Zucchini Boats

Zucchini Boats

Zucchini Boats

Zucchini Boats


  • 3 very large zucchini (cut in half, then long ways, scooping out center to make a shell)
  • 2 lbs. ground beef
  • 1/2 lb. ground hot Italian sausage
  • 1 c. colored peppers- diced
  • 2 c. cooked white rice (or GF variation: 4 eggs)
  • 1-1/2 c. marinara sauce (plus more for topping)
  • 1/3 c. grated romano or parmesan
  • 2 c. shredded mozzarella or cheddar cheese


  1. Saute peppers in a little bacon fat, adding a dash of salt.
  2. Saute sausage and ground beef together with 2 t. salt. (Strain fat for later use)
  3. For the grain-free version, while meat is still moist, add 4 beaten eggs.
  4. Add peppers, rice, romano and marinara to meat, mixing well.
  5. Grease glass baking dishes and place prepared zucchini boats inside.
  6. Scoop filling into boats, add a little water to the bottom of the dish and cover with foil.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and spoon some extra marinara on top of each boat along with 1/2 or so of shredded mozzarella/cheddar cheese.
  9. Return to oven without cover and continue to cook 15 or more minutes until zucchini is tender and cheese is golden.


Shared with Fat Tuesday on Real Food Forager, Trim Healthy Tuesdays on Stacy Makes Cents, Wellness Wednesdays on Richly Rooted, Natural Family Friday on Natural Family Today, Foodie Friday on Growing up Triplets


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About Debi

Debi is a home grown chef of 35 years. Growing up in a very Italian family, she learned the art and appreciation of good food. Known by family and friends as a gourmet cook, an invite to her house is an exciting occasion. After cooking from scratch for her three children and approving husband for many years, she began studying food politics and real food nutrition. With slight intimidation and a driving courage she has re-made her kitchen item by item to be a truly whole-foods kitchen, nourishing all those around her table. Mindful Mama is thrilled to welcome Debi as a contributing author.

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  2. Mmm! I made a variation of these for the kids and stuck in little toothpicks with triangles of paper taped to them (idea from a magazine somewhere) and they loved them! Thanks for linking up to Wellness Wednesday!

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