Zucchini Recipe #3 for the season! I cannot get enough! Remember my Chopped Caprese Salad from earlier in the week? This is what I used it for! We lightly grilled hollowed out zucchini planks and then stuffed them with orzo topped with the caprese salad. This recipe is both 21 Day Fix and Weight Watchers Friendly. Please see the bottom of the post for instructions!
This side dish looks fancy, but is so easy. The zucchini take seconds to prepare and all you need to do is chop up the tomatoes and cheese and boil the orzo and you are set! I like this side dish because you get your veggie and starch all in one and it pairs so nicely with almost any main course grilled meat. I also love when a side dish can be served warm or cold and this is one of those dishes. You can make it ahead and just serve it at room temperature, which makes this the perfect dish for entertaining.
I love whole wheat orzo in this dish because it is so hearty and stands up to the zucchini. It also makes it healthier and full of fiber. Regular orzo or any small pasta, such as ditalini, would be great too! This dish is the perfect way to showcase some of summer’s best produce and I hope you enjoy this dish as much as I do!
Grilled Zucchini Stuffed with Caprese Orzo
3 medium zucchini
4 oz. orzo, cooked
1 recipe Chopped Caprese Salad
Begin by preparing your zucchini by slicing each in half and then hollowing out the centers using a spoon or melon baller. Spray each zucchini with cooking spray and sprinkle with salt. Cook over medium heat on your grill for about 4 minutes for each side, or until both sides are lightly charred.
While those are cooking, mix your cooked orzo with your chopped caprese salad. When zucchini are ready, stuff each middle with about 1/3 cup of your orzo mixture. Drizzle with additional olive oil and vinegar if desired. Garnish with fresh basil. Either serve immediately or set aside for later.
21 Day Fix Instructions:
Grilled zucchini as instructed above. Stuff your zucchini with the cooked whole wheat orzo using the amount that fits in a yellow container. Top your orzo with tomatoes and the amount of fresh mozzarella that fits in your blue container. Use 1 tsp. extra virgin olive oil and drizzle with balsamic vinegar.
1 green, 1 blue, 1 yellow, 1 tsp.
Weight Watchers Information:
1 zucchini plank with 1/3 cup filling from the original recipe (orzo, tomato, cheese, olive oil and vinegar mixture)= 5 points plus