Archive for July 11th, 2011

How to Get Your Kids to Eat Zucchini: Cheeseburger Zucchini Boats

Getting children to eat green and slimy vegetables can be a challenge.  Sometimes all you need is a toothpick and a piece of paper to build enthusiasm.  My little ones were actually excited to try these.  They got 2 thumbs up from everyone but the youngest.  She was able to eat them once we covered them with ketchup.

This recipe comes from Laura at Heavenly Homemakers.  This week I’m going to make it with Italian seasoning or possibly spaghetti sauce.  I’ll let you know how it works out.

Update: We tried spaghetti sauce!  Check out our spaghetti zucchini boats here.


  • 4 large Zucchini
  • 1 pound Ground Beef
  • 1 small Onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp Garlic Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Chili Powder
  • Salt and Pepper
  • Cheddar or Daiya Cheese


  1. Put a pot of water on the stove and bring to a boil.  Cut the ends off the zucchini and slice lengthwise.  Halve the zucchini if necessary.  Boil the zucchini for about 10 minutes.
  2. Meanwhile, brown the ground beef and onions and season with garlic powder, chili powder, salt and pepper.
  3. Scoop the “meat” out of the zucchini and into the beef.  Stir well.
  4. Fill the zucchini with hamburger mixture and top with cheese.  Bake until cheese is melted.

You may also enjoy Italian Sausage and Summer Squash Skillet and Summer Squash and Chicken Skillet.

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