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Zucchini Boats

Zucchini boats stuffed with turkey sausage and topped with cheese

Row, row, row your zucchini boat, gently down the….yeah. I’m sorry if that song is in your head now. It was in my head the entire time I was making these. Could not stop humming it.

So besides rowing a boat, you know what I wanted to do this weekend? Jump in an ice box.

This weather front called a derecho decided to descend itself upon the Washington D.C. area, cutting power to almost 8 million people — all while it was 13498 degrees out. To say this weekend was unexpected is an understatement. It was a really random storm. No one really knew it was supposed to happen. It happened so fast. I literally had just gotten out of the shower and settled into bed to watch my DVR’d Pregnant in Heels (YES! Please tell me you watch Rosie Pope too) when the lights flickered. Then everything was fine for 2 minutes and then the power completely cut out and there was CRAZY wind outside. Like hurricane sounding wind. I ran downstairs and Jason and I huddled in the living room like a bunch of scaredy cats. The next 30 minutes was something I’ve never experienced before. The sky was lit up and it was like a strobe light party in the sky. I have NEVER seen so much lightning in my life. And then the thunder came and then within 30-45 minutes, the storm was gone.

But we were left with no power. Luckily it was already 11:30 at night so we just went to bed but I was praying that I’d wake up to power. Nope. We packed up overnight bags and headed to my parent’s house (30 minutes away, they got hit with the storm too but they didn’t get their power knocked out) for the day and night. We didn’t know when power was going to be back and it was supposed to be 100+ degrees that day. Wasn’t really in the mood to sit in a sauna all day, ya know?

Long story short, we spent the night at my parent’s house and crossed our fingers driving back home today to hope to find power restored in our neighborhood. Jason and I both had that nasty pit feeling in our stomachs that we wouldn’t have power. They were estimating places up to a week without power. Anyway, we came home, pressed the garage door button and IT OPENED. Oh my god. The things you take for granted.

Don’t take these zucchini boats for granted. They’re da bomb diggity. Easy to make and so flavorful. They’re healthy and filling. Hearty and full of flavor. You’ll just love them. Maybe after building these boats, you’ll be so enthralled that you’ll go build yourself an actual boat! In that case, where’s my invite?

Zucchini Boats
Recipe type: Appetizer
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Serves: 6 zucchini boats
  • 3 large zucchini, halved lengthwise and flesh cleaned out halfway
  • 3 turkey sausage links (I used spicy Italian turkey sausage)
  • ½ yellow onion, diced
  • 4 oz. button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 cup tomato puree
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • Shredded cheese, any kind, to sprinkle on top
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Grease a large baking sheet, set aside.
  2. In a large skillet over medium high heat, brown the turkey sausage until all cooked through, about 5-7 minutes. Then throw in the onions and mushrooms and cook until soft. Pour the tomato puree in and let simmer for 5 minutes. Salt and pepper, to taste.
  3. In the meantime, while filling is simmering, take your zucchini and cut the ends off and cut in half, lengthwise. Take a spoon and scrape out the insides, but keep some flesh in there so the boats don't collapse. It's up to you whether or not you want to throw in the scraped out flesh into the filling, I didn't.
  4. When filling is done, gently spoon the filling into the boats you just made. Place in prepared baking sheet side by side.
  5. Sprinkle a heaping amount of cheese on top and bake for 30 minutes.
  6. Serve immediately.



  1. 07/02/2012 at 8:02 am

    I’m glad they managed to restore power to you so quickly, the storms sound so awful & it must have been terrifying!

    Love the idea of these zucchini boats. I bet if I had any kids that this would be a great way to get them to eat veggies. I wonder if it will work on my boyfriend too? ;)

  2. 07/02/2012 at 9:33 am

    That storm was NUTS! The wind was crazy and I’ve never seen lightening like that before in my life! The sky lit up in blue and green and the lightening was continuous with very little thunder. We were lucky and had no tree/limb damage or power outages but others weren’t so fortunate. Hope we don’t see another one of those derechos for awhile!

  3. 07/02/2012 at 9:50 am

    so glad you survived the storm – we had one like that last year in nashville + were without power for 5 days. it was horrendous! on a brighter note, though, these zucchini boats look fab + delicious. YUM!

  4. 07/02/2012 at 9:53 am

    Glad you guys are okay! And man, these zucchini boats are packed with all sorts of goodness! Need to get on this ASAP.

  5. 07/02/2012 at 10:21 am

    Now I’m going to have row row row your boat in my head all day! LOL!

  6. 07/02/2012 at 10:44 am

    That storm really was insane! We got our power back at 3am this morning; thank god I could get ready for work with the lights on & hot water!

    I looooove me some zucchini boats too! It’s been a while since I’ve had them so that definitely will have to happen soon!

  7. Kelli
    07/02/2012 at 10:56 am

    I am soooo singing row my darn boat lol This is awesome. I am on a bariatric prep diet and this is one of the things i can eat. I thank you and cant wait to try them <3

  8. 07/02/2012 at 11:43 am

    Glad you got your power back! I just got done reading a post on another blog where she still doesn’t have power, and all the hotels are booked.

