Zucchini, why not embrace this summertime veggie

Zucchini, why not embrace this summertime veggie

Fresh Zucchini

Zucchini seems to be one garden vegetable that is always in abundance.  They are in season from May to August. Sometimes you haven’t a clue on what to do with it. Many folks will make bread or just sautee the vegetable as a side dish. Why not try a spiralizer also. They are great for turning vegetables into a something similar to a pasta. Don’t let this vegetable go to waste. This veggie has lots of vitamin A and very few calories.

Here are some options:

Veggie Pasta: Get a veggie-spiralizer which will produce pasta-like ribbons. Once you have all the spirals done, toss them in a hot skillet with a splash of oil for a minute or two. Add some sauce and cheese as you would if you were serving pasta. Now that summer is here, you can combine your fresh zucchini noodles along with your fresh basil and home grown tomatoes into this recipe.

Zucchini Noodles with Pesto

Zucchini Noodles with Pesto

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dip: Slice a zucchini in half and toss it on a medium hot grill. Cook until lightly browned and tender, then pop it into a food processor. Add tahini, garlic, salt, pepper and a splash of lemon juice, then process until very smooth. Use as a dip for vegetables and chips, or as a sandwich spread.

zucchini dip

Zucchini dip

 

 

 

 

 

 

Cold soup: Simply Recipes shared this nice cold summer soup. Even though most of us enjoy a nice hardy bowl of warm soup in fall and winter months, sometimes a cold soup can be just as enjoyable.

Stuffed Zucchini boats: Have become a popular dinner item recently. Its an all in one dinner item. Many recipes include a protein stuffed into these boats. You can use ground beef, ground chicken, ground sausage or ground turkey. Here is one healthy version on zucchini boats

Grain salad: Toss this finely diced raw veggie with cooked and cooled farro or barley.  Add some halved cherry tomatoes, diced red onion and crumbled soft goat cheese. Dress with lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Makes a nice veggie dish or side salad.

Veggie side dishChungah Rhee has a website called Damn Delicious. She shares many of her great recipes. Here is one side dish called Parmesan zucchini sticks. Simple and easy to prepare.

Whether you’re looking for a complete meal, a side dish, or anything in between, you’ll find a delicious recipe that fits the bill. There are plenty of options with this vegetable.  Get creative….