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Eat Well Sep. 23. 2014
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Zucchini Pizza Boats, Five Ways

Sep. 23. 2014
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McKel Hill

McKel Hill

MS, RDN, LDN, Dietitian

Now that this weekends festivities have passed, my body is craving lighter foods especially lighter on digestion after a weekend of indulging in food and drinks. Therefore, I’m back with another “boat” recipe since you guys went crazy for those Beachy Papaya Boats with Papaya Seed Drizzle, wow. I couldn’t resist the temptation to share another boat recipe only this time for a savory dish. These Zucchini Pizza Boats are amazing for those of you monitoring your carbohydrate intake, on a weight loss/fat loss plan and need to easily shed a couple calories without sacrificing flavor one bit or even being conscious of it!

Who else used to eat pizza breads when they were younger? I specifically remember going to my friends houses after school and heating up pizza bread in the microwave or oven (we didn’t keep them around much in our house), watching TRL (oh my gosh T.R.L you guys!), and gossiping over boys, etc. You know, all those important things in life when you’re a 13 year old girl.  Nonetheless, I had a random craving for a pizza bread the other day and was thinking, okay McKel 1) you’re not 13 and 2) how can I possibly integrate that beloved snack into my lifestyle now, the Nutrition Stripped lifestyle. Easy answer, zucchini.

Using zucchini instead of refined carbohydrates like processed pizza dough, flour, and the like dramatically reduce not only the processed foods but also the carbohydrates. Carbohydrates aren’t all bad, I love carbohydrates! But if you’re on a weight loss or fat loss plan like many of my clients, there’s a happy medium between too many carbohydrates (excess fat storage, amongst others) and too little carbohydrates (sacrificing lean body mass, amongst others).

 

Zucchini is a vegetable magician, it transforms most carbohydrate rich recipes into a hearty, filling, yet low carbohydrate counterpart. Take my Raw Zucchini Bread Truffles for example, or Fig Zucchini Pasta, or the grain-free Zucchini Bread so famously known on NS, or my most recent FAVORITE Blue Morning Smoothie Bowl using frozen zucchini! My point being, zucchini is an amazing vegetable to sneak into your diet to add fiber and to hydrate you as it’s loaded with water.

These pizza boats on their own aren’t meant to be an entree unless you add in a serving of protein, the healthy fat included in the suggestions, and maybe a big ole’ green salad on the side. Here are some options for protein: chickpeas, lentils, egg (hey, you can’t knock it until you try it), hemp seeds, nuts/seeds in general, or any animal protein you enjoy following the NS philosophy.

Top it! These Zucchini Pizza Boats, five ways can be varied to suit your tastes. I’ve developed these five “around the globe” themed pizzas that I LOVE and think you will to.

Zucchini Pizza Boats, five ways

1. Italian-style

Classic Cashew Cheese as the base instead of tomato sauce + chopped basil + chopped roma tomatoes + drizzle of olive oil

2. Indian-style

Tomato sauce as the base + mushrooms + eggplant + curry spice + parsley + chopped walnuts + lentils

3. Mediterranean-style

Tomato sauce as the base + chopped olives + capers + sun-dried tomatoes + drizzle of olive oil

4. Veggie lovers

Tomato sauce + red bell peppers + mushrooms + red onion + arugula + slivered almonds

5. Mexican-style

Classic Cashew Cheese + jalapeno + red onion + yellow bell pepper + red pepper flakes + fresh avocado

My favorite is the Indian-style, you all know I’m a sucker for curry, lentils and everything spicy!

 

Zucchini Pizza Boats, five ways
Recipe Type: entree, side
Author: McKel Hill, MS, RD, LDN
Prep time:
Cook time:
Total time:
Serves: 5
A healthy low carbohydrate spin on pizza bread using zucchini with fresh and whole food toppings. GF VGN Paleo
Ingredients
  • 5 large zucchini
  • BASE //
  • Classic Cashew Cheese (see blog post for recipe)
  • 1 cup organic tomato sauce (your favorite)
  • FILLINGS //
  • See blog post for details!
Instructions
  1. ZUCCHINI PREP //
  2. Cut each zucchini in half long-ways. Next take a spoon and gentle run in the middle, scooping out the center (where the seeds are located). Be careful not to scoop the spoon too deep as you’ll break the skin of the zucchini. The goal is to create a hollow space to put your fillings in.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. On a lined and greased with olive oil baking sheet place prepped zucchini halves, hallowed part facing up. Next, stuff each zucchini boat with your desired fillings from the blog post.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until tender.
  6. Enjoy immediately or store in the fridge and reheat via oven.

