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Greek Stuffed Zucchini Boats (Gluten-Free, Vegan)

These Greek stuffed zucchini boats are a light and colorful summertime dish. This recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan, but with endless variation options, it’s a meal that can please any crowd.

Because of the high water content in zucchini, it can sometimes have a mushy texture when cooked that isn’t the most pleasant. When it’s prepared well though, it’s utterly delicious like in our lemon and zucchini risotto and savory zucchini pancakes.

What’s so great about these stuffed zucchini boats is that by removing the seeds, it gets rid of some of that moisture so that when they’re roasted, they become this really lovely al dente texture with a boatload (couldn’t resist) of flavor from the filling.

Ingredients

  • extra virgin olive oil
  • zucchini
  • green bell pepper
  • yellow onion
  • carrot
  • dried spices: smoked paprika, ground coriander, ground cinnamon, garlic powder, dried oregano
  • fire-roasted tomatoes
  • chickpeas (also called garbanzo beans)
  • salt & pepper
  • fresh parsley (optional) – for garnish

How to Make Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Prepare the zucchini.

  • Preheat your oven to 400ºF.
  • Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise.
  • Scoop out the seeds with a spoon or a melon baller (you just want something with a slightly sharp edge), leaving about 1/4 inch of the zucchini around the sides and bottom.
  • Rub the zucchini with a little olive oil and season freely with a pinch of salt and pepper. Then lay them cut side down on the baking tray. Cook for 10 minutes.

Make the stuffing.

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  • While the pan heats up, dice the green pepper, onion, and carrot.
  • Once hot, add the oil and diced veg to the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the spices, salt, and pepper and allow to infuse into the veggies for a minute before adding the fire-roasted tomatoes and chickpeas.
  • Cook for a few more minutes allowing some of the liquid to reduce down.

Stuff the zucchini.

  • With the cut side facing up, generously fill the stuffing into all the hollowed-out zucchini halves. (You’ll have a little excess depending on the size of your zucchini).
  • Put the stuffed zucchini back in the oven and cook for an additional 10 minutes.

Make It Your Way: Ingredient Substitutions

Please remember that recipes are just a starting point. 

How can you make these Greek stuffed zucchini boats using what you already have? Here are some ideas

  • No green bell pepper? ➝ orange or yellow bell peppers will also work
  • No yellow onion? ➝ use white or sweet onions
  • Don’t have all the spices? ➝ this is a blend of warm and earthy flavors so just use what you have
  • No fire-roasted tomatoes? ➝ canned diced tomatoes will also work
  • More variations ➝ If you’re not into the Greek flavors, you can also make taco stuffed zucchini boats, pizza, Thai, etc. So many flavor possibilities!

Check out what goes well with zucchini for more ideas.

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Greek Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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baking tray of color stuffed zucchini boat halves
These Greek stuffed zucchini boats are a light and colorful summertime dish. This recipe is dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan, but with endless variation options, it's a meal that can please any crowd.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Serving Size 8 boats

Ingredients
 

Instructions

Prepare the zucchini

  • Preheat your oven to 400ºF.
  • Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon or a melon baller (you just want something with a slightly sharp edge), leaving about 1/4 inch of the zucchini around the sides and bottom.
  • Rub the zucchini with a little olive oil and season freely with a pinch of salt and pepper. Then lay them cut side down on the baking tray. Cook for 10 minutes.

Make the stuffing

  • Heat a large skillet over medium heat.
  • While the pan heats up, dice the green pepper, onion, and carrot. Once hot, add the oil and diced veg to the pan. Cook for about 5 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  • Stir in the spices, salt, and pepper and allow to infuse into the veggies for a minute before adding the fire-roasted tomatoes and chickpeas.
  • Cook for a few more minutes allowing some of the liquid to reduce down.

Stuff the zucchini

  • With the cut side facing up, generously fill the stuffing into all the hollowed-out zucchini halves. (You'll have a little excess depending on the size of your zucchini).
  • Put the stuffed zucchini back in the oven and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Top with freshly chopped parsley (optional) and a dollop of greek-style yogurt if desired.

Notes

How can you make these Greek stuffed zucchini boats using what you already have? Here are some ideas
  • No green bell pepper? ➝ orange or yellow bell peppers will also work
  • No yellow onion? ➝ use white or sweet onions
  • Don’t have all the spices? ➝ this is a blend of warm and earthy flavors so just use what you have
  • No fire-roasted tomatoes? ➝ canned diced tomatoes will also work
  • More variations ➝ If you’re not into the Greek flavors, you can also make taco stuffed zucchini boats, pizza, Thai, etc. So many flavor possibilities!

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