Enchilada Zuchinni Boats

Confession: I am a HUGE zucchini fan. These zucchini boats are calling my name right now with all their cheesy comfort goodness that’s just oozing out of these food pics. And guess what, busy moms, these fun boats will not take hours to prepare!

enchilada zucchini boats

Do your kids come running to the kitchen when you’re cooking or baking something out of the ordinary? My kids do too. Simply making veggies more fun and visually appealing is a great way to beef up an appreciate for the wonderful world of vegetables.

I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I’m really, reeeeeaaaallly trying to eat more healthy and “clean.” Do you know what that means? There’s a lot more celery, spinach, zucchinis and spaghetti squash around my house now. So, brace yourself for more veggie-filled recipes!

cheesy zucchini boats recipe

But, my husband and kiddos still want their comfort food. You know the cheesy, meaty dishes that make you want to cuddle up afterwards and enjoy all the comfiness of the moment?

So the ingredients in our kitchen have to make both healthy and comfort foodies happy. This dish does just that! I can even leave out the ground beef and cut back on the cheese for me, but the rest of my family? They’ll scream, “Add more cheese!”

enchiilada zucchini boats recipe

This is also a great dish to make for friends and family. Everyone gets their own “boat” and can add extra cheese, sour cream or guacamole to top things off ever-so-perfectly. Plus, it’s just fun to eat out of a “boat”, right? ;0)

Oooh! But don’t forget my favorite Tex-Mex ingredient of all — fresh cilantro. Mmm-hmmm..that yummy green stuff will take your recipe from (whispers in quiet voice) enchiladas to (jumps on couch and screams) ENCHILADAS! Trust me…don’t forget the cilantro..and yes, it HAS to be fresh. NO substitutions. Nada. Never. Ever.

Oh, and to keep things super-simple, you can use canned enchilada sauce. But if you want to keep your recipe super-fresh, I highly recommend using this recipe to create a healthy, homemade, oh-so-yummy enchilada sauce for your zucchini boats.

Enjoy taking a new adventure and creating some amazing enchilada inside a beautiful, green zucchini!

Recipe follows!

enchilada zucchini boats
Enchilada Zuchinni Boats
Print Recipe
Enjoy the comfort of cheesy enchiladas served in beautiful green zucchini boats. Enchilada zucchini boats makes the healthy and comfort foodie unite in one, dee-lish recipe!
Servings
6 zucchini boats
Servings
6 zucchini boats
enchilada zucchini boats
Enchilada Zuchinni Boats
Print Recipe
Enjoy the comfort of cheesy enchiladas served in beautiful green zucchini boats. Enchilada zucchini boats makes the healthy and comfort foodie unite in one, dee-lish recipe!
Servings
6 zucchini boats
Servings
6 zucchini boats
Ingredients
Servings: zucchini boats
Instructions
  1. In two tablespoons of cooking oil, sauté the ground beef with the garlic and onions until the meat is thoroughly cooked. Drain fat.
  2. Add the enchilada sauce, chili powder and salt (if needed). Cook for about 5 minutes.
  3. Add Tabasco sauce to taste. Remove meat mixture form heat and set aside.
  4. Cut Zucchinis in half and scoop out all the insides.
  5. Brush each one with olive oil, place in a oven proof dish and cover with foil. Bake for about 20 minutes at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.
  6. Remove baked zucchinis from oven and fill with meat mixture.
  7. Top with shredded cheese and return to oven. Bake until cheese is melted.
  8. Remove from oven and top with fresh tomatoes, avocado and cilantro.
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