5-Ingredient Turkey Zucchini Boats


Healthy turkey zucchini boats that consist of 5 ingredients? Is this real life? Yes, yes it is. This dinner is comforting and so simple to make. Low-carb, paleo-friendly and gluten-free.

Three zucchini boats on a baking stone with turkey and parmesan on top.

Yes, I’m a food blogger. I love cooking. I love creating. But sometimes the last thing I want to do is spend an hour in the kitchen at night preparing dinner after a long day of working and a workout. That’s where quick and easy recipes like this come in! Healthy eating doesn’t have to involve crazy superfood ingredients or take hours to meal prep.

Showing that healthy eating can be practical, simple and delicious has always been my mission with Eating Bird Food. I can’t give all of the details just yet but I am creating an epic ebook (an online/downloadable cookbook) for all my low-key home chefs out there who are looking for easy recipes to stay fit.

Simple, accessible, healthy. Who’s in?

One turkey zucchini boat on a plate with salad.

These zucchini boats are quickly becoming a favorite in my household. I love them because they consist of only five ingredients, they’re loaded with protein and veggies and nearly effortless to create. Isaac loves them because they are delicious and basically a mixture between pizza and pasta, two of his favorite foods.

Feel free to get creative with these! You can add any vegetables you have laying around, add extra spices, add different meat or make them meatless by using crumbled tempeh. Make them work for you. They are the perfect ‘build your own’ meal.


Two healthy zucchini boats on a plate with a baking stone and salad.

Enjoy these zucchini boats on their own or pair them with a salad like this Garlicky Kale Salad. It’s the perfect combo if I do say so myself… basically like a night at your local pizza/pasta joint in the comfort of your own home!

If you try these 5-Ingredient Turkey Zucchini Boats please let me know how they turn out by rating the recipe and leaving a comment. I’d also love for you to share a photo on social media. Just be sure to tag @eatingbirdfood and us the hashtag #eatingbirdfood so that I don’t miss it. 

5-Ingredient Turkey Zucchini Boats

5 from 25 votes
Healthy turkey zucchini boats that consist of 5 ingredients? Is this real life? Yes, yes it is. This dinner is comforting and so simple to make. Low-carb, paleo-friendly and gluten-free.
Two healthy zucchini boats on a plate with a baking stone and salad.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Servings 2


  • 2 medium zucchini squash
  • 1/2 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 lb ground lean turkey
  • 1 1/2 cup prepared marinara sauce, look for one without added sugar
  • 2-3 Tablespoons parmesan cheese, optional


  • Preheat oven to 400° F.
  • Place a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the onion and ground turkey into the skillet. Season with salt and pepper. Cook for 8 to 10 minutes, breaking apart with a wooden spoon or spatula while it cooks. Add the marinara sauce. Cook 2-3 minutes additional minutes.
  • Meanwhile, as the turkey cooks cut the zucchini in half, lengthwise. Use a spoon to scoop the seeds and center out of each zucchini half, leaving about ¼ inch thick zucchini boat.
  • Place the zucchini (cut-side up) in a 9X13 baking dish. Spoon the turkey mixture into the four zucchini boats. Sprinkle each boat with a little parmesan cheese. Cover the baking dish with foil. Bake for 20-30 minutes or until boats are heated throughout and cheese has melted.



Serving: 1/2 recipe Calories: 437kcal Carbohydrates: 18g Protein: 54g Fat: 18g Sodium: 324mg Fiber: 4g Sugar: 4g


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    1. Linda
      March 21, 2022 AT 12:52 pm

      5 stars
      Could I prepare everything in the morning and bake it at night?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        March 21, 2022 AT 3:22 pm

        Hi, Linda! I would store the filling and the zucchini separately. Add the filling to the zucchini in the morning before you bake them!

    2. Cindy Hemmelgarn
      July 29, 2021 AT 1:58 pm

      I am trying these tonite, just wondering if I can make them and freeze them before baking. Thanks.

      1. Brittany Mullins
        August 2, 2021 AT 8:51 pm

        Hey Cindy! Sorry just seeing this. I haven’t tried freezing these, but I would imagine they’d be just fine. Let me know if you made them and how they turned out!

    3. Terri
      April 15, 2021 AT 7:28 pm

      5 stars
      We made this recipe tonight and it was delicious!! We added some garlic powder though because we’re Italians and can’t seem to get away from garlic! 🤣

      1. Brittany Mullins
        April 16, 2021 AT 11:42 am

        So glad these zucchini boats were a hit, Terri! Love the addition of garlic powder. Thanks for coming back to leave a review! I really appreciate it!

    4. Olivia
      February 23, 2021 AT 9:28 am

      5 stars
      This recipe was so easy and so delicious!!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 23, 2021 AT 8:43 pm

        So glad you loved this recipe, Olivia!! Thanks for the review. I appreciate it. 🙂

    5. Anna
      February 18, 2021 AT 7:06 pm

      5 stars
      This was delicious and easy!! One question In the nutrition pet of the recipe it doesn’t say what the serving size is for the nutrients listed. Is it for the whole recipe? Is two a serving and that the nutritional value?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 18, 2021 AT 10:55 pm

        The nutritional info should be for one serving (1/2 the recipe)! I just updated it. Sorry for the confusion.

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