Zucchini Boats

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I love the comfort of a lasagne or pasta bake, but I know these dishes are full of processed carbs and not exactly packed with nutrition. Zucchini boats are a great way to make a healthy version of pizza or pasta, and this basic recipe can be tweaked to include your family’s favourite ingredients.

Ingredients:

  • 4 large zucchini, halved lengthwise
  • 1.5 cups of your favourite pasta sauce (home-made tomato or bolognese work well)
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella or non-dairy alternative
  • Chopped fresh basil or parsley

Method:

  1. Preheat oven to 180 degrees C. 
  2. Scoop out the insides of the zucchini  to create zucchini ‘boats’.
  3. Heat up a frypan to medium and add your olive oil.
  4. Add zucchini and cook until tender (about 7 minutes).
  5. Put your zucchini onto a large baking sheet and spoon in your sauce and top with cheese. 
  6. Bake until the cheese is a bubbling golden brown.  This should take around 15 minutes.
  7. Sprinkle with herbs and serve!

Options:

  • Top your boats with nitrate-free pepperoni, sliced olives, and mushrooms before sprinkling on cheese for a ‘pizza’ vibe.
  • Add fresh chilli to your sauce for ‘arrabiata’.
  • Add meatballs for extra protein.
  • Add extra nutrition and flavour by adding halved cherry tomatoes and pickled artichokes.

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