Meatball Parm Stuffed Zucchini recipe

Meatball Parm Stuffed Zucchini

Ready in 20 minutes

Serves 2 people

Per Serving: 

Calories: 232

Protein: 31

Carbohydrate: 49

Fat: 5


  • 2 medium-large zucchini (about 9 oz. each)
  • 6 oz. raw extra-lean ground turkey (at least 96% lean)
  • 1/4 cup finely chopped onion
  • 3 tbsp. panko breadcrumbs
  • 2 tbsp. (about 1 large) egg white or fat-free liquid egg white
  • 1/4 tsp. onion powder
  • 1/8 tsp. Italian seasoning
  • 1/8 tsp. each salt and black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 2/3 cup marinara sauce with 4g fat or less per serving
  • 1/4 cup shredded part-skim mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tsp. grated Parmesan cheese, or more for topping


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Spray a baking sheet with nonstick spray.
  2. Slice off and discard stem ends of zucchini. Pierce zucchini several times with a fork. On a microwave-safe plate, microwave for 3 minutes. Flip zucchini and microwave for 3 more minutes, or until softened.
  3. In a large bowl, combine beef, onion, breadcrumbs, egg, onion powder, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, and 1/4 tsp. garlic powder. Mix thoroughly. Firmly and evenly form into 16 small meatballs.
  4. Bring a large skillet sprayed with nonstick spray to medium-high heat. Add meatballs, and cook and rotate until browned on all sides, about 3 minutes. Reduce heat to medium low. Carefully add sauce, and coat the meatballs. Cover and cook for 8 minutes, or until meatballs are cooked through.
  5. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Gently scoop out the inside flesh, leaving about 1/4 inch inside the skin. Thoroughly pat dry. Place on the baking sheet, and sprinkle with remaining 1/4 tsp. garlic powder.
  6. Evenly distribute meatballs and sauce among the zucchini (4 meatballs per half). Sprinkle it with mozzarella and Parm. Bake until melted, about 5 minutes.


Can switch out toppings or change to lean ground chicken

Can substitute vegan cheese

Adjust servings and ingredients to fit macros

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