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Quick and Easy Zucchini Recipes

Updated on August 10, 2018
Zucchini
Zucchini | Source

Why eat zucchini?

Not only is zucchini low in calories but also high in water content making it the perfect food for the person on a diet. Eating zucchini regularly help protect you from colon cancer, heart disease and multiple sclerosis. If that's not enough it is chock full of Vitamin C, Vitamin A, foliate, manganese, and potassium.

Zucchini is one of the healthiest foods around. I have only mentioned a few of it's perks. But just these few are enough to convince me that it is a must in my diet. I have included some delicious recipes that are sure to please the palate. Give them a try, I'm sure you'll find a favorite.

Zucchini Recipes
Zucchini Recipes | Source

Zucchini Stuffed With Chicken

Ingredients:

4 large zucchini

1 1/2 to 2 cups leftover chicken, chopped

1 cup frozen pepper and onion mix

1 large tomato, chopped

6 tbsp Parmesan cheese

1 tsp seasoned salt

Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Fill a large Dutch oven half way with water, add salt and bring to a boil. Add zucchini and boil for 5 minutes. Drain and cool slightly.

Cut a slice off of zucchini lengthwise and scoop out pulp leaving a 1/4" shell.

Mix together chicken, peppers and onions, tomato, 4 tbsp of Parmesan cheese, and seasoned salt.

Spoon into zucchini shell.

Place in baking pan sprayed with cooking spray and sprinkle with 2 tbsp Parmesan cheese.

Bake for 10 to 15 minutes or until heated through.


Zucchini and Onions

Ingredients:

Two medium to large zucchini

1 small onion

salt and pepper, to taste

non-stick cooking spray

Directions:

Grate zucchini and onion.

Spray medium size frying pan with cooking spray and heat.

Add zucchini, salt, and pepper and saute for 5 to 6 minutes.

This is a great side dish to add to any meal.

Parmesan Zucchini

Ingredients:

1 medium zucchini

1/2 cup Parmesan cheese

1/4 cup butter

1/2 tsp black pepper

Directions:

Wash zucchini and grate with coarse grater.

Melt butter in large skillet

Saute zucchini, stirring often, until tender, about 10 minutes.

Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese and continue to saute for 2 more minutes, stirring often.

Quick and Easy Zucchini Sticks

Ingredients:

3 medium zucchini

1 large egg, beaten

2 tbsp olive oil

3/4 cups Italian bread crumbs

2 tbsp Parmesan cheese

Directions:

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.

Combine bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, and put aside

Cut zucchini in half and then into sticks lengthwise (leave peeling on).

Dip into beaten egg and then roll in bread crumbs.

Place on cookie sheet and drizzle with olive oil.

Bake zucchini sticks for 20 minutes.

When zucchini is tender turn on broiler for 3 minutes until golden brown.

Zucchini and Corn

Ingredients:

1/2 cup butter

1 medium zucchini, coarsely chopped

1 onion, chopped

1 can corn, drained

1 clove garlic, minced

1/2 tsp seasoned salt

Directions:

Melt butter in large frying pan over medium heat.

Add zucchini, onion, corn, garlic, and seasoned salt .

Saute, stirring occasionally, until zucchini has softened, approximately 10 minutes.

Zucchini, part of  a healthy diet
Zucchini, part of a healthy diet | Source

The benefits of eating zucchini

Now that I have presented you with these mouth-watering recipes I will fill you in on the benefits of eating zucchini.

  • Eating zucchini regularly can help protect you against colon cancer.
  • Zucchini are low in sodium, contain no saturated fats, and are cholesterol-free.
  • Zucchini is the perfect diet food - it is low in calories, nutritious, and has a high water content.
  • It is a wonderful source of magnesium and phosphorus which is essential in building and maintaining healthy bones.
  • Zucchini contain vitamin C which is a powerful antioxidant which has anti-inflammatory properties and helps to control asthma.
  • The peel is a good source of dietary fiber and may help in reducing constipation.
  • Zucchini can help prevent the risk of multiple sclerosis.
  • It is a good source of vitamin B6.
  • Zucchini is believed to help prevent heart disease.

So there you have it. Not only is zucchini delicious, it's also good for you.

Dietitians often include zucchini in their cholesterol control and weight loss programs.

Which dish are you going to try?

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The flower of the zucchini plant is also edible.

© 2010 Susan Hazelton

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    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Granny, try the zucchini sticks, you'll love them.

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      Granny's House 

      8 years ago from Older and Hopefully Wiser Time

      Thanks for the resipes. They look great. I will bookmark and rate up

    • KoffeeKlatch Gals profile imageAUTHOR

      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      Pcunix, everything is better home grown. When zucchini comes back into season you will have to try some of these recipes. Thanks for visiting.

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      Tony Lawrence 

      8 years ago from SE MA

      Ahh, but it's all gone :(

      I think I picked the very last of it earlier this week. Yes, I know, the stores have it. But they don't taste the same and are too expensive!

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