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Italian Sausage Stuffed Zucchini Boats

Quick, simple, and delicious dinner!

Serves: 4  


  • 2 small zucchini
  • 4 Italian sausage links, removed from casings
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 onion
  • 2 tsp minced garlic
  • 4 mini sweet mini peppers (or 1 large bell pepper)
  • 1 cup pizza or spaghetti sauce
  • 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese, optional.


  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF.
  2. Cut ends from zucchini and slice in half.
  3. Remove center portion from zucchini and set aside.
  4. Place zucchini halves in shallow baking pan with 1/2-in. water and place in preheated oven for about 15 minutes.
  5. Meanwhile, dice onion, peppers, and middle portion of zucchini that was set aside.
  6. Heat 1 tsp olive oil in large skillet pan and add onion and minced garlic until translucent and fragrant. Add peppers, zucchini and sausage and cook until sausage is cooked through.   img_0386.png
  7. Once zucchini halves are done, remove from oven and drain excess water.
  8. Pour pizza sauce around bottom of baking pan, add sausage mixture, and top with remaining sauce. Sprinkle mozzarella cheese over top, cover with foil and bake for about 15 more minutes.                               img_0387.png
  9. Remove foil, put oven on BROIL and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until cheese is browned (if using).
  10. Cool and enjoy! img_0388.png


By Functionally Simple Nutrition

Ariana Cucuzza, RDN, LD is the founder of She is a Registered and Licensed Dietitian Nutritionist specializing in Functional Medicine Nutrition and sports nutrition.

Ariana holds a bachelor’s degree in food and nutrition sciences from Ohio University and went on to complete her dietetic internship at The Cleveland Clinic. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Greater Cleveland chapter of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She also is an active member of the Sports Cardiovascular and Wellness Nutrition (SCAN) and Dietitians in Functional Medicine (DIFM) Practice Groups of the national Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. She has been featured in Health Magazine, Live Science, Rally Health, YouBeauty, US News & World Report and Cleveland Clinic's Health Essentials as well as live appearances with WKYC news.

In her previous role as a public health and community-based dietitian, she led “food as medicine” initiatives in coordination with health care providers to provide nutritious food to low-income patients with diet-related health challenges. She also led nutrition workshops, cooking demonstrations, and assisted with menu planning for afterschool programs and senior meals.

Ariana enjoys cooking, trying new things, and staying active with yoga and Crossfit!

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