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This dish will keep your child busy from beginning to end.  The best part is when you are done with the preparation you will have all had fun and will have created an incredibly healthy dish.  Enjoy! Chef Maria  


  • 2 Zucchini
  • Olive Oil
  • minced Garlic
  • handful Cilantro
  • Baby Spinach
  • handful of sliced or shredded Cheese (Provolone, Mozzarella, Feta, etc)
  • Cherry Tomatoes, halved
  • Salami
  • sliced Avocado
  • thinly sliced Turkey, Ham, Prosciutto, etc.


  • Pre heat oven to 400 F with the rack in the middle. Trim the ends off the zucchini. Slice in half lengthwise. Scoop out seeds with a melon baller and discard. Place zucchini on a foil lined baking dish. Drizzle inside the boats with olive oil. Spoon in minced garlic, layer in baby spinach, cherry tomato halves, cilantro and some cheese. Bake for 20 minutes pull out of the oven. Top with salami, avocado, deli meats and some more cheese. Broil (watching carefully) for a few minutes until the cheese is melted. Finish with fresh cilantro.
Prep Time: 5 minutes Cook Time: 25 minutes Total Time: 30 minutes Yield: 2 servings

About Chef Chef Maria

Born in Venezuela, Chef Maria developed her passion for food as a young girl. In her early 20’s she came to the United States and entered the restaurant business in Boston MA. Later in San Diego CA she opened El Tucan Restaurant. It was in San Diego that Chef Maria was challenged by the culture and regional ingredients that ultimately contributed to the inventive style she’s known for today. Also during this time in San Diego, Chef Maria was introduced to organic produce importance of nutrition.

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