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.

Diabetic Living Magazine, Spring 2019


Read the full recipe after the video.


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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

2 stuffed zucchini halves
318 calories; protein 25.7g; carbohydrates 22.5g; dietary fiber 5.4g; sugars 13.4g; fat 15.4g; saturated fat 5.9g; cholesterol 62.3mg; vitamin a iu 1102.9IU; vitamin c 67.6mg; folate 99.7mcg; calcium 243.3mg; iron 4.7mg; magnesium 103.4mg; potassium 1495.3mg; sodium 645.2mg; added sugar 1g.