Baked Zucchini “Canoes”

About 6 years ago, I was introduced to a book club by a friend at work. We meet once a month at one of the members’ home. The hostess is in charge of the main dish while everyone attending brings an app, side, or dessert. We try to make our food match the subject of the book. This month’s read, Shine, Shine, Shine, was FULL of food, especially veggies. While I wasn’t crazy about the book, I was excited to use zucchini (grown in the book) and make it more symbolic by shaping it as a “canoe.” Spoiler alert…a pivotal scene in the book takes place after an afternoon canoe trip.

Non stick spray
3 large zucchinis
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp dried parsley
1/2 tsp dried oregano
1/2 tsp dried basil
1 tsp sea salt
1/4 tsp freshly ground pepper
1 Tbs olive oil
1/3 cup shredded Parmesan, plus a Tbs to sprinkle on at the end

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Slice the zucchini into quarters (in half and in half again). Then, slice into planks. I did about 3-4 cuts per quarter piece. Put the zucchini “canoes” in a Pyrex coated in non stick spray. Add the herbs and parm. Drizzle the olive oil over the entire dish and toss with your hands. Bake at 350 for 10 minutes. Stir. Bake for another 15 minutes. Sprinkle the reserved parm. Broil on high for 3 minutes (keep your eye on it). Enjoy!

If you are interested in other baked zucchini dishes, check out Pinterest…there are ton of great ideas out there that might lead you to your next delish dish!

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