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Black Bean & Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini


Healthy Black Bean & Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini – a hearty and easy meatless side dish or dinner that’s gluten-free and clean-eating. So delicious, you won’t even think it’s healthy!

There’s something great about being able to stuff a vegetable with healthy stuff. Makes me feel like a wizard. Is that silly? I get this crazy, giddy feeling when I make up a recipe that not only tastes great but is healthy too. (Picture me standing at the oven, doing a happy dance when I see how good the recipe turned out. Yep, that’s what I do!)

I’ve stuffed everything from burgers, bell peppers (and a stuffed pepper casserole, too), pasilla peppers, acorn squash, and even tomatoes. But I haven’t stuffed zucchini – until today! I’m really excited about this recipe!

It’s super healthy but tastes almost like, dare I say, pizza? Even with the southwestern flavors in this, I think stuffed zucchini with a bit of tomato sauce in it tends to taste like pizza. So maybe this tastes more like a taco pizza?? Ha!

Either way, it is so delicious. I ate half of this pan. I saved a little for my husband, because I’m nice like that. 😉 So many yummy flavors all tucked into one pan of zucchinis. It’s high protein, vegetarian and delicious. Do yourself a favor and harvest those summer zucchini in your garden and make yourself some Black Bean & Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini. You won’t regret it!

Black Bean & Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini

A hearty and easy meatless side dish or dinner that’s gluten-free and clean-eating!

4.67 from 3 votes


Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: Mexican
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 6 stuffed zucchini
Author: Jenn


  • 3 medium zucchini
  • 1/2 cup cooked quinoa
  • 1/2 cup low fat cottage cheese
  • 1 8-oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup black beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1/2 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheese


  • Preheat oven to 350ºF. Spray a casserole dish with cooking spray.
  • Heat zucchini for 5 minutes in the microwave. Set aside to let cool.
  • Mix cooked quinoa, cottage cheese, tomato sauce, black beans, cumin, chili powder, onion powder, salt and pepper in a bowl.
  • Cut each of the cooled zucchini in half and scrape the seeds out of the insides using a spoon.
  • Fill each zucchini half with the black bean/quinoa mixture and place in baking dish.
  • Bake for about 40 minutes. Add the shredded cheese and bake until cheese has melted, about 5 minutes or less. Serve and enjoy!
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