Turkey Meat Zucchini Boats
These turkey meat zucchini boats a delicious Paleo, Whole 30 & Keto recipe that the whole family will love. In case you didn’t know I love stuffing my vegetables with a hearty dinner. It adds volume to keep you full, but helps the calories lower. My Buffalo Chicken Stuffed Sweet Potatoes, and Taco Meat Stuffed Sweet Potatoes are on heavy rotation in our house. But when we’re watching carbs, or in the summer when zucchini is overflowing and dirt cheap, I prefer to use this summer squash for my vessel.
Friday! It’s the weekend whoo-hoo! The only plans we have this weekend is a deep cleaning of the apartment! Getting rid of lots of things and organizing. Feel free to drop any organizing tips for me below. If the weather is nice, we’re hoping we can get to the park on Sunday. As long as it’s not too crazy, the past few weeks it’s been insane here in Astoria. But in a week we’ll be down visiting my Parents and able to sit outside in their backyard! Can’t wait for that!
Totes Floats Mah Boats!
This recipe totes floats my zucchini boats. I am a BIG fan of meal prep. Just cook once, get it all done. Some of my friends are like, don’t you want to eat fresh food? But to me, if you’re heating it before you eat it, it’s the same as fresh. Plus, meal prep saves me so much time. I can prep an entire week of dinners and breakfasts, in under 2 hours, with cleanup. Granted during those 2 hours, my kitchen might look like a bomb went off, but it beats cooking every night. The point that I’m trying to make is that meal prep is awesome. This recipe is ideal for meal prep. I’ll prepare the veggies, cook the meat, stuff the zucchini, then leave them in the fridge. When we’re ready to eat, all I need to do is toss them in the oven.
I love how cheap zucchini gets in the summer. You can find big long fat zucchinis for next to nothing! If you need other zucchini recipes, check out my Flourless Zucchini Brownies and my Zucchini Pie recipes. This recipe is loaded with veggies. If you follow me, you know, I love adding fruits and vegetables in my diet any way I can. I feel so much better knowing I ate as many plants as possible. Lately I’ve also been preferring leaner proteins like turkey and chicken to red meat and pork. Not that I have an issue with them, I just find that I prefer those right now.
Nerdy Health Stuff
While botanically zucchini is fruit, it is widely considered a vegetable. It falls into the category of summer squash, the good thing about summer squashes vs. winter squash is that they tend to be significantly lower in carbs than their counterparts. Most low carb diets would restrict butternut squash, but zucchini and spaghetti squash are perfectly acceptable options. One cup of zucchini contains only 17 calories and about 2 grams of net carbs! (1) It’s easy to see why zoodles are a popular low carb alternative to pasta. A typical cup of pasta has over 200 Calories, and 40G of carbs(2). That’s a big difference!
Zucchini is also rich in many vitamins, minerals, antioxidants. Antioxidants are beneficial plant compounds that can be very helpful to our body, in preventing the damage of healthy cells. Zucchini are particularly rich in Carotenoids — such as lutein, zeaxanthin, and beta-carotene —specific antioxidants beneficial for eye health and lung health (3). Zucchini provides about 24% of your daily needs for vitamin C in a one-cup serving.(4) Vitamin C is a water-soluble vitamin that is important in boosting immunity, repairing cells, and slowing down the aging process.(5)
Tips, Recs, Subs
- If you prefer beef to turkey you can swap that.
- Onions also make a great addition to this dish, just dice and heat up while you are cooking the oil and garlic.
- Long fat zucchinis are best for this dish! Cut them lengthwise and cut off the stem. When you use the spoon to carve out the middle, make sure you don’t rip the zucchini. Go slow and shallow at first, then scoop more once you realize how much space you have before you get to the skin.
- If you are not dairy-free, Whole 30 or Paleo, cheese is an excellent addition. Sprinkle on some cheddar cheese or Parmesan the last 5 minutes that the zucchini are baking.
- If you don’t have diced tomatoes in a pinch, you can also use salsa.
- I love the Primal Kitchens Chiptole Ranch dressing to top this dish off. You can get here directly through amazon!
- You can use aluminum foil or a slip mat for baking the zucchini in the oven. Slipmats are great. They are reusable silicone sheets that are great for baking everything from cookies to veggies. I use mine ALL the time. They are also super affordable and pay for themselves rather quickly in the amount that you’ll save on foil or parchment paper. You can order here right off Amazon.
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Turkey Meat Zucchini Boats
- Non Stick skillet or cast iron
- Baking sheet
- 1 Tablespoon Olive Oil
- 3-4 Large Zucchini – Long fat ones work best
- 1 Lb Ground Turkey Meat
- 1 Clove garlic crushed
- 1 Can Diced tomatoes
- 1 Tablespoon Paprika
- 1 Tablespoon Cumin
- 1 Red Pepper diced
- Optional – Cheddar or Parmesan cheese to top if keto, but not Whole 30 or Paleo.
- Optional – Primal Kitchen Chipotle Ranch Dressing. or Other Whole 30/Paleo approved dressing.
- Preheat oven to 350. Dice your red pepper, set aside. Prepare the zucchini.Cut the stems off the tops, cut each zucchini length wise. Use a spoon to scrape out the middle, making sure you don't go so deep that you pierce the outer skin. Set on a baking tray that is lined with a slip mat (see tips, recs, subs above) or aluminum foil. Set aside.
- Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil, and garlic in your skillet on med-high heat. Add the turkey, and cook until mostly brown (about 5 minutes) Add your spices, salt and pepper, diced red pepper, and can of diced tomatoes that has been drained. Let cook for 5 minutes, until peppers have softened a bit and meat is completely cooked.
- Use a spoon to fill the zucchini with the meat mixture. Bake at 350 for 25-30 minutes. If not paleo/whole 30, add cheese during the last 5 minutes. Serve hot and enjoy!
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