Jul 5, 2013

Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats



Hope you all had a happy July 4th!! With zucchini season in full bloom, I thought I would revive this from the archives - one of my absolute favorites!! Enjoy!!

Summer zucchini hollowed out and stuffed with lean Italian sausage, then topped with marinara and cheese.

OMG! You guys are going to love these!

I've had this concept in my head for a while, but now that zucchini is in full season and my friend gave me some fresh from her garden, I put my idea to the test. The results were simply amazing, thumbs up all around, especially from my picky teen!

One boat fills me up, but you can enjoy two and still be in good shape. I love Polly-O part-skim mozzarella because it melts beautifully as you can see in the photo. I'm pretty picky about my Italian sausage, but I love al fresco's sweet Italian chicken sausage, you forget it's chicken while you eat it and it's 75% less fat that pork sausage, and it's gluten-free. Hope you enjoy.



Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Skinnytaste.com
Servings: 8 • Size: 1 boat • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 153 • Fat: 7 g • Protein: 12.8 g • Carb: 9 g • Fiber: 2 g • Sugar: 2 g
Sodium: 372 mg

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cups quick marinara sauce
  • 4 (31 oz total) medium zucchini
  • 1 tsp oil
  • 1/2 small onion, finely diced
  • 3 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
  • 14 oz lean Italian chicken sausage, removed from casing (Al Fresco)
  • 1/2 cup part skim shredded mozzarella (Polly-O)
  • 8 tsp grated Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Bring a large pot of water to boil.

Preheat oven to 400°. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise and using a spoon or melon baller, scoop out flesh, leaving 1/4" thick. Chop the scooped out flesh of the zucchini in small pieces and set aside.

Drop zucchini halves in boiling water and cook 1 minute. Remove from water.



Place 1/4 cup of sauce in the bottom of a 9 x 12" baking dish, and place zucchini halves cut side up.

In a large saute pan, brown sausage, breaking up as it cooks into smaller pieces until browned; set aside. Heat oil and add onion, garlic and bell pepper. Cook on a medium-low heat for about 2-3 minutes, until onions are translucent. Add chopped zucchini, season with salt and pepper and cook about 2-3 minutes. Combine with sausage and cook a few more minutes.


Using a spoon, fill each hollowed zucchini with 1/3 cup cooked sausage, pressing firmly. Top each with 2 tablespoons each of sauce, 1 tablespoon each of shredded mozzarella cheese and 1 teaspoon each of parmesan cheese. Cover with foil and bake 35 minutes until cheese is melted and zucchini is cooked through.

343 comments :

  1. this looks delicious!!!

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  2. on the meal plan for next week - thanks :)

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  3. This is a great recipe. I have this from my mother-in-law and it's just so simple and yummy.

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  4. looks yummy def on my list of things to make

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  5. This recipe looks so good! I love zucchini and love experimenting with different ways of cooking them.

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  6. This looks delicious! I love zucchini, but my husband would prefer the stuffing in a green pepper. Do you think I could bake them together in the same pan at the same cooking time? Thanks for all of your wonderful recipes. I check your site daily!

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  7. I would love to make this for my husband (I don't like zucchini).. but it looks like the Al Fresco fresh sausage isn't sold anywhere within a 50 mile radius of where I live in NJ!! :( I've seen the pre-cooked ones, but I thought they were kinda gross.. I really wish I could find the fresh sausage somewhere..

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    1. I also found a Premio chicken sausage that is incredible! See if you can find that, I honestly have to travel to different supermarkets to find them but it's worth it.

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    2. Just my opinion..... but, Jennie-O turkey Italian sausages (the big ones)are yummy. I love the flavor of the spicy Italian. Great for soups and sauces.

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    3. I agree Bonnie....I use the Jennie - O spicy Italian sausage all the time and it's available at my local grocery. Cindy, there aren't any vendors that carry the Al Fresco near me either. Give the Jennie-O a try! Can't wait to use up some of the zucchini from my husband's garden! Thanks again Gina!

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    4. I also live in NJ and I can get Al Fresco in our local Shoprite stores. It is in the case where the organic meats and poultry are.

