10 New Uses for Zucchini

By , Bryn Mooth
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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RAPUNZEL53 6/2/2021
Great Report
ALEXMORTON2 3/1/2021
Great idea. I like zucchini. http://bit.ly/3mFIele Report
JUDY1676 12/24/2020
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DEE107 8/14/2020
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I don’t think anything’s easier than the ribbon salad. That’s a must try Report
some new ones for me Report
I love zucchini and all of these dishes looks delicious. I will probably make a few of them. Report
I like zucchini. It is a very moist vegetable. Report
great ideas for a prolific garden product Report
I use zucchini all the time especially in place of pasta and in stirfrys. Thanks for the new recipes. Report
I spiralize zucchini and use it in place of spaghetti for my "Zughetti Salad." Report
I am a farmer and have a huge garden. We normally have an abundance of zucchini, besides baking (mostly gluten free items and low sugar), I also make zucchini pickle relish both sweet and dill, add zucchini to homemade canned spaghetti sauce and salsa, zucchini jam, zucchini fritters, fried zucchini, zucchini casserole with turkey, Italian zucchini with tomatoes... and give the extras to families near us. Report
I love zucchini! Can't wait to try some of these recipes. Report
I had no idea you could do so much with zucchini! Thank you for sharing this information! Report
Thanks, I'm always up for a great zucchini recipe, idea, suggestion, etc. Report
You had me at zucchini...YUM! Report
Now I'm hungry for zucchini. Report
Now I'm hungry for zucchini. Report
Thank you for all the wonderful zucchini recipes! Report
I'll have to try some of these, they look good. Report
Love the zucchini rice! Report
I've just started using Zucchini and neighbors have started giving loads of it and I want to learn how to use it Report
Looks great! Report
These look awesome I will be trying them ! Report
That's what I love about zucchini, besides being so delish...it's versatile. Report
I have tried a zucchini brownie in Spark but not this recipe - I struggle to find lowfat brownies that I like. Maybe will try again. Also, I use a recipe for zucchini lasagna that we like. And, personally I like raw zucchini with a dip or just grated and put in my "sandwich". Oh, yes, zucchini bread - healthy version - is a family favorite Report
Great ideas for zucchini Report
Finally yummy (not so new to me) recipes that are good for us. Have tried them all over the years and they are fantastic. Report
The brown rice and zucchini sounds like a great dish. I think I will do this one first. Then I will make the brownies for Sunday dessert. Yea! Report
I grate up zucchini and make fritters with them, very tasty with a little onion and sauteed in a tiny amount of olive oil, and sprinkled with Parmesan cheese Report
It works as a great sauce/dressing thickener, due to its neutral flavour, it just adopts any flavor. That is why you can get brownies and muffins. You can start trying a classic Japanese sesame dressing which in principle would take lots of sesame oil and seeds, or a good mexican "mole verde". Report
I came across a recipe I like better than any of these ideas. It's Pasta Free Lasagna. Make ur favorite low calorie lasagna recipe except use long strips of zucchini instead of lasagna noodles. It is really good. Report
I already enjoy sweet potato fries. I would like to try the ribbon salad and the zucchini with rice and cheese. Also, I want to try the brownies and muffins with gluten free flour. Thanks for the recipes! Report
My chiropractor uses zucchini cut lengthwise to replace lasagna noodles in her lasagna. I haven't tried it yet, but I intend to. It sounds delicious, and what a way to cut calories! Report
I am a fan of zucchini fries and will definitely try this version out! Report
I snuck grated zucchini into sloppy joes...have to resort to "toddler tactics" to get extra veggies sometimes. You can't even tell it's there once the sauce is cooked into it. Report
I love that there are the dessert options. definitely gonna try the fries and the frittata! Report
So far I have tried the zucchini muffins and the oven baked zucchini sticks, great tastes. These recipes will be a geat help Report
I can't wait to try the zucchini oven fries! Report
Wow these all sound delicious. I can't wait to try the brownies. I also tried a recipe for apple zucchini cobbler last year that is amazing. Check it out learningasigotips.wordpress.com/201
I like how Bookworm27s uses them instead of pasta in her meals. It tastes so good blanched in broth, and used as a noodle. Report
A friend who has experience in such matters assures me that the best way to get rid of excess zucchini is to --

I didn't realize Zucchini was so versitile!! I'm going to have to try it! Report
What beautiful delicioso & refreshing ideas ! Report
I want to try Mac & Cheese recipe for the first time and the brownies I'm curious how they will turn out. I will start adding zucchini into my store bought pasta in future, sounds like a good idea for more veg! Report
The zucchini with orzo salad is a great idea I will absolutely enjoy; a healthy alternative to the mayo-laden salads that show up at those bring-a-dish summer BBQ's!! Thanks. Report
I'm heading to the market. Won't have it going to waste at all with these recipes. Report
Last night, we put in a grill basket (all bite-sized pieces): 1 red sweet pepper, 1 7" green zucchini, 1 3" bunch of green asparagus (ends off, chopped into 2" lengths), 1 pkg of baby portabello (crimini) mushrooms and about 6-8 boneless, skinless chicken tenderloins (1" pieces), all drizzled with olive oil, salt, pepper and dried oregano ... and put it on a fairly hot charcoal grill for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally until done to our liking. Yummmmmm! Healthy!!!!! Lo-cal! Report
Wow! These look like great recipes! I can't wait to try the zucchini frittata! I just love zucchini - it's good in any recipe. Report