These little gems are a great way to sneak a little seafood into your diet. I’ve seen them made with chicken and beef—which is fine—but hey, since Americans need to eat more seafood, why not try substituting the meat with either crab, shrimp, canned tuna or a mild, white fish of your choice. I promise, they’ll be a big hit!
Seafood Lesson #8: To get more seafood into your diet, try substituting canned tuna or crab in a recipe calling for shredded for chicken.
Not sure which seafood to use? If you’re not a big seafood eater, I suggest starting with canned tuna but be sure you drain it well. I like them with crab but just about any seafood works. So give them a whirl and let me know what you used and how they turned out.
Seafood Stuffed Zucchini Enchilada Bites
2 cups crab, chopped shrimp, or canned tuna
1 cup diced onion
1 cup diced red pepper
1 cup green pepper
1 cup Monteray jack cheese
2-3 jalapeno depending on your preference
4-5 garlic cloves diced
2 Tablespoons cumin
2 Tablespoons paprika
1 lime, juiced
1-2 cups red enchilada sauce
1 cup chopped cilantro
1 can sliced black olives
Shave zucchini with a potato peeler or sharp knife, set aside. Combine all ingredients in one bowl BUT only use ½ cup of the cilantro, set the rest aside for the topping. Stir ingredients together until well blended using one cup of the enchilada sauce, adding more as needed. You don’t want it too “soupy.” Spread approximately 2 tablespoons of the mixture lengthwise on to the zucchini and roll up. Place on nonstick pan—I use a cheesecake pan with side releases. Continue until pan is full. Bake 400 degrees for 15 minutes. Add cheese, bake another 10 minutes. Remove from oven and sprinkle with remaining cilantro and sliced olives. Serve with a side of Mexican rice, and maybe corn and or beans. Enjoy!
A note about my recipes … most of what I cook isn’t a precise science. It’s look, taste and feel. And I encourage you to cook the same way. Add a little more of this, or a little less of that … and pay attention … and before long you’ll be a wiz at cooking seafood.
Coming up next week on the blog … learn about the different species of crab and how to cook them—stay tuned as I continue to post daily lessons over the next few weeks where you’ll learn about a variety of seafood and some great cooking methods that will turn you into a seafood wizard-chef in no time.
DISCLAIMER: I’m a writer and an editor. And I try my best to make sure every post is articulate and free from errors. However, being that I edit my own work—and it’s next to impossible to properly edit your own work—I admit, occasionally there may be an error or two I miss. But doing so doesn’t make me an idiot so don’t be mean. Just smile, pat yourself on the back for finding an error and be glad you’re not the only one who makes mistakes sometimes … yes, even mermaids slip up every now and then. xoxox