Sunday, December 6, 2015

Turkey Taco Zucchini Boats

These were pretty good - but the effort for making them with 2 little boys hanging all over your legs wanting you to not worth it.  However, I really liked having them for leftover the following day with no work needed :)
Yield: serves 4 -- Serving Size: 2 zucchini boat halves (1 green, 1 red, 1 blue)

4 medium zucchini, cut in half lengthwise
1/2 cup salsa (I used mild)
1 pound lean ground turkey (or chicken)
1 tsp chili powder
1 tsp garlic powder
1 tsp cumin
1 tsp paprika
1/2 tsp oregano
1/2 tsp sea salt
4 oz no-salt-added tomato sauce
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup low-fat Tex-Mex shredded cheese
chopped cilantro or green onions for garnish (optional)

Preheat oven to 400F. Place 1/4 cup of salsa in the bottom of a large baking dish.

Using a small spoon (I used a teaspoon,) hollow out the centre of the zucchini halves, leaving 1/4-inch thick shell on each half. Chop the scooped out zucchini flesh and save 1/2 cup to add to the taco filling (squeeze excess water with a paper towel,) discarding the rest.

Brown turkey in a large skillet, breaking up as it cooks. When no longer pink, add the chili powder, garlic powder, cumin, paprika, oregano, and salt and mix well. Add the reserved zucchini, tomato sauce, salsa, and water. Stir and simmer on low for 15 minutes.

Using a spoon, fill the hollowed zucchini boats dividing the taco meat evenly, pressing firmly. Top each with 1 Tbsp of shredded cheese.

Cover with foil and bake for 35 minutes, until cheese is melted and zucchini is cooked through. Top with cilantro or green onions if desired.

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