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Zucchini Pizza Boats

  • PREP TIME: 10 minutes
  • COOK TIME: 20 minutes
  • LEVEL: Easy
Zucchini Pizza Boats

These gooey, juicy, low carb "pizzas" are stuffed with flavorful ground pork and herbs, and topped with crunchy pine nuts and melted mozzarella.
carbs 7.5g


  • 4 medium zucchini or yellow squash
  • 2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 diced yellow onion
  • 1 minced clove garlic
  • 1/2 pound ground pork
  • 1/4 tsp salt, divided
  • 1/4 tsp pepper, divided
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano
  • 1 cup tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup toasted pine nuts
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 3 tbsp chopped fresh basil


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Blanch whole zucchini in boiling water for 1 minute. Remove from water, drain, and pat dry.
  3. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Scrape out seeds and pulp, and put aside for stock bag.
  4. In skillet over medium-high heat, add olive oil and onion. When onion starts to look translucent (after about 3 minutes), add garlic and one pinch salt. Cook for 1 minute.
  5. Add pork to pan, and stir to break up and brown. Sprinkle half of salt and pepper, and all of the oregano over the meat. Cook for approximately 5 minutes, until no sign of pinkness remains.
  6. Rub zucchini with olive oil, and sprinkle with remaining salt and pepper. Place face down on greased cookie sheet, and bake for 10 minutes.
  7. Spoon pork into zucchini boats. Spoon tomato sauce over pork.
  8. Place zucchini boats in oven for 8 minutes.
  9. Remove, and top with pine nuts, shredded mozzarella, and basil. Return to oven for 2-3 minutes, or until cheese melts.


You can substitute beef or turkey for the pork, and slivered almonds for the pine nuts.

Nutrition Information

Per serving—195 calories; 7.5g carbohydrates; 2g fiber; 4g saturated fat; 11g protein; 313mg sodium

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