Zucchini is the new lettuce, in this fun salad recipe. With strong health benefits and a mild flavor, this zucchini-boat veggie recipe is the perfect side to any protein-heavy meal, or even just great on its own as a snack.Using zucchini as the boat to carry other vegetables into your body is fantastic. An outstanding source of manganese and vitamin C, zucchini also packs in the vitamin A, magnesium, folate, potassium, copper, and phosphorus. And with just 7 ingredients, this fun salad-boat is easy to make.
A mix of sautéed veggies fills the zucchini canoe you will soon create. These veggies offer a mix of benefits, like phytochemicals, antioxidants, and minerals that keep your stomach happy and healthy.
2 zucchini, halved, flesh scooped out
1 white onion, chopped
1 eggplant, chopped
1 large bell pepper, chopped
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
Preheat your oven to 400°F.
While your oven preheats, heat ½ tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat on the stovetop. Cut and sauté your onion, eggplant, and pepper until tender, about 5-7 minutes. Season with salt and pepper while cooking.
Drizzle a baking dish with a ½ tablespoon of olive oil and place the halved and emptied zucchini in the dish, skin side down.
Fill your zucchini boats equally with the veggie mixture. Drizzle the remaining olive oil (1 Tbsp).
Bake until zucchini is tender, about 20-25 minutes.
Set Sails For Good Health
That’s it. Now you’ve got good food – and good health – to enjoy. Zucchini helps your body maintain optimal health thanks to its many nutrients and minerals. It is also a good source of dietary fiber that keeps your body in shape and promotes a cleaner, healthier gut. It will also help to control your weight. Eating zucchini actually helps you lose weight.
Extremely low in calories, zucchini fills you up and helps you feel full for longer. Zucchinis are also full of water, keeping you hydrated and, in combination with fiber, keeping you full. This summer squash is also high in omega-3 fatty acids, zinc, niacin, and protein.
So eat your fill of zucchini for optimal health. Studies show that fiber-rich foods such as zucchini help to fight against some cancers by washing away the cancer-causing toxins from cells. Then, the vitamin C, folate, and beta-carotene in zucchini protect the cells from toxins by strengthening them. The anti-inflammatory properties in these nutrients naturally calm or cure osteoarthritis, asthma, and rheumatoid arthritis as well.
Zucchinis are a natural way to good health. Turn them into a boat, and make the passengers of the zucchini-boat other veggies, and your health will have calm waters and long sunsets.