One of the greatest responses I get when I ask people about their children being picky eaters (or from comments on a recipe saying ‘I wish my picky husband would try this), is that it is equally difficult to get their husband to eats the dish as it is the kids. That stinks.
I went to work on this issue! My first response would be to say ‘Mister, you eat that dinner with a smile on your face in front of those kids or your socks will be so stiff with dirt that they could walk on their own’. Alas, I suspect most don’t want to take that route and most men would not appreciate the response so let’s try a more gentle approach.
How do you think some beer, sausage, pizza and a promise to have the remote work? exactly. well, no, it is not that easy but let’s give this a try.
Fine toss in some paper plates as well.
Pretend the stores were out of pizza dough, and you had no flour to make dough and uh, the bread was all moldy so couldn’t use that for a base. Plus, hide the phones so he can’t call the pizza parlor. Oh well, looks like Zucchini boats it is.
Chicken Sausage Zucchini Pizza Boats
~1/2 cup marinara sauce
1 chicken sausage (I used Trader Joe’s), chopped
~1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
salt & pepper
1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Rinse the zucchini, pat it dry and cut it in half lengthwise.
2. Using a spoon, scoop out most of the flesh onto a cutting board and set it aside.
3. Line a baking sheet with foil if you wish to spare yourself the clean up and place the zucchini halves, scooped side up, onto the sheet.
4. Now, roughly chop up the zucchini flesh followed by the chicken sausage and place them in a bowl. Toss in the marinara sauce, garlic powder, salt and pepper and mix well.
5. Fill up the ‘boats’ with the mixture, top with some mozzarella and place in the oven for approximately 20 minutes.
You can cook the boats longer if you want a softer texture but I preferred to have a sturdier zucchini. You know a strong ‘man boat’.
How do you incorporate veggies into your families diet?