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    5. I've had the Jennie-o turkey sausage.. not crazy about. I prefer the Shady Brook farms brand.. but the Al Fresco flavors look delicious. I'll have to look for the Premio chicken sausage.

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    6. Archer Farms at SuperTarget has some awesome chicken Italian sausage, which I like better than turkey Italian anyway. (But then I've never tried Al Frescoe!)

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  8. this is going on my meal plan for next week!

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  9. Yummm, these look fantastic! Thanks for sharing!

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  10. I do these with spaghetti squash, but when I was craving that dish last week I couldn't find one at the store... plus I'd rather use SUMMER squash in the summer! I didn't even think to do this, but I love it! Thanks!

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  11. Am I misreading or are you supposed to brown the sausage twice?

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    1. Thanks for pointing that out, I just fixed the type.

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  12. these look great, do you think they would freeze well if you made a large batch and froze individual portions?

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    1. I freeze these every summer for winter consumption. These are also great using salmon instead of sausage.

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    2. Do you prepare then freeze unbaked? Do you then thaw first or bake frozen?

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  13. What do you think about turkey Italian Sausage? Would that work too?

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  14. Will definitely be making these soon!

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  15. Wondering why the need to blanch the zucchini first? I would think they would get cooked enough in the oven.

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    1. I personally feel they are slightly undercooked if not blanched first.

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    2. Made this tonight and did not blanch them and turned out great! Can't imagine it being any tastier!

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  16. These zucchini look so good.Can't wait to make them.
    Thanks for sharing. Gina

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  17. Ok made this tonight and it was amazing! Thanks so much for sharing. I'm finding some great recipes on this site! Love it!

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  18. This looks delicious! I am having a hard time adjusting to gluten free and it get's frustrating. My husband and I both love zucchini so we will try this one! Hopefully our girls love it too.

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  19. Gina you never cease to amaze me! I literally just a few hours ago starting searching for a stuffed zucchini recipe and for the first time saw zucchini boats. I found one I was considering but was a little concerned with fat content. Then I come to your site and BAM!! You have a recipe for zucchini boats!! Yours look so much better than the ones I found on the other site. Will be making for tomorrow's dinner.

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  20. Sounds great. I'm making these next week.

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  21. I've had this before, but yours looks so good I want to lick my screen! Definitely making this this week!!!

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  22. These look amazing!!! I love zucchini and especially love low carb recipes as I am looking for tasty healthy recipes to eat while I prepare for my first bodybuilding competition. You always have the best recipes! I can't wait to try this one this week!

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    1. Thank you, enjoy and good luck with your competition!

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  23. Sorry, but you didn't invent anything in your head. This has been an Italian staple for generations. Stuffed zucchini at every holiday.

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    1. OMG you're such a troll

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    2. I don't think she was trying to INVENT anything. Basically the whole website is recipes remade into a healthier version. She didn't say "OMG HEY GUYS I MADE UP THIS AWESOME DISH!!!1!"

      Reading comprehension is a cool thing. Plus Gina's version looks awesome and I'm sure everyone reading it is grateful for a healthier version of a delicious dish.

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    3. Gina is awesome... I check out this site daily... And my kids arteries are not clogged because of all these low fat recipes!

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    4. Oh yes, I didn't re-invent the wheel, I actually have a much older recipe for stuffed zucchini on this site. This preparation is simply a new idea I had. Figures it's been done before but I'm sure everyone has a different method for how they make it and I bet they aren't skinny.

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    5. Thanks for your hard work listing all your recipies and taking pictures so we know what they should look like! Sure, some may have been done already in some form or another (rolls eyes) but its wonderful to have you to make the healthy changes AND test them out for us. Thats priceless! Thank you for all you do!

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  24. I don't think Gina is claiming to have invented a recipe. She took a recipe that is usually filled with fat and calories and made it skinny. I am grateful for that and can't wait to make this. It looks delicious!

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    1. Thanks Marla. It seems anything I can think up in my head has probably been done before, but that's ok, we all make it different I'm sure!

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    2. Gina, one of the things I really enjoy about your blog, besides the amazingly awesome recipes, is how nice you are:) You are a good example of kindness and respect. Thanks for that too!

