Leftovers at my house are meant to be cleverly disguised, or as I like to put it "remodeled." I eat plain leftovers the next day for lunch, but by dinner I need variety. If you're like me, (which I am), then you have lots of Mexican favorites in the fridge from Cinco de Mayo. Rice, beans, Salsa, Flank Steak.... Use whatever you've got and put it into these fresh zucchini shells. If you've got a microwave, ten minutes, and Mexican leftovers then you've got dinner tonight.
Santa Fe Stuffed Zucchini
Estimated Cost: $4.00
If you don't like zucchini, red or pasilla peppers would make excellent subs.
3 medium zucchini
1/4 cup broth or water
1 and 1/2 cups leftover Mexican rice, or cooked plain rice
1/2 cup leftover homemade salsa, divided
Optional: 3/4 cup leftover fully cooked meat, such as steak, chicken, or shrimp
1 tomato, chopped
2 tablespoons chopped green onion
1/2 cup shredded cheddar or jack cheese
chopped cilantro, for garnish
Slice zucchini in half lengthwise. Place cut side down in baking dish. Pour in broth or water. Cover with plastic and microwave on high for 3 to 4 minutes, or until zucchini is bright green and just tender. Scoop out center with spoon, leaving zucchini "shells." Chop the zucchini you removed. In a medium bowl, combine rice, 1/4 cup salsa, and meat, if using. Add the tomatoes and green onions; season to taste with salt and pepper. Stuff the mixture into the zucchini shells. Drizzle with remaining salsa and sprinkle with cheese. Microwave on high for three minutes, or until heated through and cheese is melted. Sprinkle with additional tomato and cilantro if desired.