Keto zucchini pizza boats with goat cheese

Keto zucchini pizza boats with goat cheese

Ahoy matey! These cheesy zucchini boats are loaded with flavor! It's the perfect vegetarian all-in-one dish that's super simple to make, low-carb, tasty and healthy – just the way we like it. Sail away!

Keto zucchini pizza boats with goat cheese

Ahoy matey! These cheesy zucchini boats are loaded with flavor! It's the perfect vegetarian all-in-one dish that's super simple to make, low-carb, tasty and healthy – just the way we like it. Sail away!
USMetric
1 servingservings

Ingredients

  • ½ ½ medium-sized zucchini
  • 1 1 garlic clovegarlic cloves
  • 2 tbsp 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 23 oz. 20 g baby spinach
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tbsp 1 tbsp unsweetened marinara sauce
  • 4 oz. 110 g goat cheese

Instructions

Instructions are for 2 servings. Please modify as needed.

  1. Preheat oven to 375°F (190°C).
  2. Slice the zucchini in half length-wise and use a spoon to scrape out the seeds (don't throw them away!). Put the zucchini boats on a baking sheet.
  3. Peel the garlic cloves and slice them thinly with a knife. Fry the garlic in about half of the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat until it gets a little bit browned. Add the baby spinach and zucchini seeds. Fry until soft. Season with a pinch of salt and ground black pepper.
  4. Spread out the marinara sauce over the zucchini boats and top with the fried baby spinach and garlic. Sprinkle the goat cheese on top.
  5. Bake for about 20–25 minutes or until the zucchini is as tender as you’d prefer and the cheese has a nice golden color.
  6. Drizzle the zucchini boats with the rest of the olive oil and season with some freshly ground black pepper before serving.

Tip!

If you don't like goat cheese you can replace it with any other high fat cheese of your liking. For example shredded cheddar or mozzarella is great.

One garlic clove can be replaced with about 1/4 tsp of garlic powder.

You can serve this dish as it is or add some leafy greens on the side, drizzled with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.

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40 comments

  1. janice
    i'm not sure what a medium courgette means. Please can you give a a rough weight. I used two smallish ones - so 4 boats. It's tasty but not substantial so I added some bacon to it. It was a bit too much goats cheese for me, too. Not my favourite
  2. Jean
    FYI...

    This recipe can be made using cucumbers, if you are in a daze when you shop for the ingredients and pick up cucumbers instead of zucchini... LOL!!

    It wasn’t too bad, but I suspect it would be a lot better with actual zucchini. 😏

  3. Susan
    Thanks you, I love the recipe as a side dish. I don't like goat cheese, So I used mozzarella instead.
  4. Oleta
    I’m new to Keto and must say this was very good.
  5. Amy
    I added spicy, ground turkey sausage and a little mozzarella -I agree it is a little less substantial for the men in my family-but this did the trick.
  6. Alix
    Delicious! I had this with the exact recipe except I reduced a bit the portion of goat cheese as I find it overpowering when you put too much. I use fresh goat cheese, which freshen up the recipe a bit. As a side I had a baby spinach salad with a Keto friendly dressing and my appetite is satisfied. Thank you for the recipe
  7. Sean
    We dont like goat cheese can we exchange that with feta cheese?
    Replies: #8, #13
  8. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    We dont like goat cheese can we exchange that with feta cheese?

    Yes, feta and goat cheese are very similar.

  9. Maria
    Any substitutes for the zucchini?
    Replies: #10, #21
  10. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Any substitutes for the zucchini?

    You could try another squash, but they are all higher carb than zucchini/summer squash. I don't think a substitute would work as well.

  11. Christina
    I like this recipe but when it came out of the oven I was like where is my 4 Zucchini Boats because they were Soo thin and they didn't keep me satisfied for long at all. Another thing is that I substituted the Goat Cheese for Shredded Mozzarella Cheese and it came out really tasty.
  12. Jessica
    Hello!Is one serving one whole zucchini or half? Thank you!
    Reply: #15
  13. Gail van der Leek
    Feta is goat cheese unless it's cows feta!
    Reply: #14
  14. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Feta is goat cheese unless it's cows feta!

    Feta frequently comes from sheep.

