Zucchini Boats and Grilled Salmon

Two really awesome things happened in my kitchen today. First of all, I used the broiler in my oven, with great success. I am very very afraid of the broiler. I have used a broiler only one other time. Ask Chris what happened. It involved smoke and a fire alarm. It was less than good.

The other awesome thing was that Chris grilled salmon! Now this man of mine is more often seen doing dishes than cooking (a trade-off I’ll take ANY day), and one might assume that might point toward a lack of culinary skill or confidence. But every so often he waltzes in to the kitchen and casually whips up some amazing meal, proving that premise entirely false. I better watch out or I’ll be the one doing the dishes….

But let’s get back to the food. Imagine pizza, without the crust. WHAT?? What is the point of that, you say? My thoughts exactly. So don’t think of this like pizza. I prefer the name Zucchini Boats. How much more fun is that? Roasted zucchini, filled with tomatos and cheese and seasoned just right. A wonderful summer (is it summer yettttt?) side dish or light meal.

These guys are easy as pie. Not pizza pie. This is not pizza. There are no carbs. Preheat your oven to 350. First, take some zucchinis, chop off the stem end, and slice them lengthwise. Scoop out the seeds with a spoon. Arrange them in a lightly greased baking dish. Rub some oil, crushed or minced garlic, pepper, and salt into each boat.  Slice some tomatoes (grape or plum) and arrange them on each zucchini half. Dust with a healthy amount of bread crumbs (YES! THERE ARE CARBS!!) Bake at 350 for around 30 minutes, or until zucchinis are soft all the way through.

Remove the dish from the oven and sprinkle cheese around the tomatoes in each of the grooves you made in the zucchini. Sprinkle with fresh basil, or even dried basil/oregano. Be creative. Turn on your broiler.

Don’t panic (I panicked a little…), just stay vigilant. Slide in the pan and broil for several minutes, checking regularly, just until the cheese is melted and getting beautiful little golden spots. Remove triumphantly!

Now for the salmon. This was all Chris, so I can only say so much. Heat up your grill. Put each piece of salmon in a large square of foil. Mix together some oil, lemon juice, and a wee bit of garlic and drizzle it all over the salmon. Sprinkle on some sea salt and pepper. Fold the foil up to make a smart little packet so the goodness won’t leak out. Grill for about 15 minutes or until just done. That’s it!

Oh and this little family effort wouldn’t be complete without an appearance from Arthur, who wanted to help cook AND eat.

So, I have to stop writing because I hear Chris making breakfast. Looks like there are some dishes in my future!




2 Responses to “Zucchini Boats and Grilled Salmon”

  1. Wow, not a bit of pasta or canned corn in that meal :0 You really DID get your cooking skills from somewhere else besides me…


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