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Fun Zucchini Meals

Updated on January 28, 2017

Using All That Food You've Grown

Zucchini, or courgette, is one of the vegetables I've had great success with growing, unlike pumpkin, but that's another story. (I'll be using the names zucchini, or courgette interchangeably in this article).

Last year we had a really good crop, and some were given away, as we couldn't use them all. Here are a few of the ways we used the rest.

Courgettes.
Courgettes. | Source

Courgettes In The Kitchen

Although I'm not the world's greatest cook, I've discovered that courgettes make a great thickening agent for stews and casseroles. They also make great soup. If you're not worried about the calories, add a little cream to the soup - it will really make a difference.

Courgettes contain high levels of Vitamins C and A, plus they are fibre, which we all need. You can eat them cooked or raw. Personally, I don't even remove the skin, just give it a good wash. Although I'm not a fan, they can also be pickled.

These vegetables are fairly easy to grow, but they do like a sunny area, and they will spread out as much as you let them. You can train them up stakes or trellises to save space.

They are very easy to grow from seed, and you can start them inside or in a greenhouse to get an early start to the growing season. They like a lot of compost, and in the right conditions, will start to bear fruit in about 2 months.

Zucchini, or courgettes, don't like frost, so when the colder weather comes, your plants will usually die down. Dig them into the ground as green mulch, or add them to the compost bin. As a fleshy plant, they don't take long to rot down, and recycling is always good.

Courgettes

Yellow zucchini.
Yellow zucchini. | Source

This is my very favourite way to use zucchini, but be warned, it's full of calories. Every so often, I make this as a lunch, to treat myself to something yummy.

Slice the vegetable fairly thinly.

Heat some butter in a frying pan. When it's simmering, add some fresh or dried garlic to taste, then the courgette. Sprinkle with salt and your choice of seasoning if you like. Cook until it is brown on both sides, then remove from the pan and put aside.

Place one or two slices of bread in the garlic butter and brown on both sides, letting it soak up all the flavour of the garlic.

Put on your place, add the zucchini, and enjoy! Serve with a side salad for a larger meal.

This is so quick and easy, I wish I dare eat it more often......... :-)

A Rich And Yummy Snack

Fried zucchini.
Fried zucchini. | Source
101 Things to Do with Zucchini
101 Things to Do with Zucchini

Even more ideas for cooking this vegetable.

 

Tasty Salad With Bulgur

This isn't actually my own recipe, but is something we had recently when dining out. It is served as a side salad, but could be used as a main. It's quite a refreshing dish.

The quantities aren't really important, just use them to suit your own taste.

Chop a small courgette into slices, then half them.

Put your bulgur into a bowl and mix in several small fresh mint leaves.

Add the sliced courgette.

This is nicer if left to stand for a while in the fridge, so that the flavour of the mint leaves can permeate through the rest of the salad.

If you chose, you may also drizzle a little olive oil and/or lemon juice over the salad when serving.

It's a very nice salad for a hot day, and suits either vegetarian or meat dishes.

Note: Bulgur is wheat which has been boiled and then dried out. It's often used in Middle Eastern and Indian food.

Burghul is often mixed up with bulgur, but is just uncooked cracked wheat.

Photo Credit Part One : By cyclonebill (Squash) [CC-BY-SA-2.0], via Wikimedia Commons

Photo Credit Part Two : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bulgur

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Fetta Cheese Adds Flavour

One hot day, having a beautifully fresh zucchini, fresh off the vine, and not much of an idea what to do with it, I came up with this.

Checking through the fridge, there was an unopened packed of Spanish Fetta cheese, which has a beautiful flavour - this looked promising, but there wasn't much else to be found, as the shopping hadn't been done.

The vegetable was chopped into half slices, as in the photo, and put aside in a bowl. The fetta cheese was cubed and added to the courgette.

After sprinkling a little fresh parsley to taste, with a light drizzle of olive oil and vinegar, there was a beautiful little snack. It only takes a couple of minutes to prepare too. You can use mint, or any herb you like, instead of parsley. Mild capsicum is good.

Serve with cherry tomatoes, and cracker biscuits. A glass of white wine doesn't go astray either. :-)

Enjoy.

Zucchini Photo Credit

Fetta Photo Credit : By JJ Harrison (jjharrison89@facebook.com) (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5], via Wikimedia Commons

Pickling Zucchini

I have to admit that I don't use a recipe for pickling vegetables, I just throw in what I feel like at the time, and hope for the best. Mostly things turn out just fine.

When I grew some cauliflower, there was just too much to eat, so a lot was frozen, and some was pickled with the zucchini and some small onions. Sorry, but I didn't take any photos, not thinking I'd ever need one.

All I did was wash the vegetables, chop them into suitable sizes, and put them into jars. I added a little crushed garlic, well, ok a lot of garlic, because I like it, and a teaspoon of sugar to each jar. The jars were then filled with vinegar, and stored in a dark cupboard to ferment for a few weeks, before eating. This batch tasted fine!

For pickling, I prefer to use brown vinegar, as it's stronger, but white would be fine too. I also like to add some small brown onions to the mix. Some people like to put a little olive oil in the pickle also, for added smoothness.

Pickles go very well with cheese sandwiches - a nice lunch for a hot day.

