Nothing goes to waste in this twist on eggplant Parmesan, as the scooped-out zucchini flesh gets mixed into the meat sauce. Use long, straight zucchini for this dish, which are easier to hollow out for stuffing. Source: Diabetic Living Magazine, Spring 2019

Abbie Gellman, M.S., RD, CDN


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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a large rimmed baking sheet with foil or parchment paper and coat with cooking spray.

  • Heat 2 tsp. oil in a large saucepan over medium-high heat. Add onion; cook, stirring often, until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add garlic; cook, stirring, for 30 seconds more. Add tomatoes, honey, salt, and pepper. If using dried basil, add it now. Bring to a simmer. Reduce heat to maintain a simmer and cook, uncovered, stirring occasionally, for 20 minutes. If using fresh basil, add it now.

  • Meanwhile, score the cut sides of each zucchini half in a crisscross pattern, taking care not to cut through the skin. Place the halves, cut-side down, on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 20 minutes. Set aside to cool.

  • Heat the remaining 1 tsp. oil in a medium skillet over medium heat. Add ground beef and Italian seasoning. Cook, breaking up the beef, until no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Add the beef to the sauce mixture.

  • When the zucchini are cool enough to handle, carefully scoop out the center of each half with a spoon, leaving about 1/2 inch of flesh attached to the skin. Chop the scooped-out zucchini and add it to the sauce mixture. Place the zucchini halves, cut-side up, on the baking sheet.

  • Stuff about 1/3 cup of the sauce mixture into each zucchini half. Sprinkle 1 Tbsp. Parmesan and 1 1/2 tsp. mozzarella on each zucchini half. Return the zucchini to the oven and bake until heated through and golden brown, about 20 minutes.

Nutrition Facts

318 calories; 15.4 g total fat; 5.9 g saturated fat; 62 mg cholesterol; 645 mg sodium. 1495 mg potassium; 22.5 g carbohydrates; 5.4 g fiber; 13 g sugar; 25.7 g protein; 1103 IU vitamin a iu; 68 mg vitamin c; 100 mcg folate; 243 mg calcium; 5 mg iron; 103 mg magnesium; 1 g added sugar;