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Zucchini Taco Boats

This recipe is a great way to use up the overabundance of zucchini in our gardens!

It is a low carb twist to taco tuesdays (and you wont even miss the taco shell!!)

INGREDIENTS:

  • 4 medium (32 ounces) zucchinis, cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup mild salsa
  • 1 lb 93% lean ground turkey
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt, or to taste
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp oregano
  • 1/2 small onion, minced
  • 2 tbsp bell pepper, minced
  • 4 oz can tomato sauce
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 cup reduced fat Mexican blend or cheddar (my fam prefers cheddar) shredded cheese
  • 1/4 cup chopped scallions or cilantro, for topping

DIRECTIONS:

  1. Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Place 1/4 cup of salsa in the bottom of a large baking dish.
  3. Using a small spoon or melon baller, hollow out the center of the zucchini halves, leaving 1/4-inch thick shell on each half.
  4. Chop the scooped out flesh of the zucchini in small pieces and set aside 3/4 of a cup to add to the taco filling, (squeeze excess water with a paper towel) discarding the rest or save to use in another recipe.
  5. Drop zucchini halves in boiling water and cook 1 minute. Remove from water.
  6. Brown turkey in a large skillet, breaking up while it cooks. When no longer pink add the spices and mix well.
  7. Add the onion, bell pepper, reserved zucchini, tomato sauce and water. Stir and cover, simmer on low for about 20 minutes.
  8. Using a spoon, fill the hollowed zucchini boats dividing the taco meat equally, about 1/3 cup in each, pressing firmly.
  9. Top each with 1 tablespoon of shredded cheese. Cover with foil and bake 35 minutes until cheese is melted and zucchini is cooked through.
  10. Top with scallions and serve with salsa on the side.

 

Zucchini Taco Boats

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By: Gina Homolka

Recipe Notes

Yield: 4 servings, Serving Size: 2 halves

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Smart Points: 5
  • Points +: 7
  • Calories: 286
  • Total Fat: 12g
  • Saturated Fat: g
  • Cholesterol: 8mg
  • Sodium: mg
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fiber: 5g
  • Sugar: 6g
  • Protein: 28g

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