three grilled and stuffed zucchini boats on a white plate

Grilled Zucchini Boats

Three grilled and stuffed zucchini boats on a white plate

These grilled zucchini boats are the perfect vessel for your quinoa and sausage medley. Set sail and explore new and healthy flavors!

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½ cup quinoa

4 zucchini (about 3 pounds), stems trimmed and cut lengthwise in half

1 pound Italian sausage, casings removed if necessary

1 small onion, chopped

1 package (8 ounces) finely shredded mozzarella cheese (2 cups)

½ cup julienne cut sun-dried tomatoes with Italian herbs, drained

½ cup panko breadcrumbs

2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice

1½ tablespoons chopped fresh oregano leaves

2 teaspoons lemon zest

1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil

½ teaspoon salt

½ teaspoon ground black pepper


In fine -mesh strainer, thoroughly rinse quinoa with cold water; drain. Prepare quinoa as label directs. With small spoon, leaving about ½-inch wall, scoop out inside portion of each zucchini half; coarsely chop zucchini pulp.

Prepare outdoor grill (or indoor grill pan for desired markings) for direct grilling over medium-high heat. In large skillet, cook sausage, onion and reserved zucchini pulp over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until sausage is no longer pink, breaking up sausage with side of spoon. Remove from heat; stir in 1 cup cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, breadcumbs, lemon juice, oregano, lemon zest and quinoa.

Brush all sides of zucchini with oil; evenly sprinkle with salt and pepper. Place zucchini, cut side down, on hot grill rack (or grill pan); cover and cook 3 minutes or until grill marks appear and edges begin to brown. Turn zucchini and grill 1 minute longer or until lightly browned but still firm; transfer, cut side up, to rimmed baking pan.

Evenly fill zucchini with sausage mixture; sprinkle with remaining 1 cup cheese. Place zucchini, filling side up, on hot grill rack (or grill pan); cover and cook 5 minutes or until zucchini is just tender and cheese is melted and begins to brown.

Approximate nutritional values per serving: 304 Calories, 18g Fat (7g Saturated), 39mg Cholesterol, 578mg Sodium, 20g Carbohydrates, 3g Fiber, 5g Sugars, 1g Added Sugars, 16g Protein