13 April, 2020
Healthy Italian Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Posted in : MAIN DISHES
by : Admin
Healthy Italian Stuffed Zucchini Boats with cheesy Italian sausage or ground turkey, bell peppers, mushrooms, and the best crispy panko topping, ready in just 30 minutes!
3-4 medium zucchini
1/2 pound ground Italian sausage OR ground turkey see note 1
2 teaspoons minced garlic
1 red bell pepper, diced
4 ounces mushrooms, diced
1 cup marinara sauce I used a garlic and basil marinara
1 teaspoon dried herb Italian seasoning
1 cup shredded part skim mozzarella cheese
1/2 cup Italian style panko breadcrumbs or add 1/2 teaspoon Italian seasoning to regular panko
1 tablespoon olive oil
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Use a tablespoon to scoop out seedy center and discard. Arrange side by side, cut side up, on a baking sheet or in a casserole dish.
In a large skillet over medium-high heat, brown sausage (or turkey) for 4-5 minutes, using a spatula to break into small pieces as it cooks. (See note 1 if using ground turkey)
Add bell peppers and mushrooms and saute 2-4 minutes until tender.
Stir in garlic, marinara sauce, and Italian seasoning.
Spoon mixture into the zucchini boats
Bake for 15 minutes.
In a small bowl stir together panko bread crumbs and olive oil.
Top zucchini boats with mozzarella cheese, then the panko.
Bake for 5 minutes longer until cheese is melted and panko is golden. Serve immediately.