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  25. Made this for dinner and it was absolutely delicious!!! My picky daughter thought it was really good and even my husband who thinks chicken sausage is disgusting, went back for seconds! Thank you for your amazing website. You have definitely helped me become a better cook, thank you!!

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  26. Gina,
    Do the Tuttorosso tomatoes you use have basil? I can't find any that aren't labeled with basil and wanted to get the correct can for your marinara sauce.

    Thanks!

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    1. Yes, it's with basil and I buy the green label.

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  27. Making this for dinner tomorrow night!!! My mother in law just gave me a zuchinni from her garden. It may be too big for this. It is about 2 ft long (no joke). I wonder if I can just hollow out half of it and do one large baked zuchinni and cut that into portions?

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    1. I believe it! I think it would work.

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    2. This is a good use for a large zucchini because once they get big, they get more tough and a bit less sweet. So, this will be a nice way to mask the flavor a bit.

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  28. Sounds awesome..and am sure this would not be AS good but you could also use ground chicken instead of sausage...just sayin cuz where I live we have no lean sausage...just the really good fatty kind.... lol....

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    1. What I usually do in that case, is saute 1 link of sausage with 3/4 lb lean ground chicken or sausage. It will be wonderful and light!

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  29. hi i use publix greenwise italian sausage it is ex

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  30. Woo Hoo you have done it again. Thanks Gina, for taking the time and effort into working out these recipes to be healthy and still so yummy. Hubby just picked 7 zucchini from the garden, and I thought what am I going to make. This recipe solved that problem. 2 Thumbs up, make that 4 hubby included his. :)

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  31. Those zucchini boats look wonderful.

    Link up your zucchini recipe here. http://myjourneywithcandida.blogspot.com/2012/07/link-up-your-zucchini-recipe-recipes.html

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  32. This looks great Gina!! Where do you get that chicken sausage?

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  33. could i use a fried hamburger meat instead of the sausage, thanks, susie

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  34. Looks awesome! My mother-in-law grows zucchini in her vegetable garden and is always giving us some. Thank you for a new recipe to try!

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  35. Yum! I love when something is healthy and delicious and still has cheese :)

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  36. Just buy Johnsonville sweet sausage and open it up and take out the sausage and use it in the receipe -works great and they have it in any grocery store.

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  37. Any ideas on something skinny to use in the place of chicken sausages? I can't eat chicken, turkey or salmon (all previously mentioned). I'd like something that is still "skinny".

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    1. A lean beef should work out fine, they flavor will be different but still good.

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  38. I'm looking forward to trying this, my local farmer's market sells various varieties of sausages - chicken, turkey, beef, pork.

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  39. Gina,
    Thank you for another delicious recipe. I love the premio chicken sausage and if you live on long island they always have them in King Kullen. I buy them weekly and make your chicken sausage pasta and escarole recipe (my family loves it.
    Thank you. Annie

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  40. As a vegetarian, I think I will try a veggie sausage and see how it works. My question though is would this freeze? I'm trying to come up with some recipes for back to school that I can prepare this summer for the freezer. Thanks in advance!

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    1. This is a good idea. I'm going to try a veggie sausage. Lean beef is fine but I want it to be more sausagey.

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    2. For a veggie version I use orzo or quinoa and mix a little sauce with the mixture so it isn't too dry. I also just pop the zucchini in the oven for five minutes before stuffing instead of blanching. I never thought to use sausage so thank you Gina for bringing this wonderful idea and recipe to my attention!

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    3. Thanks for the ideas of orzo or quinoa! What about freezing? Do you think that would be a good or bad idea?

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    4. Anonymous, THANK YOU for the tip of putting the zucchini in the oven instead of blanching. That saves dirtying a pot!

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    5. Alicia, I think if I were going to freeze it I would freeze just the filling and use fresh zucchini and add the cheese. Last time I made it I didn't have orzo or quinoa do I used couscous and it was good. I added some chopped artichoke hearts and breadcrumbs. I think I said I put the zucchini in the oven for five mins but I mistyped, it's 10 mins

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  41. Yum! I can't get the uncooked Al Fresco chicken sausages in my area, but I may be able to find a good turkey sausage to do this with. If not, well, I guess I'll just be buying ground turkey and mixing it with fennel seed, garlic, herbs, and crushed red pepper!

