A vegetarian color wheel.
Disease-fighting phytochemicals give fruits and vegetables their rich, varied hues. They come in two main classes: carotenoids and anthocyanins. All rich yellow and orange fruits and vegetables including carrots, oranges, sweet potatoes, mangoes, pumpkins and corn owe their color to carotenoids. Leafy green vegetables also are rich in carotenoids but get their green color from chlorophyll. Red, blue and purple fruits and vegetables, like plums, cherries and red bell peppers contain anthocyanins. Cooking by color is a good way to ensure youre eating a variety of naturally occurring substances that boost immunity and prevent a range of illnesses.
Source: Vegetarian Times
Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Here is a recipe that I have actually prepared and LOVED! I also added diced tomatoes and covered them in marinara sauce when they came out of the oven.
4 medium zucchini
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons butter
1 medium sweet onion (Vidalia), chopped
1 clove garlic, very finely chopped
1/3 cup dry breadcrumbs
1 to 1-1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese
Preheat the oven to 375°F and coat a shallow baking pan with nonstick spray.
Trim the ends from the zucchini and halve them lengthwise. Using a melon baller, hollow out each half leaving a 3/16-inch thick wall on the sides and bottom (reserve the pulp). Season the cavities with salt and pepper and arrange on the prepared baking sheet. Roughly chop the pulp from the zucchini and set aside.
Heat the butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté until soft and translucent, 2 minutes. Add the garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute longer, then add the chopped zucchini.
Season the mixture with salt and pepper and sauté until the zucchini is pale golden in color, 3 to 4 minutes longer. Add the breadcrumbs, combine well and cook for 1 additional minute, then remove from the heat.
Divide the sautéed zucchini between the hollowed “boats,” then top with mozzarella cheese.
Bake for 8 to 10 minutes, or until the zucchini boats are tender when pierced with a sharp knife and the cheese is bubbly and browned.
Makes 4 servings