Zucchini Pizza Boats

Whether you grow your own zucchini or buy them at the market, now is the best time to make these delicious, low-carb Zucchini Pizza Boats while zucchini is in its peak season.

Zucchini Pizza Boats

I made these Zucchini Pizza Boats with the first zucchini harvest out of our garden. We usually don't get our zucchinis picked until they're as big as baseball bats. It's not that we wait for that to happen, it just that we're always late in getting them picked, and zucchinis grow so fast it seems as they can grow 8-10 inches in a day, but maybe I exaggerate!

Zucchini Pizza Boats

For the purpose of this recipe, I suggest you use three medium sized zucchini. Of course, you can use the larger baseball bat sized ones but then you'll be making more of a zucchini pizza ark! Ha Ha! Whatever floats your pizza boat, right?

Makes:   6 boats          Prep Time: 15 minutes     Bake Time: 20 minutes

1 pound ground beef
1 medium onion, chopped
1¼ teaspoon dried basil, divided
1¼ teaspoon dried oregano, divided
½ teaspoon fennel seed
2 cloves garlic, minced
1¼ teaspoon salt, divided
¾ teaspoon black pepper, divided
1 can (14.5 ounces) diced tomatoes
3 medium zucchini, halved lengthwise and seeds removed
1 tablespoon olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons shredded Parmesan cheese, divided
1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, divided

-Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

-In a large skillet over medium/high heat, brown the ground beef and onion together. Stir in 1 teaspoon dried basil, 1 teaspoon dried oregano, the fennel seed, garlic, 1 teaspoon salt, ½ teaspoon black pepper, and the can of diced tomatoes. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes. Turn off heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.

-Drizzle the cut and seeded zucchini with the olive oil. *Note - Slice the zucchini in half lengthwise and use a teaspoon to scrape the seeds from the zucchini. Discard the seeds and place the zucchini boats on a baking sheet (I like to cover my baking sheet with foil to aid in the clean up). 

-Sprinkle each zucchini half with the remaining salt, pepper, basil and oregano. Use a spoon to fill each zucchini boat with the divided ground beef mixture. Top each filled boat with the Parmesan cheese.

-Bake the zucchini boats in a preheated oven for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and top the boats with the mozzarella cheese. Return the baking sheet to the oven to continue baking until the cheese has melted and becomes golden brown. Serve immediately.

Zucchini Pizza Boats

If you're trying to eat low-carb (like we are here), these Zucchini Pizza Boats will curb your craving for pizza without all that pesky crust. Don't get me wrong, I adore the crust, but there are times when substituting zucchini is the way to go, and I promise you won't feel deprived!

Zucchini Pizza Boats

I've got a few other delicious zucchini recipes for this time of year. First up is this one for SPAGHETTI SQUASH AND ZUCCHINI PANCAKES:

Spaghetti Squash and Zucchini Pancakes

 Or how about this one for ZUCCHINI AND SWEET POTATO FRITTERS:

Zucchini and Sweet Potato Fritters

And to end on a little something sweet, how about these CHOCOLATE AND PEANUT BUTTER ZUCCHINI MUFFINS:

Chocolate and Peanut Butter Zucchini Muffins

It seems appropriate that I end things off with my hand painted garden seed packet apron. I'm not sure why I didn't add zucchini to the design, but maybe next time...

Garden Seed Packet Apron

If there is ever anything I can paint for you, from aprons, to tea towels, to hand painted glassware, please don't hesitate to contact me or visit my shop on Etsy. Custom orders are always welcome and always encouraged.

Kudos Kitchen by Reneé ~ Where food, art, and fun collide on a regular basis!

Until we eat again, I hope you have a delicious day,

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