Cheesy Beef Zucchini Boats

Course Appetizers & Sides, Beef


  • 1 lb. Grass fed ground beef
  • 2 Tbsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1 Tbsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 cup of chopped sweet peppers
  • 1/4-1/2 sweet onion chopped
  • 3-4 small scallions chopped
  • 6 oz tomato paste can
  • 8 oz tomato sauce can
  • 2 cups non-fat cottage cheese
  • 2 Tbsp fresh cilantro on top when served optional


  • Preheat oven to 400F
  • Cook ground beef, when browned add chili powder, paprika, oregano, cumin, garlic, cayenne, sweet peppers, onion and tomato paste and sauce.
  • Then make a hole in the middle and add cottage cheese, when melted, stir in with the rest of the mixture.
  • Boil water and salt to soften raw zucchini halves. Boil for 5-8 mins. Carefully remove and let cool. Pat extra moisture out with paper towels.
  • Take a spoon or melon baller to scoop out seeded middles to create a pit for the beef mixture. Optional: Add some of that removed zucchini, chop and add to beef mixture.
  • Add mixture to 'boats'. Add sprinkles of cottage cheese on top and bake on foil-lined baking sheet at 400F for about 30-40 minutes.
  • When done, let cool and add salsa and cilantro on top. Extra option, add a dollop of low fat plain greek yogurt on top.
Keyword anti-inflammatory, Appetizers, Gluten-Free, health, wellness
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