Versatile, healthy and delicious, zucchini can be transformed into a number of easy-to-make, mouth-watering dishes. In fact, when it comes to the popular summer squash, the trickiest thing about it is spelling its name correctly. Although preparing this tasty produce in the kitchen or on the grill is a cinch, it can be hard to know where to start, so we’ve rounded up some of the best zucchini recipes around. Read on to learn more about what you’ll need to get cooking!
What Are the Health Benefits of Zucchini?
Although it’s often dubbed a vegetable, botanists would agree that zucchini is a fruit, like all other varieties of summer squash. This versatile piece of produce can be turned into delectable savory and sweet dishes alike, but it’s also beloved among foodies for its numerous health benefits. For one, its relatively high fiber content can aid in digestion. Even better, zucchini is rich in nutrients, including vitamins A and C as well as iron, calcium, zinc and several other B vitamins.
Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks
These crisp, yet tender, zucchini-based treats make for a tasty low-calorie snack. All you need to do is over roast them to perfection. As you’ll likely learn from cooking this delectable summer squash, zucchini and parmesan go together like the savory version of peanut butter and jelly, and that’s probably why this simple recipe can turn into a real craving.
Baked Zucchini Tots
Whether you’re trying to appease your kids at dinnertime or whip up a tasty snack for your buddies, tater tots are an undeniable crowd pleaser. Luckily, zucchini can be used as a low-calorie (but equally delicious) substitute for the popular potato treat. So, how do you transform summer squash into tasty tots?
Zucchini Pizza Bites
If you’re a fan of pizza bagel bites, but you’re trying to cut snack foods like that out of your day-to-day, we’ve got a great compromise. Zucchini pizza bites deliver on all the bagel bite goodness but trade the bread for a low-carb alternative. And, again, you really can’t go wrong when it comes to pairing zucchini with cheese.
Shrimp Scampi, Bolognese & More with Zucchini Noodles
Chances are you’ve probably heard of zoodles, or zucchini noodles, the latest trend when it comes to creating low-carb pasta alternatives. However, it’s possible you haven’t actually jumped on the zoodle bandwagon yet. Not sure where to start? We recommend picking up a zucchini spiralizer to churn out the best squash-based noodles around. (If you need help picking the right spiralizer, we’ve got you covered.)
There are quite a few different ways to approach zucchini fritters, but our favorite is the Greek take on them. Known as kolokithokeftedes, zucchini balls or fritters are made using all the usual suspects: grated zucchini, crumbled feta cheese and, of course, some fresh mint. Another reason we love the Greek spin on these? Zucchini fritters taste great with a side of tzatziki sauce.
Baked Zucchini Fries
Similar to the parmesan zucchini sticks, these fries don’t call for any hot oil. That’s right — they’re baked through-and-through and made even more delectable thanks to that Parmesan-herb breading. (Remember what we said about zucchini and this particular type of cheese — a match made in heaven!)
Grilled Lemon-Garlic Zucchini
One of our favorite zucchini-based recipes that really puts the "summer" in "summer squash" is the simple act of grilling some lemon-and-garlic-bathed zucchini. It’s beyond basic, but it also tastes so good, making for the perfect, versatile side dish on a hot day.