Zucchini Boats With Ground Beef are a great way to enjoy summer vegetables in a fun and flavorful way all year long.
This recipe for baked stuffed zucchini with ground beef is perfect for a light and healthy low carb or KETO meal, or as a party appetizer.
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Try these delicious Zucchini Boats With Ground Beef
This stuffed zucchini with ground beef recipe is a great way to get your daily dose of vegetables. Zucchini is a low-calorie, high-fiber vegetable that is packed with vitamins and minerals. Ground beef is also a good source of protein and iron, so zucchini stuffed with ground beef is a great meal choice all around!
The pasta sauce in this baked stuffed zucchini with ground beef recipe adds flavor and richness, while the basil provides a touch of freshness. The melted cheese on top adds a bit of creaminess and richness that brings the entire zucchini hamburger boats together!
Why We love these Easy Zucchini Boats With Ground Beef
These ground beef stuffed zucchini boats are easy to make and can be customized to your liking. You can use your favorite type of ground beef, or add in some chopped vegetables like onions, peppers, or mushrooms. You can also use a different type of pasta sauce, or add in some grated Parmesan cheese.
These stuffed zucchini boats with ground beef are perfect for a light and healthy summer meal. They are also a great party appetizer. Serve them with some crusty bread for dipping, and your guests will love them!
These Zucchini Boats with Ground Beef are pretty low carb, and they are also great for those days when you are looking for a quick and easy snack or light dinner. This ground beef zucchini recipe is really just SO GOOD!
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Tips for the Best Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Ah, beef zucchini boats! A culinary adventure that transforms an ordinary vegetable into a flavorful, boat-shaped masterpiece. If you're ready to embark on this delicious journey and create the best stuffed zucchini boats ever, then hop on board! We've got some fantastic tips to help you sail through this tasty endeavor.
Just like choosing a sturdy vessel for your sea voyage, selecting the right zucchinis is crucial. Opt for medium-sized ones that are firm and vibrant green in color. Avoid any squishy or overripe specimens; we want our boats to stay afloat!
Hollowing Out Like a Pro: Now it's time for some fun! Carefully slice each zucchini in half lengthwise and scoop out the seedy center using a spoon or melon baller. Be gentle yet thorough while hollowing them out, ensuring there's enough space to hold your scrumptious filling.
Precooking Filling Ingredients: To ensure all flavors meld together harmoniously inside our zucchini boats, make sure that you precook the ground beef. You can also add some minced garlic and onions to make this more of a more Italian style minute meals recipe! One of our biggest kitchen tips is always to add GARLIC, but we have left it out of this recipe because not everyone likes that flavor with their zucchini.
How To Make Zucchini Boats With Ground Beef
Zucchini Boats With Ground Beef Ingredients
- 2-3 fresh zucchini
- 1 cup cooked lean ground beef - if you are going to double or triple this stuffed zucchini boats recipe, you will need about a pound ground beef
- ⅔ cup low carb or KETO marinara sauce
- ¼ cup KETO-friendly low carb bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- salt and pepper
- 1 cup Shredded Mozzarella cheese
- ½ cup Shredded Parmesan cheese
Optional: Minced garlic, diced onions, Italian Seasoning to taste cooked in olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat for about 5 minutes.
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Directions for How to Make Zucchini Boats with Ground Beef
Preheat an outdoor grill, or preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit - or you can use your air fryer!
Wash your veggies, and then cut the zucchini lengthwise. Cut a flat spot on the bottom of the zucchini if necessary so that they sit level. Use the end of a spoon to scoop a ½" wide x ½" deep well of zucchini out of the center and discard. Basically, remove the seeds and make room for your stuffing!
Mix together your cooked ground beef, the marinara sauce, the ground bread crumbs, egg and salt and pepper in a medium bowl.
Spoon a small amount of this stuffing into each zucchini and then top it off with a healthy serving of shredded mozzarella cheese and parmesan cheese.
Place the stuffed zucchini boat onto foil and then wrap it gently around the edges of the zucchini.
Place on a preheated grill and cook for 10-12 minutes or until desired doneness. I like mine soft with a bit of crunch! Remove from grill and serve whole or slice into bite size pieces to enjoy as a finger food.
AIR FRYER OPTION
Preheat your air fryer to 360 degrees F (180 degrees C).
Place the zucchini boats in the air fryer basket. Air fry for 10-12 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender and the cheese is melted and golden brown.
Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F (200 degrees C). Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the zucchini is tender and lightly browned.
There you have it, folks, a quick, healthy, and delicious meal that's perfect for any day of the week. Zucchini boats with ground beef are not only easy on the waistline but also filled with nutrients that your body will thank you for. They're a perfect dinner option for those busy nights when you don't have much time to cook.
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Zucchini Boats with Ground Beef
- 2-3 zucchini
- 1 cup cooked ground beef
- ⅔ cup pizza or marinara sauce
- ¼ cup seasoned bread crumbs
- 1 egg
- salt and pepper
- 1 cup Shredded Mozzarella cheese
- ¼ cup Shredded Parmesan cheese
- Preheat an outdoor grill.
- Cut zucchini lengthwise. Cut a flat spot on the bottom of the zucchini if necessary to sit level. Use the end of a spoon to scoop a ½" wide x ½" deep well of zucchini out of the center. Discard.
- Mix cooked ground beef, sauce, bread crumbs, egg and salt and pepper together. Spoon a small amount into each zucchini. Top with cheese.
- Place zucchini onto foil. Wrap it gently around the edges of the zucchini. Place on a preheated grill and cook for 10-12 minutes or until desired doneness. I like mine soft with a bit of crunch.
- Remove from grill and serve whole or slice into bite size pieces to enjoy as a finger food.