Dog Recipe: Duke's Zucchini Delight

Try this dog-friendly, stuffed zucchini recipe at home.
By: Nicole Pajer
Stuffed zucchini for dogs

If you love making stuffed zucchini for your family members, you can let your dog get in on the action with this healthy and tasty dog-friendly recipe. We teamed up with Lisa Hennessy, of Your Pet Chef, to pull together this meat-and-cheese dish that is sure to delight your pup.

Equipment needed:

Food processor, slicing knife, cookie sheet, small bowl, pastry brush, frying pan, measuring cup, measuring spoons, spatula, spoon, plastic storage bags to store or freeze food.

Ingredients:

  • 2 large zucchini, washed, sliced in half lengthwise
  • 2 tbsp. olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp. ginger powder
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1 small bell pepper, washed, cored, and sliced into quarters
  • 1 14 oz. can of plain diced tomatoes
  • ½ cup parmesan cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove the centers of the zucchini by scooping and set aside. Mix the olive oil and ginger powder together in a small bowl.  Brush the centers of the zucchini with the oil and ginger mixture. Place on greased cookie sheet and bake for about 15 minutes or until the zucchinis are slightly tender. Remove from the oven and allow to cool.

Dukes Zucchini Delight

While the zucchinis are baking, brown the ground beef in the large frying pan.

Beef browning in pan

Combine the diced zucchini centers, green pepper, tomatoes, and ¼ cup parmesan cheese in the food processor and puree. Add the pureed vegetables to the ground beef and stir until blended. Fill the baked zucchinis with the meat and veggie mixture.  Top each zucchini with the parmesan cheese.  Bake at 350 degrees for 10 to 15 minutes or until the cheese has browned slightly.

Fill zucchini with beef mixture

Top zucchini with cheese

Allow to cool and serve. These meals should be stored in a plastic bag in the refrigerator or can be frozen. They will last about a week in the refrigerator or 3 months in the freezer.

Calories:

This recipe contains 1578 total calories.

Verdict from our canine samplers:

Dogs trying Dukes Zucchini Delight

I cut these zucchinis up into little treat size bites and dropped them into Rocky and Lyla’s pet bowls. They scarfed them down instantly and didn’t complain when I included a few pieces of these in with their dinner the next few nights in a row. Out of the two treats, this was by far the favorite. It doesn’t get much better than beef and cheese, at least not according to the dogs in my household.