Beef Stuffed Zucchini Boats

These zucchini boats are for my low-carb lovers and just about anyone else! We all have those nights when we crave a large slice of pizza or lasagna but can’t bear the thought of all the carbs at night. With these zucchini boats, you get all the deliciousness without the carbs because the zucchini crust is used as the base.

The zucchini boats are then stuffed with ground beef sauce and topped with cheese and baked until the cheese is bubbly and the crust is cooked through. They store very well in the fridge or freezer and make a great take to work lunch too.

I used cheddar cheese because that was all I had on hand, but Mozzarella or Monterey Jack  work as well. Top with diced tomatoes, avocado, and/or cilantro. If you’re a foodie, go ahead and add a drizzle of lime too! 

Ingredients

  • 6-8

or 12 small1 pound ground beef1 tablespoon olive oil1/2 cup onion chopped2 cloves garlic minced1 cup marinara sauce1 tablespoon Italian seasoning1/4 teaspoon salt1/4 teaspoon pepper1 cup low-fat shredded cheddar or mozzarella cheese

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 375F. Slice zucchini in half, and carve them out with a spoon. Chop the zucchini ‘meat’ and set it aside. Line zucchini boats on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or lightly greased with oil.
  • Heat olive oil in a non-stick skillet. Cook onion for 2-3 minutes or until it begins to golden. Ad the garlic and cook for a few seconds. Add meat and cook until it’s no longer pink, 3-5 minutes. Add the marinara sauce, zucchini pulp, italian seasoning and salt + pepper. Simmer for 8-10 minutes.
  • Spoon mixture into zucchini boats and top each with a drizzle of cheese. Bake for 15-20 minutes or until the cheesy is fully melted and bubbly.