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Delicious Zucchini Pizza Boats

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If you’re craving pizza but looking for a healthier, low-carb option, these Zucchini Pizza Boats are the perfect solution. They combine all the delightful flavors of pizza with the nutritional benefits of zucchini. Easy to make and incredibly satisfying, they’re a hit with both kids and adults. Here’s how to make them!

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Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise, insides scooped out with a spoon or melon baller
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 2 cups pizza sauce or marinara
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded mozzarella cheese

Instructions

Step 1: Prepare the Zucchini

  1. Preheat the Oven: Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Prep the Zucchini: Wash and dry the zucchini. Cut them in half lengthwise and scoop out the insides using a spoon or melon baller, creating a boat-like shape. Be careful not to scoop out too much; you want to leave enough flesh to hold the filling.

Step 2: Season and Roast

  1. Season the Zucchini: Place the zucchini halves on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or lightly greased with olive oil. Brush each zucchini half with olive oil. Sprinkle with minced garlic and Italian seasoning.
  2. Roast the Zucchini: Roast the zucchini in the preheated oven for about 10 minutes. This step helps to soften them slightly before adding the toppings.

Step 3: Assemble the Pizza Boats

  1. Add the Sauce: Remove the zucchini from the oven. Fill each zucchini boat with a generous amount of pizza sauce or marinara.
  2. Add Cheese and Toppings: Sprinkle shredded mozzarella cheese evenly over the sauce in each zucchini boat. You can add additional toppings like pepperoni, mushrooms, bell peppers, or any of your favorite pizza toppings at this point.

Step 4: Bake

  1. Bake the Zucchini Boats: Return the zucchini boats to the oven and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until the cheese is melted and bubbly and the zucchini is tender.
  2. Cool Slightly: Allow the zucchini boats to cool for a few minutes before serving. This helps the cheese set a bit and makes them easier to handle.

Step 5: Serve

  1. Garnish and Serve: Optionally, garnish with fresh basil, oregano, or a sprinkle of red pepper flakes for extra flavor. Serve warm.

Cooking Notes and Variations

  • Extra Veggies: Feel free to add more vegetables to the filling, such as diced onions, olives, or spinach, for added nutrition and flavor.
  • Meaty Option: Add cooked sausage, ground beef, or diced ham to the sauce for a heartier meal.
  • Cheese Options: Experiment with different cheeses like cheddar, provolone, or a blend of Italian cheeses for varied flavors.
  • Herb Blend: Use fresh herbs like basil, thyme, or rosemary instead of dried Italian seasoning for a more aromatic dish.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q1: Can I make these zucchini pizza boats ahead of time? Yes, you can prepare the zucchini boats ahead of time. Scoop out the insides and roast them as directed. Store them in the refrigerator until ready to use, then add the sauce, cheese, and toppings just before baking.

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Q2: How do I store and reheat leftovers? Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. Reheat in the oven at 350°F (175°C) for about 10 minutes or until heated through.

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Q3: Are there low-carb variations for the pizza sauce? Yes, you can use a low-carb pizza sauce or marinara to keep this dish keto-friendly. Be sure to check the labels for added sugars.

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Q4: Can I freeze zucchini pizza boats? While you can freeze them, the texture of the zucchini may change upon thawing. It’s best to enjoy them fresh or refrigerated for a few days.

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Q5: What other toppings can I add? You can add any of your favorite pizza toppings such as sliced olives, jalapeños, bacon bits, or even pineapple if you enjoy a sweet and savory combination

Zucchini Pizza Boats are a delightful, healthy alternative to traditional pizza. They offer all the flavors you love without the carbs and calories. Perfect for a quick weeknight dinner, a fun family meal, or a unique dish to bring to a potluck, these pizza boats are versatile and customizable to suit any taste. Enjoy making and eating this nutritious and delicious meal!

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