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turkey zucchini boats

Recipe by
Francine Lizotte
Surrey South, BC

Healthy, colorful and delicious, these are an amazing way to use up your leftover turkey.

yield 6 servings
prep time 20 Min
cook time 50 Min
method Bake

Ingredients For turkey zucchini boats

  • 3 md
    zucchinis, washed, ends cut and halved lengthwise
  • 1 Tbsp
    olive oil
  • 1/3 c
    onions, chopped
  • 1/4 c
    celery, chopped
  • 1/2 c
    red peppers, chopped
  • 1 c
    button mushrooms, chopped
  • 2 lg
    cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 c
    cooked turkey, cubed
  • 1 1/2 c
    marinara sauce
  • 1 Tbsp
    italian seasoning
  • 3/4 c
    sharp white cheddar cheese, grated
  • 1/4 c
    panko® breadcrumbs
  • 1 Tbsp
    fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1/4 tsp
    ground himalayan sea salt, or to taste
  • 1/4 tsp
    freshly ground black pepper, or to taste (i always use mixed peppercorns)
  • 1/2 c
    parmesan cheese, finely grated
  • 1/4 tsp
    smoked paprika

How To Make turkey zucchini boats

  • 1
    Preheat oven to 375ºF/190ºC and lightly grease a baking dish: set aside.
  • 2
    Slice zucchinis in half lengthwise and scoop the flesh out with a melon baller, leaving about ¼-inch from the edges – reserve the flesh for other recipes. Place zucchini boats on the prepared baking dish; set aside.
  • 3
    In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add oil and when hot, add onions and celery; sauté for 3 minutes. Add red peppers and sauté for 2 minutes. Stir in mushrooms and cook for 4 minutes. Add garlic and quickly sauté for 1 minute. Add cooked turkey, Marinara sauce, Italian seasoning and sharp Cheddar cheese; stir until the ingredients are well blended.
  • 4
    Remove from the heat and add breadcrumbs and parsley; stir well and taste and adjust if necessary.
  • 5
    Evenly stuff the prepared zucchini half cavities. Sprinkle on Parmesan cheese to cover the filling and dust with smoked paprika.
  • 6
    Wrap the dish with foil and transfer to the preheated oven; bake for 35 minutes.
  • 7
    25 minutes later, remove the foil and continue baking for the remaining 10 minutes.
  • 8
    Remove from the heat and let it sit 5 to 10 minutes before serving. Yields 6 zucchini halves
  • 9
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