Dish: | Yield: 2 Servings | Prep Time: 25 minutes | Ready In: 1 hour

I first tried this recipe with zucchinis that were about 2-3 inches thick, from my friend’s garden, and I’m actually kind of glad I downsized eventually. While large zucchini are great (especially home grown!), the medium-sized really give you the correct ratio of meat:vegetable. You could also substitute ground turkey, pork, or chicken for this recipe and it would come tasty:).



  • 4 medium zucchini
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 red bell pepper, finely chopped
  • Pinch ground black pepper
  • 1/2 cup almond meal/flour
  • 1 teaspoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh oregano, chopped
  • 2 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
  • 4 tablespoons parmesan cheese, grated (optional)


  1. 1

    Preheat oven to 375°.

  2. 2

    Cut the zucchini in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds with a spoon.

  3. 3

    In large pot, bring approximately 1 quart of water to a boil. Boil zucchini halves for 1 minute then set open-side up in a baking dish.

  4. 4

    Heat oil in pan and add shallot and bell pepper. Cook at medium heat for about 2-3 minutes.

  5. 5

    Add meat to the pan, break up, brown for 3-5 minutes and drain.

  6. 6

    In large bowl, combine all ingredients except parmesan cheese and zucchini halves.

  7. 7

    Scoop meat mixture evenly into each zucchini half and top with parmesan cheese (if you choose to use that). Cover with foil and bake in pre-heated oven for about 25 minutes. Remove foil and, if using, sprinkle with cheese. Cook for an additional 10 minutes.

  • Nic

    How many servings is this? What is a serving size?

    • Melissa Kowalchuk

      Hey Nic, All of our recipes have estimated servings at the top – of course some tend to eat more than others. This particular dish gives you 4 zucchini which, depending on the size that you end up getting, could give you 2-3 servings total. If you can get medium sized zucchini, I would say that 2 per person is sufficient!