Courgette Is Versatile

Omelette with courgette.
Omelette with courgette. | Source

Omelette With Courgette

A very quick and easy meal is a courgette omelette.

Heat your oil or butter, then add thinly sliced courgette, a little garlic and salt and some onion if you wish. Cook until slightly brown, or to your taste.

Make your omelette, add the courgette mix, and there you are, a simple and fast snack.

Serve with salad, and it will make a quick meal. A little soy sauce on the omelette is great too. For a larger sized meal, add some fried cauliflower to the mix.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      One more reason why we all need one another!

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      Jean DAndrea 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Favored, I have that problem with pumpkins - every year I try, and every year is a dud with them!

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      Jean DAndrea 3 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      Haven't tried to make bread with it, Pawpawwrites, but maybe when this year's crop is ripe. Zucchini and carrot cake is good too. :-)

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      Jim 3 years ago from Kansas

      Always nice to have more ideas on what to do with Zucchini. We made a bread out of it that is pretty good.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Glad to see your recipe article is intact. We love this veggie and try to grow it each year. Sadly, this year was a dud!

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      astevn816 lm 3 years ago

      Zucchini is a great diet food, great lens

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      goldenrulecomics 4 years ago

      My wife isn't a fan of zucchini so we rarely have it in our home, unfortunately...

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      angelatvs 4 years ago

      My mom used to make a great casserole with zucchini, red pasta sauce and melted mozzarella on the top, tasted much like lasagna.

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      lesliesinclair 4 years ago

      A tribute to one of my favorite summertime foods. Zucchini is such a delightful vegetable to grow, and the best bonus is that there is so much to give away.

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      Jean DAndrea 4 years ago from Victoria, Australia

      @anonymous: She's not allowed anywhere near them! The big one would eat her, and she'd hurt the little ones.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      I love courgettes! By the way, how does your cat get along with the pythons?

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      Socialpro54 LM 4 years ago

      Thanks for the ideas!

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      Mandy Stradley 4 years ago

      I just had a unique bread- zucchini blueberry. So delicious! Love zucchini, thanks for the ideas!

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      LUMOSE 4 years ago

      I love zucchini. Is possible to cook them in different ways: battered, with tomatoes, just boiled and make a salad...

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      good idea

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      hugsnstitches lm 4 years ago

      I love zucchini! Thanks for the great ideas.

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      Jogalog 4 years ago

      I would love it if someone could convince my husband that zucchini can be fun!

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      Meganhere 4 years ago

      As an occasional treat, I slice my zucchini thinly, soak in slightly salted water for a few hours and dip in all-purpose flour. Then I drop them into very hot vegetable oil for a few minutes, until the flour begins to colour, and drain on kitchen paper.

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      sybil watson 4 years ago

      I love zucchini pancakes with sharp cheddar cheese, but that sandwich recipe sounds great!

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      chocochipchip 4 years ago

      Yummy! Like your lens a lot!

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      Cynthia Haltom 4 years ago from Diamondhead

      Zucchini, onion, mushroom all sautéed in olive oil the toped with parmesan cheese.

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      audrey07 4 years ago

      I like pickles and zucchini is one of those vegetables that you can use to to make them. I wish I have a garden to plant some too!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      Yup, zucchini and butter....that picture had my mouth watering in an instant and your arrangement is almost too pretty to eat...almost! I've done them with onions and I'm ready to try your way. I like how you are so casual with your, "quantities aren't so important", you cook like I do...a little of this, maybe a little more. The bulgar and feta ideas are new to me for new taste sensations to look forward to...yum! :)

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      Takkhis 4 years ago

      I like having vegetables so yes I like Zucchini! Thanks for sharing the recipes :)

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      Rhonda Lytle 4 years ago from Deep in the heart of Dixie

      That photo of the ones cooked in butter with garlic looks scrumptious! It reminds me of the look of fried squash. I have to try this.

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      For a few weeks each year we have zucchini in everything, it's always good to find more recipes to try.

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      jpmny999 4 years ago

      Looks great. I will definitely try it.

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      tasrex 4 years ago

      Loved your lens. We grow our own Zucchinis every year. They are so productive we get to eat them every day. Our dogs like them too. We cook them lots of different ways and have them in salads. They're delicious however you prepare them (and high in potassium amongst other things). Fetta and Zucchini - "What a perfect combination, no wonder we're in love" (apologies to Eddy Cantor)

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      SimplyHolly 4 years ago

      The Rich and Yummy Zucchini snack looks delicious. Can't wait to try it!

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      govomg 4 years ago

      can't say I've ever been a zucchini fan but your recipes look nice.

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      norma-holt 4 years ago

      Love zucchini during the summer months and have always grown them and then turned excess into pickles. Now I forget the pickles and just enjoy them fresh from the garden. Featured this on Pickles. Well done.

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      techsavvy123 4 years ago

      Very informative, I'm going to try one your recipes soon. Thanks very much

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      WeaselPuppy 4 years ago

      My first baby zucchinis are starting on the vines, so I need all the recipes I can get!

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      gracyelala 4 years ago

      Zucchini relish is my number 1 favorite way to eat this veggie, but I like it every way. Grilled on the bbq is a summer staple.

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      yarfodg 4 years ago

      Got to love Zucchini variations... Thanks for this valuable info lens!

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      Maribel Forayo 4 years ago from Philippines

      I love zucchini. I usually add it to my fave soup.

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