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

  • Author: Brittany Mullins
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 50 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour
  • Yield: 2


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.


  • 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)
  • 23 Tablespoons parmesan cheese (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.


  • Calories: 437
  • Sugar: 4g
  • Sodium: 324mg
  • Fat: 18g
  • Carbohydrates: 18g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Protein: 54g


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  1. Fabulous recipe, easy and flavorful. I made a double batch of the filling and used it later to stuff colorful peppers. Thank you Brittany.

  2. Delightful recipe, Brittany. I didn’t have any ground turkey so I used chorizo instead and it was fabulous. I make my own marinara, (no sugar added!) and since I was cooking for 8 I used two zucchini and two yellow squash. It got the best compliment you can get: not a single bite left on any plate.

  3. These are awesome . So easy and really delicious. I added a little cayenne for kick but a spicy marinara will do the same 🙂

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