Greek Zucchini Boats

Greek Zucchini Boats

I like zucchini boats.  I like Greek food.  Now I’ve combined the two.  While nothing tops a great gyro, these boats are a low carb tribute to Greece’s famous street food.

Cuisine

Greek Inspired

Serves

4

Dish Type

One pan

Time

35 minutes

 

This recipe is

Whole 30             9 WW Freestyle Points 

Gluten Free        Dairy Optional   Nut free              

 

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchinis
  • 1 red onion, chopped
  • 1 pound ground lamb or beef
  • 1/2 cup diced tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp oregano 
  • ½ cup Kalamata olives, sliced
  • ½ cup Feta cheese (optional)
  • Tzatziki sauce (optional)

 Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking dish with cooking spray or coat lightly with oil
  • Make the zucchini boats. Cut ends off the zucchini and cut in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, hollow out the center of the zucchini halves, leaving about 1/4-1/2 inch shell. Place flesh side up in glass baking dish.
  • Prepare a sauté pan with cooking spray and heat to medium.
  • Add in onion and ground meat. Cook until browned, 4-5 minutes.
  • Add diced tomatoes, olives, and oregano, stir to combine.
  • Stuff the zucchini boats with the meat mixture. Cover pan with foil and bake for 25 minutes.  Remove from oven, uncover and add feta.  Return to oven for 5 minutes.
  • Remove from oven, plate, and serve with side of Tzatziki sauce.
 Zucchini Boats, ready for stuffing
This recipe starts out as all boats do.  preheat oven to 350 degrees. Spray baking dish with cooking spray or coat lightly with oil.  While oven warms, make the zucchini boats. Cut ends off the zucchini and cut in half lengthwise. Using a spoon or similar tool (I use an ice cream scoop), hollow out the center of the zucchini halves, leaving about 1/4-1/2 inch shell. Place flesh side up in glass baking dish.
Meat browning on stove
Spray a sauce pan with cooking spray, or use a non-stick pan, and heat to medium.  Once the pan is hot, brown the meat and onion.  This should take about 4 to 5 minutes.  If you’re using a fatty ground meat, drain some of the fat off.  Remove from heat.  Add diced tomatoes, olives, and oregano to the meat mixture.  Stir to combine. 
Zucchini boats, sailing into the oven
Stuff the zucchini boats with the meat mixture.  Cover pan with foil and place in oven.  If you’re going to add some feta, bake for 25 minutes, then remove the boats from the oven, uncover and add feta.  Return to oven for 5 minutes.  Not using the feta?  Just keep the boats in the oven for 30 minutes.
Remove from oven, plate, and serve with side of Tzatziki sauce.

Sailing without the water!  If you like these boats, sail across the sea from Greece to Italy and enjoy these Italian Zucchini Boats.

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1 comment

  • I made these on Tuesday night, and the flavor was amazing! I froze the extra “stuffing” so I can enjoy these again later!

    Kimberly T

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