Zucchini Boats – Easy Family Dinner

Zucchini boats make an extremely easy one dish family dinner. For a family of four, you can buy four or five medium sized zucchini, which will provide enough food for each person to have two boats. Plus, you might even have leftovers! 

My kids love zucchini, so I knew this meal would be a family favorite. However, even if you have picky eaters in your family, they are packed with so much flavor, they might not even notice they are eating zucchini!

Zucchini boats with ground turkey
Zucchini Boats

What Are the Health Benefits of Zucchini?

Zucchini is an extremely healthy food. It is very low in carbohydrates which makes it a great food to eat when trying to eat a low-carb diet. Also, it can improve digestion and help with weight loss because it is so high in fiber. In addition to that, zucchini contains high levels of potassium and Vitamin C, and has been proven to aid with heart health and circulation. 

Zucchini Boats – Recipe

Ingredients

5 medium zucchinis, washed (I bought these from my local Super Target)

5 Medium zucchinis
5 Medium Zucchinis

1 lb ground turkey

1 small jar marinara sauce

1 lb Ground turkey and spaghetti sauce
Ground Turkey and Sauce

1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning

½ teaspoon garlic powder

salt and pepper, to taste

½ cup shredded Italian cheese

Directions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Cook ground turkey over medium high heat

Cooking Ground Turkey for zucchini boats
Cooking Ground Turkey

Add Sauce and seasonings to ground turkey, and cook on low while preparing zucchini

Cut Zucchini into halves, lengthwise

With a spoon, scoop out inside of zucchini, and set zucchini meat aside

Spray large baking dish, and place hollowed zucchinis in dish

Hollowed zucchinis for zucchini boats
Hollowed zucchinis

Using paper towels, ring out as much of the liquid from zucchini meat as possible

Roughly chop zucchini meat and then place in sauce and combine

chopped zucchini meat
Chopped Zucchini Meat

Spoon prepared sauce into each zucchini boat

Zucchini boats with Italian sauce
Zucchini Boats with Sauce

Sprinkle desired amount of cheese on each boat

Place aluminum foil over dish and bake for about 30 minutes

Take foil off and bake until cheese is a nice, golden color

Zucchini boats
Zucchini Boats

Serve this meal by itself, with a salad, or even with a small amount of pasta on the side! If you are looking for a dessert to serve after this meal, serve my simple mini chocolate pies!

Yield: 10

Zucchini Boats

Zucchini Boats

Zucchini Boats make the perfect and extremely healthy one dish meal! Make ahead of time or just before dinner!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes

Ingredients

  • 5 medium zucchinis, washed
  • 1 lb ground turkey
  • 1 small jar marinara sauce
  • 1 Tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • ½ cup shredded Italian cheese

Instructions

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Cook ground turkey over medium high heat

Add Sauce and seasonings to ground turkey, and cook on low while preparing zucchini

Cut Zucchini into halves, lengthwise

With a spoon, scoop out inside of zucchini, and set zucchini meat aside

Spray large baking dish, and place hollowed zucchinis in dish

Using paper towels, ring out as much of the liquid from zucchini meat as possible

Roughly chop zucchini meat and then place in sauce and combine

Spoon prepared sauce into each zucchini boat

Sprinkle desired amount of cheese on each boat

Place aluminum foil over dish and bake for about 30 minutes

Take foil off and bake until cheese is a nice, golden color

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

5

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 332 Total Fat: 21g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 12g Cholesterol: 109mg Sodium: 339mg Carbohydrates: 9g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 5g Protein: 29g
The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.
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