A to Z! Everything You Can Do With Zucchini!
Zucchini is a summer squash and part of the Cucurbitaceae plant family with melon, spaghetti squash and cucumbers. Even though zucchini is usually used in savory dishes with herbs and protein, it is actually a fruit! It is low in calories and low in natural sugars and starch, meaning it is low on the glycemic index making it a great diet food.
There are many ways to dress up zucchini! From making it into brownies or just grilling it straight up with some salt, pepper and olive oil – here is everything you can do with zucchini from A to Z!
Whether you’re interested in teriyaki, lo mein, pad thai, curry, sesame, or even your favorite ramen, zucchini noodles make a perfect low carb alternative to wheat pasta.
Split your zucchini long-ways down the middle, then use a spoon to hollow out some of the inner “meat” until the edges are about half an inch thick. You can then stuff it with your favorite things (meats should be pre-cooked beforehand) like taco filling, buffalo chicken, chicken parmesan, pizza, spinach & artichoke, sausage pepper & onion, philly cheesesteak, caprese, jalapeño popper and more!
Cut your zucchini into thin slices then toss with a light amount of olive oil with sea salt, pepper and any other spices you would like. Lay out on a baking sheet and bake at 450º F for 25-30 minutes then enjoy as a light, guilt-free snack!
Death By Chocolate Bread
Because of its mild flavor, zucchini makes an excellent filler for many baked goods. Death By Chocolate Zucchini bread has everything you love in this fan-favorite, plus zucchini!
Everything you love in an enchilada served up in a thin zucchini wrap. This cooking method can also be used for buffalo enchiladas, lasagna rolls, or anything else your imagination comes up with!
Bread em’, bake em’ enjoy em! These are excellent because you can feel free to add whatever spices to your breading that you would like, and you can get really fun with whatever sauces you’d want! (There isn’t much that doesn’t go well with zucchini fries!)
Pretty baby zucchini with flowers are so delicious! I picked a few of these over the weekend when pulling out the zucchini plants. They are perfect with your favourite stuffing or tempura style, which is the way I cooked them this time around. So tasty! . . Wishing you all a blissful dayLove always Ozlem . . . . . . . . . . #instagardeners_feature #urbanfarming #urban #urbanorganicgardener #thehappygardeninglife #growsomethinggreen #hydrovegan #garden #homegrown #theseedcollection #seedsnow #seedaddic #gardenactivist #lobotany #gardenersofinstagramloo #urbangardenersrepublic #organicgardenermag #pipmag #gardeningaustralia #mutfakgram #summerveggies #growyourown #gardenharvest #thrivelife #instagram #zucchini #zucchiniflowers #tempura #blissful
The season is here, might as well get some zucchini in the mix! Just slice your zucchini into half inch diagonal slices, marinate in olive oil and seasonings of choice for 15 minutes, then pop them on the grill over medium-low heat. It just takes 2-3 minutes on each side, and the grill marks are the best part!
We’ve seen this done with potatoes, now try it with zucchini! The only limit is your imagination! You could go with a pizza-like combo of pepperoni, mozzarella and little tomato sauce, or get funky with your favorite cheese & bacon!
Thanks to spiralizers and the internet, there are now more ways to enjoy zucchini in place of carbs like pasta and potatoes. Zucchini (when you remove some of the moisture) can also make a great addition to meat replacements like veggie burgers and more!
This Louisiana classic is even better when you replace the starchy, carb-y rice for light and low-carb zucchini noodles!
Zucchini is at a great price this time of year which is why its the perfect addition to everything!
Enjoy gluten-free lasagne when you use thin slices of zucchini instead of lasagna noodles! Make your sauce meaty, spicy, or fill it with veggies, just don’t go without ricotta and mozzarella!
If you’re trying to cut down on meat or keep it vegetarian, these zucchini meatless-meatballs are perfect for you!
Zucchini noodles or “Zoodles” can be used in practically any fashion that pasta would! Whether it’s an Asian, Italian, or your own sauce or pesto, try it with zucchini noodles! You can make it yourself using any of the methods below, invest in a spiralizer, or pick some up in our produce department!
