Don’t Sink Zucchini Boats

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What’s a girl to do when there’s a craving for pizza, but summer is a short 3 months away? I don’t know about you, but pudgy, fudgy belly rolls in a bathing suit are not my idea of cute! But the thought of fresh tomato sauce, melty cheese, spicy pepperoni, and fresh veggies on a buttery crust is pretty enticing. On the other hand,  I did see this fabulous 2 piece bathing suit that a fit, fine, and tight me would look great in. Then again, I really can’t knock the pizza craving! Ugh! Activate The Domestic Diva culinary thinking cap! …………………..still thinking…………. ……………………………no, don’t like that idea……….still thinking……………………………………Great Gatsby and Audrey Hepburn, I’ve got it! Since I want to look fabulous on a boat and not have my love handles sink the boat, we can have the deliciousness of the pizza toppings in a grilled zucchini boat!  No carby pizza crust to worry with, but we maintain the cheesy, saucy, pepperoni goodness of the pizza we love!

Zucchini Pizza Boats

INGREDIENTS

4 zucchini
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/4 cup finely chopped red bell pepper
8 ounces ground turkey Italian sausage
1/2 teaspoon oregano
1/2 teaspoon basil
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 1/2 cups marinara or pizza sauce
2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese

INSTRUCTIONS

Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper; set aside.Cut each zucchini in half horizontally, then carefully scoop out the center of the zucchini, reserving for another use, leaving about 1/2-inch of zucchini on the skin.Heat olive oil in a saucepan over medium high heat. Add bell pepper, garlic, ground turkey sausage, oregano, basil, salt and pepper, to taste. Cook until browned, about 3-5 minutes, making sure to crumble the turkey as it cooks; drain excess fat. Stir in marinara sauce until heated through, about 1-2 minutes.Add ground turkey mixture to each zucchini and sprinkle with mozzarella. Place into oven and bake until the zucchini is tender and the cheese has melted, about 10-12 minutes.Serve immediately.

Tastefully Yours, The Domestic Diva

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