7 Best Ways to Cook Zucchini
I love zucchini season. We grow them in our garden and always end up zucchini coming out our ears. But what do you do with them all??? Since I don’t want them to go to waste, I have to get creative in how to use them. Too much of any good thing can become boring and tasteless. So I try to change it up to make us all happy. And even if you don’t have a garden overflowing with zucchini, this is the time of year they tend to be the freshest and cheapest at the store or farmer’s market. Here are the 7 Best Ways to Cook Zucchini.
#1 Zucchini Muffins/Bread
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I am a baked goods lover. If you left me to my own devices I would probably eat muffins all day, every day. Good thing my kids and husband are around to keep me in check. (ha ha!) This Healthy Zucchini Muffin recipe always gets rave reviews.
#2 Zucchini Mini Pizzas
Who doesn’t love pizza??? I made these as a great appetizer for my Book Club and everyone raved about them. They are a great way to add more veggies to your meal and get that great pizza flavor without all the carbs! Get the recipe here.
You can use zucchini instead of spaghetti noodles for your favorite noodle dish by using a spiralizer. This is the spiralizer that I use. Eat them raw, cook in the microwave (maybe around1-2 minutes so they don’t get soggy), or lightly sauté them. Yum! Then just add your favorite sauce, pesto, meatballs, etc. for a tasty, grain-free “noodle” experience!
#4 Zucchini Lasagna
This is so yummy, I can’t even stand it. I made this for a treasured friend’s going away party and it was eaten up before any of the other food. Simply slice the zucchini lengthwise, lightly salt and let sit for about 10 minutes. Press with paper towels to remove moisture. Then grill (or use grill pan) for 2-3 minutes per side, cool a bit and then again press with paper towels to remove more moisture. Then just use them in your favorite lasagna recipe instead of noodles! (This Zucchini Lasagna recipe from Skinny Taste looks pretty amazing!)
#5 Veggie Frittata with Zucchini
I modified a recipe my daughter found in a cookbook she checked out from the library. It turned out better than I had expected! I love how inexpensive and easy it is to pull off this “fancy” dish. And, let me tell you, the left overs taste great! You could add zucchini to any frittata, but I obviously think my recipe is pretty tasty. I’ll be sharing it soon! (Please forgive the extra doneness of the frittata in the pic. It is an older picture and I was distracted by my kids when I was making this for my friend’s birthday celebration and left it in the oven too long! I promise to swap it out with something much prettier the next time I make it. Lol!)
#6 Grilled Zucchini
Fresh veggies on the grill are always great and zucchini definitely doesn’t disappoint! Just brush lightly with oil, sprinkle with salt and pepper and grill (or use a grill pan) to desired tenderness. Or you can get a little fancier, like this Pioneer Woman recipe.
#7 “Fried” Zucchini
Who needs these to actually be fried when they taste so good baked! I made some a few years ago and lost my recipe, so I’m trying this recipe from Real Healthy Recipes! It looks amazing, does it not?!
The 7 Best Ways to Cook Zucchini won’t steer you wrong! Such tasty ways to eat healthy! What is your favorite way to cook zucchini? Let me know in the Comments section below! (Now I’m off to make some more zucchini muffins! Yum!)