Zucchini Boats

Welcome to the wonderful world of Zucchini Boats! This simple, yet delicious recipe is a great way to incorporate more vegetables into your diet in a fun and creative way. Zucchini boats are hollowed-out zucchinis that you can stuff with a variety of ingredients.

In this recipe, we'll be filling them with a savory blend of ground meat, tomatoes, spices, and cheese, making them a complete, balanced meal. They're easy to make, incredibly tasty, and sure to be a hit at your dinner table!

Why This Recipe Works

Zucchini Boats stand out as a recipe that balances taste, nutrition, and simplicity. Their unique presentation makes them visually appealing, but it's their delicious taste that will win everyone over. The zucchini provides a mild, slightly sweet base, which pairs wonderfully with the rich and savory filling. The result is a dish with a variety of textures and flavors that are sure to delight your taste buds.

Additionally, Zucchini Boats are a versatile meal option. They can be customized to suit various dietary preferences such as vegetarian, vegan, or gluten-free. You can substitute the ground meat with tofu or beans, or use your favorite cheese or vegan cheese substitute. This recipe is also great for meal prepping. You can prepare them in advance, store them in the refrigerator, and simply reheat when ready to eat. Plus, zucchinis are an excellent source of various nutrients like vitamin C, potassium, and fiber, making this dish a healthy choice. So, whether you're looking for a new way to enjoy zucchini, or you're trying to find a recipe that the whole family will love, Zucchini Boats are the way to go!

Ingredients

Zucchini - This is the base of our dish. Choose firm, fresh zucchinis with a bright green color. Medium-sized zucchinis are perfect for this recipe. If you can't find zucchinis, eggplants can be a good substitute but the taste will be slightly different.

Ground meat - You can use any type of ground meat, from beef to turkey, depending on your preference. For vegetarians, you can replace this with quinoa or tofu.

Cheese - A sharp cheddar or mozzarella works well, but feel free to mix it up with your favorite type of cheese. Vegans can use a dairy-free cheese substitute.

Tomato Sauce - This gives our filling a rich and tangy flavor. If you want a different taste, you can replace this with alfredo or pesto sauce.

Onions and Garlic - These add flavor and a bit of crunch to the dish. If you are not a fan of onions or garlic, you can use bell peppers instead.

Tips

  • To prevent the zucchini boats from getting soggy, scoop out the seeds and pulp carefully.
  • For an extra cheesy dish, mix some cheese into the meat mixture before filling the zucchini boats.
  • You can prepare the zucchini boats ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator. Just pop them in the oven when you're ready to eat.
  • If you have leftover filling, it can be stored in the fridge and used as a great topping for pasta or rice.
  • Feel free to experiment with the fillings, add your favorite vegetables, spices, or even some cooked rice or quinoa.

How to serve

Zucchini boats can be a stand-alone meal or a side dish. They are versatile and can be served hot out of the oven or at room temperature.

  • Pair with a salad: A fresh salad on the side can complement the richness of the zucchini boats.
  • As a side dish: Zucchini boats can be served alongside grilled chicken or fish for a balanced meal.
  • Party platter: They can also make a great addition to a party platter, offering a healthy, colorful option for your guests.

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Zucchini Boats

Enjoy these delicious and healthy Zucchini Boats filled with flavorful ground meat, topped with cheese, and baked to perfection. A perfect meal or side dish.
4.34 from 6 votes
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Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cheese, ground meat, zucchini
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Corrie

Ingredients

  • 4 medium-sized zucchinis
  • 1 pound ground meat
  • 1 cup shredded cheese
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic minced

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  • Cut the zucchinis in half lengthwise and scoop out the pulp and seeds, leaving about ¼ inch border.
  • In a pan, cook the ground meat with the chopped onions and minced garlic until browned.
  • Add the tomato sauce to the pan and simmer for a few minutes.
  • Place the zucchini halves in a baking dish and fill them with the meat mixture.
  • Sprinkle the shredded cheese on top.
  • Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes, until the zucchini is tender and the cheese is melted and bubbly.

Nutrition

Calories: 1600kcal Carbohydrates: 28g Protein: 107g Fat: 117g Saturated Fat: 50g Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g Monounsaturated Fat: 47g Trans Fat: 6g Cholesterol: 411mg Sodium: 2173mg Potassium: 2222mg Fiber: 6g Sugar: 15g Vitamin A: 1821IU Vitamin C: 27mg Calcium: 718mg Iron: 12mg

Notes

  • To prevent the zucchini boats from getting soggy, scoop out the seeds and pulp carefully.
  • For an extra cheesy dish, mix some cheese into the meat mixture before filling the zucchini boats.
  • You can prepare the zucchini boats ahead of time and store them in the refrigerator. Just pop them in the oven when you're ready to eat.
  • If you have leftover filling, it can be stored in the fridge and used as a great topping for pasta or rice.
  • Feel free to experiment with the fillings, add your favorite vegetables, spices, or even some cooked rice or quinoa.
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