Turkey Fajita Stuffed Zucchini may just be my new favorite healthy lunch. Who would have ever believed that stuffing a zucchini with ground turkey, peppers, onions, spices, and cheese would taste so good and decadent? They are seriously something I love to eat and they taste like a mash up of chicken fajitas and pizza.
Last week was kind of a tough one for me. While I started out on track and eating healthy, by the end of the week I was reaching for everything bad for me. Candy, pizza, ice cream – you name it. I blame a busy work week and some last minute traveling. By Sunday morning I felt exhausted, bloated, and honestly, a bit disappointed. However instead of throwing in the towel like I may have done in the past, I decided instead to try to focus on setting myself up for success in the week to come. I made a big batch of these stuffed zucchini, a slow cooker full of this yummy soup, and prepped veggies and fruit for snacks during the week. I also raided my pantry and gave all the junk food to my neighbor. I am hoping it keeps me focused during the week.
Now let’s talk about these zucchini. I have always loved stuffing vegetables as a healthier alternative to using bread or tortillas. The veggies serve as the perfect vehicle for all types of fillings and this fajita filling made with ground turkey, tomatoes, peppers, onions, and a quick homemade spice blend really is something special. Plus the cheese on top doesn’t hurt. Depending on when I am serving these and how hungry we are, I usually add some black beans or Mexican rice on the side to round out the meal. For a low carb side, you could use black soy beans or cauliflower Mexican rice.
Here are a few other ways to make these stuffed zucchini:
- You can use any ground meat you have on hand to make this recipe. It’s delicious with lean ground beef, bison, or chicken. Shredded rotisserie chicken also is delicious. And for a vegetarian spin, use black beans or pinto beans instead of the meat.
- If you love enchiladas, you could substitute the spice mixture for a can of your favorite red or green enchilada sauce.
- Love spice? Add a jalapeno pepper or diced poblano pepper in place of the green bell pepper. You can also add some chipotle peppers for a smoky, spicy version.
- Craving more fiber? Toss some black beans or pinto beans into the turkey mixture as well to add some fiber and carbohydrates.
- If you are following a Whole30, Paleo, or dairy-free diet, just leave off the cheese from the recipe. They still come out extremely tasty.
Looking for more stuffed zucchini recipes?
- Ground Turkey Zucchini Pizza Boats
- Vegetarian Tex Mex Stuffed Summer Squash
- Chicken Parmesan Zucchini Boats