Want a quick dinner that is healthy, delicious and the entire family can enjoy? Then make stuffed zucchini boats.
Fresh zucchini is stuffed with a simple-to-make meat sauce, topped with cheese and then baked in the oven for the best low-carb, gluten-free, hearty dinner.
I’ve been reintroduced to these ground turkey stuffed zucchini boats through The Dinnerhub app. I prefer ground turkey over ground beef but you can use ground beef if you like.
They are simple to make, filling and delicious. They are perfect to make in the summer when zucchini is everywhere, but also still available in the winter when you want a lighter dinner. These low-carb stuffed zucchinis are perfect to be served alone or with a side item.
Here’s what you need:
- Ground Turkey
- Bell pepper (optional)
- Spaghetti sauce
- Onion + Garlic
- Herbs + Spices
- Shredded parmesan cheese (optional)
How to make stuffed zucchini boats
It starts with preparing the zucchini.
Wash and dry them first, then sliced in half lengthwise. Using a spoon or a melon baller, scoop out some of the flesh from the center to make a boat.
Be sure to save the zucchini flesh to add to the sauce filling. Zucchini is low in calories and is packed with water and fiber. It’s a good source of several beneficial vitamins, minerals and antioxidants, especially vitamin C.
The zucchini is par baked while I make the filling so that they soften up a little. The turkey filling comes together quickly on the stove thanks to the help of jarred spaghetti sauce. You can definitely make your own sauce if you prefer but jarred sauce is a huge timesaver.
Making the filling sauce is simple. First, some aromatics like garlic and onions. Add your meat and cook until brown. When the meat is cooked, add additional herbs and vegetables including the zucchini flesh. Let it simmer for a bit.
Then it’s time to stuff the boats!
Add cheese, if using, and bake!
Enjoying the variety of foods
You’ll find that you and your family will enjoy adding a little variety to your food. It’s important to keep all the food groups in your diet – protein, carbohydrates, fruits and vegetables as well as fats.
You can eat clean and enjoy your food. The Dinnerhub has been a big help in adding a variety of simple meals to my meal planning and prep for the past few weeks. Check out a few other meals from the app I have made from and added into the rotation.
Adding the zucchini boats to your rotation will delight your family. You can make some pasta if you want to add some carbohydrates.
You will enjoy your food when it is something you enjoy eating.
Have you ever tried or made stuffed zucchini boats?