10 New Uses for Zucchini


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Got zucchini? Make the most of this prolific veggie, with easy and healthy main dishes, sides and yes, even dessert.

Cheesy Zucchini Rice
Mix shredded zucchini (2 medium) and 1 cup of part-skim cheddar cheese into just-cooked brown rice; the residual heat will steam the squash and melt the cheese, creating a healthy and tasty side dish.

Zucchini Ribbon Salad
Use a vegetable peeler to shave long, thin strips of zucchini (stop when you reach the seedy inner core). Toss with lemon juice, olive oil and a pinch of salt and pepper for a bright-tasting, no-cook salad.

Zucchini with Pearl Pasta

Sauté diced zucchini (3 medium) in olive oil; toss with cooked pearl pasta (Israeli couscous) or whole-wheat orzo. Add freshly grated Parmesan cheese and a small handful of toasted pine nuts (optional).

Zucchini Oven Fries
Slice zucchini into 3-inch-by-1/2-inch sticks. Dip into beaten egg (or egg substitute), then into seasoned breadcrumbs. Place on a baking sheet, spritz with cooking spray and bake at 425 degrees for 30 minutes, turning zucchini fries after 15 minutes.

Mac and Cheese with Zucchini
Mix shredded zucchini (2 medium) and 1 cup of cooked green peas into your best low-fat macaroni and cheese recipe to sneak some healthy green veggies into this family fave.

Zucchini Frittata
Sauté diced zucchini and chopped onion in olive oil (use an oven-safe pan). Whisk 4 whole eggs, 2 egg whites, 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper. Pour over vegetables; cook on the stove until eggs are almost set, then finish in the broiler so the frittata puffs and browns. (You can add any veggies you like; we like chopped tomatoes and mushrooms, too!)

Zucchini Pasta Salad

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil; add 1 cup whole-wheat orzo. Cook according to package directions. With 5 minutes remaining, add 1 diced zucchini, 1 cup frozen shelled edamame and 1 cup fresh green beans (cut in 1-inch pieces). Continue cooking, then drain pasta and vegetables. Toss with lemon juice, olive oil and salt and pepper.


Zucchini Brownies
Zucchini in a brownie? Absolutely! This low-fat brownie recipe includes grated zucchini, applesauce and banana for a nutrient-packed chocolatey treat.


‘Hidden’ Zucchini Spaghetti
Grate 2 medium zucchini and squeeze out moisture; stir into your favorite healthy store-bought spaghetti sauce as it’s heating, to add an extra serving of veggies. Toss sauce with whole-wheat spaghetti.

Zucchini Muffins
What roundup of zucchini recipes would be complete without a quick bread? With the addition of whole-grain oats, pineapple, dried apricots and flax meal, Chef Meg’s healthy zucchini muffins make a terrific on-the-go breakfast, and they freeze well.
Which of these recipes will you try first? 

Bryn Mooth is extending her 20-year career in publishing as an independent journalist and copywriter. She shares seasonal recipes, kitchen techniques, healthy eating tips and food wisdom on her blog writes4food.com.

