A zucchini boat is a great dinner option to get the family to eat more veggies. In fact, when I make this dish, my non-veggie-loving husband smiles. In addition to being delicious, it’s a budget-friendly family dinner.
One of the keys to preparing a vegetable the family will love is to infuse lots of flavor. This version of my zucchini boat is basically a Mexican-flavored style. I’ve also used Italian seasonings for a whole different taste sensation.
Zucchini Boats for an Easy Meal
Not only is this dish delicious, it’s super easy to make. As a matter of fast, you’ll spend very little time preparing a food that gets tons of kudos.
Another Name for Zucchini Boat
Some people call these stuffed zucchinis, but where is the fun in that? Regardless of the fact that they’re the exact same thing, I think zucchini boats taste better because the name sounds better.
Zucchini Boat Stuffing and Seasoning Options
You can stuff your zucchini with whatever you like. I’ve made them vegetarian (not vegan because I used cheese). However, you can leave off the cheese and make them vegan, and I’m sure they’ll be wonderful.
Since I always have a lot of vegetables in my fridge and freezer, I pick several. Then I steam, chop, and add them to the hollowed-out hull of the “boat.” There’s something satisfying about filling these little vessels of goodness.
They’re also good with seafood or shredded chicken, pork, or beef. If you use any shredded meat, you can season it with salsa, Italian sauce, barbecue, or any of your favorite marinades.
Additionally, I enjoy a variety of different seasonings with zucchini. Some of my favorites include Old Bay Seasoning, the organic seasoning blend I get from Costco, Italian seasoning, and chili powder. Although I’ve never made zucchini boats with curry, I’m sure they would be delicious served with rice.
What to Serve with a Zucchini Boat
You can basically serve anything with zucchini boats. I like to base my side dishes on the seasonings and sauces I use in the main dish. For example, when I flavor them with chili, I place them on a bed of lettuce. Then I top them with salsa and add jalapenos, olives, and corn chips.
An Italian flavored zucchini boat is delicious when served on pasta with a side salad. You can certainly add anything else that you think goes with it, such as garlic bread or another vegetable.
For a zucchini boat flavored with barbecue sauce, add a side of oven-roasted potatoes and some coleslaw. This will be especially good with a serving of Texas toast on the side.
If you’re the adventurous type, by all means, get crazy with the seasonings. You know what your family likes, so give it a try. Even folks who claim that they don’t like vegetables, might discover that they actually do.
How to Make Zucchini Boats
This is so easy you’ll probably want to put this on your regular meal rotation. Of course, you need zucchini. My recommendation is to have one zucchini per two people, and then add more. That way, you’ll have some for seconds or leftovers.
The zucchini boat I’m showing here has a Mexican flavor, so you’ll also need some ground beef. Go ahead and brown the beef and drain it so it will be ready to mix in with the other ingredients. After it’s done, put it in a medium-size mixing bowl. You may also add onions, but I didn’t add them this time.
Slice the zucchini lengthwise and hollow out the inside. Put the pulp in the mixing bowl with the ground beef.
Add your seasonings and some cheese. Next, stir the mixture and stuff it into the hollowed out zucchini shells.
Bake it for about 20 minutes. Remove it from the oven, sprinkle more cheese on top, and return it to the oven for 5-10 minutes, until all of the cheese has melted.
Serve with whatever side complements the seasonings you used. Don’t be surprised when your family asks for seconds.
The perfect dessert for this meal is a single-serving mug cake. That way, everyone can have whatever flavor they want, and it’s portion controlled.