Turkey Santa Fe Zucchini Boats

Stuffed with summer corn, tomatoes, serrano peppers and cumin spiced ground turkey and baked with melted cheese.

Hollowed out zucchini boats stuffed with a cumin spiced ground turkey and black bean mixture with summer corn and tomato, all baked in the oven with melted cheese – YUM!

Reviving this from the archives since I have tons of zucchini! This recipe was inspired by my Sante Fe Turkey Stuffed Peppers which worked wonderful as a filling for these zucchini boats! If you’re like me and have so much zucchini you don’t know what to do with it, check out 35 Skinnytaste Zucchini recipes which includes a few other stuffed zucchini boat varieties.

You can make this ahead and bake it when you’re ready to eat, it can also be prepared a day ahead or freeze whatever you don’t plan on eating to bake another day. Leftovers also make a great lunch, my teenager loved these – enjoy!

Turkey Santa Fe Zucchini Boats
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Servings: 5 • Size: 2 halves • Points+: 7 pts • Smart Points: 5
Calories: 273 • Fat: 9 g • Carb: 25 g • Fiber: 6 g • Protein: 23 g • Sugar: 5 g
Sodium: 437 mg (without salt) • Cholesterol: 49 mg

Ingredients:

For the filling:

  • 12 oz 93% lean ground turkey
  • 3/4 cups canned black beans, rinsed and drained
  • 3/4 cups corn kernels, fresh or frozen
  • 1 hot pickled serrano pepper, chopped (or jalepeño) more to taste
  • 1 large diced tomato
  • 1 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp chopped cilantro
  • 1 tsp cumin
  •  kosher salt to taste

For the zucchini:

  • 5 medium zucchini (7 oz each), cut in half lengthwise
  • 1/2 cup jarred mild salsa
  • 15 tbsp shredded reduced-fat Mexican blend cheese

Directions:

Bring a large pot of salted water to boil. Preheat oven to 400°F. 

Using a small spoon or melon baller, hollow out the center of the zucchini halves, leaving 1/4-inch thick shell on each half. Chop the scooped out flesh of the zucchini in small pieces and set aside 3/4 of a cup to add to the turkey filling, (squeeze excess water with a paper towel) discarding the rest or save to use in another recipe. Drop zucchini halves in boiling water and cook 1 minute. Remove from water.

In a large skillet brown the turkey and season with salt. When the
turkey is browned, add onion, garlic, black beans, cilantro, serrano
pepper, diced tomatoes, reserved zucchini and cumin. Mix well and simmer on low, covered
for 20 minutes. Remove lid, add corn and simmer an additional 5 minutes
or until all the liquid reduces.

Place the salsa in the bottom of a large baking dish (or two medium size dishes) and place the hollowed out zucchini cut side up in the dish. Using a spoon, fill the hollowed zucchini boats dividing the filling equally, about 1/3 cup in each, pressing firmly. Top each with 1 1/2 tablespoons of shredded cheese. Cover with foil and bake 35 minutes until cheese is melted and zucchini is cooked through. 

Makes 5 servings.