SkinnyItalian Zucchini Boats

These are fantastic! One bite and you’ll know why. The filling is a wonderfully flavorful bolognese sauce. These boats are perfect for dinner, fresh, and filling without being overly heavy. Each serving has only 187 calories and 4 grams of fat
SkinnyItalian Zucchini Boats

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Makes 4 servings. Each serving, 1 stuffed zucchini boat.

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SKINNY FACTS: for 1 stuffed zucchini boat
187 calories, 4g fat, 1g sat. fat, 15g prot, 23g carbs, 5g fiber, 646mg sod, 12g sugar
FACTS: for Freestyle SmartPoints
145 calories, 1g sat. fat, 9g sugar, 13g protein


SkinnyItalian Zucchini Boats

SkinnyItalian Zucchini Boats

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Prep Time 15 minutes
Bake Time: 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American, Italian
Servings 4
Calories 187 kcal


  • 2 medium zucchini (16 oz total)
  • 1 (14 oz) jar pizza or pasta sauce (divided) I used Classico traditional pizza or use Rao’s for Keto marinara sauce (about 2 cups)
  • ½ pound extra lean ground beef or ground turkey
  • ¾ cup onions, finely diced
  • 2 teaspoons garlic, minced
  • ½ teaspoon Italian seasonings
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 4 teaspoons Parmesan cheese (for Paleo, no cheese)


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  • Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Place on a microwave-safe plate and heat in microwave for 2 minutes, to soften a little. Using a spoon or melon baller, scoop out flesh. Be sure to leave ¼ inch thick inside zucchini boats. Chop scooped out zucchini in small pieces. Set aside.
  • Place ½ cup sauce in bottom of a 9 x 9-inch baking dish. Place zucchini boats cut side up in pan.
  • In a large, nonstick pan, add ground beef, chopped and scooped out zucchini filling, onions, and garlic. Cook until beef is browned. Pour into a colander and drain any fat. Add beef mixture back to pan. Stir in ½ cup sauce. Season with Italian seasonings and a little salt and pepper. Mix well. Continue to cook for about 2 minutes.
  • To fill zucchini boats: To each, add a rounded ⅓ cup beef filling, press down to set. Top each with 2 tablespoons marinara sauce. Sprinkle each with 1 teaspoon Parmesan cheese. Repeat for remaining zucchini boats. Cover with foil and bake 35 minutes until zucchini is cooked and soft.
  • If desired, top each with 1 additional teaspoon of Parmesan cheese and serve. Be sure to use a spatula to scoop out each zucchini boat to place on each plate. Add some sauce to each from the bottom of pan.


Serving: 1boatCalories: 187kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 15gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 646mgFiber: 5gSugar: 12gBlue Smart Points: 5Green Smart Points: 5Plus Points: 5
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