Embark on a culinary journey with our mouthwatering Loaded Zucchini Bake recipe. This dish beautifully combines the freshness of zucchini with a medley of flavorful ingredients, resulting in a satisfying and wholesome creation. Bursting with colors, textures, and rich flavors, this loaded zucchini bake is perfect as a hearty side dish or even a light meal on its own. Whether you’re a seasoned chef or a cooking enthusiast, this recipe offers a delightful way to savor the goodness of vegetables.
Loaded Zucchini Bake Recipe:
- 4 medium zucchinis, sliced into rounds
- 1 red bell pepper, diced
- ONE yellow bell pepper, diced
- 1 small red onion, thinly sliced
- ONE cup cherry tomatoes, halved
- 1 cup cooked quinoa or rice (white, brown, or a mix)
- 1 cup cooked black beans (canned or cooked from dry)
- ONE cup shredded vegan cheese (cheddar or mozzarella style)
- 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley or cilantro
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- Salt and pepper to taste
- Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C) and lightly grease a baking dish with olive oil.
- In a large mixing bowl, combine the sliced zucchinis, diced bell peppers, sliced red onion, and halved cherry tomatoes.
- Drizzle the olive oil over the vegetables and sprinkle with dried oregano, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Toss to coat the vegetables evenly.
- Spread the seasoned vegetables evenly in the greased baking dish.
- Evenly distribute the cooked quinoa or rice and cooked black beans over the vegetables.
- Sprinkle the shredded vegan cheese on top of the quinoa and beans.
- Cover the baking dish with aluminum foil and place it in the preheated oven. Bake for 20-25 minutes, until the vegetables are tender and the cheese is melted.
- Remove the foil and bake for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the cheese is bubbly and slightly golden.
- Once done, take the baking dish out of the oven and sprinkle the chopped parsley or cilantro over the top.
- Servings: 6 servings
- Serving Size: 1/6 of the bake
- Calories: ~240
- Total Fat: ~8g
- Saturated Fat: ~2g
- Cholesterol: 0mg
- Sodium: ~230mg
- Total Carbohydrates: ~34g
- Dietary Fiber: ~8g
- Sugars: ~6g
- Protein: ~9g