I am new to Indianapolis and a stay at home mom to a toddler-aged daughter. Nutrition has always been something I have been passionate about. After the birth of my daughter, and due to my husband having chronic food allergies, I became even more interested in learning how to cook for her from the moment she started solids. In a society that pushes (and hides) sugar and is full of so many food allergies, I find it a personal goal to educate myself as much as I can to provide my family with foods that benefit their health and well being - all while having fun in the kitchen! I hope you enjoy this blog and are inspired to cook more at home.
April 16, 2014 | 07:39 PM
As I have mentioned, my husband suffers from chronic allergies – food and seasonal. I sometimes feel like coming up with ideas that are safe for him to eat is a full time job! I do not say that to complain in any way as I feel very passionate about this stuff and I am very in tune with how many people across the world suffer from food allergies. One of the reasons I started blogging was to get other ideas and to help others find ways to nutritionally substitute or inspire others.
A new friend told me about her grain free diet and how on her family's pizza night she makes her own pizza boats. Zucchini pizza boats. I immediately got a visual in my head and thought hello!! Genius! So I googled it and there were several to chose from. We made the ones pictured above and they could not be easier! These are super filling, healthy and grain free, gluten free, the can be dairy free if you omit cheese, and they are very fun for kids! Our daughter thought it was fun to eat "a boat" and while we did tell her they were zucchini, she had no idea how much healthier these were than real pizza. I admit I was a bit skeptical that these would fill me up or if I would even like them, but I ate three big ones and I was very full! They are super tasty and you can fill them with endless options, just like toppings on a regular pizza.
With summer approaching (THANK GOODNESS!!!!) there are so many more fresh options available to all of us. Test this out and see if your family likes them as much as mine did. From start to finish this took less than 20 minutes.
Zucchini Pizza Boats
Set oven to 375. Parchment paper line a cookie sheet (clean up is much easier this way)
4-6 large zucchini
1 lb ground turkey
Pizza Sauce of your choice (I used Trader Joes this round…$1.99 per jar)
1/2 tsp of each -dried spices: oregano, basil…or if you have an Italian mix, that would work well too (if you use a mix use a full tsp).
Cut all zucchini length wise.
Hollow out the innards (even raw this is quite easy). Set aside innards (can be used for omelettes, muffins or in meatloaf).
Brown turkey meat simutaneously. Once browned, add in pizza sauce and cook a few more minutes until it is nice and thick.
Load boats on parchment paper and fill with meat/sauce filling.
Top with cheese (or if not using cheese you can do chopped veggies or other toppings).
Bake for 10-12 minutes until cheese is melted. Note: Do not overcook as you want the zucchini to have some crunch to it, not be completely cooked.
Enjoy this new spin on everyone's favorite – pizza!