Greek Vegetarian Stuffed Zucchini


These vegetarian stuffed zucchinis are perfectly tender and fresh with the flavors of the Mediterranean. Olives and feta cheese deliver a nice salty bite, while quinoa adds a nutty flavor, along with protein and fiber.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
4 servings


  • 4 medium zucchini

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil

  • ¾ cup chopped onion

  • 1 tablespoon finely chopped garlic

  • ¾ teaspoon smoked paprika

  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh oregano, divided

  • 1 cup cooked quinoa

  • 1 cup diced plum tomatoes

  • 8 pitted Kalamata olives, chopped

  • ½ cup crumbled feta cheese


  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Cut each zucchini in half lengthwise and, using a teaspoon, remove most of the flesh, leaving 1/2-inch-thick shells. Coarsely chop half of the flesh; discard the remaining flesh or reserve for another use. Place the zucchini shells on a baking sheet; sprinkle with salt and pepper. Bake until the zucchini starts to soften, 10 to 13 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, heat oil in a medium skillet over medium-high heat. Add the chopped zucchini, onion, garlic, paprika and 2 teaspoons oregano; cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion starts to soften, 3 to 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in quinoa, tomatoes, olives and feta. Divide evenly among the zucchini shells.

  3. Switch the oven to broil and place a rack 8 inches from the heat. Broil the filled zucchini shells until the tops are lightly browned, 5 to 6 minutes. Sprinkle with the remaining 1 teaspoon oregano.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

207 Calories
11g Fat
22g Carbs
8g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 207
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 15%
Total Sugars 7g
Protein 8g 15%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 18%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Vitamin A 701IU 14%
Vitamin C 38mg 42%
Folate 80mcg 20%
Sodium 458mg 20%
Calcium 157mg 12%
Iron 2mg 11%
Magnesium 75mg 18%
Potassium 678mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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