(This recipe for Mexican Zucchini Boats was originally posted in August 2012, but was updated with new photos in 2018). As this recipe is written, I would say it is very mild. Bake until zucchini turns bright green and is just beginning to soften, 10 minutes. If desired, sprinkle some mexican blended cheese on top. Remove tin foil and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes until zucchini is easily pierced with a fork. Add onion and reserved zucchini and cook until soft, about 5 minutes. simmer for about 7-10 minutes. Without making things too hard in the kitchen, I wanted to make something easy, and healthy that is perfect for a weeknight meal! Lightly grease a medium sized cast iron skillet and place the zucchini boats inside. Every year after Thanksgiving, I just want Mexican food. Toss and mix well. Here’s a great forum on ways to use the pulp. Required fields are marked *, These zucchini boats are delicious! Stir in chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, Mexican salsa and black beans. This is the perfect dish if you love vegetarian dishes with some kick. Home cook for the family by night. I had a gnarly craving for stuffed zucchini boats this week. I love enchiladas, I love tortillas, and there are few things that can convince me otherwise. They’re also perfect for a weeknight dinner because they only take about 30 minutes to make. Slice each zucchini in half lengthwise. Chop the flesh with a knife until it is in small and uniform pieces, then set aside. Cook the turkey, bell pepper, garlic, and onions over medium heat until the meat is browned and the vegetables are softened. Add the onion, bell pepper, reserved zucchini, tomato sauce and water. While zucchini boats are baking, prepare your toppings. Zucchini should Zucchini is scooped out and filled with a vegetable and rice mixture. Top each with 1 tablespoon of shredded cheese. These turkey stuffed zucchini taco boats are loaded with a taco-inspired mixture with hearty black beans and sweet corn. To ensure crisp-tender zucchini, look out for a few things: Yes! This post has been sponsored by Foster Farms. If you’d like to increase the heat, add in a diced jalapeño, some fire-roasted diced green chiles, and/or use a medium to hot enchilada sauce. Place zucchini in two baking dishes (I used one large and one medium), brush lightly with 1 Tbsp of the olive oil and season lightly with salt. Preheat oven to 400°F. It is tender in the way that a knife can easily sink through it, but crisp meaning the zucchini still has structure and a slight crunch. Your email address will not be published. The skin on properly cleaned zucchini is perfectly fine to eat, and it actually has a lot of nutritional benefits! Preheat oven to 400°F. Fill with ground turkey filling, top with cheese and place on a sheet pan. No sacrificing flavor here! simmer for about 7-10 minutes. MMmm. If you have other favorite pizza toppings, like lean, cooked ground beef, turkey pepperoni or peppers, add them onto the boats before baking. If you have a plethora of zucchini in your kitchen, make these Mexican Zucchini Boats stuffed with turkey, tomatoes, and more! Preheat oven to 400°F. I’ve found this pulp makes the zucchini boats too wet and takes away from the flavor. Stir in the garlic and cook for 30 seconds more. In a pan on medium heat, brown ground turkey in 2 tbsp of olive oil. Spoon 1/4 cup chili evenly into each zucchini half. Foster Farms is hosting a giveaway on their Facebook page, check out this post to find out how to enter to win! These Mexican Stuffed Zucchini Boats are low carb and so satisfying! leave me a comment below. This recipe is vegan, paleo, Whole30, grain free, gluten free and easy to make. How to Make Mealtime Hassle Free! Crisp-tender means it’s been cooked all the way through, but still has some “snap” to it. Grease a 9x13-inch baking dish. While the zucchini bakes, heat the remaining oil in a large skillet over medium heat and add the onion. Bring beef broth to a boil, add rice and cook as directed; set aside. If you’re really on a crunch for time, you can prep your zucchini ahead of time, and have everything just ready to load up and throw into the oven! Toss together to combine, taste and season with more salt if necessary. This recipe also isn’t a great candidate for freezing. When the zucchini pizza boats are ready, remove from the oven. Grease a large baking pan with olive oil, set They are low carb and filled with protein from the turkey and cheese. Use a spoon to carefully scoop the flesh out of the zucchini. I really liked the flavor and texture of these. Enchilada Zucchini Boats are a super flavorful and fun twist on traditional enchiladas. Leave approximately 1/4-inch thick shell on each half. Thank you! Zucchini are a keto-friendly vegetable because they are grown above ground. Cook until turkey is no longer pink, 8 to 10 minutes. Brown hamburger with onions (and peppers& mushrooms if you want); drain. © 2020 Dad With A Pan. Follow my blog for easy to make recipes, how-to's and ideas to gather the family at the dinner table! Cook the chopped zucchini with olive oil and garlic on medium heat and add the turkey. Add in the salsa and spices. Try these Italian-inspired zucchini boats next! So thrilled to hear that and I hope you LOVE these zucchini boats! Your email address