Turkey Stuffed Zucchini Boats {Low Carb, Paleo-Friendly}

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Turkey stuffed zucchini boats are an easy baked stuffed zucchini recipe! Even kids love this turkey stuffed zucchini, and it’s a protein packed meal! It’s low carb, gluten free, and is adaptable to be a meatless, vegetarian or paleo stuffed zucchini meal.

Turkey stuffed zucchini boats are an easy baked stuffed zucchini recipe! Even kids love this turkey stuffed zucchini, and it's a protein packed meal! It's low carb, gluten free, and is adaptable to be a meatless, vegetarian or paleo stuffed zucchini meal.

Today’s zucchini recipe is one that I make so often, I almost didn’t post it, thinking it may be too boring to share. Then I smacked myself and realized that I’m not writing these recipes for me, I’m writing them for you, and maybe you haven’t seen the healthy goodness in these turkey stuffed zucchini boats.

So hey, Becca… share the incredible recipe with your friends!

Prepping the zucchini

Wash your zucchini and slice them in half lengthwise. Then use a melon baller or spoon to remove the seeds and enough of the pulp that you’ll be able to stuff some turkey and veggies in there.

hollowed out zucchini, for stuffing with meats and vegetables before baking.

The Stuffing

The best part about these stuffed zucchini boats is the versatility and adaptability.

If you’re not into ground turkey, you can use any type of meat you want, from chicken or beef to lamb or venison. For a vegetarian option, simply omit the meat and stuff the boats with veggies and lentils. If you’re a vegan, omit the cheese. See what I mean? It’s so easy to please!

For the veggie portion of the mixture, I took advantage of some great ones from my weekly organic produce delivery, including organic mushrooms, red bell pepper, zucchini, and yellow onion.  Just try to cut everything up into somewhat equal sized pieces so that it all cooks evenly.  I use heart healthy grapeseed oil, but of course, you can saute in any type of oil that you want. Butter or bacon grease would be delightfully awesome choices, too, but a little higher in calories, fat, and cholesterol.

Turkey stuffed zucchini boats are an easy baked stuffed zucchini recipe! Even kids love this turkey stuffed zucchini, and it's a protein packed meal! It's low carb, gluten free, and is adaptable to be a meatless, vegetarian or paleo stuffed zucchini meal.

Are you ready to ride down the healthy dinner river in these turkey stuffed zucchini boats?

Come on… let’s feed your stomach!

After you print the recipe, be sure to grab a dessert recipe from my recipe index. I think my sugar-free chocolate peanut butter pudding parfait or chocolate strawberry fool would be perfect options for dessert.

This Chocolate Peanut Butter Snack Bar Parfait is made from a homemade sugar free chocolate pudding recipe.

Yum, right?!

Fluffy Fool - a chocolate strawberry dessert recipe from ItsYummi.com

 

If you make this recipe, please come back and leave me a comment to let me know your thoughts!

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Turkey Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Prep Time 5 min Cook Time 27 min Yields 2

Zucchini are hollowed out and stuffed with a healthy vegetable mixture, then topped with salty feta cheese and baked up for yummi goodness.

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon grapeseed oil (or other oil of your choice)
  • 8 ounces (1/2 pound) lean ground turkey or other ground meat of your choice
  • 2 medium zucchini, washed, ends removed, and sliced in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, washed, seeded, and diced small
  • 4 ounces fresh mushrooms, washed and diced (any variety will work. I used baby portobellos)
  • 1 medium white or yellow onion, peeled and diced small
  • 1 small clove garlic, minced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt (more or less, to your taste)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper (more or less, to your taste)
  • 1/4 cup crumbled feta cheese (omit for vegan eaters)

Directions

  1. Heat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Lay zucchini halves on a rimmed baking sheet or in a casserole dish; set aside.
  3. Add oil to a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Once oil is shimmering, add ground turkey and cook 4-5 minutes, or until partially browned, breaking up meat into pieces with a spoon as it cooks. Reduce heat to medium and add all vegetables, plus salt and pepper. Cook 6-7 minutes, or until onions are translucent and vegetables are softened. Taste and add more seasoning, if desired.
  4. Spoon mixture evenly into prepared zucchini boats. Top with feta cheese, if using, then baked for 15 minutes.
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Turkey stuffed zucchini boats are an easy baked stuffed zucchini recipe! Even kids love this turkey stuffed zucchini, and it's a protein packed meal! It's low carb, gluten free, and is adaptable to be a meatless, vegetarian or paleo stuffed zucchini meal.

