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Healthy Zucchini Boats Recipe

Come Sail Away! 25-Calorie Low-Carb Zucchini Boats

Many gardens are overflowing with zucchini and fresh basil, so here's a delicious recipe that pairs the two. It's savory, warm, soft, and delicious. It's perfect for a low-cal appetizer or as a main dish — each piece is about 25 calories.

The creamy cheesy flavor complements the tender, juicy zucchinis beautifully, making this dish a healthier alternative when you're craving pizza.

Creamy Zucchini Boats

Creamy Zucchini Boats

Creamy Zucchini Boats

Ingredients

3 zucchinis
1 cup tightly packed basil leaves
1 clove minced garlic (or half teaspoon garlic powder)
1/4 cup grated carrot
1/2 cup (4 oz.) fat-free ricotta cheese
1/8 cup shredded parmesan cheese
Juice from half a lemon
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 450° F.
  2. Wash each zucchini thoroughly. Cut off the ends and then cut each one in half. Then cut each half lengthwise so you have 12 pieces of zucchini total.
  3. With a spoon or paring knife, scoop out the seeds and compost them or use them to make soup broth. Place the zucchini boats on a lightly oiled cookie sheet or Silpat.
  4. To make the filling, chop the basil and place it in a bowl with the garlic, grated carrot, ricotta, parmesan, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Mix it thoroughly.
  5. Fill each boat with the creamy mixture. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the zucchini is tender.
  6. Serve warm and enjoy.

Nutrition

Calories per serving
51

Source: Calorie Count
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Tia14898057 Tia14898057 3 years
Have made these zucchini boats several times now and absolutely LOVE them. Thanks so much for this recipe!!!
TrnSmleShiftRpt TrnSmleShiftRpt 7 years
I've made these a bunch and they are now a family favorite. Like KatieMise, I took the seeds and put them in the mix, but I sauteed them first so I could cook out a bit of the liquid.
KatieMise KatieMise 7 years
We made these the other night and changed the recipe ever so slightly. After scooping out the seeds, we just chopped them up and added them to the filling! So yummy!
JackL JackL 8 years
+ cheese + mushrooms = even better Zucchini boats :)
maybeimnot maybeimnot 8 years
I adapted this slightly with what I had available and it turned out GREAT.... here's the nutritional info for my way:2 whole Zucchinis (washed, large)2/3 cup Ricotta Cheese, part skim1/2 cup grated carrots1/2 cup fresh white mushrooms (chopped into small pieces)1.5 tablespoons Basil2 cloves of Garlic1/4 cup chopped onions2 tablespoons Grated Parmesan cheese2 tablespoons lemon juice1/8 cup hot waterOlive oil (for the pan)8 ServingsAmount Per Serving Calories 55.8 Total Fat 2.1 g Saturated Fat 1.3 g Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g Monounsaturated Fat 0.6 g Cholesterol 7.3 mg Sodium 57.4 mg Potassium 307.2 mg Total Carbohydrate 6.4 g Dietary Fiber 1.6 g Sugars 2.0 g Protein 3.7 g
maybeimnot maybeimnot 8 years
I adapted this slightly with what I had available and it turned out GREAT.... here's the nutritional info for my way: 2 whole Zucchinis (washed, large) 2/3 cup Ricotta Cheese, part skim 1/2 cup grated carrots 1/2 cup fresh white mushrooms (chopped into small pieces) 1.5 tablespoons Basil 2 cloves of Garlic 1/4 cup chopped onions 2 tablespoons Grated Parmesan cheese 2 tablespoons lemon juice 1/8 cup hot water Olive oil (for the pan) 8 Servings Amount Per Serving Calories 55.8 Total Fat 2.1 g Saturated Fat 1.3 g Polyunsaturated Fat 0.1 g Monounsaturated Fat 0.6 g Cholesterol 7.3 mg Sodium 57.4 mg Potassium 307.2 mg Total Carbohydrate 6.4 g Dietary Fiber 1.6 g Sugars 2.0 g Protein 3.7 g
spydernat spydernat 8 years
This sounds so yummy! but how many calories is that? xxx
spydernat spydernat 8 years
This sounds so yummy! but how many calories is that?xxx
idawson idawson 8 years
looks delic.
idawson idawson 8 years
looks delic.
Beaner Beaner 8 years
Zucchini is not my favorite, but these look like something I would like.
nancita nancita 8 years
I love stuffed zucchini, so I'm very glad to have a healthy recipe for it. It's wonderful to serve at parties.
Linda-McP Linda-McP 8 years
We just harvested a ton of zucchini from our garden. This comes at a perfect time. Thanks, Fit!
imLissy imLissy 8 years
I love Zucchini! I'll have to try this.
pinkerbell03 pinkerbell03 8 years
These look fantastic!! I'll be making these w/in the week. Thanks!!
anne_ anne_ 8 years
great recipe!
anne_ anne_ 8 years
great recipe!
tlsgirl tlsgirl 8 years
Cooking Light is my new favorite! Every recipe I've tried is fantastic, and it never tastes boring and light.
wren1 wren1 8 years
I'm so into zucchini right now and have been wanting a new recipe. This sounds so good. I'll try these this week!
georgie2 georgie2 8 years
Ooohh! Looks yummy. =D
georgie2 georgie2 8 years
Ooohh! Looks yummy. =D
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