Skinny Hawaiian Pizza Stuffed Zucchini




What makes this pizza Hawaiian? A classic combo of tomato sauce, cheese, ham and pineapple. What makes it different is all being stuffed into zucchini boats. In addition to being ridiculously easy to make, they’re a tasty and healthy way to satisfy a pizza craving! Each serving has 156 calories, 5 grams of fat and just 4 Weight Watchers SmartPoints.

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Bake Time: 35 minutes


Ingredients

2 (16 oz total) medium zucchini (8 ounces each)

1(14 oz) jar pizza or pasta sauce (divided, about 2 cups), see shopping tips

½ teaspoon Italian seasonings

⅛ teaspoon red pepper flakes

Black pepper, to taste

2 ounces ham, chopped (½ cup)

2 slices from an 8 ounce can, pineapple slices, drained and chopped (refrigerate the remaining for another use)

½ cup onions, finely diced. cooked in microwave for 1 minute to soften

½ cup mozzarella cheese, (for Paleo, no cheese)

4 teaspoons Parmesan cheese (for Paleo, no cheese)


Instructions

1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

2. To make zucchini boats: Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Place on a microwave-safe plate and heat in microwave for 2 minutes, to soften a little. Using a spoon or melon baller, scoop out flesh.  Be sure to leave ¼ inch thick inside zucchini boats. Set aside. (toss the flesh or save and add to another dish such as a stir-fry or soup)

3. Place 1 cup sauce in bottom of a 9 x 9 inch baking dish. Place zucchini boats cut side up in pan. In a small bowl, add 1 cup sauce. Season with Italian seasonings and red pepper flakes and pepper. Stir in ham, pineapple and softened onions. Mix well.

4. To fill zucchini boats: To each, add a rounded ¼ cup tomato sauce filling, press down to set. Top each with 1-2 tablespoons pizza sauce. Sprinkle each with 2 tablespoons mozzarella cheese and top each with 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese. Repeat for remaining zucchini boats. Cover with foil and bake 30-35 minutes until zucchini is cooked and soft.

5. Be sure to use a spatula to scoop out each zucchini boats to place on each plate. Add some sauce around each boat from the bottom of pan, if desired.

Makes 4 servings. Each serving, 1 Hawaiian Pizza Stuffed Zucchini Boat.


Food Facts
The Hawaiian pizza doesn’t come from anywhere near Hawaii. It comes from Ontario, and was concocted in 1962 in a restaurant serving typical midcentury food without any particular focus.

Did you know Hawaiian pizza is the most popular pizza in Australia?


Shopping Tips

There are several brands of jarred pizza sauce. I use Trader Joe’s, Classico, Prego’s or Ragu pizza sauce. If you can’t find it, use your favorite jar of pasta sauce.


Serving Tips
To make it a completely, satisfying meal, I love serving these pizza boats with my recipe for SUPER LOW CALORIE CAESAR SALAD ON A STICK
 or LOW CARB SALAD ON A STICK, ITALIAN-STYLE


Weight Watchers SmartPoints
4
Weight Watchers POINTS PLUS 4

SKINNY FACTS: for 1 Hawaiian Pizza Stuffed Zucchini Boat
156 calories, 5g fat, 2g sat. fat, 18mg chol, 11g prot, 20g carbs, 4g fiber, 640mg sod, 11g sugar
FACTS: for SmartPoints
120 calories, 2g sat. fat, 6g sugar, 10g protein