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Baked Zucchini Boats are baked slices of zucchini topped with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, a drizzle of olive oil and fresh basil.

Baked Zucchini Boats

If you have been following A Cedar Spoon for any length of time you might have figured out a few things: I love produce and try to use it in recipes as much as I can which stems from my mother’s influence as a child.  She is a dietician and understood the importance of including produce at a young age so it became second nature to us. We always had salad with dinner and a vegetable with lunch, dinner or snacks throughout the day.  I grew up eating vegetables and fruits on a daily basis so it has always been second nature to have them available for my family.  Today’s recipe for Baked Zucchini Boats are baked zucchini halves topped with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, olive oil and fresh basil.  These are a perfect snack or addition to a meal and are fun for kids to help you make.

Baked Zucchini Boats

Now that I have my own children I really strive to include produce into our meals as much as possible.  Whether I am making Carrot and Zucchini Muffins , Turkey and Carrot Turkey Meatballs or having produce on our table at snack time, it is always at the forefront of my mind.  That is why I was so excited when Produce for Kids approached me about spreading the word about their new campaign called Get Healthy, Give Hope Campaign.

Here is some background on the campaign:

Produce For Kids is a national organization dedicated to educating families on the benefits of healthy eating, providing simple meal solutions and raising money for children’s non-profit organizations. Produce for Kids partners with the produce industry and local grocery store retailers to host two campaigns each year to raise funds for children’s non­profit organizations while educating families about the benefits of healthy eating with fresh produce. The best part (besides fruits and veggies, of course): ALL funds raised stay local and go to area children’s organizations!

This spring, Meijer stores across the country are joining retailers nationwide to participate in Produce for Kids’ Get Healthy, Give Hope campaign, which will raise money for Meijer’s designated local charity – local Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals. To help Meijer increase its donation, shoppers are encouraged from May 25 to June 21 to add more produce to their grocery carts. All participating fruit and vegetable suppliers will make a consumption-based donation to Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals.

I love any chance to spread the word about incorporating more produce into our meals, especially when it comes to cooking for the little ones.  When I go to the grocery store I always start in the produce section and try to stick to the outside of the store, which is where the whole foods tend to be.  I encourage you to take a look at your cart the next time you are at the store to see how many fruits and vegetables you are purchasing.  I also really like to have my son Will come with me to the store and help pick out our fruits and vegetables so he gets to be a part of the process!

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I hope today’s recipe for Baked Zucchini Boats inspires you to get your kids in the kitchen with you and cook something healthy!  These are the perfect light summer snack or side dish to a meal and a fun way to put some produce on your table.

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Baked Zucchini Boats

Baked Zucchini Boats

  • Author: Julia // A Cedar Spoon
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 25 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x
  • Category: Side Dish, Snack

Description

Baked Zucchini Boats are baked slices of zucchini topped with cherry tomatoes, mozzarella cheese, a drizzle of olive oil and fresh basil.


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Ingredients

  • 1 medium zucchini, cut in half and then quartered
  • 3 Tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Fresh basil for garnish

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and set aside.
  2. Cut a medium zucchini in half and then cut each half into into fours. Using a spoon or a small cookie dough scooper, scoop out the inside of each zucchini boat and discard the insides.
  3. Rub each zucchini boat with olive oil, front and back and place on the baking sheet with the skin side down.
  4. Place the halved cherry tomatoes down each zucchini boat (about three cherry tomatoes fit on each for me) and then top with shredded mozzarella, a dash of salt and pepper and a drizzle of olive oil.
  5. Bake for 20-25 minutes until the cheese is bubbly and the zucchini are soft. Remove from the oven and drizzle again with olive oil and garnish with freshly chopped basil.

Notes

You could use Parmesan cheese instead of mozzarella.[br]Feel free to add more spices: maybe oregano, parsley, thyme.[br]Before you put the cherry tomatoes on the zucchini boats you could also line each zucchini with a thin layer of pizza or marinara sauce for extra tomato taste.

 Adapted from Zucchini Diaries

CLOSE: congratulations to #5 selected through Random.org. Jessica check your email!

$25 Gift Card Giveaway

GIVEAWAY: One lucky reader will win a $25 Gift Card to help your purchase produce or whatever your heart desires!

To Enter {Required}: Leave a comment telling me how your incorporate produce into you/your families diet. Please only enter once.

Giveaway ends at Midnight EST on June 17th and the winner will be announced on June 18th.

Disclaimer: Winner will be contacted via the email address used to leave a comment. Winner must respond within 48 hours with a US mailing address to claim prize. Open to US residents over the age of 18 only. No purchase necessary to enter.

This post is sponsored by Produce For Kids. I was given a Meijer giftcard to cover the costs of the ingredients for this recipe. All thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.

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Enjoy!

Julia

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Andy Scotts

Saturday 4th of October 2014

Hi Julia! Aww, your son looks adorable! I hope I am not too late into eating healthy because I just started eating produce more frequently. I was raised in a meat loving family but now that I think about it, I need to take care of my body. I started adding salads and produce dishes in our meals.

iamalighthouse

Tuesday 24th of June 2014

Who won?

Julia

Tuesday 24th of June 2014

#5 selected through Random.org. Jessi Won.

Mari

Tuesday 17th of June 2014

We make salads before every dinner. I make fruit smoothies every morning for our breakfast.

Laura J

Monday 16th of June 2014

We started our first mini garden this year...and are so excited about it. Carter and I go out every morning and have to check to see changes...whats growing. We have been buying lots more vegetables at the store...he is so excited to be able to pick them when they are ready! I have found some really good recipes with vegetables to get Carter into them too!

Pat

Sunday 15th of June 2014

We put veggies in muffins and spaghetti sauce. We have cut up veggies in the fridge ready to eat for a snack.

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