Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini

Welcome to our Australian fitness blog, where we’re devoted to sharing healthy, delicious recipes. Today, we’ve got a delightful gem for you. Brace yourself for our Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini! Packed with protein, high in fibre, and low in calories, this recipe is an absolute game-changer for your fitness journey.

Stuffed zucchini is a wholesome, nutritious meal. In this iteration, we’re filling these vegetable boats with lean turkey and superfood quinoa. Coupled with an assortment of veggies, it’s a perfect dinner option. Not only does this recipe tick all the nutritional boxes, but it also brings an explosion of flavours to the table.

The Ingredients:

Let’s jump into our exciting ingredient list:

  • 4 medium-sized zucchinis
  • 500 grams of lean ground turkey
  • 1 cup of cooked quinoa
  • 1 red bell pepper, diced
  • 1 small red onion, diced
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon of dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon of dried basil
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella (optional)
  • Fresh parsley, for garnish

These simple ingredients form the core of our dish. Using lean turkey reduces fat content while retaining protein. Quinoa adds more protein and fibre. For a Quinoa recipe, check out this one. Quinoa and Black Bean Salad – Aussie Fitness Centre

Preparing the Zucchinis

Now, let’s prepare our zucchinis. Start by preheating your oven to 190 degrees Celsius. Then, slice the zucchinis in half lengthwise. Using a spoon or melon baller, scoop out the flesh, leaving a 1cm border around the skin.

Brush the inside of each zucchini half with a bit of olive oil. Sprinkle with salt and pepper, then place them in a baking dish. Roasting the zucchinis first ensures they’re cooked to perfection by the end. To learn more about the benefits of zucchinis, I recommend reading this article. 12 Health and Nutrition Benefits of Zucchini (healthline.com)

Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini

Filling Preparation

While your zucchinis are roasting, let’s move onto the filling. Heat a pan over medium heat. Add the remaining olive oil, followed by the diced onion and bell pepper. Cook until soft and translucent, about 5 minutes.

Next, add the ground turkey, breaking it apart as it cooks. Once it’s browned, add the garlic, oregano, and basil. Stir in the cooked quinoa, seasoning with salt and pepper. This filling is not just filling; it’s a power-packed, protein-rich, flavourful mixture!

Stuffing and Baking

Now, for the fun part. Remove your zucchinis from the oven, and let them cool slightly. Then, spoon the turkey and quinoa mixture into the hollowed-out zucchinis until they’re full. Top with shredded mozzarella, if desired.

Pop the stuffed zucchinis back into the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, or until the cheese is golden and bubbly. This step will seal in all the flavours and make your zucchinis irresistibly crispy on top.

Nutritional Breakdown

To fully appreciate the benefits of this recipe, let’s delve into its nutritional profile. A single serving (one zucchini boat) contains:

  • Calories: 300
  • Protein: 28g
  • Carbohydrates: 16g
  • Fibre: 4g
  • Fat: 13g

With 28g of protein, this dish aids in muscle repair and growth, essential for those maintaining an active lifestyle. The high fibre content aids digestion and keeps you feeling full longer, aiding in weight management. And the calorie count? Just 300 per serving! Perfect for those who are calorie-conscious.

Conclusion

There you have it — Turkey and Quinoa Stuffed Zucchini, a dish that seamlessly merges health and taste. It’s a meal you’ll find yourself returning to, for its simplicity, nutritional benefits, and the wonderful burst of flavours it offers.

Remember, eating healthily doesn’t mean compromising on taste. We hope you enjoy making and eating this dish as much as we did. Stay tuned for more healthy, delicious recipes to fuel your fitness journey! Find out the ins and outs of Recipes in our in-depth posts. Recipes Archives – Aussie Fitness Centre