    I am so trying these! I have always wanted to do a boat with zucchini, but have never done it. That will change now!

  9. 07/02/2012 at 11:53 am

    Sail away, babay!

    (so glad you guys are okay!)

  10. 07/02/2012 at 12:12 pm

    Love love love this easy and healthy idea. Thanks!!

  11. 07/02/2012 at 12:22 pm

    These look delicious! Did you serve them as the main course? What would you recommend serving as a side dish?

    • 07/02/2012 at 12:26 pm

      I actually did serve these as a main dish. You could serve some wild rice as a side? I think they’d pair nicely with this veggie & meat combo.

  12. 07/02/2012 at 1:03 pm

    So delicious!!

  13. 07/02/2012 at 1:22 pm

    Super jealous that you have power…mine is STILL out!

    These are such a clever idea, and look so delicious!

  14. 07/02/2012 at 3:15 pm

    I’m not sure which is worse – scorching heat w/o power or below 30 and no power. So glad it was back on quick for you! And I’d seriously have laughed so hard knowing you were humming that while making these.

  15. 07/02/2012 at 4:31 pm

    wow what a cute idea! perfect for a summer bbq!

  16. 07/02/2012 at 4:39 pm

    I adore these, and I adore you, and I am so glad you guys are OK, and that you have power back!

  17. 07/02/2012 at 5:17 pm

    Thanks for the song! I was hoping to have that in my head today ;), so glad your power is back, and these look really yummy. I would never have thought to do something like that. I like the ideas you come up with! :D

  18. 07/02/2012 at 9:27 pm

    Love what you do, Julie! LOVE!

  19. 07/02/2012 at 9:39 pm

    I was worried about you this weekend Julie!! The storm on Friday night WAS SO FRIGHTNING. 80 mph winds in my area!!!!!!!! I keep my camera/tripod near my window and got SO scared that my windows would burst open and knock it over so I moved it lol. Several trees fell all over parked cars in the city. Luckily, I didn’t lose power though! Glad you got yours back :)

    These boats are adorbable!! I’ve seen them before but never with turkey sausage! What an easy and healthy summatime meal :)

  20. 07/02/2012 at 11:31 pm

    I’ve been meaning to fill zucchinis with something for a couple years, how terrible is that? This is the summer it happens, probably with this cheesy deliciousness :)

  21. 07/02/2012 at 11:58 pm

    Glad that you were okay and power’s back on! Can’t believe how to survive under 100+ weather. Anyways, this is such a great recipe. I’ll be joining 40 days challenge soon and this will definitely be on my list. Yum!

  22. 07/03/2012 at 12:16 pm

    Wow! Call me crazy, but I love a good storm. Ever since we moved to the midWest, I’m enamored of the lightning. Sometimes at night, it’s like a strobe light!

    Stuffed zucchini are one of my favorite things about summer. These look great! :)

  23. 07/03/2012 at 1:14 pm

    So melty and full of flavor! I have a ton of squash growing in my garden right now, so in a couple of weeks, I’ll be ready to do some serious zucchini stuffing. Great recipe and pretty presentation!

  24. 07/03/2012 at 1:26 pm

    I always forget that the garage door runs on electricity and am so angry when the power is out and I can’t open it the easy way! So glad you have power back…I can’t imagine being without air conditioning in this heat. Love the zucchini boats!

  25. 07/03/2012 at 2:26 pm

    Ugh, losing power in the summer is the worst! Our A/C always decides to act up on the hottest days of the year. Glad you got it back though!

    Ok, I love these boats! Zucchini is one of my faves and the filling looks so tasty too!

  26. 07/03/2012 at 2:47 pm

    I’m so sorry you all were without power! I’m so glad you all are ok though and had a place to go to keep cool. Glad it’s back on! Loving these cute little boats!:)

  27. 07/03/2012 at 3:15 pm

    LOVING the stuffed seasonal veggies!!

  28. 07/03/2012 at 9:17 pm

    Oh dear, good thing you all are ok and the power is back on. I can’t even imagine not having AC at this heat!
    Lovely boats, I bet they taste delicious! :)

  29. 07/04/2012 at 5:33 am

    Those zucchini boats look so delicious and tasty!! I would happily gobble up 3 at a go! mmm! I love turkey sausage too! Much healthier and very tasty as well!

  30. MrsAB
    07/04/2012 at 2:05 pm

    My kind of snack Julie! They look delicious.

    Glad you all survived the storm okay.

  31. 07/05/2012 at 11:34 am

    Yum, a nautically named meal for the Fourth of July! Hahah. Glad you got your power back, and hope you’re having fun soaking up some sun now. :)

  32. 07/11/2012 at 5:07 pm

    Making these tonight with some changes but thanks for the great idea!

  33. Pamela
    09/01/2013 at 9:00 am

    Really delicious!!

    • 09/01/2013 at 6:45 pm

      So glad you enjoyed this, Pamela!

  34. 12/05/2013 at 11:30 pm

    I love zucchini and these reminded me of the ones my mom used to make – stuffed with minced pork / beef, eggs & tomatoes. I love yours, as well – they look yummy!


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