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AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – This Food Friday set sail into September with Zucchini Boats! Live Well Alabama is setting course for a healthy fun dinner that kids and grown-ups alike can enjoy.
“You have probably have never had anyone tell you to eat zucchini to strengthen your immune system, but it’s actually high in vitamins C and A—both of which play a role in keeping you well. ”
-Katie Funderburk, Alabama Extension nutrition specialist and registered dietitian
- Three zucchinis, halved lengthwise
- ½ cup of bread crumbs
- ¼ cup of crumbled bacon
- One can (using 2.5 oz, drained) of sliced black olives
- One can (using 4 oz, drained) of green chili peppers
- ¼ cup of diced onion
- One small diced tomato
- ¼ cup of shredded cheese
Sometimes it’s okay to play with food. Let your child (with clean hands) scoop out the middle of zucchinis. Add your favorite meat to the mixture. Instead of crumbled bacon, include cooked leftover chicken. Shred and add it in.
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Scoop out pulp/middle of zucchinis and set aside. In a large bowl, combine zucchini pulp/middle with bread crumbs, bacon, black olives, green chili peppers, onion, tomato and cheese. Stuff zucchini halves with mixture. Place on baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes or until tender
Want to learn more? Step by step instructions for the Zucchini Boats recipe, as well as an instructional video, are available at LiveWellAlabama.com.
Live Well Alabama
Live Well Alabama is a Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program-Education (SNAP-Ed) initiative developed by the Alabama Cooperative Extension System at Auburn University. This initiative reaches residents across the state with research-based education.
“Our recipes are great for getting kids to help in the kitchen,” Funderburk said. “Kids are more likely to try new foods when they helped make them.”
Eating healthy doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive. Live Well Alabama provides numerous recipes that are simple and budget friendly.