Stuffed courgettes with giant couscous

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Stuffed courgettes are really simple, delicious and a low carb meal. They are pretty versatile in that they can be served as a main meal or as a side dish. When you see or hear low carb the first thing that pops into my mind anyway is “Is this meal gonna fill me or am I gonna be hungry again in an hour… lol” Well this is definitely not the case, as these are very filling!!

For this particular recipe I made 4 courgette boats… i.e. 2 courgettes cut in half. My hubby and I had 2 boats each. The beauty of them is that they can be stuffed with basically any filling of choice. I opted for a vegetarian filling (It was just that kinda day!!) but if you want to make them a bit “beefier”you can easily stuff them with chicken or mince. Rice is also a popular addition.

Here’s what you’ll need (serves 2)

  • 2 courgettes
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 6 medium mushrooms, chopped
  • Sundried tomatoes
  • Couscous ( I used wholewheat giant couscous)
  • Vegetable stock
  • Crushed garlic
  • Black pepper
  • Cumin
  • Paprika
  • Coconut oil

 

How to make the courgettes boats:

  • Cut each courgette lengthways and scoop out the flesh with a spoon. Put into a bowl and set aside

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  • Saute the chopped onion, mushroom and courgette flesh in a pan with some coconut oil, crushed garlic and black pepper.
  • Spoon the mixture into courgettes, top with some sundries tomato and transfer to a lightly greased baking tray.
  • Cook at 150 deg c for approx 30 minutes or until the courgettes are softened.

 

How to make couscous:

  • Bring a pan of vegetable stock to the boil
  • Add quantity of couscous as per packet instruction
  • Add 1 tsp of cumin & 1 tsp paprika
  • Boil for approx 10 minutes, stirring occasionally
  • Drain and serve

This was my first time to cook with this particular brand and giant couscous! Its gonna be a staple in my kitchen from now on as its so flavoursome and feels more substantial than regular couscous. Just so you know, I got it in tesco!

 

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