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Zucchini Boats

I have made a cheaper version of these zucchini boats in the past by just hollowing out a zucchini and filling its insides with cheese/pasta sauce to make a delicious dinner. However, I knew I could take it up a notch. In all honesty, this recipe is like the kitchen sink of recipes, where I just added in whatever I had sitting around in my pantry- but the results were surprisingly delicious!

I didn’t end up using the insides of the zucchini and squashes in the mixture (because I am not a huge fan of the taste) but you can add these back into the filling to suit your preferences.

Zucchini Boat Ingredients and Final Product
39% Carbs
29%Protein
32% Fat











Ingredients Amount Cost (USD) Protein (g) Carbs (g) Fat (g) Calories (kcal)
Zucchini 3 zucchini $2.99 7g 18g 2g 120 cal
Yellow Squash 2 squash $2.29 5g 13g 1g 140 cal
Olive Oil 2 tbsp $0.20 0g 0g 27g 240 cal
Salt 5 tsp $0.06 0g 0g 0g 0 cal
Pepper 5 tsp $0.14 0g 0g 0g 5 cal
Tomato 2 tomato $0.58 2g 4g 2g 70 cal
Hummus 2 tbsp $0.25 2g 6g 5g 80 cal
Panko 0.5 cup $0.31 3g 24g 1g 110 cal
Roasted Garlic Marinara Sauce 1.5 cup $1.00 6g 30g 15g 270 cal
Red Onion 0.5 onion $0.50 1g 6g 0g 25 cal
Basil 1 tsp $0.20 0g 0g 0g 2 cal
Light Shredded Cheese 10 oz $3.33 50g 0g 30g 450 cal
Total - - $11.84 76g 101g 82g 1512 cal
Total/Meal — — $2.37 15g 20g 16g 302 cal

With one zucchini or squash per meal, this creates 5 lunches for $2.37 per lunch. Just be careful- it is pretty low calorie because of the vegetables- be sure you are pairing this with something more filling, otherwise your stomach will be growling by 3pm!

Step 1

As usual, the first thing I do is chop all my ingredients. I chopped the tomatoes, red onion, and cut the zucchini/squash down the middle.

Then began the hard part- and I don’t want the simple photos below to negate how tedious this part was. You need to use a spoon to hollow-out the insides of the zucchini and squashes. However, you need to be careful because it is really easy to accidentally cut through the bottom and ruin the whole “boat” thing.

Chopped and Hollowed Ingredients

Step 2

This isn’t hard but it is very important. Next season the heck out of the hollowed zucchini and squashes. The last thing you want is for your lunch to taste like vegetables. Yuk.

I spray some oil and sprinkle salt and pepper then pre-bake them at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes.

Unseasoned, Seasoned, and Baked "Boats"

Step 3

Combine your other ingredients (the hummus, tomato, onion, panko, 2 tbsp marinara sauce, and seasonings to taste) in a bowl and stir. Once they are incorporated, add in about 1/2 of your cheese and stir until fully mixed.

Creating the Filling for the Boats

Step 4

Lastly, package this filling into the boats then drizzle with your remaining cheese and marinara sauce. Bake the boats for about 30 minutes at 350 degrees.

Final Zucchini Boats