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.

Hilary Meyer
Source: EatingWell.com, May 2018


Recipe Summary

35 mins
35 mins


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Instructions Checklist
  • Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Cut a thin slice off the bottoms so each half sits flat. Scoop out the pulp, leaving a 1/4-inch shell. (Discard the pulp or reserve for another use.) Place the zucchini halves in a microwave-safe dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Cover and microwave on High until tender-crisp, 3 to 5 minutes. Uncover.

  • Meanwhile, heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add bell pepper and scallion whites. Cook, stirring, until tender, about 2 minutes. Add rice, sausage and paprika. Cook, stirring, until warmed throughout, about 1 minute more.

  • Position rack in upper third of oven; preheat broiler to high.

  • Transfer the zucchini to a broiler-safe pan (or pans). Fill the zucchini halves with the rice mixture and sprinkle with cheese. Broil on the upper rack until the cheese has melted, about 2 minutes. Garnish with scallion greens.

Nutrition Facts

283 calories; protein 10.9g; carbohydrates 23.3g; dietary fiber 3.9g; sugars 6.8g; fat 16.3g; saturated fat 6.5g; cholesterol 31.2mg; vitamin a iu 1716.1IU; vitamin c 74.5mg; folate 74.1mcg; calcium 150.7mg; iron 1.8mg; magnesium 64.6mg; potassium 657.7mg; sodium 729.7mg; thiamin 0.2mg.

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I made a LOT of changes to this recipe basically using it as a base. My family and I have been pretty much meat and potatoes and I am trying to integrate more veggies into our diet. So. That being said: I omitted the peppers as we don't care for bell peppers. I added a caramelized onion and substituted beef smoked sausage for the sausage links as we aren't a fan of those either. That being said these turned out very tasty and filling. Read More