One Pot Meals
One of the best parts about cooking with zucchini is its quick cook time. This means you can cook up whatever you would like to accompany your zucchini in a big pot, then add your zucchini and it will likely be ready in no time!
You could use the zucchini boat method, enchilada style wrap, or the method below that cuts your zucchini into disks before loading them with sauce, cheese and baking in the oven! This could probably be done on the grill as well, but on bigger zucchini pieces.
Eggs are a great source of protein and if you give them a chance they are great beyond breakfast! Quiches are an excellent dinner choice because they are so simple to make your own. You can add virtually any meats or vegetables to quiche, so you can make it a comfort food through and through or a healthy dinner option.
Roasting zucchini is a great way to get a flavor-filled side dish with minimal effort. Roughly chop up your zucchini into similarly sized bits, toss in olive oil and spices, then pop it in the oven at 400º F for 25-35 minutes, flipping once halfway through.
When you want a delicious dinner in no time, go for stir fry! Most stir fry dinners are made in the sautée pan (little cleanup!), starting with onions/garlic, then your meats, then cooking your veggies, and throwing it all together with rice or noodles. In this stir fry, you can use spiralized zucchini noodles. (Pick up pre-cut zoodles in our produce department!)
Where regular tots are made with potato, zucchini tots are made with shredded and sweated (explained below) zucchini, a much lighter alternative! You will still be using breadcrumbs or panko and whatever spices you’d like, but now you can enjoy these with your favorite sauce knowing they are better for you!
Udon & Zucchini Noodle Curry Bowls
Udon is a thick wheat flour noodle in Japanese cuisine. This dish is a savory combination of heavy udon noodles mixed with thick cut matchstick-style zucchini noodles.
Just like the meatless meatballs, chopped zucchini is a great addition to veggie burgers. It adopts the flavors of whatever spices it’s with, so these have potential to be really tasty!
Did you know you could combine grated zucchini (liquid squeezed out) with egg, arrowroot, flour, and spices to make your own zucchini tortillas? It’s a great way to get some extra vegetable in your diet and you can put whatever you want inside!
Zucchini is so versatile because it is amazing at taking on the flavors that surround it. The flavor of zucchini itself is very gentle, but even a little bit of salt and pepper and some time in the oven make it shine.
The zucchini is just a green squash, so feel free to mix yellow squash and zucchini for more color on your plate!
Some diets do not allow legumes, which mean no chickpeas and no hummus! Zucchini saves the day my imitating the chick peas for a thick, tasty hummus-like dip, Zummus! Just put tahini, lemon juice, olive oil, spices and a peeled & chopped zucchini in a processor and enjoy with pita!
A Few Things About Cooking With Zucchini
- Excessive moisture can interfere with the success of some zucchini recipes. To do away with this moisture, zucchini can be sweated, a process where salt helps draw out moisture in the zucchini. To sweat zucchini, you can either slice it into sheets or spiralize it, then sprinkle some salt over the exposed zucchini. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and you will notice little drops of liquid form on the surface. Blot these dry with a paper towel or clean towel, then you are good to go.
- Some recipes call for shredding your zucchini, placing it in the center of a clean towel then squeezing it out over the sink to remove excess moisture.
- Zucchini typically takes 20-30 minutes to fully cook in oven at 400º F.
- Zucchini is a very low calorie food with many antioxidants and vitamin C. One medium zucchini has:
- 33 calories
- 0 fat
- 2 grams fiber
- 2 grams protein
- 5 grams carbs
- 3 grams sugar
- 3 milligrams vitamin C (56% DV)
- 4 milligrams vitamin B6 (21% DV)
- 3 milligrams manganese (17% DV)
- 3 milligrams riboflavin (16% DV)
- 514 milligrams potassium (15% DV)
- 57 milligrams folate (14% DV)
- 4 milligrams vitamin K (11% DV)
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April 26, 2017