will not be published. In a large skillet over medium heat, heat oil. Cheesy Healthy Mexican Zucchini Boats is a great dish for using up whatever you have in the pantry, fridge, freezer and heck, even leftovers often make an appearance in this dish. Baked zucchini doesn’t store especially well; it tends to get soggy and a bit mushy. Home cook for the family by night. Cut zucchini in half length wise, scoop our seeds with a spoon. Using a spoon, scoop centers from zucchini while leaving a little over 1/4-inch rim to create boats. All opinions are my own! It makes dinner prep go so much quicker! You may recognize it from these turkey tacos or turkey taco salad — we’re obsessed with it. Zesty Mexican zucchini enchilada boats stuffed with a delicious mixture of turkey, lentils, peppers, rice or quinoa, and enchilada sauce, topped with more saucy goodness and melty cheese. Again, the zucchini gets overly mushy and wet when frozen and thawed. Cook until the onion is softened, about 5 minutes. Top the turkey mixture with about half the sour cream mixture. Using Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey, not only helps keep this a healthy dish, but since it is such a lean protein, I don’t need to worry about draining. Add the reserved chopped zucchini pulp and cook until the onion softens and the turkey is no longer pink. Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the whisked egg, bread crumbs, olives, sun dried tomatoes, 3/4 of the basil, pine nuts, and half of the Parmesan cheese. Combine reserved zucchini pulp, turkey, green bell pepper, sweet red pepper, onion, mushrooms, and spinach in a skillet over medium heat. The Foster Farms Organic Ground Turkey, is brown and seasoned with chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, then I add a can of salsa mexicana (it’s basically a canned salsa), and some black beans. So I’m just browning the turkey, and adding all my seasonings in one pan to get the filling ready! This recipe is best eaten right after baking. Thaw the filling in the fridge overnight and then reheat on the stovetop over low heat for about 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Zucchini Boats are my favorite go to meal to make on my carb cutting weeknights and I’m trying to put something easy together. 5 secrets to easy, fast and delicious dinners. I love hearing from you when you've made one of my recipes! Remove zucchini boats from the oven, let cool 10 minutes. Awe you made my day, thank you Cindy!! Looking for more zucchini boat variations? Prep Time 25 minutes Cook … Evenly divide turkey mixture into sixteen zucchini halves. Mexican zucchini boats are perfect to enjoy if you’re following a ketogenic diet. I love adding it to omelets the next morning or blending it in this green smoothie recipe (adds nutrients without any strong detectable flavor). Lightly brush the tops with one teaspoon of olive oil then place them skin side down in the casserole dish. Sprinkle with toppings and serve immediately. Season with salt and pepper (if desired); cook, stirring frequently, for 8 to 10 minutes, or until salsa is incorporated into the turkey. Easy Zucchini Pizza Boats stuffed with ground turkey, mushrooms, onions, garlic, and marinara sauce covered in cheese solve any pizza craving. Follow my blog for easy to make recipes, how-to's and ideas to gather the family at the dinner table! While the pulp can be discarded, there are so many ways to use it so it doesn’t go to waste. Bake uncovered for about 20 minutes or until zucchini is … Fill the zucchini halves, add cheese, and bake. This meal really does not take much time, by the time the stove is preheated you can have the filling ready to load up in your zucchini boats. Bake, covered, for 25 minutes - 30 minutes (zucchini will be fork tender). Tag me on Instagram at @ChelseasMessyApron or (If you prefer a softer zucchini, place this dish in the oven and cook for about 15 minutes then scoop the cooked filling into the zucchini boats and bake as directed below). I often get out all the seasonings and make 10+ seasoning packets at a time. And I have piece of mind knowing what I’m putting on the table has no antibiotics, hormones, GMOs or steroids! To make Mexican Zucchini Boats, we scoop out the inside pulp with a metal (or sharp) 1-teaspoon measuring spoon. So it’s not traveling far! Top evenly with cheese. Here you'll find my family's favorite recipes my two little boys and I have created together. Haha! Bake for 15-20 minutes, or until the zucchini is cooked and the cheese is melted and bubbly. Carefully scoop the turkey taco filling into the zucchini boats until full. Instructions Preheat oven to 425F. Cover and simmer over a low heat for 10 minutes. onion powder, garlic powder, dried oregano, salt and pepper. Top with shredded cheddar cheese. Remove from the heat and add the green chiles, enchilada sauce, and shredded chicken to the pan. Healthy, flavor-packed Mexican Zucchini Boats burst with robustly seasoned ground turkey, enchilada sauce, black beans, corn, and other veggies. Search my 1,000+ recipes to find exactly what you’re looking for. When I’m trying to eat healthy, I like to reduce my carb intake. This Mexican vegetarian stuffed zucchini boat recipe is the perfect low carb meal or side dish. The seasoning in these Mexican Zucchini Boats is my