~ Got extra zucchini to use up (maybe a little too much garden bounty)? Not to worry! These Healthy, Easy Zucchini Recipes are just what you need! And they’re so delicious, you’ll be excited to cook with zucchini all year long, too! ~
You might remember the story of my hopeful little garden.
The carefully tended plot tucked behind my suburban garage, which just never got quite enough sun to fulfill my visions of a lush agricultural wonderland. No matter how I weeded and watered and loved it, most of the veggies didn’t have Mother Nature on their side. Except for …
… the Zucchini!
My, oh my … the zucchini!
Too Much Zucchini (A Good Problem to Have!)
I found a couple of varieties that actually thrived in the less-than-ideal conditions I had to offer. In fact – what’s a word that means more than thrived?!? Burgeon? Flourish?? Well, whatever … that’s exactly what they did.
And one specific variety was designed to be grown to unusually large sizes (like, nearly as large as my toddlers)!
So yes. I know a thing or two about using up zucchini. Healthy, easy zucchini recipes became an absolute must in my kitchen!
And, over the years, I’ve found that zucchini is truly a joy to cook and bake with. Mild and neutral-flavored, it’s a great candidate for practically any cooking method – and for both savory and even sweet recipes (like our crazy-delicious Almond Joy Zucchini Cake).
It’s great for stuffing and grilling, for example. Or, can it be used to stealthily add moisture to quick breads and cakes, while fading quietly into the rest of the recipe without messing with the other flavors.
Some zucchini recipes showcase the zucchini itself as the star, and others embrace it as an unobtrusive addition to round out other flavors and ingredients.
Either way, arming yourself with some tried-and-true, healthy zucchini recipes means you’ve got another great way to work extra veggies into your family’s meals.
Zucchini is low in both carbs and calories, and it’s cholesterol-free and fat-free.
It’s also high in vitamins B-6 and C, with good amounts of vitamin K, riboflavin, folate, potassium and manganese. (You can read more about zucchini nutrition HERE.)
You’ll Be Ready!
So as we head into summer … and all those backyard gardens and farmers’ markets overflowing with zucchini, zucchini and MORE zucchini … this year, you’ll be ready! In fact, this year you’ll be looking forward to the barrage of zucchini heading your way!
And, if you’re like me, you’ll find yourself eagerly buying zucchini all year long, because I just don’t want to wait for summer to roll around before I can enjoy some of my favorite recipes again!
Cherry-Chocolate Zucchini Bread
Any list of beloved zucchini recipes HAS to include at least one zucchini bread, right?!? But it doesn't have to be a hum-drum, same-old-same-old recipe! Shake up your zucchini bread routine with luscious, sweet-tart cherries and a double layer of rich, deep chocolate flavors. Dense, luxuriously moist, and studded with chocolate chips, this zucchini bread is truly a chocolate lover’s dream! For quicker baking, it's an ideal muffin recipe, too. And it freezes great – so make a double batch for grab-and-go convenience, or for gifts!Continue Reading
Stuffed Zucchini Boats Casserole with Italian Sausage and Quinoa
So simple, but wonderfully, deceptively delicious! Italian sausage and cheese are stuffed into zucchini boats, then layered on top of a magical quinoa mixture that you mix up right in the pan (nope – you don’t even have to pre-cook the quinoa!). Great for busy nights, too, because you can prep it almost entirely ahead!Continue Reading
Grilled Zucchini Flatbread with Goat Cheese and Rosemary
Incredible flavor from a few basic, humble ingredients! This recipe is terrific as an appetizer – the perfect way to kick off an impressive outdoor, grilling dinner party – or combined with a salad for a quick, satisfying vegetarian dinner.Continue Reading
Almond Joy Zucchini Cake
Never made a zucchini cake? Well, if you love zucchini bread, this is an absolute must-try! It’s wonderfully tender and moist, and filled with the ever-popular almond, coconut and chocolate flavors of Almond Joy candy bars. Nutritious enough for a snack, yet indulgent enough for dessert!Continue Reading
Indian-Spiced Turkey Chili
This just might be the most unique chili you've ever tasted! Fantastic enough to win chili cook-offs (where everybody wants the recipe), but easy enough for a weeknight dinner. Plus ... you've got 4 whole cups of zucchini tucked in there, which should definitely help you use up summer's garden bounty!Continue Reading
Easy Zoodles Recipe (Zucchini Noodles for Beginners)
A super-easy recipe that only takes about 15 minutes to make! It's the perfect way to give zoodles a try ... or to ease a reluctant family into the whole zoodles craze. A fun way to change up your pasta routine and to add more veggies into dinner!Continue Reading
Farmers' Market Italian Sausage-Tortellini Soup
This soup is bright and richly flavorful, and brimming with lots of savory, fresh veggies ... including a big ol' zucchini! Just one bite, and you'll know why it's an absolute family favorite at our house!Continue Reading
33 Game-Changing, Healthy Zoodles (Zucchini Noodles) Recipes
And while we're talking zoodles ... be sure to check out our mega-list of 33 more zucchini noodle recipes! We sifted through oodles of zoodles recipes to collect the very best ideas, from bloggers all across the Internet. If your spiralizer is your favorite kitchen gadget, you're gonna LOVE this list!Continue Reading
Need Even MORE Healthy, Easy Zucchini Recipes?!?
I asked some of my food blogger buddies to share some of their zucchini recipes, too. Here are a few others you might enjoy trying:
- Zucchini Chickpea Quinoa Salad from Julia at A Cedar Spoon
- Zucchini Bruschetta (Low-Carb and Gluten-Free!) from Marjory at The Dinner Mom
- Spicy Asian Zucchini from Courtney at NeighborFood
- Veggie Fritters (Gluten-Free and Paleo) from Nora at A Clean Bake
- Greek Style Zucchini Ribbon Salad from Renee at Renee’s Kitchen Adventures
No matter which recipes you decide to try first, you’ll never dread a bumper crop of zucchini again!