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  42. Anyone have thoughts on trying this with Eggplant? I will try the zucchini for sure, but I LOVE eggplant in Italian inspired dishes so my mind goes there right away. Would the prep be the same? Or maybe skipping the blanching step?

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  43. Yes, actually I have!! I might try it with Japanese Eggplant because it's thinner.

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  44. These look yummy and I can't wait to try it. Also, what would you serve along with it if anything?

    Thanks,
    Stacy

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  45. If we don't have time to make the quick sauce (i know, i know, it's quick), do you have a bottled sauce you prefer with this?

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    1. If you can find Tuttoroso crushed tomatoes, you can use them, you won't have to do anything to it.

      I don't buy jar sauce so I can't recommend a brand.

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    2. Thank you Gina! I'm making it tonight!

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  46. Hmmm, this might be just the dish to get my husband to eat zucchini! Thanks Gina. And can I just say, you are so incredibly sweet. Thank you for being you!

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  47. Love these! Thank you! I've done taco boats, too. Lean ground turkey, taco seasoning & jack cheese.

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  48. I've never really had zucchini, but this recipe looks fabulous! This might be a stupid question...you can eat the skin/peel, right? Or do you just scoop out the insides?

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  49. These look delish! Thanks Gina. If any of you are near Stop & Shop, they have their own brand of chicken sausage--they are very good--I am fussy about sausage, but I love them.

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    1. Thanks, Pat! (if you see this!) I have Stop & Shop near me, and I will try their chicken sausage brand.
      Best,
      Gloria

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  50. Made this last night! It was a definite hit for family dinner night. We used regular zucchini and grey squash; they were both wonderful. Yellow squash might be too flimsy. Thank you for this skinny version!

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  51. These look fantastic!!! :)

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  52. Thanks for the chicken sausage tips, to you, and a few of your Commenters! I am going to look for Al Fresco or Premio chicken sausage; and another couple of girls said to try Jenny-O Chicken Italian Sausage. I also used your 'pin it' button for this recipe... I have a whole Pinterest board dedicated to YOU, Gina. :)
    http://pinterest.com/gavincent/skinnytaste-gina-s-recipes/
    Best,
    Gloria

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    1. You are the best Gloria! Premio is amazing if you can find it!

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  53. What would you suggest serving on the side with this? Rice?

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    1. I ate it as is, but sure, rice or orzo even!

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  54. Could cucumber be used instead?

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    1. I've never had cooked cucumber, not sure if I would like that.

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  55. Made this last night...sooooo good!!!

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  56. These look so yummy! I'll definitely give them a try!

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  57. I live in Oregon and zucchini are very prolific here if it is a good garden year. It seems this year is. I make these or a similar variation often. A quick, low cal, delicious dinner; complete with a green salad and we are happy campers around here.

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  58. Made this last night and it was so good. I love your site. I tell everyone about it.

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  59. I made these last night and they were delicious! Thanks so much for the recipe. I check your site daily. There are such great healthy meal ideas here!

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  60. I think they would freeze great.

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  61. I filled up my zucchini with tempeh and chopped mushrooms that I had sauted in garlic. Kept it vegetarian and they were sooo good!

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  62. Words can not describe my love for these. I made them last night and they were SO terrific! They were pretty simple to make, and one os the best foods I have made from Skinnytaste! A must! Thanks so much!

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  63. Gina, could you do everything but the final baking a few hours before and refrigerate until they are ready to cook?

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    1. I put this dish together last night and just popped into the oven this morning. I will let you know how it turns out. It sure smells delicious!

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    2. It turned out amazing!

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  64. I made these last night and they were amazing! My boyfriend doesn't even like zucchini but he loved this! Thanks for the easy to follow recipe!

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  65. Made these last night with zucchini and bell peppers from our garden! I stuffed both, and they turned out great!! I used a spicy Italian chicken sausage I got from Whole Foods. And I made brushetta for appetizer, also with tomatoes from our garden. SO GOOD!! Thanks for another great recipe.

