Happy National Zucchini Day! Did you know that the summertime favorite squash is actually a member of the cucumber and melon family, and is considered a fruit?

Summertime is a particularly great time for zucchini in America because it grows prolifically in July in time for an abundant August harvest. In fact, the hundreds and hundreds of tiny zucchinis growing on vines can develop into gargantuan-size fruits if they aren’t harvested in a timely manner.

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We love zucchinis because they are one of the most versatile culinary ingredients out there. Not only are they delicious when baked into different loaves of bread, but they can be incorporated into decadent desserts, become the vessels for savory stuffings, transform into raw spiralized noodles, and pack a powerful nutritional punch in every form. Check out some of our favorite recipes from the Food Monster App below!

1. Zucchini and ‘Cheese’ Stuffed Focaccia 

This Zucchini and “Cheese” Stuffed Focaccia is a savory and crowd-pleasing way to sneak in carotenoid antioxidants such as beta-carotene, which is a precursor to Vitamin A, and alpha-carotene. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant that promotes healthy vision, neurological function, and helps you achieve healthy skin.

2. Green Goddess Bowl

This Green Goddess Bowl is a delicious way to eat all the nutrients to make your body run optimally. One medium zucchini also provides over 50 percent of your daily Vitamin C needs. Vitamin C helps repair and regenerate tissues, supports healthy immune function, and helps neutralize the effects of nitrites, which are preservatives often found in bad-for-you highly processed foods, like hot dogs.

3. Creamy Kimchi Zucchini Pasta 

This Creamy Kimchi Zucchini Pasta is a kimchi lover’s dream! The luxurious sauce is made from a blend of raw cashews and kimchi and seasoned lightly with sesame oil and tamari — and of course, it’s topped with even more kimchi! Not only does it taste good, it’s good for your gut, since kimchi is a probiotic.

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4. Light and Crispy Zucchini Fritters 

These gluten-free Light and Crispy Zucchini Fritters are beautifully spiced, golden-brown discs of deliciousness. The zucchinis are salted and pressed before being mixed with a bold blend of herbs and spices. This fritters can be served on their own or you can put them inside of a pita for a tasty wrap.

5. Nearly Fat-Free Chocolate Pudding

If you have a sweet tooth, we recommend sneaking zucchini into your favorite dessert, such as this Nearly Fat-Free Chocolate Pudding, as a satisfying, high-fiber treat. The fiber and water in zucchinis help your digestive system break down soluble foods and pass through the digestive tract easier. One medium zucchini also provides 2 grams of your daily fiber needs to help keep things moving smoothly.

6. Raw Chocolate Zucchini Bites

The gluten-free Raw Chocolate Zucchini Bites use dates to help achieve a chewy, sweet texture. These are easy to pack and transport for a healthy, sweet snack on the go!

7. Zucchini Gazpacho

Soup might not be the first kind of dish you crave during the summer, but this bright and gluten-free Zucchini Gazpacho is bound to change your mind. Full of veggies and flavor, this might become your new go-to dish!

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Recommendation: Download the Food Monster App

If you enjoy articles like this and want more, we highly recommend downloading the Food Monster App. For those that don’t have it, it’s a brilliant food app available for both Android and iPhone. It’s a great resource for anyone looking to cut out or reduce allergens like meat, dairy, soy, gluten, eggs, grains, and more find awesome recipes, cooking tips, articles, product recommendations and how-tos. The app shows you how having diet/health/food preferences can be full of delicious abundance rather than restrictions.

The Food Monster app has over 8000+ recipes and 500 are free. To access the rest, you have to pay a subscription fee but it’s totally worth it because not only do you get instant access to 8000+ recipes, you get 10 NEW recipes every day! You can also make meal plans, add bookmarks, read feature stories, and browse recipes across hundreds of categories like diet, cuisine, meal type, occasion, ingredient, popular, seasonal, and so much more!

