Taco Zucchini Boats (V, GF, DF) | Busy Girl Healthy WorldStill looking for ways to use up that summer zucchini? I know I am! School is back in session, but summer isn’t officially over yet! My parent’s garden is still producing lots of zucchini. One of my favorite ways to use the zucchini is to stuff it and serve it as a main dish for dinner. You can find the following stuffed zucchini recipes that I posted in previous years here:

Cheesy Mushroom-Stuffed Zucchini Boats
Crab-Stuffed Zucchini Boats

I still make both of these dishes on a regular basis- they are definitely summertime favorites in my house! This year, I decided to stuff the zucchini with all the delicious flavors of tacos! These Taco Zucchini Boats are filled with a combination of tofu, quinoa, peppers, onions, and a variety of spices. This makes them low in calories and fat, but high in protein and flavor! My Taco Zucchini Boats are both gluten free and vegan. If you’re not vegan, feel free to top them with a sprinkle of shredded cheddar cheese or a dollop of plain Greek yogurt.

These boats also make really great leftovers. They heat up really well and are perfect to bring to work for lunch. The recipe also doubles easily if you’re cooking for more than two people. I suggest serving two zucchini halves to each adult and one for each child. If you want to make a side dish, I like making a little Spanish rice to go with. If you make my Taco Zucchini Boats, let me know by leaving a comment! Don’t forget to follow @busygirlhealthyworld on Instagram and Facebook for more healthy eating/living inspiration!

Taco Zucchini Boats (V, GF, DF) | Busy Girl Healthy World
Taco Zucchini Boats (V, GF, DF) | Busy Girl Healthy World
Taco Zucchini Boats (V, GF, DF) | Busy Girl Healthy World

Active Time: 15 minutes Total Time: 45 minutes
Serves: 2

Ingredients:
2 medium zucchini
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
1/2 cup diced red bell pepper
1/2 cup diced onion
1 jalapeno, seeds and membrane removed, diced
6 ounces extra firm tofu
1/2 cup cooked quinoa (I used tri-color)
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 teaspoon chili powder
1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/2 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
optional: shredded cheddar cheese, fresh cilantro, plain Greek yogurt, or salsa, for topping,

Directions:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking pan with foil.
Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise. Using a spoon or melon baller, scoop out the inside of the zucchini so that the “walls” are about 3/4 of an inch thick. Place on the foil-lined pan and set aside.
Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the bell pepper, onions, and jalapeno. Saute for 3-4 minutes, or until slightly softened. Decrease the heat to medium.
Drain the water off of the tofu and crumble 6 ounces into the pan with the vegetables using your hands. Break up large pieces with a wooden spoon. Add the quinoa and all of the spices. Stir around to coat all of the tofu. Continue to cook about 2-3 minutes, or until tofu appears slightly browned.
Divide the taco mixture between the four zucchini halves.
Bake uncovered in the preheated oven for 30 minutes. Top with shredded cheddar cheese, cilantro, salsa and/or a dollop of plain Greek yogurt, if desired.

Taco Zucchini Boats (V, GF, DF) | Busy Girl Healthy World

Nutrition Information per serving (two zucchini halves):
Calories: 258      Fat: 13g       Carbs: 26g         Protein: 15g     Sodium: 44mg            Sugar: 9g

*Nutrition information is based on the products I used personally in this recipe. Different products may yield slightly different information.

Written by Christina

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