Roasted Zucchini Spirals with Cheese

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I have two personas. The first is the chef and the other is the cook.

The chef in me likes to push the bar on flavor and complexity. I love to create intricate recipes that taste amazing. But given that digestion and health are always at the forefront of my cooking I have to work a little harder to build multifaceted flavors.

Then there is the cook in me who wants something that is so easy to make that it might as well magically appear in front of me. I think the second persona is closer to that of my readers. Let’s face it; as much as we might love to cook, time to cook is a luxury. Eating healthy is also a luxury.

But they shouldn’t be.

That is why I have been trying to come up with recipes that are really simple and yet fresh enough to keep me interested in eating them.

That is exactly what these Zucchini Spirals are to me. They are tasty and fun, but more importantly, they take very little effort to make. I think they are the perfect meal topper next to a simple salad.

I was inspired to make these after seeing a version of this done with panko breadcrumbs and Parmesan. I thought to myself how easy would it be to make these healthy by swapping out the Parmesan for Manchengo cheese and the panko for cauliflower rice?

Well the answer was: it was a simple swap and worked really well!

I hope you like them as much as I do!

Roasted Zucchini Spirals with Cheese

Ingredients

  • 2 Zucchinis, sliced in half, placed on skewers
  • 1/3rd Cup Raw Manchengo Goat Cheese, grated
  • 1/3rd Cup Cauliflower Rice, from frozen bag, excess water squeezed out
  • 1/8th T Dried Rosemary
  • 1/8th T Oregano
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1/8th T pepper

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine cauliflower, cheese, salt, pepper, oregano and rosemary.
  2. Using a knife, cut zucchini in a circular motion around skewer to make a slinky shape. Stretch the zucchinis across skewer to create space to stuff in cauliflower and cheese mixture.
  3. Stuff with mixture and place on a lined sheet tray in the oven for twenty minutes or until you can smell the zucchini. If the cheese looks like it’s burning, then place a foil over the top of the zucchinis.
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