Zucchini, a delicious and healthy summer squash, is everywhere this summer. Try these five easy zucchini recipes to add some extra vitamin A to your summer diet!
5 Easy Zucchini Recipes
It’s summer… which probably means that you have zucchini in your refrigerator or your garden. If you don’t, just hop over to your local farmer’s market or grocery store and you’ll find plenty of zucchini waiting for you. This delicious summer squash is easy to grow and even easier to eat. Its mild flavor, high vitamin A content, and low calorie count make it a great addition to your dinner table. Make zucchini a staple in your diet this summer by trying these three simple zucchini recipes.
Stuffed Zucchini Boats-
Grab four zucchini and cut them in half, lengthwise. Scoop out the middle and toss half of it in a medium pot. Add frozen corn, canned chopped green chiles, Romano cheese, monterey jack cheese, and salt and pepper to taste. Heat up the mixture and then scoop it back into the zucchini halves. If you like lots of cheese, go ahead and add some more monterey jack cheese on top. Set the oven to 350 degrees and let the stuffed zucchini boats cook for 10-15 minutes or when the zucchini softens slightly. Serve immediately.
Grilled Zucchini Roll-ups-
If you tend to fire up the grill during the summer, this recipe is perfect for you. Slice your zucchini thinly, lengthwise, with a mandoline slicer. Toss them lightly in olive oil, add salt and pepper to taste, and then throw them on the grill. Let cook for a few minutes on each side until they get nice brown grill marks and then take them out. Put a scoop of pesto or herbed goat cheese on the bottom of a grilled zucchini slice and roll it up. Secure it with a toothpick. You can experiment with different fillings to find your favorite roll-up.
(Not) Fried Zucchini Chips-
Fried zucchini chips, the kind you get at Italian restaurants, are so good and so bad for you. Try a healthier version at home by baking your zucchini chips instead. Start by thinly slicing your zucchini into rounds with a mandoline slicer. A thickness of around 1/4 to 1/8 inch is ideal. Toss the zucchini rounds with olive oil and season with salt and pepper to taste. Spread the zucchini on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and pop it into the oven at 275 degrees. Bake for around 30 minutes and then turn over the zucchini rounds. Bake for another 30 minutes or when the zucchini chips are browned and crisp.
This is another easy zucchini recipe for you to try out on your grill. Soak bamboo skewers in water for at least 15 minutes to reduce their flammability. Meanwhile, slice your zucchini into ½-inch rounds and toss them with your favorite marinade or a simple olive oil, lemon juice, salt, and pepper mixture. Thread the zucchini slices on the bamboo skewers (through the skin, so the cut sides will be on the grill) and cook them on your grill for a few minutes until they’re golden and cooked through.
Zucchini and Shrimp Quesadillas-
Start with a large whole-wheat flour tortilla and heat it up in a cast iron pan. Spread chopped zucchini over half of the tortilla and add cooked shrimp, Monterrey jack cheese, and your favorite quesadilla ingredients. Try including avocado, green onions, black beans, cilantro, and/or corn in your zucchini and shrimp quesadillas. Yum!
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“I’m Elisa and I live in Austin, Texas with my husband and our two little girls. I used to teach reading and writing, but now I stay at home with my two kiddos and read and write in my spare time. I also love to undertake DIY projects, find new recipes on Pinterest, and dream about someday finally completing our home. Above all, I love to learn about new things and sharing my new-found knowledge with others.” Please check out my blog What the Vita!