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  66. OMG!! Gina, thank you so much for this website. I literally cook something new and healthy everyday off of your website and you often talk about how your picky teen even likes it, well my fiancé is the same way and he loves your recipes. I just made this dish last night and it was to die for, he was so iffy about it and was sticking his nose up and then he couldn’t get enough lol. It tastes so good even the next day just re-heated in the microwave. I have lost over 70lbs now and honestly your website is truly a life saver. Diet food typically gets so boring and I felt like I was constantly eating salads which don’t get me wrong can be good like your coconut chicken and warm honey vinaigrette salad, but plain salads get so boring. I just really appreciate all of your hard work in putting these wonderful dishes together for all of us; so again thank you so much and keep up the awesome job you do.

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  67. Made these last night Gina and my boyfriend ate 3!!!! Another one of our friends who joined us didnt know the menu and it turned out he didnt like zucchini.. after this one, he is a fan! he ate 2 =)

    Thanks for everything you do!
    Katie

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  68. That looks so amazing! Can't wait to try it. Thanks so much for your awesome recipes and blog!

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  69. Used lean ground beef and added chopped baby Bella mushrooms. Was quite good!

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  70. I made this tonight and it was delish! Absolutely wonderful, thanks for the great recipes!

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  71. I made half of the recipe of this tonight with veggie sausage. Very good, I wish I made more for leftovers.

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  72. This was so so yummy!!! The whole family loved! I used Jenny o spicy sausage. I will make this again and again!

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  73. OH MY!!!! These were absolutely FANTASTIC!!! We have a garden full of summer squash, and we made these the other night....believe it or not we had left-overs ~~ and I am SOOOOO looking forward to eating those left-overs tonight!!! YUMMMMMMM!!! Thanks for the recipe :)

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  74. These tasted great. I had a LOT of water come out of the squash when cooking in the pan and after baking - is that normal? Should I perhaps drain the mixture before stuffing? Not a big deal but it just seemed like a really large amount of water.

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  75. I made these tonight and I liked them, but my fiancé who eats EVERYTHING wasn't a huge fan and said the zucchini was way too rubbery! I don't know if the problem was I didn't scoop enough of the flesh out, or they needed more than the 35 minutes. I think I will def give this a try again with the eggplant though! As mentioned in previous posts I used the shady brook farms hot Italian turkey sausage (which really isn't hot!) and the filling was great!

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  76. This was fantastic!! My husband loved it too. Gina, I LOVE your website. Thank you for creating it and keeping it going.........
    Janie in NV

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  77. OMG! Made these for dinner with friends!!! They were out of this world delicious! I could not find the chicken sausage so used Jennie-O sweet italian turkey sausage brand. I think if I had made more they would have been eaten by the guys!!! Served with a green salad and homemade bread sticks.

    The zucchini were easy to put together and a perfect "boat" for the sausage stuffing!

    yummmmmyyyyy!!!!!

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  78. Made this last night exactly as you suggested and it was DELICIOUS!!!!! Baked it in the grill instead of the oven. The Al Fresco chicken sausage does not crumble up as easily as regular, so next time I'll crumble it up more before cooking the sausage. There will be many more "next times"!

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  79. This was so delicious! The flavor from the chicken sausage was insane. Thanks!!

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  80. Gina would the points be about the same if I made turkey sausage from scratch the way you have it in a recipe on here (the kale and turkey sausage cannellini soup one)? I LOVE making my own since I can control the fat content and spices. so your recipe is a go-to in our home.

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  81. I made these for my teenagers and we all loved it...I used ground turkey instead of the sausage because my daughter does not like sausage and they were great. I "advertised" it to them as a version of stuffed shells with the zucchini in place of the pasta. We loved it. Will definitely be making this again & Again! Thanks

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  82. I loved it, it seems easy, and looks delicious. I want it right now!
    Thanks for sharing it. Have an excellent weekend!! :D

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  83. This is delicious! Admittedly I had to change the recipe a bit as am in the UK, but it was great - thank you!

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  84. Do you think you could do this with eggplant and would you blanch and cook the same?

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  85. I'm a fairly new reader of your blog but I've already made several of your recipes! All wonderful!

