Stuffed Zucchini Recipes So Good You'll Make Them All Summer Long
Hot summer weather can only mean one thing: an abundance of zucchini! Sure, you can just throw this squash on the grill for an easy side dish, but when you cut zucchini lengthwise, it can be a meal. Stuffed zucchini can please just about any palate–think: Caprese salad, taco fixings or lasagna. Plus, it's an easy way to help meet your vegetable goal for the day. Now let's stuff some zukes!
Smoked Sausage-Stuffed Zucchini
Zucchini holds a flavorful filling of smoky sausage, brown rice and red bell pepper in this healthy dinner recipe. Opt for smoked paprika if you want to give your zucchini an extra burst of smoky flavor. If you like spice, swap out the smoked sausage links for hot Italian sausage.
These stuffed zucchini boats are filled with all your favorite taco ingredients like ground beef, cheese and avocado, but feel free to add more veggies like red peppers for crunch or jalapeños for spice. They're perfect for a low-carb alternative on taco night or a great kid-friendly way to sneak in more vegetables.
In this stuffed zucchini recipe, turkey sausage and tomato are combined with quinoa and Parmesan cheese before filling the zucchini shells. Fresh marjoram lends its floral notes to the sausage mixture, but any fresh herb will work.
Swap vegetables for noodles in this healthy lasagna-inspired recipe. Zucchini flesh soaks up the tomato sauce that mingles with chicken sausage, tomato, ricotta and herbs that give you all the flavors of lasagna without all the carbs.
Zucchini Lasagna Rolls
Give lasagna rolls a healthy low-carb makeover with this easy recipe that subs in thinly sliced zucchini for lasagna noodles. Stand them up in your baking dish to cook, then finish off this cheesy vegetarian casserole with a crispy "bread crumb" topping made from almonds to keep it gluten-free.
Hasselback Zucchini "Pizzas"
Turn zucchini into a lower-carb version of pizza with this easy recipe. Using the Hasselback technique creates a fun and unique way to stuff zucchini with all the goodness of classic pizza–pepperoni, sauce and melty cheese.
Zucchini stuffed with tomatoes, mozzarella and basil make a fresh summer side dish. Line the boats up in a microwave-safe casserole dish, stick it in the microwave for a few minutes and let all the flavors bloom.
Garlic-Parmesan Hasselback Zucchini
Using the Hasselback technique–cutting partially into a whole fruit or vegetable every 1/2 inch or so–gives you an easy way to sneak lots of flavor into this healthy zucchini recipe. For this recipe, slide a piece of Parmesan cheese between each cut and then drizzle it with a mixture of olive oil, garlic powder, oregano, salt and pepper.