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.
High Protein Stuffed Zucchini
- 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.
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!