Turkey stuffed zucchini boats are an easy baked stuffed zucchini recipe! Even kids love this turkey stuffed zucchini, and it's a protein packed meal! It's low carb, gluten free, and is adaptable to be a meatless, vegetarian or paleo stuffed zucchini meal.

26 Replies to "Turkey Stuffed Zucchini Boats {Low Carb, Paleo-Friendly}"

  • Jill Roberts @ WellnessGeeky January 10, 2018 (8:04 am)

    Absolutely love your creative idea with turkey stuffed zucchini boats! Never seen something like this! Definitely i will try to make it too! Thx for sharing!

  • KB July 25, 2017 (5:02 pm)

    I came here for turkey, spinach, and feta zucchini boats…. no spinach to be found?

    • Becca July 25, 2017 (5:23 pm)

      Sorry about that, KB! Thank you for helping me catch the omission. The recipe calls for 2 cups of raw baby spinach.

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  • Stacy October 19, 2014 (1:15 am)

    Very pretty on the plate, Becca! Makes me want to dig right in!

  • CakeSpy October 16, 2014 (1:46 pm)

    I simply adore these !! I love how they kind of remind me of ants on a log, but, you know, far more sophisticated.

    • Chef Becca October 16, 2014 (1:50 pm)

      OK. That’s the cutest description I’ve ever heard for zucchini boats! You’re adorable. The end.

  • Arman October 16, 2014 (2:47 am)

    This looks delicious- actually buying zucchini to make this!

    • Chef Becca October 16, 2014 (6:44 am)

      Yay, Arman! I hope you enjoy the zucchini boats recipe. I’d love to hear your thoughts after you’ve tried them 🙂

  • Carla ( October 16, 2014 (12:07 am)

    Feta AND zucchini sounds like my PERFECT meal. I’m totally on board- er, deck. 🙂

    • Chef Becca October 16, 2014 (6:43 am)

      Haha! So happy to hear you’re ready for a ride in a zucchini boat, Carla! 😉

  • Serena | Serena Bakes Simply From Scratch October 15, 2014 (4:56 pm)

    Oh my goodness these have my name all over them! I love zucchini and these look like the perfect dinner to me!

  • David October 15, 2014 (10:39 am)

    Um, I have a secret love affair with feta cheese. I mean I love all cheese, but the salty deliciousness of feta just takes things to a whole new level. Too bad all my zucchini in the garden are gone…but there’s always next summer, right?

    • Chef Becca October 15, 2014 (10:43 am)

      Hmm… a scandalous affair with feta. That could be the title of a spicy novel, Dave! 😉 Oh, regarding your desire to wait until next year for garden zucchini… just a hint between friends…. they have these amazing places called grocery stores where fresh zucchini is often stocked in the produce section! #yesimasmartass

  • Shashi October 15, 2014 (9:38 am)

    You bet I am ready to ride the river in these boats – the river that leads to my stomach!!! woop woop! 🙂
    I have never made zucch boats so I am super glad you posted this recipe! My daughter would so love these!

    • Chef Becca October 15, 2014 (9:51 am)

      Haha! Why do I suddenly have the desire to sing Billy Joel’s hit, “River of Dreams”? I hope your family loves these zucchini boats, Shashi!

  • Kim Beaulieu October 14, 2014 (11:49 pm)

    Becca this is fantastic. I love the idea of these for parties and game days. Perfect munching food.

    • Chef Becca October 15, 2014 (4:26 am)

      Thanks, Kim! I love the health factor of these zucchini boats, too.

  • Amanda October 14, 2014 (9:04 pm)

    What a creative way to use zucchini!

  • Erin October 14, 2014 (1:47 pm)

    The sausage and feta might actually get my husband to eat zucchini. Love the idea!

    • Chef Becca October 14, 2014 (3:54 pm)

      Here’s hoping that does the trick for you, Erin! 😉

  • Yankee Kitchen Ninja (Julianne) October 14, 2014 (12:08 pm)

    This looks like a great weeknight dinner option — thanks for the idea!

    • Chef Becca October 14, 2014 (3:56 pm)

      I hope you have a chance to try the zucchini boats, Julianne, and I really hope you enjoy them, too!

  • Brianne October 14, 2014 (11:43 am)

    I do the same thing recipes I make over and over I don’t post because I don’t think anyone will be interested. But these sound so good!

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