~ 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!
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!