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Baked Southwest Zucchini Boats Recipe

Baked Southwest Zucchini Boats

A super delicious and healthy recipe that is low in carb, the zucchini boats are stuffed with a meat and veggies mixture that can be adapted with different kinds of proteins or made vegetarian based on your preference.
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: Mexican, Tex-Mex
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 10 servings
Calories: 185kcal
Author: Mariam E.


  • 5 large zucchinis cut in half and cored
  • salt & fresh cracked pepper to sprinkle on the zucchini
  • 1 tbsp olive oil drizzle on zucchini
  • 1 cup shredded mexican cheese


  • 1 lb ground turkey or any meat
  • 1 small onion petite diced
  • 2 medium vine tomato or 4 plum tomatoes
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3/4 cup corn
  • 3/4 cup black beans
  • 1 tsp italian seasoning
  • 1 tbsp taco or chili seasoning
  • 1/2 cup tomato sauce
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika


  • Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees
  • Prepare the stuffing ingredients and cut and core out the zucchinis as shown in the photos.
  • Place the zucchinis in a baking dish, drizzle some olive oil, add some salt and pepper. Bake in the oven for 10 minutes
  • In a large skillet, bring 1 tbsp. of olive oil to medium-high heat. Add in the onions and cook until they are tender. Add in the ground turkey, spices and salt. Cook for a couple of minutes.
  • Add in the black beans, corn, diced tomatoes and tomato sauce. Mix and simmer on medium-low heat for about 5 minutes. Turn off the heat and set aside.
  • Remove the zucchini dish from the oven and generously stuff them with the stuffing mixture. Top them with some shredded Mexican cheese and bake for another 10 minutes.
  • Remove the dish from the oven and garnish with some fresh chopped parsley or cilantro. Serve with some lemon wedges and sour cream. (Optional)


Calories: 185kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 765mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1041IU | Vitamin C: 34mg | Calcium: 112mg | Iron: 2mg
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