Monday, June 6, 2016

Super Simple Zucchini Boats

With Summer, comes the perks of having access to some of the best, most tasty seasonal veggies and fruits. I challenged myself in May to make a recipe that was very "veggie" heavy. Nothing says vegetables like zucchini boats. Prior to making these, I had only had zucchini once before. I'll be the first to admit that my diet needs to improve and that I'm a wimp when it comes to trying something new and eating things green. But I've been trying to break out of that mold and decided to go for gold with this meal. I am so thrilled to report not only are they easy to make but they are incredibly delicious. I liked them so much so that I thought I'd share the recipe with y'all this morning.

Before I dive into the ingredients and cooking instructions, keep in mind I would consider this recipe a beginner's attempt at baking with veggies. After searching and discovering a ton of options on Pinterest, I picked what I liked from each recipe and skipped on those that were a bit "fancier". If you haven't had this meal before but would like to give it a try, this recipe is for you.

2 medium sized zucchinis
1 pound of beef, Italian sausage or turkey meat
2 cups of your favorite spaghetti sauce
garlic salt (to taste)
1 cup of sharp cheddar cheese

Cooking Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400.
  2. Cut both zucchinis in half, spooning out just enough middle contents to create a boat for your filling. 
  3. Cook meat until no longer pink. Drain off grease, returning to pan. 
  4. Add in your spaghetti sauce. You can add more or less depending on how saucy you want your meat, simmering for 10 minutes. 
  5. Add zucchini to a baking sheet and spoon meat into zucchinis. 
  6. Top with garlic salt, cheese and basil. 
  7. Cook for 14-15 minutes. 

I am so excited we tried this recipe. My first attempt was very basic and simple, using beef but my next round I think I'm going to a 50/50 of turkey meat with Italian sausage. We kept the meal light by pairing our boats with a dish of apples and grapes.

Looking for more ways to enjoy zucchini? Here is my "Get In My Belly" board from Pinterest. Just search zucchini for a handful of recipe options plus much more. I am a bit embarrassed by the fact that I have nearly 800 food recipes pinned. What can I say? I love to eat!

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