Zucchini stuffed with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil make a fresh summer side dish. For the nicest presentation, use long, relatively skinny zucchini.

EatingWell Test Kitchen
Source: EatingWell Magazine, July/August 2011


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Recipe Summary

25 mins


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Trim both ends off zucchini; cut in half lengthwise. Cut a thin slice off the backs so each half sits flat. Scoop out the pulp, leaving a 1/4-inch shell. Finely chop the pulp; set aside.

  • Place the zucchini halves in a microwave-safe dish. Sprinkle with 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper. Cover and microwave on High until tender-crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. (Alternatively, steam in a steamer basket over 1 inch of boiling water in a large skillet or pot.)

  • Whisk oil, vinegar, shallot and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon each salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Add tomatoes, cheese, basil and the reserved zucchini pulp; toss to combine. Divide the filling among the zu-canoes.

Nutrition Facts

87 calories; protein 7.3g; carbohydrates 6.7g; dietary fiber 2.3g; sugars 4g; fat 4g; saturated fat 0.6g; cholesterol 2.6mg; vitamin a iu 906.9IU; vitamin c 28.9mg; folate 39.2mcg; calcium 161.3mg; iron 0.7mg; magnesium 30mg; potassium 445.4mg; sodium 407.3mg; thiamin 0.1mg.

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9 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 7
  • 4 star values: 1
  • 3 star values: 1
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Rating: 4 stars
Very good I don't follow directions very well - I put the filling in raw zucchini and wrapped them in foil and put on the grill over medium heat for 30 minutes. The zucchini were crisp (like I like them) and the filling was nicely heated. They really tasted great. I also used feta instead of mozzarella. Pros: Easy Cons: None Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Zu-Canoes July 29 2011 The taste was amazing because my Son the gourmet chef reminded me of the days of working in the kitchen with a salamandor. At home the next best thing is the broiler. So instead of serving this with cold innards I stuck them under the broiler for 4 minutes to firm up the canoe and melt the cheese...YUM and 5 Stars! Pros: Healthy Tasty Zucchini Cons: Maybe Prep time if it isn't made with love. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
Nice concept but a little bland This recipe is a great concept but I think it needs more zing. The cheese was bland the veggies are bland...I think you get the picture. That said I think a Greek version of this would be FABULOUS using feta cheese tomatoes a bit of red onion and kalamata olives with a Greek vinaigrette. I am going to try that next week! Pros: Low calorie vegetarian very pretty Cons: Bland Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Soooo good These are delicious! If you want them to look like the picture and more firm than don't heat for 3 minutes. I did and they were mushy but they still tasted awesome. Also I could barely taste the mozzarella so I think I will omit it next time to save on calories. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Delicious way to use your summer veggies We got some zucchini from a friend's garden and decided to try this recipe tonight. It was delicious. Our only tweak of the recipe was using fresh SMOKED mozzarella since we had that on hand and I think we'll probably use the smoked mozzarella again next time we make this as it added a nice flavor boost. Since it is cooked in the microwave this recipe is perfect for those hot summer nights when you don't want to turn on your oven. This is a great recipe to use some of the veggies from your garden or the Farmers' Market this summer. Pros: Easy healthy tasty microwave Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Very simple and refreshing vegetable side dish. If you are a fan of Caprese salad then you must try these zucchini canoes. These were very tasty! Pros: Simple Read More
Rating: 5 stars
These are all my favorite summer things in one! Next time I would double the recipe and use the freshest mozzarella I can find. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Healthy and Easy Meal I also used fresh green beans & summer squash out of my garden as well. Cut them into small chunks and steamed them for about a minute then added them to the other ingredients. Didn't have the right kind of cheese so I used the bagged kind you find in the grocery store (4 blended) and added a handful of mini pepperoni. This dish was amazing. My husband loved it too. Pros: Healthy Easy Tasty and colorful dish Cons: no cons... Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Fabulous I thought this was great! I didn't have mozzarella to dice but had some shredded mozzarella. Also used more fresh basil than recipe called for and added a couple pinches of cayenne pepper. Will be making these again! Pros: Easy Cons: None Read More