  15. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor
    When using 1 whole zucchini, this makes 2 servings.
  16. Christine
    I added ground beef and did a it 1/4 goat and 3/4 mozzarella cheese- delicious and filling
  17. Bron
    Great recipe. I added some left over slow cooked lamb, and this makes it more filling - and so very Mediterranean! - served with green salad and dill or greek salad; baba ghanoush with seed crackers as an appetiser, a few olives ...
  18. eva vermeiren
    On what temperature do you need to bake this?
    Reply: #19
  19. eva vermeiren
    oeps I didn't see the top ...
  20. Team Tora, Martin & Gabbi
    Made this tonight, added a few herbs, made my own marinara sauce as I couldn't find an unsweetened one :).

    Used 1/2 Goats feta and 1/2 Hard goat cheese (kaprakaas), really nice ! Thankyou!

  21. amira
    how about big mushrooms?
  22. Pat
    Made it exactly as recipe. Mmmmmm. Mmmmmmm. Good!
  23. Jessica
    This recipe is amazing! I didn’t add all the cheese maybe used half. But overall 10/10
  24. Marie
    Curious. Am I correct by cooking only one zucchini for both dinner and lunch?
    One zucchini doesn’t seem like much for 2 meals.
    Reply: #27
  25. Marie
    Also what is the protein portion of the dish? The goat cheese?
    Reply: #26
  26. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Also what is the protein portion of the dish? The goat cheese?

    Yes. If you don't need this to be vegetarian, you could add sausage or bacon as well.

  27. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    Curious. Am I correct by cooking only one zucchini for both dinner and lunch?
    One zucchini doesn’t seem like much for 2 meals.

    Yes, that's correct.

  28. Brandy
    I agree. One zucchini for 2 meals does not seem like it would keep you full until your next meal.
  29. AL
    On the 2 week challenge into wk 2.
    all meals have been great and filling,
    this one is great but not filling like the others
  30. Niv
    You say not to throw the seeds away but I am not sure what to make with these.. Any suggestions?
    Reply: #31
  31. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    You say not to throw the seeds away but I am not sure what to make with these.. Any suggestions?

    Step 3 addresses what to do with the seeds.

  32. terri allen
    shouldn't have seeds in it
  33. Lamar
    Terri, they mean scrape out insides.
  34. Pat
    I used Aubergine, my husband doesn't like courgette. I cut a medium sized Aubergine in half, cooked it, cut face down, in the microwave for five minutes, spooned out the middle and chopped. I brushed the 'shells' with olive oil and roasted for a few minutes while I prepared the filling. It was delicious and probably a bit more filling than courgette?
  35. Sandi
    My medium zuchini was about 9 inches long, so one half done as written except using mozarella instead of goat cheese because that's what I had, made an excellent supper. Plenty filling and simple. Yum!
  36. Angela
    Oh my word!!! This was so amazing!!!! I love goat cheese and I just can't believe how much goat cheese was on there...I am in love!! This is my new go-to pizza recipe when everyone else is having their grain crust! This one is all veggie and with so much olive oil and cheese, it was very satisfying. Goat cheese heaven!!
  37. Angela
    Also I did use a whole zucchini for one serving (2 halves) but I adjusted the rest so the ingredients were still correct for one serving. Can't wait to have this again!
  38. Susanne Russo
    The goat cheese that’s recommended here, is it whipped or just ‘soft’?
    I live in France so with respect to cheese (where cheese is their culture) AND especially since it’s goat cheese (which I’ve never never really tried) I’m kind of lost...
    Also, I realize this may not be the right forum to express myself but: I’ve been eating keto with intermittent fasting for about 20 days. I just absolutely love it! Have lost 8 lbs (almost 4 kg)! This is fabulous.... and I adore the recipes here 😍😛 BRAVO!
    Reply: #39
  39. Kristin Parker Team Diet Doctor

    The goat cheese that’s recommended here, is it whipped or just ‘soft’?
    I live in France so with respect to cheese (where cheese is their culture) AND especially since it’s goat cheese (which I’ve never never really tried) I’m kind of lost...
    Also, I realize this may not be the right forum to express myself but: I’ve been eating keto with intermittent fasting for about 20 days. I just absolutely love it! Have lost 8 lbs (almost 4 kg)! This is fabulous.... and I adore the recipes here 😍😛 BRAVO!

    Congratulations!

    You can use any kind of goat cheese you prefer. The crumbly kind may be easier to work with.

  40. Lynn Price
    We loved this recipe! Who needs potatoes with flavours like this?

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