I’d love to see all of your creations of this recipe, remember always have fun with my recipes and include things that you love. Show me what you make and come up with a creative “name” use the #nutritionstripped to share it with me and the other NS lifers!

xx McKel

The Recipe

Serves 5

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Ingredients:

  • 5 large zucchini
  • BASE //
  • Classic Cashew Cheese (see blog post for recipe)
  • 1 cup organic tomato sauce (your favorite)
  • FILLINGS //
  • See blog post for details!

Directions:

  1. ZUCCHINI PREP //
  2. Cut each zucchini in half long-ways. Next take a spoon and gentle run in the middle, scooping out the center (where the seeds are located). Be careful not to scoop the spoon too deep as you’ll break the skin of the zucchini. The goal is to create a hollow space to put your fillings in.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
  4. On a lined and greased with olive oil baking sheet place prepped zucchini halves, hallowed part facing up. Next, stuff each zucchini boat with your desired fillings from the blog post.
  5. Bake for 20 minutes or until tender.
  6. Enjoy immediately or store in the fridge and reheat via oven.

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  • OMG! I can’t believe I’m just finding your site. These recipes look amazing!

    I made the turmeric almond milk tonight… fantastic!

  • Cathy R

    Those look absolutely delicious!

  • Norma

    Hi I have lots of intolerances including onion family ,cruciferous family ,wheat , hot spices and I’m a vegetarian so some alternative ideas would be great thank you.

    • I have listed many ideas for the pizzas! Simply use whatever vegetables you enjoy to make your pizzas catered to you 😉 xx M

  • We have a ton of garden zucchini that needs to be used up, so I think this recipe is the answer to that problem! We will definitely be making this for dinner tonight!

  • David Uhrich

    These zucchini boats look absolutely fabulous. I would love to try them if I could just figure out the nutritional information for them. Without that information, I have to treat them as if they are poison to my restricted diet. Please, please add nutritional information for these recipes.

    Thank you

    • I wouldn’t view anything without caloric information as poison to your diet, especially a recipe containing all nourishing foods like this one! I talk about nutrition information on my FAQ if you’d like to figure it out- I don’t count calories or provide that information with my recipes- thank you!

  • Tanya

    I stumbled across your site because I wanted a zucchini boat recipe. I thought it would be fun for my girls (9, 3) to help make supper with me. It’s not really zucchini season here in the Midwest but I guess that I was craving some ‘summer’ in my meals. We made zucchini boat ‘pizza’ — we used local, grass fed ground beef and put some organic tomato/basil sauce with it. Then we put locally fresh made mini mozzarella balls on the top. It was SO good and both girls loved it. My husband wasn’t sure if they’d even eat it because they love pasta (and both girls are skinny, high-energy girls!) but they loved it. Usually my husband does all of the cooking so I was very impressed to receive such compliments on a meal that I made.

    I also had the chance to look through other areas of your blog. I’m reading Susan Cain’s book “Quiet” and could see that you, too, are an introvert. It’s hard for me to get “quiet time” alone to recharge because I’m married, with two kids, and I’m a teacher (and even teach summer school), so I’m around people almost all the time. Your morning routine sounds like a dream — to have that much time to work out, get ready, relax/charge up for the day! Awesome! I’m going to start writing out a morning routine for myself and see if that will help a little bit too.

    • McKel Hill

      Thank you for sharing Tanya! And so happy to have you here in the NS community- I have a lot of fun recipes you can try with the family, kids LOVE the banana or coconut milk ice creams and it’s a great way to sneak in fiber, fruit, or healthy fats! Good luck with planning the morning routine- you got this! x

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