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Healthy Italian Stuffed Zucchini Boats

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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
  • Instructions

  • 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.
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