EASY Stuffed Zucchini Boats (Seasoned Zuke Logs) Recipe
Here’s a GREAT low calorie EASY Stuffed Zucchini Boats (Seasoned Zuke Logs) appetizer for the game day! It’s SO tasty, and it’s good for you!
This is the perfect way to use up zucchinis from your garden during summertime, too. Especially when you’re looking for creative new ways to eat healthy.
When it comes to football, my home-state boys are always a force to be reckoned with! The Green Bay Packers are practically a whole state away from me (I live in Western Wisconsin, while GB is on the Eastern WI border), but that doesn’t stop fan loyalty. Even though they’re not going to the Super Bowl this year, my heart still belongs to the green and gold. I have to say that or my big brother will sit on me!
But, admittedly, I don’t watch football very much during the season. For me, same goes for basketball, baseball, hockey – you name it. I’m a playoff fan. Don’t worry, Mr. Gimmie watches enough for the whole family. All. Season. Long.
I would be remiss if I didn’t admit my true reason for watching the Big Game – Super Bowl Commercials! Last year’s commercial, narrated by Paul Harvey, “So, God made a farmer” was probably my favorite of all time. I’m from a small farming community. You could say it really hit home. And I love me some Clydesdales, Coca-cola bears and all those wacky and outlandish marketing ploys. It’s really the Super Bowl of marketing and advertising too.
But, enough about that! What better way to celebrate the Big Game than with FOOD?! It’s the one sporting event every year that sets records on how much food we consume as a nation. Gluttony runs amok. We celebrate our fandom by feeding our faces.
EASY Stuffed Zucchini Boats
I made Seasoned Zuke Logs for the first time yesterday, and today they’re nothing but a fond memory. I ate almost all of them, stopping only to share a few with my mom! They were crazy good! This is one low-cal snack that everyone will love. The no-meat version has only 20 calories per piece. So, you can pig out without feeling guilty.
Grown-up Pretty Food
Cooking pretty food is FUN! I felt all grown up and fancy, making these gorgeous appetizers. Then, I preheated the oven and forgot to remove what was stored in it. Of course, I never used to do that – store stuff in the oven. Apparently I shouldn’t do it now. There was a plastic pie pan container thingy which was really quite messy when it melted all over, leaving long strands of black plastic half-stuck to the oven and rack. I giggled the whole time while cleaning it up, and went on about my day making these lovely appetizers.
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For the Big Game or any time you want a low-calorie, healthy & amazingly yummy treat, try making these seasoned zucchini appetizers. You will not believe how good they taste! This is one recipe you’ll want to SAVE and make often!
Step by Step
Stuffed Zucchini Boats are a super healthy way to get your daily intake of vegetables, that’s so tasty and fresh – and a great way to use up those zucchinis from your garden!
- 4 medium zucchini (about 8 inches long, each)
- 2 C shredded mozzarella cheese, divided
- 1 C chopped tomatoes (or blend into a sauce)
- 1/4 C chopped red onion
- 1/2 C loosely packed, chopped, fresh basil
- 1/2 t. of each: minced fresh garlic, rosemary and thyme
- 3/4 pound ground beef (optional)
- Optionally, you can add chopped vegetables such as fresh mushrooms, sweet red pepper, chopped green pepper (optional)
- Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper to taste
- Prepare zucchini: Cut off ends, and cut lengthwise. Scoop out pulp and seeds (use a spoon), leaving 1/2-inch shells.
- Drizzle the zucchini shells with olive oil, salt, and pepper.
- Prepare the zuke’s stuffing (filling): finely chop vegetables
- If using meat cook it a skillet, with onion, mushrooms and peppers over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Remove from the heat. Add 1/2 cup cheese, salt and pepper; mix well. Spoon into the zucchini shells. If not using meat, and not cooking, then simply add ingredients to shells.
- Place in a greased 13×9-in. baking dish. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
- Bake, uncovered, at 350° until zucchini is tender, 25-30 minutes.
- When scooping out the pulp for Zucchini Boats, use a teaspoon.
- Category: Appetizers
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 1 zucchini
Keywords: zucchini, vegetables, vegetarian, garden, healthy, app, appetizer, snack