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8. Quinoa and Lentil Vegetable Rolls With Spicy Mango-Tomato Sauce 

How amazing do these Quinoa and Lentil Vegetable Rolls With Spicy Mango-Tomato Sauce look? These vegetable rolls are made of phyllo dough that is lovingly filled with a mixture of quinoa, lentils, zucchini, and fresh herbs. They make for the perfect finger food at parties because who can resist a savory pastry?

9. Sun-Dried Tomato and Zucchini Tarts 

These raw and grain-free Sun-Dried Tomato and Zucchini Tarts capture all the best flavors of summer, yet require no roasting and also remain gluten-free. They hold just the right amount of crust to veggies ratio, and, served with a side salad, make for a nourishing, but sufficiently light, lunch or dinner. The crust is made from blended pistachios, pumpkin seeds, nutritional yeast and sun-dried tomatoes, and the filling could be anything that you would like, but I used thinly sliced zucchini and heirloom tomatoes mixed with a generous amount of chopped basil and minced garlic. Simple, but oh-so-good.

10. Grilled Zucchini and Green Bean Salad

This Grilled Zucchini and Green Bean Salad is a mish-mash of simple, whole-food veggie nutrition with a charred and smoky flavors slathered in the most addictive date balsamic vinaigrette. It’s a great way to make your salad more interesting and creatively use whatever veggies are laying around in your fridge! Grilling near-death vegetables is one of the sure-fire ways to make them totally delish and avoid that awkward limp-wilty situation that old vegetables have going on.

11. Cherry Zucchini Bundt Cake With Date Glaze

For those of you with a garden or a neighbor who grows zucchini and secretly leaves a few each week on your doorstep, there is always the challenge of finding new, creative ways of enjoying the veggie. This recipe for a Cherry Zucchini Bundt Cake With Date Glaze is a sweeter spin on zucchini bread where the vegetable takes the form of a bundt cake instead. The cake is naturally sweetened by fresh cherries, applesauce, and dates and is finished with a simple date glaze.

12. Summer Sunshine Curry With Spiced Rice

This Summer Sunshine Curry With Spiced Rice is brimming with fresh summer produce like corn and zucchini, plus carrots, chickpeas and mushrooms that are cooked in a delicately spiced coconut milk sauce. It’s paired with fragrant basmati rice cooked with cinnamon, cardamom, and other warming spices that pair perfectly with the creamy curry sauce. Even though this dish takes just 35 minutes from start to finish, it’s flavorful, vibrant, and the perfect way to embrace summer veggies.

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13. Sliceable Zucchini Cheese and Spreadable Tomato Nacho Cheese

We are all about getting super inventive with this gluten-free two-in-one recipe. First up we have a delicious Sliceable Zucchini Cheese. Yep, you heard right! It’s a beautiful pale green, and it tastes absolutely delicious on crackers. Then, we have a creamy, dreamy orange nacho cheese that you can dip chips and veggies in, or use as a sauce for mac and cheese! The possibilities are endless!

14. Zucchini Almond Burgers With Chutney 

These unique Zucchini Almond Burgers With Chutney are a great way to eat your favorite food (burgers of course) while still breaking up the monotony of veggie burgers. These hearty zucchini and almond patties are topped with a zesty pear chutney and then finished with some fresh kale and onions.

15. Raw Zucchini Carrot Cake 

This Raw Zucchini Carrot Cake is packed full of fresh, nutritious goodness and bursting with delicious flavors such sweet carrots, orange, lemon, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, and vanilla. Of course, carrot cake wouldn’t be complete without a frosting. The frosting is a combination of soaked cashew, coconut oil, coconut nectar, and a dash of vanilla.

So what do you think? Are you excited to use this summertime squash before the season is over? If you want to look up more great zucchini recipes, we highly recommend you check out our Food Monster App, which is available for both Android and iPhone, and can also be found on Instagram and Facebook. The app has over 8,000 plant-based, allergy-friendly recipes for you to explore, and subscribers also gain access to ten new recipes per day! Let us know if you give it a try!

Lead Image source: Sun-Dried Tomato and Zucchini Tart