No-Stick Cooking Spray
2 medium zucchini, each cut in half lengthwise
6 ounces Italian sausage (try turkey or chicken versions)
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/2 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 (14.5-ounce) can Diced Tomatoes with Basil, Garlic and Oregano, drained
Pepper to taste
1 cup panko bread crumbs
1 large egg or 1/4 cup Egg substitute
1/4 cup grated Mozzarella cheese
1 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
Preheat oven to 375°F.
Spray 13x9-inch baking dish with cooking spray.
Scoop pulp from each zucchini half creating a “boat”, leaving 1/4-inch shells and reserving pulp.
Place shells cut-side down on a microwave-safe plate.
Microwave on HIGH 3-4 minutes or until shells begin to soften slightly.
Arrange “boats” cut side up in baking dish.
Cook sausage in medium skillet over medium-high heat until browned and crumbled.
Remove sausage from skillet; set aside.
Cook onion, mushrooms, reserved zucchini, thyme and red pepper flakes (if you choose) in skillet about 5 minutes or until onion, mushrooms and zucchini are lightly browned and softened.
Stir in drained tomatoes, cooked sausage and bread crumbs, add pepper to taste.
Remove from heat; cool about 5 minutes.
Stir in egg or egg substitute.
Spoon filling into zucchini shells.
Sprinkle with cheese.
Bake 10-15 minutes or until cheese begins to brown.