Zucchini is a versatile member of the squash family. They’re easy to grow and you may be ending up with too much! If you’re getting tired of your current recipes, you may be wondering what to make with zucchini. You can fry them, saute them, turn them into pasta, and even enjoy them raw! If you’re not sure of what to do with your zucchini, consider one of these options.
1. Add Them to Omelets
Any egg-based dishes that have any type of vegetable can be a great way to use up your zucchini. Make sure that you chop them finely but they won’t affect the flavor. Instead, they’ll add a serving of vegetables to your morning. You may want to lightly saute them before adding them to egg dishes but they’re a great option.
2. Make Zucchini Bread
Zucchini bread is a fun slightly sweet bread that can be enjoyed for dessert or even for breakfast. The squash content doesn’t add much in the way of flavor but makes sure that the bread stays moist. This makes a great gift as well so consider making a batch of zucchini bread for yourself or to share.
3. Grill Them
Zucchini are one of the hardier squashes so they can be grilled. They’re great in kebabs so consider adding them to skewers along with your favorite meat. Add a marinade as they absorb flavor well and then grill lightly. They take on whatever flavor you add so this is a great option in the summer months.
4. Zucchini Skins
Everyone loves potato skins and this is an indulgent snack, often enjoyed for game days. However, make a lighter version with roasted zucchini skins. Stuff them with turkey bacon, vegetables, and farro and then top them with low-fat cheese and a small amount of sour cream. You’ll still get great flavor without adding on a lot of calories.
Zucchini ribbons make a great pasta replacer. After all, most of the flavor in a pasta dish comes from the sauce anyways. You can make an entire meal out of zucchini noodles or add some zucchini to your pasta to lighten up the carb content. Use a mandoline or vegetable peeler to make the ribbons. Get them as thin or thick as you want.
6. Fried Zucchini
Just because it’s a vegetable, doesn’t necessarily mean that it has to be entirely healthy. Fried zucchini is a fun way to use up zucchini that people tend to love. Bread them with a mixture of panko bread crumbs mixed with parmesan cheese. Fry them or spray with oil before baking until they’re crisp. They make a great and crowd-pleasing appetizer.
7. Marinated Summer Squash
In the summer months, zucchini can be mixed with other squash. Slice them into fairly thick slices and make a simple marinade of lemon juice, garlic, and thyme. Grill them lightly and then serve warm during a summer cookout. They’ll add a bright flavor profile to your summer cookouts and keep people coming back for more!