    I just made these today - I did everything up to the cheese and then put them in the fridge covered and I'll bake them tonight for dinner. I added a good handful of fresh chopped basil to the filling and oh my, did it taste awesome!! I can't wait to eat the finished product - I'm sure it will knock our socks off ;-)

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  86. I made these last night using the little round eight ball zucchini...really cute presentation and so, SO delicious! This is my first time commenting but I have made many of your recipes, MANY times. Thank you Gina!

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  87. Made these with organic italian sausage from my local co-op... zucchinis from my farmers market. They are SO AMAZING! I LOVE THEM! Thank you!

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  88. Made these tonight and LOVE them!! Another one of your recipes I'll be cooking again and again! Thank you!

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  89. Made this tonight! It was sooo delicious! Keep up the good work :)

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  90. I made these over the weekend using fresh garlic and zucchini from my garden. I also used turkey sausage. They were AMAZING! I stated a lifestyle change in January and have been using this site for receipes, ideas and tips. I'm down 50 lbs... back to college weight!!!

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  91. Made this with eggplant last night b/c the zucchini in our local Whole Foods was so tiny I thought it might be hard to stuff. Anyway, made it exactly as the recipe stated, just with eggplant - only needed to bake 40 min though and it was DELICIOUS. My husband and I devoured it. I doubled the filling since we had a large eggplant and it was perfect. Instead of the chopped tomatoes on top I put a little homemade tomato sauce and sprinkled parm cheese on top. It was out of this world. Still want to try with zucchini when I can find them a little bigger but this was amazing.

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  92. Made this over the weekend and it gets 4 thumbs up from my daugher and me. I was even thinking you could use jalapeno sausage and corn and salsa and jack cheese to make it with a Mexican twist but the way Gina has it was perfect too. One note - there was a ton of water in the pan when I removed the foil so next time I will vent the foil just a little bit with a few slits. This one is going on our permanent meal rotation! Can't wait for the leftovers tonight!!!!!

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  93. hello.... Im really new at cooking and I want to know how long do I have to preheat the oven or how do I know the oven is ready....
    thanks!!!!!

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  94. I made this for dinner last night and it was delicious! Thanks so much for the recipe!

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  95. How are these as leftovers? I'm debating about making the full recipe or cutting it in half. Don't want any to go to waste if they don't re-heat well. Thanks!

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  96. Hey Gina:

    I love your blogs! I have been using your recipes for the past three weeks and i've loved every moment of it. Whenever I cook something new, I post it on Facebook and it drives my friends crazy :-) my husband and our three year old loves all th dishes I have made using your recipes.

    I do have to swear by the Jennie O turkey sausage as well - it is absolutely fantastic with this recipe.

    Thank you again for ll that you do.

    Nikę

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  97. Made this with turkey sausage tonight, it was AMAZING. Absoultely nothing left after dinner, was gobbled up quickly with many chants of- "make this again!"
    - Sarah
    Hungry in Austin

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  98. Thank you for another great idea of what to do with all the zucchini in my garden! I used Sweet Chicken Italian Sausage from Trader Joe's (for others looking for somewhere to buy) and added fresh basil and red pepper flakes (in with the onion mixture) for a little extra spice.

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  99. Made this tonight and it was so good!! I did use ground venison instead of the turkey sausage. We have plenty on hand and it has lower points than most commercial brands of turkey sausage. I am hoping that my son doesn't like it so that my husband and I can have the leftovers later in the week. Oops! Did I say that out loud???? Thanks for a great recipe!
    Julie in WI

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  100. The hubs said "this doesn't even taste low calorie!" It was delicious! Thanks Gina!!!

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  101. I made these last night and they were DELICIOUS!! Quick question...any thoughts on the best way to reheat leftovers?

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  102. I make a veggie version...I guess I should post it:) One of my favorite summer meals!

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  103. OMG!!! I did love this and so did my whole family. This was one of the best recipes you have done and I have made a ton of yours (love them all) and I cant wait to make this one again. I felt like I was a chef...and just had some amazing speciality dish at my favorite resturant. Great job on this one. Thanks so much.

