Family Recipe: Zucchini Boats

Nothing makes me feel more nostalgic than sitting around the table with family, enjoying a meal that I grew up loving.

One of our favorites and one that has been passed down from my grandmother is her famous Zucchini Boats. I have vivid memories of watching my Grandma prepare these in her kitchen and the highlight of watching them bake with the oven light on. It’s a simple recipe that requires little ingredients.

Zucchini Boats

  • 1 lb. Hamburger
  • 2-3 Large Zucchinis
  • 1 Yellow Onion
  • 1 Green Pepper
  • 1 Red Pepper
  • 1 cup Instant Rice
  • 1 can Diced Tomatoes (14.5oz)
  • 3 stalks of Celery
  • Parsley or Fresh Basil
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Cheese (of choice) for topping


1). Preheat oven @ 350*

2). Cut Zucchinis in half and scoop out seeds.

3). Wrap zucchini in plastic wrap or place in a microwave-safe bowl. Microwave for about 2-3mins, until soft.

4). Dice up onion, peppers, & celery. Cook onion until translucent, then add hamburger. Cook until browned.

5). Add peppers, celery, diced tomatoes, and COOKED rice to pan and simmer until all vegetables are soft. Season with salt & pepper.

6). Load hamburger/rice mix to zucchini and place on a cookie sheet. Cover with foil and bake for 25mins. Uncover the last 5mins and top with cheese & fresh parsley/basil. Bake until cheese is melted.

I know Grandma Georgia would be proud that I am sharing this recipe with all of you. I hope you enjoy!

Charlee Conner
Charlee moved to Baton Rouge from the mountains of Park City, Utah just 5 years ago. She has been married to her husband Jeff for 11 years and is a stay at home mom to their little boy Rockwell, age 6. Between carpool, sports, trips to the park; you can find her trying to get in a good workout, shopping at Trader Joe’s, or helping out in the community as a member of the Junior League of Baton Rouge. Charlee is a lover of beauty & fashion, travel, hosting guests, cooking, and having a good laugh with friends. After struggling to conceive and rounds of IVF, she continues to contribute to the awareness of infertility. Her family loves catching movies together, grabbing dinner at local spots, or packing up and heading on a getaway any chance they get.


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