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  • 47
    My first birthday cake ever (and still my favorite today) is a chocolate-zucchini cake. It's moist, chocolaty with just a hint of cinnamon! MMMMmmmmm!!!! - 3/26/2013   6:50:12 PM
    I love the idea of oven fried zucchini ...yum , can't wait to try the same recipe with different vegetables too. Thanks. - 3/21/2013   8:48:52 PM
  • 45
    I've rediscovered a love of courgette (as us Brits call it) after discovering it tastes quite good when not boiled to death so I'm looking forward to trying these out! - 2/14/2013   6:28:50 AM
    If you don't have a picture of the specific dish being discussed, I would much rather you *just not include a picture*, as opposed to using some loosely related stock photo or something. This is an issue throughout the site (especially the recipes section) and I find it quite frustrating. Accurate photos provide visual clues to what finished dishes should look like, as well as being helpful in determining whether a recipe is for a dish that is going to appeal to you (texture, ratio of ingredients, etc.). - 2/12/2013   2:01:05 PM
    I add feta cheese to Zucchini ribbon salad. It is delicious. Also a bit of fresh mint is nice too - 1/14/2013   9:31:54 PM
    These all look so delicious! Can't wait to try them all. - 1/11/2013   3:23:01 AM
  • 41
    Can't wait to try the zucchini fries. - 1/5/2013   1:30:36 PM
  • 40
    The oven fries are great. I've also done it with eggplant. YUM! - 8/12/2012   10:12:45 PM
    All of these sound sooo good! I love zucchini! I think I'll try the oven fries first. - 8/10/2012   11:29:55 AM
  • 38
    Mmmm, one of my favorite veggies. Good new recipes always make me want to cook right away! - 8/8/2012   12:33:38 PM
  • 37
    You had asked our ideas for future installments. Mine would be this - how do you add healthy things, like beans, nuts, even veggies, into recipes without it being noticeable? I know some fussy eaters... and do you have any Celiac recipes? Couldn't find them. Thanks, SP, for all you do! K - 8/8/2012   11:58:08 AM
  • 36
    Mmmm, these sound delicious! - 8/7/2012   6:52:17 PM
  • 35
    I love this article. Great recipe ideas. I threw away a couple of zucchinis the other day 'cause I couldn't figure out what to do with them.
    Looking forward to more articles like that! - 8/7/2012   11:26:38 AM
  • 34
    They ALL look great - can't wait to follow this series. - 8/7/2012   9:34:15 AM
    On the frittata I also use celery, bell pepper.zucchini, and onion, seasoned with salt, pepper and thyme makes for a very flavorful dish. - 8/7/2012   9:11:48 AM
    Tonight I will make either the Zucchini Pasta Salad or the Zucchini with Pearl Pasta. Great recipes for staples I always have on hand. Thanks! - 8/6/2012   2:43:04 PM
  • 31
    I just started eating Zucchini & squash. I never liked it before. We cook it in a little butter & garlic powder & throw in some crushed red pepper flakes. It is really good! I really want to make the Zucchini fries! They look SOOO good! - 8/3/2012   11:56:20 AM
  • 30
    I will be using all of these as I got a lot from garden this year Thanks - 8/3/2012   5:42:00 AM
  • 29
    Sounds allright, I like to eat my Zucchini as they come, straight from the plant, I eat them like other people eat their apples - 8/2/2012   11:21:34 AM
  • 28
    I will definately be trying the oven fries as a better version of the deep fried zucchini we usually make! - 8/2/2012   8:15:39 AM
    would like to try the fries but I'll have to find a recipe so I can put everything in correctly to my tracker. Some ideas I'll be sure to consider. Thanks - 8/1/2012   10:56:18 PM
  • 26
    I was quite bemused to see that the ideas you have call for "brown rice" and "whole wheat pasta" but the pictures are clearly of white rice and regular pasta! Oh well, they sound pretty good. I put zucchini in everything. It's my favorite vegetable. - 8/1/2012   8:22:13 PM
  • 25
    Brownies! - 8/1/2012   2:44:12 PM
  • 24
    I'm going to try these for sure. I'd like to have the nutritional information for ALL of the recipes, though, not just the ones that provide links. - 8/1/2012   2:36:35 PM
  • 23
    I have already made the muffins. My family loved them. - 7/31/2012   8:43:15 PM
    The muffins look delicious, but I think I have to try out the brownies first! - 7/31/2012   1:09:27 PM
  • 21
    Yum! These all look great.