    Kim

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  104. I made these last night and they were amazing! They were so fililng and delicious I can't believe they were only 4 points. I served them with a side salad with a basic vinaigrette. My enviably skinny and slightly particular husband ate two and a half! Thank you for sharing all your recipes, Gina. I have been using them for a year and we really enjoy them. I feel infintely better about what I am serving my family. And that homemade quick marinara...magical! Also on the menu this week: your Chicken Rollatini, your Arroz Con Pollo and your Chicken Enchiladas. Its a Skinnytaste Week!

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  105. This receipe was sooo good!! I used roasted peppers instead. Yum! It is def going in the rotation!

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  106. Made this last night for dinner, super easy, and delicious!!!! I make at least 1-2 of your receipes a week, and love them all!!!! Thanks for makeing eating healthier alot easier for me and my family!!

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  107. This is probably my favorite recipe of yours so far, Gina. I make an effort to try at one to two of your recipes a week, and I've definitely begun an archive of favorites. This one goes to the top. I also have to say, I am a person who hates leftovers, but since I started making your recipes, I find myself savoring leftovers and counting down to lunch the next day! Thanks for an awesome blog, and amazing recipes like these!

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  108. My wife made these for dinner last week! I could have eaten them all myself! A+ on this recipe!!!

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  109. I cannot wait to try these! I'm having trouble locating the sausage! Will the package say "lean" or is the sausage lean because it's chicken sausage?
    Thank you for the time and energy you put into this so we can all benefit!

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  110. I used ground turkey for this, I am not a huge chicken sausage fan. Came out delicious, seasoned up the turkey meat. (red pepper flakes, garlic powder, onion powder, parsley, black pepper).

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  111. made this tonight and kept to the recipe except for that I used a Marinara sauce. Very tasty - thank you. My husband is currently in the kitchen claiming the leftovers for his lunch tomorrow :)

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  112. The sausage I bought (Pederson's) was only a 10oz package, so I thought I'd bulk up the filling and added a cup of cooked brown rice. WHOA! I had enough to stuff the 4 zucchini, 1/2 a red bell pepper, and a portobello! Nice! I also added crushed red pepper to the filling for a some kick. Can't wait to try this with those little Japanese eggplants!

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  113. I made this tonight and it was fantastic!

    I will say that hollowing out the zucchini was a pain and mine did not look nearly as neat as yours.
    Still the taste was wonderful.

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  114. This was a huge hit with the hunky Hubby!! I totally lazied this recipe up. All I did was chop up the Al Fresco sausage stir in a can of contadina fire roasted chooped tomatoes and fill the zucchini with it. Topped it with the mozz and skipped all the other steps...added nothing else and did not blanch the zucchini. It was AMAZING!! So quick, easy and nutricious. Thank you so much, Gina!!! You are an absolute Gem...and gorgeous to boot!!! <3

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  115. Just made these last night and they were totally delicious. It was a little more labor intensive than I had imagined but they taste so good that I'd do it again. The hubs said it tasted like zucchini pizza and gobbled up two last night! Brought some leftovers for lunch today - just as good as last night! This is a definitely repeat.

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  116. I made these the other night and they were great! I did have to modify the recipe a bit, though! Same ingredients, but my mixture just would NOT fit into the boats. I chopped up the boats, mixed them in with the rest of the sausage mixture, and topped each portion with the cheese and sauce. I had the leftovers the next night, scrambled with an egg - delicious!

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  117. This recipe was YUUUUUMMY! It's definitely going in the rotation and thank you so much for this site! I get rave reviews from the hubby every time I make one of your creations!

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  118. This was a huge hit with my family. The kids picked them up like hot dogs! And everybody on FB wanted the recipe, so of course, I sent them the link to your website. Yay!

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  119. I made this tonight and it was delicious! Thank you so much for all the work you do to produce and publish tasty, healthy recipes. Everything I have made from your site has been really, really good. Thanks!

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  120. Mafalda Viana7/19/12, 6:20 AM

    I've tried your recepie with chicken breast and it was fenomenal :) Regards from Portugal

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  121. These were totally fabulous. Great dinner idea. SkinnyTaste has done it again!