go-to for Mexican-flavored ground turkey. Bake the zucchini for 15–18 minutes. Learn how to make zucchini boats by stuffing them with your favorite healthy filling ingredients and then baking them in the oven! Using zucchini instead of tortillas lightens everything up, but you absolutely should prepare it the proper way. Not that carbs are good or bad (I’m in no way a nutrition), I just know what works for my body. Click the Bookmark Icon to Add to Your Favories. Season inside of zucchini halves with salt and pepper, to taste. Sprinkle the cheese over the zucchini boats. Could I sub ground chicken for the turkey? I have been following your site and using your recipes for almost a year, my husband loves every dish I made of yours, thank you!!!!! Being a parent, you start to care a little more about what exactly is in the products you’re putting in front of your family. Fill the zucchini boats evenly with the taco mixture. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). In the process of making this for dinner tonight. I ate three of these and didn’t feel one once of remorse! Next warm the tablespoon of olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. I love that Foster Farms has an organic line as well. Spoon ¼ of the Ground Turkey Taco Meat into each zucchini boat. My stuffed zucchini boats had almost a Sante Fe vibe to them. While I’d never truly give up enchiladas with tortillas, I’m convinced I could eat these just as often. Enjoy! MASTERCLASS GIVEAWAY: Aaron Franklin is one of my, These frittata croissant boats gotta be in the bre, Nothing beats a big bowl of creamy buttery mashed, If you haven’t tried my smoked carnitas recipe w, These loaded cauliflower bites make the perfect lo. One way to speed up the cooking time for Mexican Zucchini Boats is to make this seasoning blend ahead of time. I mean, that’s all it takes is a little cheese and the right … Cut zucchini in half length wise, scoop our seeds with a spoon. These ground turkey taco stuffed zucchini boats may be packed full of protein and veggies, but they are also exploding with flavor! Using a spoon, fill the hollowed zucchini boats dividing the taco meat equally, about 1/3 cup in each, pressing firmly. Pack the completely cooled filling (without cheese) into a heavy-duty freezer-safe bag or container, leaving space for the sauce to expand once it’s frozen. Could I use ground beef instead of turkey? Large zucchini typically have tougher skins with a slightly bitter taste to them, which is why I recommend small-to-medium veggies for this recipe. Today we're making a healthy but delicious Stuffed Zucchini Boats recipe with Balsamic Reduction. That is assuming you use McCormick® chili powder and Old El Paso® mild red enchilada sauce, since both are very mild. Healthy and flavor-packed Mexican Zucchini Boats are loaded with robustly-seasoned ground turkey, enchilada sauce, black beans, corn, and other veggies. That said, the meat filling on this recipe does store and freeze well. Turkey stuffed zucchini boats are a healthy and delicious meal that your whole family will love. If you’d like to only eat a few zucchini boats at a time, I recommend storing the zucchini separate from the meat and baking only the amount you need for each meal. Instagram for the latest updates, recipes and content. Generously coat the bottom of a deep frying pan with vegetable spray. In fact, if you’re hesitant about ground turkey, I can confirm that my husband, friends, and family members have all been completely convinced I’ve made ground beef, not ground turkey, because of this seasoning blend (the beef bouillon is the “secret” for making it taste more like beef!). Use a small spoon or metal 1/2 teaspoon measuring spoon to hollow out the center of the zucchini halves then place them cut side up in the prepared baking dish. While the concept of replacing carbs with veggies is exciting if you are watching your carb intake, I am not one to think the flavor tradeoff is worth it. Take zucchini and make boats out of them (slice the top off and scoop out the seeds and discard) Place in a casserole dish. I'm an IT professional by day. Here’s a great forum on ways to use the pulp. I wanted to do something similar to a stuffed pepper style, but different at the same time. Plus it’s the only California-grown, organic, ground turkey. This is not one of those recipes where you’re feeling the sacrifice of carbs and eating it in the name of weight loss or health; it’s legitimately delectable. Loading it up the ground turkey filling into the zucchini boats then topping it of with cheese, makes such a flavorful meal, and there’s no guilt whatsoever. Stuffed with a zesty ground beef mixture and topped with cheese, these baked Mexican zucchini boats are an instant hit. Lay zucchini halves in glass dish. They are made with seasoned ground beef (or turkey), plenty traditional enchilada sauce, shredded cheese, and fresh zucchini. Family man • Recipe maker • Hockey junkie • Sharing meals that bring us together • [email protected] @dadwithapan #dadwithapan. In a pan on medium heat, brown ground turkey in 2 tbsp of olive oil. Stir in chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, pepper, Mexican salsa and black beans. Stir and cover, simmer on low for about 20 minutes. 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