    And here's my all time favorite zucchini recipe (for 2). One link chicken Italian sausage, cooked and sliced thin. 2 cups diced zucchini sautéed with a clove of garlic, and 1/2 cup green pepper, using a little olive oil. One large fresh tomato, diced. Put all together in a shallow baking pan, sprinkle with sweet basil, and top with 1/2 cup shredded mozzarella cheese. Broil until cheese begins to brown. Absolutely delicious. - 7/31/2012   9:30:01 AM
  • LM2760
    my hubby makes chocolate zucchini walnut bread. - 7/31/2012   8:13:27 AM
  • 19
    Zucchini Ribbon Salad is my choice. With zucchini being so prolific, I'm always on the lookout for new options. I also like ‘Hidden’ Zucchini Spaghetti. Thanks for all the recipes. - 7/31/2012   8:06:23 AM
  • 18
    oh, yeah, zucchini brownies, bread, and steamed zucchini are great! - 7/31/2012   7:54:00 AM
  • AGK3112
    All receipes are looking good. but I will try Zucchini Pasta Salad first - 7/31/2012   6:26:33 AM
  • 16
    This series is a fantastic idea! I always prepare food from scratch and include lots of veggies in my meals but sometimes I just feel stale and uninspired. This series is going to help me a lot. I'd love to see an article about side dishes, creative and simple things to serve with fish or chicken that might also be child friendly! Thanks a lot for these! - 7/31/2012   6:06:42 AM
  • 15
    A yummy side dish made in moments is to grate courgette (zucchini) into an oven proof dish, dot with one ounce of butter and cook for about 20 minutes at 170 deg c (adjust to suit your oven). They're meant to be a little browned on top. Tip: leave the stalk for something to hold on to whilst you grate them. - 7/31/2012   5:01:11 AM
  • 14
    OMG the oven 'fries' look soooo good! I love zucchini so this is all right up my alley! Yummers! - 7/31/2012   2:17:58 AM
  • 13
    my zucchini always gets watery - especially when I put it in the oven. I have tried to make the breaded stuff, and it was horrible and mushy... what am I doing wrong??? - 7/30/2012   11:55:57 PM
  • 12
    It would be useful to have the nutrition information for these dishes...esp. fat & sodium as they are described.

    They look good, but I want to know what I'm eating! - 7/30/2012   11:21:36 PM
  • 11
    Yum.....maybe I'll start with the Brownies!

    My cousing was threatening to leave bags of zucchini in the front seats of cars, especially when they were leaving their windows open in all the heat we've had! But a few of her neighbors stopped by and took home all they could carry! - 7/30/2012   10:58:04 PM
  • 10
    Excellent tips! I love zucchini! - 7/30/2012   9:57:23 PM
  • 9
    I have to admit, almost every single recipe looks delicious. Zucchini is so cheap right now, I may be trying all of them! - 7/30/2012   8:19:43 PM
  • 8
    I tried the oven fries and there great! I have the brownies in the oven as I'm typing the comment.... - 7/30/2012   8:11:30 PM
  • 7
    I have tried a few of these,can't wait to try the rest. I have lots in my garden this year. - 7/30/2012   7:41:05 PM
  • 6
    I think I still prefer to simply eat it raw as a vegetable. I appreciate the effort put into these recipes I just don't think I would enjoy them that's all - 7/30/2012   7:38:35 PM
  • 5
    When I was growing up my mom would make zucchini pancakes for breakfast. She'd dip slices in an eggy pancake batter (1 egg, 1 shell of pancake mix and 1 shell of milk...). I also make a green curry (coconut milk, corriandar, kale, ginger, garlic, lemon grass, and pepper or chillies) - blend in in blender while steaming zucchini and green onions in the microwave - sauce gets poured over and 1 more minute. Quick dinner done. - 7/30/2012   7:31:31 PM
  • 4
    Yum! Will totally be trying these recipes! I love courgettes (UK name for them) but have never thought of some of these ideas of how to cook them. Thanks! - 7/30/2012   7:14:05 PM
  • 3
    I made the zucchini pasta the other day. I used 3/4 zucchini ribbons and 1/4 spaghetti. It was fantastic! - 7/30/2012   6:46:42 PM
    These all look so delicious I can't wait to try them out! - 7/30/2012   6:45:37 PM
  • 1
    Ymmm! So many good things. But I think I would want to try the Zucchini muffins and the oven fried zucchini first. Thanks for the ymmmy recipes using a veggie I love! - 7/30/2012   6:17:03 PM

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