Looking for a scrumptious and nutritious low carb meal that’s packed with protein? Look no further than these High Protein Stuffed Zucchini Boats. With a flavorful mixture of ground turkey, fresh veggies, and zesty spices, these zucchini boats are sure to satisfy your taste buds and keep you on track with your low-carb lifestyle.

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High Protein Stuffed Zucchini

Discover a mouthwatering recipe for High Protein Stuffed Zucchini Boats, a delightful low-carb option that's perfect for a nutritious dinner.
Course dinner, lunch, Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 246kcal


  • 4 medium zucchini halved lengthwise
  • 1 tablespoon avocado oil
  • 1 lb ground turkey or turkey sausage
  • 1/2 cup thinly sliced bell peppers
  • 1/2 red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 jalapeno pepper diced
  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon dried oregano
  • ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 1/2 cup shredded monterey jack cheese
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro


  • Begin by slicing the zucchinis in half lengthwise, creating your zucchini boats.
  • Arrange the zucchini halves cut-side down in your air fryer. Air fry them until they become tender, which should take around 10-15 minutes at 400ºF.
  • While the zucchinis are cooking, heat the avocado oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey and veggies, stirring often, until the turkey browns, and the peppers become tender. This process usually takes about 5-6 minutes.
  • Stir in the garlic, chili powder, ground cumin, salt, dried oregano, and smoked paprika. Continue sautéing until the mixture becomes fragrant, which should take approximately 1 minute.
  • Add the tomato paste to the skillet, sautéing for an additional minute until the turkey and veggies are evenly coated, and the mixture thickens.
  • Once the zucchini halves are tender, carefully scoop out the center from each zucchini half, leaving a 1/4-inch-thick shell. Mash the scooped-out zucchini flesh and stir it into the turkey mixture.
  • Arrange the zucchini halves cut-side up in your air fryer basket.
  • Stuff each zucchini half with approximately 1/4 cup of the turkey mixture.
  • Sprinkle shredded cheese evenly over the stuffed zucchinis.
  • Air fry the stuffed zucchinis at 400ºF for 5 minutes or until the cheese becomes melty and deliciously golden brown.
  • Top your High Protein Stuffed Zucchini Boats with freshly chopped cilantro for an added burst of flavor.


Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 32g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.02g | Cholesterol: 69mg | Sodium: 475mg | Potassium: 1034mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 1933IU | Vitamin C: 63mg | Calcium: 118mg | Iron: 3mg

These High Protein Stuffed Zucchini Boats make for a delightful dinner option that’s both healthy and delicious. Whether you’re following a low-carb diet or simply looking to enjoy a flavorful meal, this recipe is sure to hit the spot. Give it a try, and you won’t be disappointed!

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