Lentil filled zucchini boats

This is a yummy vegetarian dish which looks great, and is super easy to make!  It can either be used as a side dish, or a main (depending on how many you make!).

What are the health benefits of lentils?

  • Good source of protein (particularly for vegetarians or vegans)
  • Help to stabilise blood sugar levels
  • Good source of insoluble fibre to prevent constipation
  • Helps to reduce blood cholesterol levels
  • Assists with weight loss as they are low in calories and high in fibre

Recipe: Lentil filled zucchini boats

(Gluten Free, Vegetarian)


  • 4 large zucchini’s
  • extra virgin olive oil (for cooking)
  • 1 can brown lentils
  • 1/2 red onion – finely diced
  • 4 small red tomatoes (or 2 large tomatoes) – diced
  • small handful of spinach leaves – finely chopped
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese


  • Pre-heat oven to 180 degrees C
  • Cut Zucchini’s in half lengthways and scoop out middle (to make a crevice for lentil mixture)
  • Place zucchini’s on baking tray lined with baking paper and drizzle with olive oil
  • Cook in oven for approximately 20 minutes (or until zucchini is soft)
  • Meanwhile, cook diced red onions in fry pan with some olive oil for approximately 5 minutes
  • Drain lentils and wash under water thoroughly (to get rid of all bubbly gas that is produced)
  • Add diced red tomatoes, lentils and spinach leaves to onions and cook for another few minutes
  • Add cumin powder and sea salt (adjust seasoning to taste)
  • Fill zucchini with lentil mixture, and top with grated cheese
  • bake in oven again for approximately 4-5 minutes (or until cheese is melted)

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