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  122. Finally made these last night with lean turkey sausage since it was all I could find. I would probably use my own turkey sausage (the recipe from your site) in the future since picking off the casings was a pain. The recipe itself was very tasty, even though I forgot to boil the zucchini. Boiling it probably would have made it softer which I would have preferred. But overall YUM!

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  123. Made these tonight and got a thumb-up from the whole family. Thank you for a new health way to use up zucchinis (rather than baking bread!). I used turkey italian sausage and pizza sauce and it was delicious!

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  124. These were amazing! I made them for dinner last night, and they were quickly consumed by all! LOVE you site, and recipes! They make my life so much easier! Thanks Gina!

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  125. Fantastic! I am not even a zucchini fan, but this was such a tasty recipe. We made it a tad spicy with some spicy turkey sausage & crushed red paper, YUM! Thank you, Gina, for so many amazing recipes!

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  126. This was delicious and enjoyed by the entire family...a rare occurrence in my house!

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  127. Just wanted to say that I live in a very small to & there was no chicken sausage to be found. I substituted w ground chicken & seasoned it myself w Italian herbs. The whole family loved it. Thanks for this new family fav.

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  128. Just made, fantastic!!!

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  129. Made these last night, they were absolutly delicious! It took some time to prepare, but well-worth it for a healty, satisfying meal!

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  130. We loved this! Dh took the leftovers for lunch. I used the spicey turkey sausage! Love your website!

    Kathy

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  131. I have a lot of zucchini and would love to make this, but I'm from the Midwest and we (along with most of the states) are in an excessive heat wave! I refuse to turn my oven on and have only used the grill or crockpot lately! Do you have any suggestions of how to cook these on the grill so I could try to keep my house cool?

    I have made almost all of your grilling recipes... They are all good! We especially love the buffalo burger and the chicken parmesan burger! Thanks!

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  132. Oh, wow Gina! I didn't think I liked zucchini but this was so good! Excited for my lunch leftovers tomorrow!

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  133. Another great recipe! It was easy and fun to make! Thanks so much for this site. It is a great addition to help me lose this weight.

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  134. These were SO good! I cannot believe that everything I try from your website not only tastes great, but looks exactly like your pictures! This is amazing to me as I usually don't end up with anything that resembles the pics in the cookbooks! Ha! I can't wait for your cook book! I have told all my blogging lap band gals about you!

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  135. Love love love this recipe!!! Made it last week, and it is so delicious! It's going to be a regular at our house!

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  136. Made this last night and it was great!

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  137. Made this tonight, they are delicious!

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  138. Made these with eggplant!! Salt and cook the eggplant a bit before, and 40 min in the oven to make up for size difference.

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  139. Have made these twice and they are delicious!! I used mild sausage for my toddler but I think using the spicy stuff would kick this up a notch. Next time...

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  140. I made this last night, it was so delicious!! I am also a horrible cook but this recipe was really easy to follow and everything came out great. I don't like bell peppers so I used mushrooms instead and I think it was a great combo. I can't wait to make this again!

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  141. This came out sooooo yummy! My husband was hesitant at first but both he and the kids AND a visiting friend tore through them!!! Instead of using sausage, we used ground turkey meat. I seasoned it up and it was good to go! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE...will make again soon. This time I will have to make more so I can have more than one, myself! LOL

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  142. Gina,
    When will you come out with an app?!?!?!?!

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  143. I am unable to find Polly-O cheese at any of the stores near me. Is there a substiture product that can be used?

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  144. Made these tonight, and will definitely be making them again. Perfection! I used hot turkey sausage, and served it with a side of shirataki noodles topped with more homemade marinara sauce.

    Next up I'm making your crustless zucchini pie (probably served with BBQ chicken), and then I'll move on to the zucchini tots. If Picasso can have his blue period, then I can be allowed my zucchini mode! We're making the most of the summer's produce, and love having some brand new favorites to add to our menu. Thanks so much!!!

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  145. Thank you for great inspiration, as always! I made a version of this using yellow summer squash, pizza sauce and Johnsonville Italian three cheese chicken sausages. Smells like pizza cooking in the over but won't say on my backside like pizza would! THANK YOU!

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  146. I made this tonight. So good. I used both summer squash and zucchini with turkey sausage. Will made again! LOVE!

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