Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  82
  • Protein  3 g
  • Carbohydrates  15 g
  • Fat  1 g
  • Cholesterol  0 mg
  • Sodium  180 mg
  • Potassium  276 mg
  • Phosphorus  63 mg
  • Calcium  59 mg
  • Fiber  1.7 g

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

DaVita dietitian Tammy from North Carolina takes the guesswork out of yummy veggies with her Stuffed Zucchini Boats. Savory and kidney-friendly, this dish works well as a snack or paired with an entire meal.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Tammy from North Carolina (modified by a recipe from a DaVita social worker).

Portions: 4     Serving size: 1/2 zucchini with stuffing


  • 2 medium zucchini
  • 4 slices white bread
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon original Mrs. Dash ® seasoning blend
  • 1 teaspoon salt-free lemon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dill weed


  1. Pre-heat oven to 375° F.
  2. Cut zucchini in half lengthwise. Using a spoon, scoop out seeds, forming a trench in each zucchini half.
  3. Place zucchini in a pot of boiling water, and boil for 3 to 5 minutes.
  4. While zucchini is cooking, toast 2 slices of bread.
  5. Place toast and 2 uncooked pieces of bread in food processor to make bread crumbs.
  6. Add seasonings to bread crumbs and mix well.
  7. Add 1/2 cup of the zucchini cooking water and blend with a fork to get the consistency of stuffing.
  8. Remove zucchini from water and place in 8 x 8” baking dish, peel side down.
  9. Spoon stuffing into trench in each zucchini half.
  10. Bake for 20 minutes and serve. 

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 starch
  • 1 vegetable, medium potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Substitute one large zucchini and serve 1/4 instead of 1/2 medium squash pieces.

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Stuffed Zucchini Boats

mkandah says:


Will these freeze well?

Oct. 10, 2014, 11:55 AM - Inappropriate review?

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

GrannySandy says:


Would be good with meatloaf in the squash.

Aug. 21, 2014, 2:32 PM - Inappropriate review?

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

retiredteacher says:


Instead of the bread I used cooked white rice and one egg to hold it all together. Is this still acceptable for CKD? Dietitian comment: Yes, excellant substitution because it's even lower in sodium.

Feb. 18, 2014, 7:12 AM - Inappropriate review?

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Pinkyz says:


I have only done these (in the past) with Italian sausage! Can I make my own Italian sausage (with kidney-friendly recipe) & use that? Moderator comment: Certainly! I'll be on the lookout for a kidney-friendly Italian sausage recipe to add.

Aug. 01, 2012, 8:51 AM - Inappropriate review?

Stuffed Zucchini Boats

truly17 says:


i think it is the best way i have ever had Zucchini.

Nov. 22, 2010, 8:42 PM - Inappropriate review?

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