Looking for a super fun, easy, and nutritious dinner idea– look no further than these stuffed zucchini boats! In our family, we call them “Zucchini Canoes”. The kids love to make little zucchini canoe people out of stickers and toothpicks to ride on top of their zucchinis (see picture at the bottom of this post).
The flavors of pasta sauce and mozzarella cheese are familiar, and thus delicious (or at least, worth eating!) to kids. Even though these flavors are stuffed into a zucchini, the smell and look of bubbling cheese are something that kids are generally willing to try. The first two times my youngest had zucchini boats, he mostly ate the insides out. But once he got used to the dish, he started eating the whole thing.
They are pretty fun to look at! I used to make the little people that go on top, but now my kids love to do that part. It is like playing and eating at the same time.
They are also fun to eat. This is especially true if you let your kids pick them up and eat them like a hot dog. Some families probably aren’t okay with this style of eating, and it’s totally fine if you are not! But, it does make eating them pretty fun. Just make sure that they are cool enough to handle!
This meal is so easy to put together! The main hands-on time is for browning the ground meat. If you use pre-cooked ground meat (I often use leftover meat from Taco Tuesday), it’s even more of a snap. Jarred pasta sauce makes it quick– just make sure to read your ingredients for added sugar. Then you can sit back and let the oven do the work.
Your family is eating a vegetable! Without complaining, I might add. (Learn more about the amazing health benefits of zucchinis here).
It’s delicious! Sure, kids love pasta sauce and mozzarella. Do you know who else loves that combination? Most adults! If you don’t eat dairy, feel free to leave off the cheese entirely. It’s still a delicious, healthy meal.
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Hi, I’m Ashley! I’m a Mom of 3 little people, a Mediterranean Diet enthusiast, and a business expert. Any day of the week, you will find me in the kitchen cooking up festive new recipes using Mediterranean Diet principles. I love breakfast for dinner, long days at the beach, the perfect glass of wine, and spontaneous adventures. Originally from Atlanta, I now fondly call Virginia my home.