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Why the Zucchini should be on your shopping list

April 4, 2024

Over the Easter break, I had a surplus of Zucchini. This vegetable is so versatile and for this month’s What’s On Your Plate Blog Challenge? (hosted by Donna from Retirement Reflections and Deb, The Widow Badass) I’m sharing some recipes for this versatile vegetable.

We have been trying to eat more plant-based meals and the versatile Zucchini is always on our shopping list.

It is also a coincidence that Donna has written about Meatless March recipes for her WOYP? contribution this month. I wonder if she included Zucchini??? Pop over to her post and find out What’s On Your Plate? Meatless March! – Retirement Reflections

What’s so great about the Zucchini?

Zucchini is considered a versatile vegetable for several reasons:

  1. Mild Flavor: Zucchini has a mild flavor, which makes it adaptable to various cooking methods and flavor profiles. It can be seasoned and paired with a wide range of ingredients without overpowering them.
  2. Texture: Zucchini has a firm texture when raw, but it softens nicely when cooked.
  3. Nutritional Value: Zucchini is low in calories and a good source of vitamins C and A, potassium, folate, and fiber. Its nutritional profile makes it a healthy addition to many dishes.
  4. Versatile Cooking Methods: Zucchini can be cooked in numerous ways, including roasting, grilling, sautéing, baking, steaming, and even spiralizing into noodles.
  5. Adaptable Pairings: Zucchini pairs well with various herbs, spices, cheeses, meats, and other vegetables. It can be used in both savory and sweet dishes, adding moisture, texture, and a subtle flavor.
  6. Substitution: Zucchini can often be used as a substitute for higher-carb ingredients like pasta or potatoes, making it a versatile option for those following low-carb or gluten-free diets.

Overall, zucchini’s mild flavor, adaptable texture, nutritional value, and versatility in cooking methods and pairings make it a beloved vegetable in many cuisines worldwide.

Zucchini & Corn Fritters – I made these over Easter and added some whipped avocado with chilli and a dollop of sour cream with a Greek style salad as a side. I also backed up with a Easter Sunday breakfast with Eggs and Ham.

Sweetcorn and zucchini fritters (taste.com.au)

The Versatile Zucchini - Corn and Zucchini Fritters

These are so easy even my grandson, Elliot can make them – with a little help from Nan of course!

Cooking with Elliot making corn fritters

Roasted Mediterranean Vegetables – I always include Zucchini in my Roasted vegetables and add Italian herbs such as oregano, thyme, rosemary, garlic and chilli flakes.

Zucchini Pasta – I’ve not tried this but I see it often for those wanting to cut down on carbs

Creamy Lemon Zucchini Pasta Recipe | Bon Appétit (bonappetit.com)

Zucchini Slice – always a favourite for snacks or a light lunch. My daughter makes this for my grandsons to have in their lunchbox and they love them! Here is the recipe she uses from Taste.

How to make zucchini slice (taste.com.au)

Corn and Zucchini Fritters

Do you like zucchini? What is your favourite Zucchini Recipe?

Sue Loncaric

Women Living Well After 50

Living Life Your Way

22 Comments

  • Reply Jo April 4, 2024 at 10:02

    I love zucchini slice and zucchini cooked into cakes. Lately we’ve been stir-frying it a lot – as a single veg – with salmon. I also love it done with crispy chilli oil – there’s a great spicy Asian zucchini recipe on the Recipe Tin Eats site.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 4, 2024 at 10:33

      OOh I’ll look up the Spicy Asian Zucchini recipe – thanks Jo. x

  • Reply marsha57 April 4, 2024 at 14:02

    I really have been wanting to plant some zucchini, but we are so limited on space. It used to be that people would drop them on your doorstep just to get rid of them! I am going to figure out some way to plant some because I do love to cook with zucchini! Thanks for the other tips, Sue.

    https://marshainthemiddle.com/

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2024 at 10:04

      I don’t have room for a vegetable garden, Marsha but we have zucchini every week and I love it both savoury and sweet recipes. x

  • Reply Toni Pike April 4, 2024 at 18:51

    Fab recipes and gorgeous grandson, Sue – you’ll be pleased to know I often have some zucchini on my plate

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2024 at 10:04

      Hi Toni, I love seeing the grandchildren in the kitchen. x

  • Reply Darlene April 5, 2024 at 02:57

    Zucchini is one of my favourite vegetables and I’ve made them many ways and will serve them stuffed as a main dish. I dislike cucumbers so substitute zucchini in Greek salads and other things that ask for cucumbers. Some great recipes here.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2024 at 10:05

      I don’t think to stuff the zucchini, Darlene that’s sounds like a great idea! x

  • Reply Suzanne@PictureRetirement April 5, 2024 at 04:20

    I am a big fan of zucchini; stuffed, roasted, as a substitute for pasta, added to a salad, as a dipper for ranch dressing (which kind of wrecks healthy), but it’s sooo good. Those fritters look delicious.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2024 at 10:05

      The fritters are certainly a favourite with my grandsons for their lunchboxes. Zucchini is so versatile isn’t it? x

      • Reply Janine April 9, 2024 at 06:46

        I love zucchini too (or courgettes for us Pommies). The corn and zucchini fritters look really yummy and I love how you got your Grandson helping out

        • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2024 at 11:17

          Hi Janine, I had completely forgotten they were called courgettes as well. The fritters were delicious and the boys love them so it is a great way to get them to eat their veggies. x

  • Reply Debbie April 5, 2024 at 12:38

    These look great Sue and I always enjoy eating zucchini fritters when our for brunch so would like to make them myself! I use zucchinis in a chocolate cake recipe and it adds a lovely moistness to the cakes. #WOYP

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 5, 2024 at 12:54

      I would love that recipe, Deb when you have time. x

  • Reply Midori April 6, 2024 at 04:00

    These zucchini dishes look absolutely delicious! Will definitely have to incorporate more zucchini into my cooking, I didn’t know all the health benefits! Thanks for sharing and I hope you have an amazing spring!

    xoxo, Midori

    https://www.midorilinea.com/blogs/midori-linea/my-daughters-turns-one-photoshoot

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2024 at 11:13

      Hello! Thanks for stopping by. I love how versatile zuchinni is and I’m sure you would enjoy it if you’ve never tried it before. x

  • Reply Christie Hawkes April 6, 2024 at 07:22

    Those zucchini fritters look delicious, Sue! I do like zucchini…as noodles (or zoodles as some call them), roasted, lightly breaded and cooked in the air fryer, or as zucchini bread for a treat.

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2024 at 11:13

      Hi Christie I must try them as zoodles thanks for the tip x

  • Reply Melynda Egger Brown April 11, 2024 at 18:59

    This post is one of my features for this week’s WFJR! Zucchini is a favorite around here, and the recipes look great!

    • Reply Sue Loncaric April 12, 2024 at 11:26

      Oh thank you so much, Melynda that is so lovely of you. x

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