5-Ingredient Turkey Zucchini Boats



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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.

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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!

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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.
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

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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

    1. I’m so glad you loved them, Ellen! I like the addition of the cayenne pepper too. Sometimes I’ll add crushed red pepper.

  2. 5 stars
    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. 5 stars
    Fabulous recipe, easy and flavorful. I made a double batch of the filling and used it later to stuff colorful peppers. Thank you Brittany.

    1. You’re so welcome. Thank you for coming back to leave a comment and star rating. I so appreciate it!

  4. 5 stars
    Delicious! And so easy. I’m a zucchini fan and needed some “lean and green” ideas that were quick to make.

    1. So glad you enjoyed this recipe, Heidi! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it. <3

    1. So glad you loved this recipe, Erin! Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it. <3

  5. 5 stars
    Holy moly, this recipe was amazing! First time making it and will definitely be a staple to our weekly dinners. Even my boyfriend (not a big veggie guy) LOVED it.

    1. Ahh yay!! That makes me so happy to hear, Edith. I’m so glad this recipe was a hit. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I so appreciate it!

  6. 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?

  7. 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. 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!

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

    1. 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!

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

  9. 5 stars
    I made this for my boyfriend and I, and we loved it! I was wondering instead of marinara sauce what if we used alfredo if that would be good?

    1. Hi Emily! I haven’t tried it, but I bet Alfredo sauce would be great, let me know if you give it a try!