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Today’s word in the “Love Your Health” Challenge: balance.

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I decided that a good way to honor this word would be to share a fun dinner idea that Z and I made recently that takes the taste of an indulgent meal and balances it with a healthy veggie base.

Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats

I used a recipe I had pinned from Proud Italian Cook as my inspiration:

STEP 1: Starting with a large zucchini, chop off ends as well as a thin layer on the bottom to ensure they stay upright.

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STEP 2: Scoop out middle with a spoon.

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STEP 3: Brush with a mixture of olive oil, salt & pepper. Bake at 350 for 30 minutes.  018

STEP 4: Fill your boat with passengers!

Zucchini boat prep

STEP 5: Place under broiler until cheese is nice and melty.

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THE VERDICT: Delicious and filling. All the flavors of your classic chicken parm were there but were balanced out by a lighter zucchini base as opposed to pasta. I will definitely make this again in the future.

P.S. This was the meal that Z and I had for Valetine’s Day. A tasty meal, roses, wine…annnnd Modern Family. That was our big night!

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