- 6-8 ZucchiniMedium or Small
- 400 g. Firm tofu block
- 1 large Red Onion
- 6 Champignons
- 1 Carrot
- 1/2 lemon Lemon juice
- 1-2 tsp. Harissa Paste
- 4 tbps. tomato sauce
- 5 tbsp. Tamari sauce
- 1-2 Garlic cloves
- 1 tsp. Cumin seeds
- 1 tsp. Turmeric powder
- to taste Salt and Pepper
Zucchini is such a versitile vegetable, which is delicious raw and cooked. This Tofu stuffed zucchini boats are a complete meal with a vegetable base and some protein inside. As zucchinis themselves are quite a light, low caloric food, this delicious and flavourful tofu stuffing makes them satisfying and interesting! You can serve these stuffed zucchini boats with melted vegan cheese or nutritional yeast on top. They are perfect as a main or a side dish.
How to make Zucchini Boats?
You can either use zucchini/courgettes or baby zucchini for these tofu stuffed zucchini boats. If you are making them as a main dish, large or medium zucchini would work best. On the other hand, as an appetizer, the baby ones look gorgeous! Please note, that the baking time in the oven would depend on the size of your zucchinis. I used medium organic ones in this recipe.
To make the zucchini boats all you need to do is just cut the zucchinis in halves lengthwise and scoop some seeds out with a spoon. The spoon slides pretty easy in the raw zucchini. You can use this scooped out zucchini flesh in the stuffing or in another recipe!
How to make Tofu Stuffing?
Making the stuffing for these tofu stuffed zucchini boats reminded me of making tofu scramble. The process is quite similar.
First, I pull apart the tofu with my fingers into small pieces to make the minced/pulled tofu mass. Then I prepare the flavourful marinade to add to it, si it can such all the flavors in! While the tofu sits, I finely chop mushrooms, onions, and shred carrots. These are the basic vegetables that I like adding to my tofu, but any finely minced vegetables such as bell peppers, broccoli, green peas, etc would fit into this dish. Lastly, I saute all the vegetables and add the marinated tofu with spices and the stuffing is ready. (Read the exact measurements in the ingredient list and recipe steps).
This tofu marinade is piquant, a little spicy, and sweet. It is easy to make: just mix together some harissa paste, tomato sauce, tamari (gluten-free soy sauce), garlic, cumin, turmeric, salt, and pepper. Harissa is an Arabic paste made out of bell peppers, garlic, lemon juice, tomato paste, and oriental spices. You can substitute harissa with ajvar or sriracha sauce. Or something else you love, which gives it a strong and flavourful taste!
If you are interested in the other vegan, healthy, and easy vegan gluten-free recipes with zucchini, check out this Easy Spring Zucchini Casserole/ Ratatouille Recipe.
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Prepare the Tofu Marinade
1. Add all the liquid ingredients to a small bowl and add crushed garlic and the spices, mix well.
Prepare the Zucchinies
Cook the Tofu Filling
1. Finely chop the onion and mushrooms and grate the carrot;
Bake The Zucchini Boats
1. Pre-heat the oven on 180C (356 F);