhood potluck. And if you’re lucky enough to have leftovers, throw them on a slider or nachos – it’s even better the next day.

 

 

 

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  1. Trim fat from pork and cut into 2 pieces.
  2. In a food chopper or food processor bowl, finely chop garlic. Add salt, oregano and black pepper. Pulse to combine.
  3. Rub garlic mixture over all sides of pork.
  4. In slow cooker crock, combine orange juice, lime juice, onion, jalapeno, orange and lime zest. Place pork in juice mixture. Cover and refrigerate to marinate overnight.
  5. Turn pork over in marinade. Cover slow cooker and cook on HIGH for 5 to 6 hours or LOW for 8 to 10 hours. Remove pork to a cutting board. Using 2 forks, shred pork. Strain and reserve juices. Transfer shredded pork back to crock and spoon juices as desired over pork to moisten. Set slow cooker to WARM to keep pork warm for serving.
  6. Serve with rice, black beans, and Guacamole. Sprinkle with chopped cilantro.
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