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.
- 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
- Preheat the oven to 450° F.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Fill each boat with the creamy mixture. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes or until the zucchini is tender.
- Serve warm and enjoy.
- Appetizers, Finger Foods
- North American
- 6 2-piece servings
- Total Time
- 1 hour
- Calories per serving
Source: Calorie Count