a boat.

Now, that’s what I’m talkin’ about!  All the flavor from a pizza, crammed into a healthy zucchini. I’ll take seven, please. 😀  We just tried this meal for the first time over the weekend. I was in a hurry and we were starving, realized I had everything for this recipe and Boom! Pizza in a boat.  What’s not to love? By scooping out the insides of a zucchini, then mixing those same insides with spaghetti sauce, a bit cheese and Italian Seasoning’ve got yourself one healthy, tasty alternative to crusty pizza.  The best part? You can add any toppings you want. Olives, onions, peppers, even some pepperoni or ground turkey.  Either’s one yummy treat.  I first spotted this delicious recipe here. She has great step-by-step photos to show you exactly how  to put these bad boys together.  (Her recipe is below)

Zucchini (each zucchini will make 2 pizzas)
1 can of spaghetti sauce, or homemade spaghetti sauce
1/4 cup. Parmesean cheese, shredded
1 tsp. Italian Seasoning spice blend
2 cup. Mozzerella cheese, shredded
Optional: olives, peppers, onions, any pizza topping your heart desires

The How-To:
*Pre-heat oven to 425*
*Wash zucchini well to get any dirt off
*Slice each zucchini lengthwise
*Using a spoon, scoop out the flesh, or inside, of the zucchini. 
*Set aside the scooped out zucchini flesh
*Place the scooped out zucchini halves on a baking sheet
*Dump the reserved zucchini flesh out onto a cutting board and chop it into smaller pieces
* Return the chopped pieces to the bowl and stir in the tomato sauce, parmesan cheese and Italian seasoning.
* Refill the zucchini halves with the prepared mixture.
*Top with mozzarella cheese (and any additional pizza toppings).
*Place in the oven and bake for approximately 20 minutes or until the cheese has melted and is slightly browned. The longer the zucchini are in the oven, the softer they’ll be so if you like firmer zucchini, bake for a shorter amount of time. 

Ours were baked for about 15 minutes and came out perfect.  Even the kids liked them, which in my book, means a winner recipe. 😀  So quick and easy to put together, they not only make a dinner meal, but a fantastic lunch as well.


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