Baja Zucchini Boats

Baja Zucchini Boats

Baja Zucchini Boats

Do any of you remember the Baja Potato Boats at Applebees? They were my favorite meal there for years. Then one day I went and they had vanished from the menu. Tragedy!! Applebees has never been the same for me since. Anyway, they were the inspiration for this recipe, even though this recipe tastes nothing like them. lol. These festive zucchini boats definitely taste like zucchini (can’t really get around that, much to my dismay…), but at least they are fun (and pretty) too!


  • 1 zucchini
  • 1 1/2 oz. firm tofu (or other protein, see suggestions in my P.S.)
  • 1/4 cup prepared pico de gallo
  • 1/4 tsp garlic salt
  • light sprinkle black pepper, if desired (be careful, I went overboard and mine came out very spicy)
  • 2 Tb. salsa
  • 1 oz. shredded low-fat cheese (optional, not pictured)

Cut zucchini in half, place on a plate with a little bit of water (maybe 1 Tb.) on the bottom of it, then microwave for 2-3 minutes. While zucchini is microwaving, heat skillet over high heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Remove zucchini from microwave and scoop out insides onto a cutting board, to form 2 boats (I used a melon-baller, which worked great). Chop up zucchini insides, and add zucchini, tofu (or other protein, if using), pico de gallo, garlic salt, salsa. Cook and stir for 5 minutes. While skillet is cooking, heat oven broiler to High, and place zucchini boats onto baking sheet. Remove skillet from heat, mix in cheese (if using), and then scoop into zucchini boat cavaties. Broil for an additional 2-4 minutes, watching carefully, until cheese is melted and boats are toasty.

P90x Nutrition Plan Portions:

Full recipe is 1 1/2 vegi,  1/2  protein, 1 dairy (if using cheese), 1 condiment.

P.S. I used tofu because I wanted to make this recipe friendly for all of those vegan and vegetarian P90xers out there. If you want though, you could add 1 1/2 oz. of some other protein in here. Another option would be 2 slices of chopped turkey bacon – that would bump this recipe to one full protein serving instead of just a half, and would probably also bump the yummy-ness-factor too!

P.P.S. If you don’t have any pico de gallo, it’s basically just tomatoes, onion, cilantro, and garlic, so if you have those on hand you could make some!

P.P.P.S. Don’t you just love my microwave-fry-broil routine? It’s the lazy-girl’s trifecta! lol.

P.P.P.P.S. I consider this one to be a bit of a work in progress, so if you improve upon it please comment and let me know! Also, if you have any ideas about how to make zucchini taste like anything other than…um…zucchini, please share the wealth to this poor vegi-hater! lol. =)


  1. Becky

    My entire family LOVED this. Even my 3 and 5 year olds. Delicious! Thank you so much for keeping this site up- it makes the eating part of p90x so much easier!

    (I added turkey bacon and mozzarella and made my own pico.)

  2. Gaby Mattan

    I loved these! I used diced chicken breast. very yummy. thanks for the recipe!!!

    1. CJ =)

      Yay, Gaby! Thanks for commenting – I wondered if anyone else had tried these!!
      – CJ =)

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