What do you do when you have an abundance of zucchini? You can sneak some into a chocolate zucchini bread (I’ve made this one and it’s delicious!), use it in place of noodles in a lasagna or shred it and add it to a pasta sauce. But if you love zucchini and want it to be the star of the show, check out these recipes!

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French Farmhouse Grilled Zucchini Sticks by The Taste Space

French Farmhouse Grilled Zucchini Sticks by The Taste Space

Herbed Mozzarella Zucchini Fritters by She Loves Biscotti

Herbed Mozzarella Zucchini Fritters by She Loves Biscotti

Zucchini Noodles with Lemon Balm Pesto by Making Healthy Choices

Zucchini Noodles with Lemon Balm Pesto by Making Healthy Choices

Zucchini Pancakes by Farm Girl City Chef

Zucchini Pancakes by Farm Girl City Chef

Zucchini Burger with Sriracha Pancetta by Homemade & Yummy

Zucchini Burger with Sriracha Pancetta by Homemade & Yummy

Zucchini Noodles Pumpkin Seed Pesto by Chronicles of Passion

Zucchini Noodles Pumpkin Seed Pesto by Chronicles of Passion

Zucchini is a summer squash that you will often find with a dark green or yellow skin, and is plentiful here in Ontario during the summer months. These delicate vegetables can be eaten in its entirety cooked or raw. If you choose to eat the skin it is best to get organic as pesticides can often remain on the skin even after washing.

Health Benefits of summer squash:

  • Antioxidants from manganese, vitamin C, plus lutein and zeaxanthin
  • Contains B vitamins (folate, B6, B1, B2, B3, and choline)
  • 2.5 grams of dietary fibre per cup

While not as rich in some of the more widely-publicized antioxidants like beta-carotene, summer squash is a very strong source of other key antioxidant nutrients, including the carotenoids lutein and zeaxanthin. Since the skin of this food is particularly antioxidant-rich, it’s worth leaving the skin intact and purchasing organic summer squash to help avoid potential unwanted contaminants.

Sources:
World’s Healthiest Foods
USDA National Nutrient Database

2 comments on “Easy ways to use zucchini

  1. Dylan Cutler on

    Yum! I have been eating zucchs like they’re going out of style (or season!). Love this selection. Those fritters look pretty interesting. I usually stick with zoodles because I use my spiralizer as a stress reliever haha

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