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low carb zucchini boatsWith zucchini boats, the possibilities are endless. 

You can scoop out the flesh and stuff them with almost any type of protein and vegetable mix. This version includes shredded chicken and a spicy enchilada sauce. Comment below and let us know how you like the recipe!

Ingredients

For the enchilada sauce:

Olive oil spray
2 garlic cloves, minced
1-2 tbsp chipotle chile in adobo sauce, more if you like it spicy
1 + 1/2 cups tomato sauce
1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
1/2 tsp ground cumin
2/3 cup fat-free low-sodium chicken broth
Kosher salt and fresh pepper to taste

For the zucchini boats:

4 (about 32 oz total) medium zucchini
1 tsp oil
1/2 cup green onions, chopped
3 cloves garlic, crushed
1/2 cup diced green bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped cilantro
8 oz cooked shredded chicken breast
1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder
3 tbsp water or fat-free chicken broth
1 tbsp tomato paste
Salt and pepper to taste

For the Topping:

3/4 cup reduced-fat shredded sharp cheddar
Chopped scallions and cilantro for garnish

Directions

For the enchilada sauce:

In a medium saucepan, spray oil and sauté garlic. Add chipotle chiles, chili powder, cumin, chicken broth, tomato sauce, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 5-10 minutes. Set aside until ready to use.

For the zucchini boats:

Bring a large pot of water to boil. Preheat oven to 400°. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and using a small spoon or melon baller, scoop out flesh, leaving 1/4″ thick. Chop the scooped out flesh of the zucchini in small pieces and set aside.

Drop the zucchini halves in boiling water and cook 1 minute; remove from water.

In a large saute pan, heat oil and add onion, garlic and bell pepper. Cook on medium-low heat for about 2-3 minutes, until onions are translucent. Add chopped zucchini and cilantro; season with salt and pepper and cook about 4 minutes. Add the cumin, oregano, chili powder, water, and tomato paste and cook a few more minutes, then add in chicken; mix and cook 3 more minutes.

Place 1/4 cup of the enchilada sauce on the bottom of a large (or 2 small) baking dish, and place zucchini halves cut-side up. Using a spoon, fill each hollowed zucchini with 1/3 cup chicken mixture, pressing firmly.

Top each with 2 tablespoons of enchilada sauce, and 1 1/2 tablespoons each of shredded cheese. Cover with foil and bake 35 minutes until cheese is melted and zucchini is cooked through. Top with scallions and cilantro for garnish

Servings: 8, Size: 1 zucchini boat
Nutritional Info: Calories: 116; Fat: 3.5g;  Protein: 12g; Carbs: 11g; Fiber: 3g; Sugar: 4.5g
Greenlite Units: 1.5P, 1C

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