26 Quick and Tasty Zucchini Recipes
Zucchini bread and more
Zucchini may be at the back of the alphabet, but it's at the front of our minds when it comes to summer vegetables.
This miracle squash is so easy to grow, you can easily end up with a bumper crop. But don't let it go to waste—it has lots of vitamin A, few calories, and it's simple to cook.
Here are 26 ways to cook zucchini (including two zucchini bread recipes!) in dishes that range from sweet to savory to spicy.
For only 150 calories per serving, this is a dessert you can indulge in.
Try this recipe: Zucchini Bread
Watch the video: How to Make Zucchini Bread
Crunchy Zucchini Rounds With Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese
Take advantage of zucchini's vibrant green color, and work it into bite-size appetizers like these crunchy rounds. Topped off with sun-dried tomatoes and goat cheese, they'll look almost as good as they taste.
Each mouthful of this savory starter promises a ton of flavor for very few calories (86 for three zucchini rounds).
Try this recipe: Crunchy Zucchini Rounds With Sun-Dried Tomatoes and Goat Cheese
Make them at the end of summer to use up all of your extra zucchini. You can even make a double batch and save some in the freezer.
Try this recipe: Zucchini Muffins
Marinated Zucchini and Yellow Squash Salad
This colorful summer salad packs a lot of flavor, considering how few ingredients and how little of your time it requires.
And, you'll get an added kick of vitamin A from the fresh basil.
Use the peeler lengthwise rather than horizontally to create long, beautiful green and yellow ribbons of squash.
Try this recipe: Marinated Zucchini and Yellow Squash Salad
The secret to their light, lean taste? These squash strips get breaded and baked, instead of thrown into a deep fryer.
And, you can lower the cholesterol content by ditching the yolk and using only egg whites.
Try this recipe: Zucchini Fries
Watch the video: How to Make Zucchini Fries
Zucchini Bread With Moroccan Spices
This zesty bread has less than a gram of fat and only 76 calories per serving.
Try this recipe: Zucchini Bread With Moroccan Spices
Zucchini With Corn and Cilantro
With a total prep and cooking time of less than 20 minutes, this veggie medley is a keeper!
Try this recipe: Zucchini with Corn and Cilantro
Zesty Zucchini Spaghetti
This summer spaghetti dish is light, flavorful, and packs a lot of spice! And, you don't have to feel guilty about indulging—the zucchini-filled meal clocks in at only 5 grams of fat per serving.
Use whole-wheat pasta to up your fiber intake.
Try this recipe: Zesty Zucchini Spaghetti
This light summer entrée will leave you with tons of crunch and color. Plus, baking this dish means you'll get a delicious crisp without the added fat of frying.
Try this recipe: Tomato-Zucchini Bake
Black Bean and Zucchini Quesadillas
Don't have all day to spend over a hot stove? Try these cheesy, flavorful, zucchini-filled quesadillas.
They're so easy to put together, you can even cut time and do it in the microwave!
If you're a meat lover, add your favorite lean protein to the mix.
Try this recipe: Black Bean & Zucchini Quesadillas
Zucchini and Rosemary Frittata With Parmesan
Perfect for brunch or lunch, this cheese-covered combo is sure to be a crowd-pleaser. And with its no-hassle recipe, you can spend time with your friends instead of in the kitchen.
Try this recipe: Zucchini and Rosemary Frittata with Parmesan
Zucchini Oven Chips
Shrimp and Zucchini Barley Risotto
With a prep time of just 10 minutes (and cook time of 40 minutes), this makes an easy midweek meal.
With high-fiber barley and vitamin B12, and vitamin D–rich shrimp, this recipe is a home run.
Try this recipe: Shrimp and Zucchini Barley Risotto
Farfalle With Zucchini and White Beans
This recipe is easy and low in cholesterol, so it's heart healthy. Plus, it delivers a dose of fiber (thanks to the white beans) and healthy monounsaturated fat, thanks to the olive oil.
Try this recipe: Farfalle with Zucchini and White Beans
Watch the video: How to Make Bow Tie Pasta with Zucchini and White Beans
This recipe earns the right to be called garden lasagna. It calls for 3 1/2 cups of zucchini, in addition to a host of other veggies and herbs—including onions, carrots, and fresh basil—you might find in your garden or at your local farmers' market.
Try this recipe: Garden Lasagna
Asparagus and Zucchini Pizza
Bake your zucchini to perfection with this recipe for veggie-topped, crunchy pizza.
And don't worry about blowing your diet with a slice—one serving is only 142 calories, and packs 5 grams of protein.
Try this recipe: Asparagus and Zucchini Pizza (So-Slimming Slice)
Grilled Zucchini Roll-Ups With Herbs and Cheese
Sautéed Zucchini With Lemon-Thyme Chicken
To add some extra fiber, use whole-wheat couscous.
Try this recipe: Sautéed Zucchini with Lemon-Thyme Chicken
Grilled Zucchini With Parmesan Pesto
And adding toasted pine nuts won't just give you crunch and flavorthey're full of fatty acids that are good for your heart and burn belly fat.
Try this recipe: Grilled Zucchini with Parmesan Pesto
Parchment-Baked Halibut With Pesto, Zucchini, and Carrots
Shredded zucchini mixed with carrots lends a slightly sweet flavor to this omega-3-packed fish dish.
You can swap out halibut for another lean protein like cod or striped bass.
Try this recipe: Parchment-Baked Halibut With Pesto, Zucchini, and Carrots
Campanelle With Summer Vegetables
Try this recipe: Campanelle with Summer Vegetables
Try this recipe: Simple Veggie Tostadas
Teriyaki Salmon With Zucchini
This sweet-and-salty dish is win-win: You'll get vitamin A from the zucchini, and tons of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids from the salmon.
Add a side of brown rice for a boost of fiber.
Try this recipe: Teriyaki Salmon with Zucchini
Veggie Stack With Basil
Plus, one of these veggie towers and a serving of couscous will fill you up for only 309 calories.
Try this recipe: Veggie Stack with Basil
Mediterranean Seafood Grill With Skordalia
Each serving is packed with 31 grams of protein, so it'll keep you full.
Try this recipe: Mediterranean Seafood Grill with Skordalia
Garden Vegetable Crustless Quiche
This cheesy, easy-to-make dish is sure to be a crowd-pleaser.
Try this recipe: Garden Vegetable Crustless Quiche