I have made these delicious zucchini boats before in one of our first ever posts and since updating the website, the pictures needed a major redo!! It is pretty crazy to look back on something you did a year ago and realize how far you have come when all the while you felt like no improvement had been made. One of my favorite quotes is ‘don’t be overwhelmed by the amount of time it will take you to finish, just get started, time will pass anyways”. How true is this in all areas of our lives, especially when it comes to making healthy lifestyle changes?! I am a huge believer in starting with small changes and slowly getting more and more serious about nutrition/fitness.
Don’t get me wrong I think it is awesome when people jump in feet first and completely change their lifestyle in a day but I find that most people consider that to be very overwhelming and will put off ever starting because they tend to focus on the big picture instead of little steps!! I encourage people who are still in the ‘contemplation/preparation’ stages to just set one little goal for the week like, ‘I am going to bring my lunch everyday for one week’, or ‘I am going to go for a walk for 30 minutes, 4 times this week’. Even though it might not seem like much you are teaching yourself positive reinforcement, which equals positive habits! If you successfully bring your lunch everyday that week then you realize, ‘hey that wasn’t so bad after all, I feel better and I saved money’! You are more liking to continue to bring your lunches the next week and even feel motivated to add one more goal!
The opposite it true, sometimes if people jump in all at once you end up with the new year resolution’ers, the people who walk into the gym January 1st and absolutely ‘killll ittttt’ for about two hours and then we never see them again. This happens because you have set yourself to believe the only way to be healthy is to be in the gym everyday for 2 hours and when you end up sore, tired and exhausted you start avoiding the gym and training your mind to have negative reinforcement associated with getting healthy because you have committed to too much. I would encourage people who are serious about starting a new chapter to focus on, at most, 3 new goals for every 2 weeks and choose to set one goal from each of these categories: nutrition, fitness, and lifestyle. For example:
1. Nutrition: bring lunch to work everyday this week
2. Fitness: walk 3-4 times this week for 30 minutes
3. Lifestyle: I will cut back on TV and be in bed by 10:30 everynight
At the end of the week you will be amazed by the process you have made and how you feel!! I know this might seem like ‘basic’ info but we all want quick and fast results, if we could just focus on baby steps your results will come a lot quicker than the vicious cycle of starting and stopping and ending up with no progress. If you are ready to change your lifestyle I am here to help!! Check out my services page to get started!!
Now on today’s recipe: Zucchini Pizza Boats!!!
- 6 Large Zucchini
- 1/2 pound of lean (93%) ground beef
- 16 oz can of italian tomatoes
- 1 small yellow onion, chopped
- 1/4 cup of mozzarella
- 1 small clove of garlic, minced
- 1 tablespoon of fresh basil
- Optional: Sprinkle of parmesan cheese
- 1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Saute ground beef in a skillet over medium heat. While beef is cooking, wash zucchini, trim and discard the stem and blossom ends. cut in half lengthwise.
- 2. Using a small scoop, carve out the middle or 'meat' of the zucchini. Set aside the zucchini skins or boats.
- 3. When finished cooking, remove the ground beef from the skillet and place in a medium size mixing bowl.
- 4. Place the zucchini meat, chopped onion and garlic on the skillet and sauté until soft.
- 5. In the same mixing bowl as the ground beef, add the zucchini mixture, tomatoes and seasoning, combine well.
- 6. Place the zucchini boats evenly on a baking sheet or baking pan and scoop the mixture evenly into the zucchini boats.
- 7. Place in the oven and cook for 20-30 minutes depending on how large your zucchini are.
- 8. Remove from oven and let cool, then place boats onto a plate and serve!
- The zucchini are best served the same day as they are made due to the zucchini being soft, but I ate them for lunch the next day and found they were fine heated up!
- If you have left over meat mixture you can freeze it and use it as a sauce for another meal.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Then brown the ground beef in a skillet on medium heat. I never add any oil to my pan when browning beef, there is enough fat so the beef won’t stick and this also saves unnecessary calories!! While the beef is browning wash and cut the ends off of the zucchini.
Then cut the zucchini length ways and scoop out the zucchini insides also called the zucchini meat. I used a metal tablespoon to scoop out the middle because it won’t bend and also it is small enough to get in the middle without ripping the edges.
Place the zucchini skins or the ‘boats’ to the side.
In the same skillet you browned the meat, add in the zucchini meat, yellow onions (as you can see I used red onions in this photo), and garlic. Sauté for about 3-5 minutes or until vegetables are soft. Then place the vegetables in a mixing bowl with the beef.
Add in all the other ingredients into the mixing as well, including: tomato sauce, mozzarella and seasonings.
Line the zucchini on to a baking sheet or pan and scoop the mixture evenly into the zucchini boats. Place in the oven for 20-30 minutes depending on how large your zucchini are.
Miss Bear is the best sous chef! she is always right next to my feet praying that something falls on the floor
She thinks I am the best cook of all time, even being so nice as to ‘whine’ and lick her chomps when something is coming out of the oven!
Once the zucchini boats are done, let them cool and use a spatula to place them on a plate and serve!!
Since the zucchini gets a little soft they tasted the best right out of the oven but we did have leftovers and I had them the next day for lunch and the soft zucchini didn’t bother me like I thought it would.
Have you ever tried Zucchini Pizza Boats?!!