PS Rice Pilaf Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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Chef: Jeff Tritten; Respectful Living

Makes: 4 Servings

Prep Time: 10 min

Cook Time: 40 min (could be more depending on type of brown rice)


  • 1 lg zucchini, cut into quarters, remove seeds

  • 2 ¼ c Low Sodium Vegetable broth

  • 1 t thyme

  • 2 medium garlic cloves, minced

  • 1/3 c white onion, diced

  • 1 c brown rice

  • 1/3 c raw walnuts, chopped

  • 1/3 c dried Michigan cherries, chopped (alternatively cranberries)

  • 1 lg celery stalk, chopped

  • ¼ c mushrooms, chopped


  1. Chop all vegetables.

  2. Prepare zucchini by cutting into quarters, scooping out the seeds with a spoon to make a “boat”.

  3. Place zucchini face down in a cast iron pan or on a baking sheet with parchment paper.

  4. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes until tender. (Alternatively, you can also steam the zucchini. make sure it is “tender crisp” and NOT mushy.)

  5. While zucchini is baking, in a medium sauce pan, add vegetable broth, onion, garlic and thyme and bring the mixture to a boil.

  6. Add brown rice and cook according to the instructions.

  7. During the last 7 min of cook time of your rice, add walnuts, cherries, celery and mushrooms.

  8. Spoon rice pilaf into zucchini boats and serve.

Jeff Tritten is a respectful plant-based advocate.   He owns 'Respectful Living', a blog located at, and spends his time creating recipes, writing plant based nutritional information articles, being a small group leader for, bringing plant based nutritional information to his local community at their farmers market and senior center, and creating a healthy vegan snack line.  Also find him on,,,

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