Nysdtrsq 04122 300x200 ZUCCHINI WITH CHOPPED MEAT

During the week night, I hunt for easy and quick recipes to make, for essence of time and for simple clean up.  I think it’s the clean up process that consumes most my time after cooking.  How can one person go through so many pots and pans and utensil while cooking.  Well, I can assure you, I am way better then before! I think so, but my mother tells me otherwise! That’s why dishwasher were invented right? 

This is a simple dish to make and the clean up is even simpler ’cause everything is cooked in a single pot.  A side from its simplicity, this recipe contains something from all food groups and the ingredients could not be any healthier.  The dish can be a great vegetarian recipe minus the chopped meat.

 Nysdtrsq 04121 300x200 ZUCCHINI WITH CHOPPED MEAT

Home Made Yogurt Recipe

Zucchini with Chopped Meat


  • 2 medium size onions – diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic – minced
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil
  • 250 grams, 1 cup or .75 lb of chopped meat – beef or lamb
  • 4 medium size green zucchini – diced into quarters
  • 1 tablespoon of tomato paste
  • 1/4 cup of white rice – rinsed
  • salt
  • yogurt for dressing & dry mint for seasoning


  1. In a deep cook pot over a medium flame, heat up the olive oil.  Add in the diced onions and saute for several minutes.  Add garlic and let saute for a couple of more minutes.
  2. Add in your chopped meat and break into tiny pieces with your wooden spoon.  Flavoer with a small pinch of salt and mix well with the onions and let cook until the chopped meat is cooked through.
  3. Once the meat has cooked, add in the tablespoon of tomato paste and stir into the meat mixture.
  4. Add in your quartered zucchinis along with the rinsed white rice, add salt (as per taste) and give the pot a nice stir.
  5. Cook till the zucchini is soft and turns to a lighter greenish brown color, about 30-40 minutes, stiring occasionally.  *No need to add water, the excess water released from the zucchini will cook the rice.
  6. Once cooked, let cool for several minutes, ladle into a serving dish, top with a couple spoons of yogurt & sprinkle with dry mint.

Afiyet Olsun! Enjoy!


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  1. Elian on 27 Jun 2012 at 12:25 AM #

    I made this for dinner tonight! It was delicious!
    I added some of my mother’s secret Misir Carsisi spicy spice mix (biraz kimyon, biraz kirmizi biber, biraz kekik, a bu ne? Ondan da koy…)
    Topped the yogurt with some fresh dill from my garden! Harika!! Tesekkurler!

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