stuffed zucchini boat

Zucchini Boats

Course: Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: zucchini, Zucchini Boats
Prep Time: 35 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 355 kcal
Author: Sara Maniez

Stuffed zucchini boats are a savory and delicious dinner packed with lean protein and a healthy serving of vegetables. Stuffed zucchini = low-carb dinner!



  • 4 medium zucchinis ends trimmed, halved lengthwise, pulp removed (save pulp for the mixture)
  • 1 pound lean ground turkey you can substitute the same amount lean ground beef, chicken, pork or sausage
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1-1 1/2 cups chopped onion yellow or Vidalia (sweet) onion
  • 1 red bell pepper washed, top removed, seeded, membranes removed, chopped
  • 1 green bell pepper washed, top removed, seeded, membranes removed, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar or cheese blend mix
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper (in the stuffing)
  • 1/4 cup parsley chopped


  1. In a large skillet, over medium-high heat, add 1 tablespoon olive oil add the chopped onion. Cook onion until almost translucent.

  2. Add the lean ground turkey, zucchini pulp, ketchup and Worcestershire sauce. Stir occasionally and cook until browned (about 3-5 minutes). Add the chopped green and red bell pepper. Remove from heat. Stir in 1/2 the shredded cheese.

  3. Spoon the mixture evenly into the halved zucchinis. Sprinkle the tops with the remaining shredded cheese. Bake (uncovered) at 350 degrees F for 20-25 minutes or until the zucchini is tender. Allow it to cool for a few minutes then sprinkle with chopped parsley and serve.

Nutrition Facts
Zucchini Boats
Amount Per Serving (1 whole zucchini, 2 boats)
Calories 355 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 15g 23%
Saturated Fat 7g 35%
Cholesterol 92mg 31%
Sodium 919mg 38%
Potassium 1132mg 32%
Total Carbohydrates 17g 6%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 11g
Protein 37g 74%
Vitamin A 42%
Vitamin C 129.4%
Calcium 26%
Iron 13.7%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.