Healthy Zucchini Side Dish

Healthy Zucchini Side Dish

I am always looking for a way to make vegetables more appealing to my daughters. I can’t just offer them a zucchini and expect them to get excited. Of course, one thing that never proves to make a vegetable look boring is cheese. That is why I decided to use cheese as my secret weapon in this healthy zucchini side dish recipe.

You will need the following ingredients to make your healthy zucchini side dish:

  • Baking pan
  • Olive oil
  • Zucchini
  • Fresh garlic
  • Diced tomatoes
  • Mozzarella cheese
  • Monterey Jack cheese
  • Parmesan cheese
  • Black olives


Follow these steps to make your healthy zucchini side dish:

Step 1:
Rinse your zucchini off and cut it in half lengthwise. Some people like to refer to these as zucchini boats.

Step 2:
Set your zucchini halves in your baking dish. If you want you can cut them so that you have quarters. I like to do this as each quarter is about the size of what I would serve each of my family members.

Step 3:
In a small bowl combine 1/8 cup of olive oil, 3 garlic cloves diced, and 1 Tablespoon of parmesan cheese. Spread this mixture over your zucchinis.

Step 4:
Place a few diced tomatoes on top of the zucchinis and set in an oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees F.  Cook for 25 to 30 minutes.

Step 5:
Sprinkle a mixture of mozzarella and Monterey Jack cheese over the top of the zucchini halves. Decorate with a few olive slices.

Step 6:
Bake the zucchinis another 5 minutes, or until the cheese completely melts.

Step 7:
Serve hot.