Zucchini Burrito Boats are a simple meatless and gluten-free meal packed full of Mexican flavor!
You know, like burrito bowls…but with a different vessel.
You saw this coming, didn’t you?
I know, I’m so predictable. What can I say? I love a good burrito bowl.
And because spaghetti squash isn’t exactly in season right now, we need a stand-in. Which is where these lovely little green zucchini boats come into play.
So this recipe is almost exactly like the spaghetti squash version but with the filling scaled down so that it fits inside of zucchini. Outside of that, I only made two small changes.
First of all, I used a poblano pepper in place of the jalapeno because I had one on my patio that was ripe for pickin’!
I got really excited about this and took a picture for you. :)
I know I’m being a Braggy McBraggerton about our garden but I can’t help it! These are the things that excite me these days.
Anyways, in case you are aren’t that familiar with poblanos, they’re actually milder than a jalapeno so feel free to stick with the latter if you prefer a little more umph in your boat.
I also threw some brown rice into the mix to add more protein and fiber for staying power. Trader Joe’s sells organic brown rice in the frozen section and all you have to do is microwave it for 3 minutes. Easy peasy.
What’s great about the zucchini version compared to the spaghetti squash is that you don’t have to cook the zucchini ahead of time. You simply cut them in half, scoop out the center, stuff ’em and they’re ready to go. That means minimal oven time which I all know we appreciate this time of year.
Oh, and if you’re thinking you need a fancy tool like a melon baller to scoop out the center, you don’t! I used a metal teaspoon and it worked like a charm. You might even be able to get away with a regular metal spoon.
Well I hope you get a chance to put those summer zucchini to good use and give these a try soon! They’re a delicious way to sneak in some green for dinner. :)
Yield: 8 boats
Prep Time: 25
Cook Time: 30
Total Time: 55
Click Here for Nutrition Facts (Nutrition Facts for One Zucchini Boat)