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Quick and easy zucchini boats

Quick and easy zucchini boats – a healthy meal or snack that will be ready in just 5 minutes. Endless options for toppings and an excellent way to use your zucchini harvest!

4 Quick and easy zucchini boats with tomato and shredded cheese with herbs

Zucchini is everywhere right now. We always need more easy recipes to use up zucchini!

Traditional zucchini “boats” actually scoop out the inside of the zucchini, and stuff it with toppings. I think just slicing the zucchini works just fine for a couple toppings, but you may want to do the scoop method if you're loading it up. 

I made a simple tomato and cheese version. Instead of cutting the zucchini in half, the one I had seemed thick enough to get 4 slices out of it, so that's what I did.

You can add a little honey first if you're like me and want it a little sweet!

two zucchinis cut in half, some with honey on it

Then I cut up some mini heirloom tomatoes and added the slices on top.

Cherry tomatoes would work well too.

two zucchinis cut in half for quick and easy zucchini boats, with sliced heirloom tomatoes on top

Of course some shredded cheese (I used an Italian blend) and some dried basil for added flavor.

Quick and easy zucchini boats

Because I was running short on time, I popped these in the microwave for a couple minutes, rather than baking.

Can't get much easier than that!
Quick and easy zucchini boats with a bite taken out

Yield: 4 boats

Quick and easy zucchini boats

Quick and easy zucchini boats - a healthy meal or snack ready in 5 minutes! Endless options for toppings! | trialandeater.com

Quick and easy zucchini boats - a healthy meal or snack that will be ready in just 5 minutes. Endless options for toppings and an excellent way to use your zucchini harvest!

Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 large zucchini
  • honey, (optional)
  • 1 cup mini heirloom or cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 handful shredded cheese, (I used a 4-cheese Italian blend)
  • dried basil, for topping
  • salt, to taste

Instructions

  1. Wash the zucchini and cut off the ends. Cut lengthwise into 4 slices to make the bottoms of the "boats." Place the slices on a microwave safe plate.
  2. If desired, drizzle honey on top of zucchini slices. (Can use tomato sauce here instead if you choose.)
  3. Slice your tomatoes in half and place on top of zucchini boats.
  4. Sprinkle the shredded cheese over the tomatoes, and finish off with the dried basil or herb of your choosing.
  5. Microwave for a minute or two until cheese has melted.
  6. Eat immediately!

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 85Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 14mgSodium: 241mgCarbohydrates: 7gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 4g

Nutrition information is calculated automatically by an online tool at Nutritionix. It is not always accurate. Please use your own tools to check if you rely on this information.

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maggie

Friday 29th of September 2017

I love zucchini boats. Thanks for sharing this recipe

lori @ The HealthMinded.com

Wednesday 17th of September 2014

Just picked up fresh zucchini at the farmers' market! Zucchini is so mild and it can take on whatever you want to top it. The boats you have created here make a great presentation, too. Gotta love that!

Kelly

Wednesday 17th of September 2014

Thanks Lori!

Marilyn @ MamaBerries

Thursday 4th of September 2014

Kelly! This looks so delicious, I love the colors and how quick and easy it is to put together! It looks very re-freshing ;-)

Kelly

Sunday 7th of September 2014

Thanks so much Marilyn!

Michelle

Friday 22nd of August 2014

Love zucchini and I didn't know you could make it look so elegant. I will be giving this a try with our zucchini from the garden.

Kelly

Friday 22nd of August 2014

Awesome Michelle! I wish I grew zucchini in my garden this year. Let me know how it turns out!

Pam

Friday 22nd of August 2014

So pretty and tasty. Love it!

Kelly

Friday 22nd of August 2014

Thank you Pam!