Before I share this recipe, I want to say thank you so so much to those who left comments, or sent me emails (loved it), on our kitchen transformation yesterday! Billy kept checking back throughout the day and I think he kinda sorta loved seeing all the positive feedback, just as much as I did.

Today I have a recipe to share that I've been making for the past month or so. I'm sure you've seen recipes for zucchini boats out there, but what I think is the best part about them is that there are so many different ways and ingredients you can use to make them. You can literally pull whatever you have in your kitchen and make italian ones (use mozzarella cheese, pasta sauce, green peppers, onions!), or you could do southwest style ones like I did and trick your husband into another filling vegetarian meal.

Zucchini boats are perfect for a quick evening dinner and require little work. It was hard for me to come up with an actual recipe per say, because I didn't use any measurements really, but here are the steps to make them and what I used:

Southwest Zucchini Boats

-2 zucchini's, cut in half and hallowed out
-3/4 cup black beans 
-3/4 cup pinto beans 
-1/2 cup corn
-1/4 cup onions
-1/4 cup tomatoes with green chillies
-reduced fat shredded cheese (to sprinkle on top)
-1/4-1/2 cup salsa (I used organic)

1. Cut your zucchini's in half

2. Take a spoon and hallow out the seeds 
(you can actually combine the seeds into your filling  if you want more veggies but I didn't)

3. Dice the onions and green peppers and toss with EVOO and some minced garlic
 in a saucepan and saute for 2-3 minutes.

4. Add all the other ingredients except the cheese + any spices you want
 and cook until the beans are heated throughout, approx 4-5 mins. 
-I prefer chili powder, and a sprinkle of cayenne pepper (to taste)

5. Place your zucchini boats in a baking dish with about 1/4 cup water at the bottom.
You don't need much water - just enough for the zucchini's to sit in, but not have any water flow over the sides.

Then, spoon your bean mixture evenly into the zucchini's. 
DON'T top with cheese yet - like I did here. ;)

6. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes, then sprinkle cheese on top and bake for another 10 minutes.
-I accidentally put the cheese on too early this time!

So yummy.

*Ladies, Billy loves these! He does add a piece of sausage to have as a side if he's really hungry, but he loves them alone as well. 

I'd encourage you all to try your own combinations for the mixture...get a little creative!

Link up for Tasty Tuesday: here.

Have you made zucchini boats before?
What is your favorite kind?


  1. tricking your hubs into a filling veggie meal haha i love you!! sounds like Kurt! anything without meat hes like omg im going to be starved with hunger pains all night. YA OK BUDDY WATCH ME

    these look SO GOOD OMGOSH. and super easy! girrrl you like martha stewart! ive never made these before but feel like i really really really need to!!


  2. ive been behind on blogging lately so havent been commenting on your lovely lil blog, but first of all, LOVE YOUR NEW KITCHEN (you will have to have me over so I can see it in person - hint, hint - lets get together soon!!) :) and zucchini boats? amazing! I make the italian version but now I need to make the southwest version, ive actually mean meaning to try this version too :) happy tuesday lady!

  3. This veggie lover is officially in love with YOU!! These are getting made this week, no doubt. I make pizza zucchini boats on the reg but these look delish!

  4. well, if this doesn't look delicious, then i don't know what does! YUM!

    congrats on your new kitchen, too. it's beautiful!

  5. I'm not even a vegetarian and I plan on making this later this week because it looks soooo good! thanks for sharing! :)

  6. I make these too and use them for tricking the husband as well!! So good and so filling!

  7. Yumm!! I keep seeing these on Pinterest and you made it look not as labor intensive as I assumed it was! I turned vegetarian about 3 months ago so I'm still looking for great go-to veg recipes. Thanks for posting this!

  8. These look so good! I made italian zucchini boats and it's seriously one of the best things that I've ever made! (Recipe was from Skinny Taste)

  9. Hmmm... I'm such a weirdo when it comes to veggies... especially things like squash and zucchini, but these look SO good. Now if I put all of the goods inside a potato... might be singing a different tune! ;)

  10. I haven't ever made zucchini boats before, but these look amazing! I love zucchini, especially cut in half, brushed with olive oil and spices and then just grilled soft-side down.

  11. Yum! These look delish, and what a great way to have Mexican food and still be healthy :)

  12. I love the zucchini boat idea, yet I still haven't tried it. Now my wheels are turning and I think I may create something of my own in the very near future.

  13. This looks like such a great idea! Not to mention you can totally customize it for whatever you have in your fridge. Thanks for the great recipe!

  14. I love this recipe!
    I think I may have to try it, maybe even the hubs will eat it. Haha.

    PS- saw the light fixture you had on instagram today. I almost bought that 5 times - no joke. But I have no where to put it.
    I think I need it on standby.


  15. I'm so into zucchini these days so thank you for another way to make them!

  16. These look yummy. Please come make me dinner. Thanks! xoxo

  17. I don't even like zucchini and these look amazing! Anything w cheese I'm in!

  18. Whipping those bad boys up in your new kitchen sounds like heaven to me! I love the new kitchen and will for sure make these ASAP.

  19. I'm very picky, but this actually looks good!!

  20. This look beyond delicious. I love zucchini and this is such a great combination. I think my husband might have to eat a sausage as well. Every time I make non-meat meals, he claims he is still hungry! lol

  21. I loved this post so much I included it in my bi-weekly series, Lots of Link Love! These look DELICIOUS!

    I hope you'll check it out, and share with your readers!



  22. These look tasty! I had a recipe for a zucchini boat dinner a week or two ago but ended up skipping that one because of something that came up. I need to make them. Zucchini is so tasty.


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