“BLT ” Zucchini Boats

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Does this recipe not look amazing?   I am going to have to try this one from The Pampered Chef.


2 medium zucchini, stem end trimmed

1 cup (250 mL) shredded Italian cheese blend, divided

2   plum tomatoes, seeded and diced

2   slices bacon, cooked, drained and crumbled

3   green onions with tops, thinly sliced

2 tbsp (30 mL) panko bread crumbs

1 tsp (5 mL) olive oil

1/2   tsp (2 mL) each salt and coarsely ground black pepper

1/2 cup (125 mL) loosely packed fresh basil leaves, finely chopped


Prepare grill for direct cooking over medium-high heat. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Peel a thin slice from rounded bottoms of zucchini halves using the Serrated Peeler to form a flat base. Using the Core & More, scoop out and discard centers to form 1/2-inch-thick (1-cm) shells; set aside.

For filling, combine 3/4 cup (175 mL) of the cheese, tomatoes, bacon, green onions and bread crumbs in the Small Batter Bowl; toss to combine and set aside.

Preheat BBQ Grill Basket on grid of grill 3 minutes. Brush zucchini with oil using the Chef’s Silicone Basting Brush; sprinkle with salt and black pepper. Place zucchini cut-side down into grill basket. Grill, covered, 6-8 minutes or until zucchini are crisp-tender. Remove grill basket from grill.

Turn zucchini over using the BBQ Tongs. Using a Medium Scoop, scoop filling evenly into wells of zucchini. Sprinkle with remaining 1/4 cup (50 mL) cheese. Grill, covered, 4-5 minutes or until cheese is melted and filling is heated through. Remove grill basket from grill. Remove zucchini boats from grill basket; garnish with basil.

Check out the BBQ  Basket & Small Batter Bowl.  These could be yours..

Small Batter Bowl

BBQ Grill Basket

Check out the  BBQ  Basket &  Small Batter Bowl.  The small batter bowl can be used in the microwave, the oven (not the lid), used as storage in the refrigerator and the freezer!!!!!!!


4 servings of 1 zucchini boat

Nutrients per serving:

Calories 190, Total Fat 14 g, Saturated Fat 6 g, Cholesterol 30 mg, Sodium 600 mg, Carbohydrate 7 g, Fiber 2 g, Protein 10 g

U.S. Diabetic exchanges per serving:

1 1/2 vegetable, 1 low-fat meat, 2 fat (0 carb)

Cook’s Tips:

Panko (PAHN-ko) crumbs are coarse, Japanese-style bread crumbs that are made with crustless bread.

For a lighter version, you can substitute turkey bacon for the regular bacon in this recipe.

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