Italian Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Yield: 4 servings
Active Time: 15 minutes
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
A fun, healthy meal for your family!

Ingredients for Single Meal

  • 4 - large zucchini
  • 1 - lb(s) ground beef
  • 1 - red bell pepper(s)
  • 1 - Tbsp minced onion
  • 1 - tsp garlic powder
  • 1 - cup(s) marinara sauce
  • - Salt and pepper
  • 1 - cup(s) Parmesan cheese
  • Garnish: - fresh basil**
  • Side: - salad**
  • 1 - 9x13 disposable foil tray(s)
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Cooking Directions for Single Meal

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 F.
  2. Bring large pot of water to boiling. Slice the zucchini in half, lengthwise. Once boiling, place the zucchini flesh-side down into the boiling water and boil for 2 minutes. Remove and repeat until all zucchini halves are boiled. Place on paper towel to drain and pat dry. Using a melon baller or spoon, scoop out the flesh of the zucchini and place into baking dish.
  3. Seed and chop the red bell pepper.
  4. In a large skillet, brown the ground beef with the chopped red bell pepper, minced onion and garlic powder. Once browned, drain and then stir in the marinara sauce. Let simmer for a few minutes.
  5. Spoon the beef sauce into the zucchinis and top with Parmesan cheese. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes.
  6. Prepare the salad.
  7. Serve Italian Stuffed Zucchini Boats with basil garnish and side salad.

Freezeasy Meal Prep Directions

  1. Seed and chop 2 red bell peppers.
  2. Brown 2 lbs. ground beef with the chopped red bell peppers, 2 Tbsp minced onion and 2 tsp garlic powder. Drain and then stir in 2 cups marinara sauce.

To each disposable tray, add the following ingredients:

  • Boiled and dried zucchini
  • Half of the beef-marinara sauce, divided evenly into each of the zucchini
  • 1 cup Parmesan cheese, sprinkled on top

Cover with foil or lid, add label and freeze.

Freeze & Thaw Instructions

Put tray in the freezer and freeze up to 6 months in fridge freezer or 12 months in a deep freezer. Thaw in the fridge overnight, or a warm shallow dish of water for about 20 minutes, before transferring to the oven and baking as directed.

Special notes

Omit the cheese for Paleo meal.

Dairy-Free Modifications

Omit the Parmesan cheese for dairy-free meal.

Gluten-Free Modifications

Recipe is gluten-free when served with gluten-free sides.

Printable Label Recipe Title

Italian Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Printable Label Instructions

Thaw completely and bake at 350 F for 20 minutes.
Serve with side salad.

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