Zucchini Day Recipe: Grilled Zucchini Rolls

SmartShape Weight Loss Centre

Grilled Zucchini Rolls

Makes 8 to 10 rolls.

1 very large or 3 small zucchini
Olive oil
Freshly ground black pepper
3 1/2 oz. low fat herbed goat cheese
1 1/2 oz. (about 7 or 8) kalamata olives, drained of oil & finely chopped

Preheat grill to high heat.

Slice a strip lengthwise from the zucchini to expose the inside of the vegetable. Discard or reserve for another use. Cut the 2 ends from the zucchini to make straight edges. Cut the zucchini lengthwise into 1/2-inch strips. If using a large zucchini, cut each of these strips in half crosswise. This won’t be necessary with small zucchini.

Brush both sides of the zucchini pieces lightly with olive oil. Season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Lay the zucchini pieces on the grill at a 45-degree angle (for more attractive grill marks). Cook until the zucchini is very tender, but not mushy, about 3 minutes per side, moving the pieces during cooking to ensure even browning.

Remove zucchini from the grill. Set a wire cooling rack on top of a bowl to give the cooling rack extra clearance from the counter. Drape the zucchini pieces on the rack to cool. This method will stop the zucchini from steaming will cooling.

Place goat cheese in a medium bowl. Stir olives into the goat cheese.

Spread a layer of the goat cheese mixture onto one side of each zucchini piece. Gently roll each piece of zucchini. Serve.

Adapted from a Fine Cooking Magazine & Approved by SmartShape Registered Dietitian.