Stuffed Zucchini Boats with Quinoa and Pine Nuts

Light and Perky Stuffed Zucchini Boats with Quinoa and Pine Nuts #healthy #vegetarianLight and perky Stuffed Zucchini Boats with Quinoa and Pine Nuts. A vegetarian dish the whole family will enjoy!

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As parents, Lt. Dan and I are always looking for interesting ways to get our kids to eat their veggies. I’ll admit, as they get older, it’s much much easier than it used to be.

I used to stretch the truth on a daily basis to get veggies in them without a dramatic scene taking place, that usually ended in tears. My tears.

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I would use loose creative terms like “Veggie Noodles” or “Zoodles” for spiralized zucchini, or “Spooky Chips” for gnarly looking yet wonderful baked kale chips.

I used to hide vegetables in every possible dish I would make, hoping the flavors would normalize on their little palates.

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Nowadays we are far past the lies and veggie smuggling. The kids will eat almost any plant based food, with the exception of raw mushrooms.

However, they do appreciate it when I doctor certain vegetables to make them a little more appealing.

Easy to Make Stuffed Zucchini Boats with Quinoa and Pine Nuts #healthy #vegetarian

Stuffed Zucchini Boats is a veggie dish we all enjoy, filled with hearty quinoa, sautéed peppers and onions, fresh tarragon, and a crunchy top of pine nuts and  parmesan cheese.

Stuffed Zucchini Boats with Quinoa and Pine Nuts #healthy #vegetarian

You can grill or pan-fry stuffed zucchini, yet I like to bake it in the oven because I feel like I have better control over the texture. I keep the zucchini a little on the firm side… Baked on the exterior yet slightly uncooked in the center.

That way, the Stuffed Zucchini Boats with Quinoa and Pine Nuts retain most of their nutritional value and don’t get mushy.

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The light sprinkling of parmesan cheese and crunchy pine nuts gives these light and healthy stuffed zucchini boats a touch of richness.

My family would happily eat Stuffed Zucchini Boats with Quinoa and Pine Nuts every week. I feel good about serving it to them because it’s full of vitamins and minerals. Seconds are not only acceptable; they are encouraged!

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25 comments on “Stuffed Zucchini Boats with Quinoa and Pine Nuts

  1. Taylor @ Food Faith Fitnessposted April 27, 2015 at 7:42 am Reply

    You had me laughing at loud at “spooky chips” for kale chips! Love it!
    And zucchini boats are TOTALLY my jam, so I love how you doctored them up with quinoa and those crunchy nuts! Dinner perfection. Pinned!

  2. Lizposted April 27, 2015 at 7:44 am Reply

    Maybe I need to use your tricks on my hubby–he is such a hard sell on “unusual” veggies! But I’d be happy to keep all these yummy zucchini boats to myself if necessary :)

  3. Juliaposted April 27, 2015 at 8:21 am Reply

    These are so fun! I love the pine nuts and how healthy and light these are. I am pinning these and trying them!

  4. Mariaposted April 27, 2015 at 8:27 am Reply

    Love these boats! I bet the pine nuts add a nice crunch! 

  5. Aggieposted April 27, 2015 at 8:42 am Reply

    Loving EVERYTHING about these zucchini boats! Yum!

  6. Jenny Flakeposted April 27, 2015 at 9:01 am Reply

    Healthy and delicious!  Love this!

  7. Lauren @ Climbing Grier Mountainposted April 27, 2015 at 9:47 am Reply

    Mmmmm….these look fantastic! Big fan zucchini boats!! 

  8. Brenda @ a farmgirl's dabblesposted April 27, 2015 at 10:04 am Reply

    Delicious. And I love the colors!

  9. Heather Christoposted April 27, 2015 at 10:15 am Reply

    I have to trick my husband sometimes- and these would definitely get his attention :)

  10. Angie | Big Bear's Wifeposted April 27, 2015 at 12:03 pm Reply

    Stuffed Zucchini Boats sound so good right now and I’m loving the “stuffing” that you used!

  11. Nicole - Coking for Keepsposted April 27, 2015 at 12:04 pm Reply

    It can be so hard to come up with creative vegetable dishes that taste both delicious and look gorgeous, and I’d say you’ve seemed to mastered it! These are so beautiful, any person – kid or adult would be crazy to pass these up. P.S. LOVE pine nuts!

  12. Liz @ The Lemon Bowlposted April 27, 2015 at 1:41 pm Reply

    This meal is right up my alley!

  13. marlaposted April 27, 2015 at 2:01 pm Reply

    These look wonderful! I would love them as an app or main!

  14. Naomiposted April 27, 2015 at 2:25 pm Reply

    We are big fans of zucchini boats in my home, so naturally I would love this! 

  15. Annalise @ Completely Deliciousposted April 27, 2015 at 5:30 pm Reply

    And just like that, zucchini boats are on the menu for dinner tonight! :)

  16. RavieNomNomsposted April 28, 2015 at 10:11 am Reply

    This looks so great!! I love zucchini, however my husband doesn’t. BUT he travels a lot so this might be on my list to make when hes gone.

  17. Alison @ Ingredients, Incposted April 28, 2015 at 11:25 am Reply

    sounds and looks amazing!

  18. Gabyposted April 28, 2015 at 5:34 pm Reply

    This recipe looks delicious! I love the idea of quinoa and pine nuts together!

  19. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebelposted April 28, 2015 at 5:42 pm Reply

    I need to make me a zucchini boat! 

  20. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookieposted April 28, 2015 at 9:07 pm Reply

    Love the addition of pine nuts for the added crunch!

  21. kim- Today's Creative Blogposted April 29, 2015 at 10:51 am Reply

    I need to try these! 

  22. Marlyposted April 29, 2015 at 11:01 am Reply

    What an amazing combination of flavors. I love the addition of pine nuts and quinoa. Yum!

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  25. Rebeccaposted November 2, 2016 at 10:01 am Reply

    This is excellent as a vegan recipe if you substitute Follow Your Heart parmesan cheese for the dairy cheese!