Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini Boats
These quinoa stuffed zucchini boats are a quick and easy weeknight meal that uses fresh herbs, protein-packed quinoa, zucchini, and a lemon cashew sauce.
Well, friends, my obsession with zucchini continues.
But since summer is almost over, this obsession will be short-lived. Pretty soon (as in probably next week), the pumpkin will become back into style. So, I thought I'd squeeze in one more zucchini recipe before we move into September.
And I couldn't be happier with this one. These quinoa stuffed zucchini boats are a super simple, super delicious, super healthy meal that encapsulates all the wonderfulness of summer into one dish.
We start with the lemon herb quinoa that I shared with you last week, which has tons of fresh herbs, bright citrus flavors and roasted hazelnuts to round everything out. From there, it's as simple as scooping out the zucchini seeds, filling the little “boats” with the quinoa and baking them to perfection.
Of course, I had to include a cashew sauce because cashew sauces are my lifeblood.
I opted for a quick lemon cashew cream sauce which I found on the Whole Foods site. It was thick, creamy and delicious and the lemon popped against the toasty quinoa flavors.
Oh, and since I used my herb quinoa salad, I skipped the chives since I felt like this salad already had enough going on.
The trick to totally nailing this dish is to not overcook the zucchini. You want it to be soft without getting mushy. For me, that meant baking for about 20 minutes – the zucchini still had a little crunch to it and held up nicely when you sliced into it.
As I'm looking at the photos as I'm typing up this post, I'm realizing this might have been one of my favorite dishes of the summer. It's so great as a quick, weeknight option, can be adapted with what you have on hand and is surprisingly filling too. Light, flavorful and fun to make, we've really got it all here!
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Other Healthy Zucchini Recipes To Try:
- Quinoa + Hummus Zucchini Roll-Ups
- Quick & Easy Garlic Sesame Zucchini Noodles
- 5-Ingredient Healthy Zucchini Fritters
- Healthy Zucchini Chocolate Chip Pancakes
- 25 Best Vegan Zucchini Recipes
Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini Boats
- 1 batch Lemon Herb Quinoa
- 4 medium zucchini
- 1 batch Lemon Cashew Dressing
- Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a 13 x 9 baking dish and set aside.
- Prepare the quinoa according to the recipe. Leave in the mixing bowl and set aside.
- Chop the little ends off the zucchini, then slice them lengthwise. With a spoon, scoop out the insides (seeds, etc.) to form little boats. You should have 8 total.
- Place the boats in the baking dish then stuff each with quinoa (the amount will vary depending on the size of your zucchini).
- Bake the zucchini for 20 - 25 minutes until the quinoa is starting to brown and the zucchini has softened.
- While the zucchini is baking, whip up the cashew sauce. Set aside until you're ready to serve.
- Remove the zucchini from the oven and let sit for 5 minutes. When ready to serve, drizzle with cashew sauce.
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This recipe calls for Lemon Cashew Dressing but I can not find the recipe on your site anywhere. It really sounds delicious.
It’s linked in this post! https://www.simplyquinoa.com/vegan-lemon-cream-sauce-zucchini-noodles/
Looking at those zucchini boats made me hungry, seriously. They’re gorgeous.
Thank you so much!
do you do anything with the “seeds, etc.” after you scrape them out or do you just discard them?
I just discarded them 🙂 You could probably add them to a smoothie or something, but it’s not that much waste.
These look so tasty and filling with quinoa!
They definitely are 🙂