These gluten-free, low carb zucchini boats are packed with a delicious fresh and sun-dried tomato bruschetta filling and topped with gooey mozzarella cheese.
We got fresh zucchini from the farmer’s market and I decided to recreate an old bruschetta recipe of mine. When I first got into cooking, but before I was gluten-free or health-conscious, I came up with the idea of adding sun-dried tomatoes to the regular tomatoes in bruschetta topping. The first time I made the recipe was years ago. I used tomatoes out of a can, dried basil, freeze-dried garlic, and regular French bread (not my proudest moment to look back on!). I brought the bruschetta to a 4th of July getaway trip with friends in Lutsen, MN. Unbelievably, everyone loved it. We had this big cookout with everyone contributing something, and the bruschetta was one of the first foods to disappear. Since then, people were always asking me for “Maya’s bruschetta”.
Needless to say, I’ve come a long way since those first recipe days. My bruschetta topping is incomparably better when the tomatoes, basil, and garlic are fresh, not canned and dried, and the recipe is so much healthier atop roasted zucchini boats instead of white bread. The addition of sun-dried tomatoes has remained the same, however, and I believe it really differentiates this bruschetta recipe from countless others. Sun-dried tomatoes provide a unique sweetness, yet the amount is small enough that the dish is still low in carbs.
These bruschetta boats make a wonderful healthy side dish, but you can also cut them into smaller pieces and serve them as an appetizer. They can easily be made paleo by omitting the melted mozzarella on top, but it really does add a lot to the flavor profile, so include the cheese if you can. I actually like to add even more cheese sometimes – because cheese is awesome. Bruschetta boats also store well in the fridge (or freezer) and reheat well in the microwave, so they make a great make-ahead lunch, too.
I’m so happy that zucchini season is starting. These gorgeous zucchini boats are a wonderful way to celebrate. Why not bring them to a Memorial Day gathering as a side dish to accompany all the yummy grilled food? I’m going to be making these bruschetta boats all summer long!
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