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The Healthier Plate: Ground Turkey Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Oct 22, 2014

Weight loss surgery means a change in your lifestyle, including your diet. Once your doctor has cleared you to start eating solid foods, you’ll have some changes to make in the kinds of foods you eat to help keep you on track on your weight loss journey.

The best foods to eat following weight loss surgery are high in protein and low in fat and sugar. The Nicholson Clinic is devoted to helping our patients develop a healthy lifestyle post surgery. Here is a nutritious and delicious post-surgery recipe.

Ground Turkey Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Makes: 8 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 1 pound ground turkey breast
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ lbs sliced mushrooms
  • 1 large tomato— diced
  • 3/4 cup spaghetti sauce
  • 1/4 cup seasoned whole wheat bread crumbs
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup (4 ounces) shredded low fat mozzarella cheese
Preparation
  1. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise; cut a thin slice from the bottom of each with a sharp knife to allow zucchini to sit flat.
  2. Scoop out pulp, leaving 1/4-in. shells. Set pulp aside.
  3. Place shells in an ungreased 3-qt. microwave-safe dish. Cover and microwave on high for 3 minutes or until crisp-tender; drain and set aside.
  4. In a large skillet, cook ground turkey and onion over medium heat until meat is no longer pink; drain. Remove from the heat.
  5. In a large bowl mix together zucchini pulp, beaten egg, spaghetti sauce, bread crumbs, mushrooms, tomato, salt, pepper, 1/2 cup cheese, and cooked ground turkey.
  6. Spoon about 1/4 cup mixture into each shell.
  7. Sprinkle with remaining cheese.
  8. Bake uncovered for 20 minutes at 350º F or until brown.
Nutrition Facts Per Serving

Serving size: 1 zucchini boat; 195 calories; 7.5g total fat; 3g saturated fat; 294mg sodium; 16g carbohydrates; 4g dietary fiber; 5g sugar; 17.5g protein

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