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Zucchini Pizza Boats

This is a simple gluten-free recipe that's so gourmet! Made with a plant-based "ground beef," stuffed into zucchini boats, topped with vegan mozzarella and baked until golden and bubbling.
Category dinner, Main Dish, Side Dish
Cuisine American, gluten-free, Italian, soy-free
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 4 people
Author Hannah Sunderani


  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 onion small, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic finely chopped
  • 12 oz Plant-Based ground beef 12 oz/340 g (or 1.5 cups cooked lentils)
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1/4 tsp fennel
  • 1/2 tsp sea salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1.5 cups tomato sauce
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 4 zucchinis
  • 1 cup vegan mozzarella or store-bought


  • In a deep skillet add coconut oil, onion and garlic. Cook on medium heat for 10 mins, or until onion is soft and translucent. 
  • Add  the plant-based ground (or lentils), Italian seasoning, fennel, sea salt and pepper. Cook and break apart ground into small chunks, until lightly brown (5-10 mins). Then pour in tomato sauce and tomato paste, mix to combine. 
  • Make homemade vegan mozzarella. Or, grate store-bought plant-based cheese. 
  • Preheat oven to 400F/200C.Slice zucchinis in half and scoop out inner seeds to make boats. Scoop plant-based ground beef into boats, and sprinkle/drizzle with cheese. Cook in the oven for 30 minutes, or until zucchini boats are golden and bubbling. 


Use my homemade vegan mozzarella cheese for this recipe. (5 min recipe for melty, stretchy, vegan mozzarella). Recipe will keep for 5 days. Store in fridge in air-tight container. 
If using cooked lentils, feel free to pulse in your blender/food processor before adding to the sauce for a more "beef" consistency. I prefer to use green lentils, but red and black also work.
Plant-based ground beef filling and vegan mozzarella cheese can be prepped 1-2 days in advance. 
Nutritional information is a rough estimate, and was calculated subbing lentils for the plant-based ground beef.  Nutritional information is calculated by a third party, and unfortunately plant-based ground beef is not yet a searchable term.


Calories: 511kcal | Carbohydrates: 74g | Protein: 28g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Sodium: 1106mg | Potassium: 905mg | Fiber: 32g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 851IU | Vitamin C: 49mg | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 9mg