Recipe: Easy Beef and Potato Zucchini Boats

Recipe: Easy Beef and Potato Zucchini Boats

We all know the feeling. It’s the holidays and instead of sitting and relaxing with your family and relatives, you’re on the edge of your seat thinking about dinner and that roast in the oven. Sure you can spend all day in the kitchen but by the time your done, you’ll be so exhausted and can barely lift a finger.

Holiday times can become very overwhelming and time-consuming but there are many things that can be prepared days ahead in order to reduce the stress.

Easy Beef and Potato Zucchini Boats



  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup minced onion
  • 1/2 lb. lean ground beef
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 1/2 cup marinara sauce divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon italian seasoning
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup Simply Potatoes Diced Potatoes with Onion
  • 3 large zucchini sliced in half lengthwise and scooped out to create a "boat"
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
Optional toppings:
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Diced avocado
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350F.
  2. Heat a large skillet or pot to high heat. Add olive oil and onion. Cook onion until golden. Add ground beef, garlic and spices. Cook ground beef for 3-5 minutes or until fully browned. Add 1/2 cup marinara sauce and potatoes. Cook for 5 minutes.
  3. While the ground beef is cooking, cut zucchini lengthwise in half; scoop out centers, leaving 1/4-inch-thick shells. Combine 1/2 cup water and 1 cup marinara sauce in a large 13x9 casserole dish. Place zucchini boats in sauce, divide beef mixture evenly into zucchini boats, top with cheese.
  4. Bake 15 minutes or until cheese is fully melted. Top with fresh diced tomatoes, avocado, and cilantro.

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