♥ Courgette Pizza Boats
September. And it is still so hot here in Dubai.
As a result, I have been looking for light and nutritious options to eat especially after the indulgent summer holidays! The main mission, however, is not wanting to give up on fun and flavour.
These loaded courgette boats have all the taste of pizza without the carb overload and bloated feeling afterwards.
The firm texture of courgette provides the perfect vessel for tasty baked tomato sauce and tangy melted cheese. Gluten-free, delicious and a great way to get extra vegetables in your diet. Brilliant!
After bingeing away over the past few months being fed irresistibly by my mums living in England, eating out in Spain and overdoing it on desserts in Belgium, the physical effects are beginning to show in full force… Enter please healthy substitutions of unhealthy favourites to start the diet clean up!
The idea of these pizza boats have been floating around the internet for a while and it reminded me of the pizza boats on French baguettes my mum used to make.
With all the fun of personal toppings, these courgette boats are free from that wheat base of bread or dough and definitely result in a lighter meal.
Essentially, they are stuffed baked courgettes so be adventurous with your toppings and vary them for texture; I went for piquant jalapeños and sweet red onion for a spicy version.
Add peppers, sliced mushrooms, olives or even green chillies if you like it extra hot.
Another idea would be to keep it truly simple and classic with some basil leaves and pieces of mozzarella cheese.
Ready to eat in about half an hour, the recipe for these courgette pizza boats really is easy and straightforward. Good for when you want to cook up something quick without going for processed pre-made or high calorie meals. Pizza without the guilt!
Please have a go at these and let me know what toppings you go for. Remember to send me photographs too for the Rena Bakes gallery. Thank you and enjoy!