Italian Stuffed Zucchini – 500 Calorie Dinners #2

I will be posting a 500 Calorie Dinner Recipe every Tuesday and Thursday until I reach my goal weight of 135 lbs.  Since they are intended to feed the dieter and their family (without major complaints) I will stay away from salads.  This is also because I eat a salad almost every day for lunch, so I don’t usually want that for dinner.  Some of these recipes will be meatless or vegetarian, but most of them will be good food in reasonable quantities with some healthy substitutions that lower the calorie count.

This was our first time trying the Italian zucchini boats.  It went pretty well, but next time I will drain the excess liquid off of the ricotta and make sure to add plenty of salt and pepper.

Italian Stuffed Zucchini – 482 calories for 4 zucchini halves


  • 2 medium zucchini squash
  • 1/2 C part skim Ricotta cheese
  • 1/4 C part skim Mozzarella cheese
  • Fresh herbs
  • Garlic
  • Onion (diced)
  • 1/2 Can Stewed Italian tomatoes


Slice zucchini in half and scrape all of the seeds from the inside with a spoon, should look like a zucchini canoe when you are done.

Mix ricotta cheese and marinara sauce together along with any fresh herbs you have on hand and garlic to your taste, I am a garlic-aholic!

Fill each zucchini canoe with the mixture.

Bake in the oven at 375 degrees for 35 – 40 minutes.

Remove from oven and top with mozzarella.  Broil for additional 3 min.

Serve and enjoy a delicious and filling vegetarian meal under 500 calories.


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