Zucchini is a member of the Cucurbitacea family, which features cucumbers, squash, melons, pumpkins and gourds. Zucchini resembles a cucumber, but differs in taste and how it is prepared. Zucchini is rarely served raw and mainly cooked. You can steam, grill, bake or fry it to to create a number of different dishes. Zucchini is low in calories and offers vitamins A, B12, and C as well as potassium.
You can grill zucchini to enhance your meals or place zucchini on grilled hamburgers as an interesting topping. Use grilled zucchini as a vegetable featured in a kabob with steak or chicken or as a pizza topping. Use grilled zucchini with a plethora of other vegetables as a side dish. Grilled zucchini can be flavored with some type of seasoning ranging from Cajun spices or Italian seasoning.
You can fry zucchini to create a tasty treat. Take zucchini and dip it in flour, milk, and bread crumbs. Place the zucchini in oil and fry it for a fried food snack. Serve the fried zucchini with horseradish sauce for dipping. Fried zucchini gives the best of both worlds, a healthy vegetable with a fried food coating.
Steamed zucchini is a healthy way to prepare zucchini. Steam zucchini on the stove and use a seasoning, such as Cajun seasoning, Italian seasoning, or lemon butter seasoning. Use a light butter on the steamed zucchini if you desire. Use teamed zucchini as a side dish to a meat or chicken meal or as a stand alone meal.
Zucchini Bread or Cake
You can use zucchini for a dessert as well. Zucchini bread or cake is a delicious dessert option. Combining ingredients of cinnamon, sugar, eggs, walnuts or pecans, and zucchini with other basic baking ingredients creates a dessert made from a vegetable. The bread or cake does not have a zucchini taste, but a cinnamon sweet taste. This is an option to use left-over zucchini from the garden or a way to use a healthy vegetable in a sweet treat.
References and ResourcesBasic-Recipes: Zucchini Recipes
Basic-Recipes: Fried Zucchini
Basic-Recipes: Zucchini Bread
Best Health; 10 Ways to Cook Zucchini; Victoria Walsh
Commercial Vegetable Production Guides: Zucchini and Summer Squash